Unless you've been living under a dooms day preper's rock, this should be instantly recognizable as Machu Picchu, the famed ancient lost city of the Incan people of Peru.
This is a very rare image as the sun only comes over the city at dawn on the Summer Solstice, and even then, the clouds are often too thick to get a very vibrant color from it. I have spent three such days here over the years, and this is the best of the shots. Taken before the park opens (meaning you have to spend the cold alpine night in the open) I have only ever seen one other like it.
The most popular way to approach the site is the Inca Trail trek. This three-day trek reaches a lung-squeezing height of 4,214 metres at its highest and there are several sections of original Inca stone paths along the way. Due to fears of erosion the government limits the number of people embarking on the trek to 500, which includes the compulsory, locally-hired porters - to me it is a must, and I am talking to you +Naomi Novella
Many of the porters will sleep with a shiny metal object or mirror beneath them when on the trail. They believe it deflects spirits coming up through the earth and whisking them away. Ask any guide or porter, and most will tell you that at some time they have experienced the feeling of being pulled out of their tents by spirits of the past.___
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