Five Photos Five Stories Challenge Day One | Macchu Picchu

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This is the classic view of Macchu Picchu in Peru. I took it in November 1999 from Inti Punku, the ‘Sun Gate’ as dawn lit up the sky and the sun melted the cloud cover. I had trekked the Inca trail for three days to get there. The high altitude nearly killed me; I lost nails from both big toes from repeatedly stubbing them into the Inca stone steps through sheer exhaustion along the way. But it was worth it; I had waited a long time to experience this view, since my teens, in fact.

Because it was so early, we arrived well before the hordes of tourists. It was wonderful to have this ancient sacred place to ourselves, but for a few other intrepid trekkers. We felt we had earned the right to be there. We spread out and explored, soaking up the atmosphere and the views. After a…

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