LIMA, Peru – Currently only a handful of tourists visit Peru’s ruined city known as the “cradle of gold” each day, those willing to make a two-day hike to reach its majestic solitude that was once a mountaintop refuge of Incan royalty, with elegant halls and plazas much like those of fabled Macchu Picchu just 30 miles.
That is about to change: The national government has approved what will be Peru’s first aerial tramway. Bridging the deep canyon of the Apurimac River, it will make Choquequirao reachable in just 15 minutes from the nearest highway.
The 3-mile long cable car is designed to whiz 400 people an hour in each direction a half mile above the river. The president of the Apurimac state government, Elias Segovia, anticipates the $45 million tramway will bring about 3,000 tourists a day after it opens in late 2015.
- Peru plans tramway to Incan refuge of Choquequirao (theguardian.com)
- Tramway planned for Machu Picchu’s ‘sister city’ (news.yahoo.com)
- Tramway planned for Machu Picchu’s ‘sister city’ (hosted.ap.org)