Waiting in the Clouds: Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu

Muffled boot steps ascend stony stone steps. Darkness stretches out around me, broken only by a string of lights from the torches of hikers. The air is both cool and stuffy, crowded with an energy that begs not to be quelled until we reach the top. I can’t stop. I feel the person behind me; I hear his steady footsteps and his haggard breaths. Talk is muted and infrequent; even the jungle stays hushed. We all gasp for more air as the steps continue to wind through to the coming dawn. We keep climbing towards machupicchu sitting in the clouds waiting for us. [Continue reading…]

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