Machu Picchu Morning

We arrived at the Sun Gate right before sunrise after hiking since well before dawn, scrambling hand over foot up the last section of the Inca Trail to reach our first view of Machu Picchu. This four day hike covers the most famous section of thousands of miles of Inca roads that wove throughout the empire of Cusco. The hike is difficult, as it is high elevation, steep, and all on rock stairs, but it is well worth the effort. Besides the natural beauty along the way, it means you get to the World Heritage Site before it opens to visitors who arrive via bus. That's the only way we were able to capture so many images like this one without dozens of people throughout the site.

Original Mixed Media on Canvas with Museum-Quality, 2-Component Frame. Image size 20"h x 24"w, framed dimensions 27" x 31".
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