What follows is an excerpt from my huge post on Machu Picchu: http://greggoodman.me/1jZmpto

"After a rapid pre-dawn hike on the Inca Trail, we arrived at the Sun Gate to find a wall of clouds blocking our view.

However, as if waved away by the hand of Pachamama, the ocean of white gave way to the majestic sight before us.

First, the peak of Hyana Picchu became visible.

Then, there it was: Machu Picchu.

I spent the next few minutes alternating between making photographs and jumping around like a kid on Christmas morning.

Before I knew it, it was time to finish the hike and enter these sacred ruins.”

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