// 35 // The Approach to Machu Picchu
We woke up early-and I mean early. It was about 3:30am. We were dressed in rain gear, headlamps blazing, packs all ready to go for the final downhill hike to the Sun Gate—the ‘classic’ view of Machu Picchu.
It was a strange start. We were standing in the middle of a cloud that was wrapping the valley, and huge raindrops were whistling in all directions around us. The small light beacon headlamps bounced as groups were rolling out and down the trail. We were hoping that the weather wasn’t a bad omen for what lay ahead.
When it was our time slot to begin the hike, we took off at the fastest pace yet. The horizon was starting to lighten up, giving us a a better view of our surroundings. We were suddenly in a much more tropical setting on this side of the valley, and it the plants and weather took on that of a rainforest. Water was collecting on everything with the temperature far below the dew point, but the footing was good, and the spirits were high.
We finally made it to the Sun Gate, excited to see what we had trudged all this way for. We climbed that last ladder of steps, and...Nothing. But. Clouds.
Our guides told us not to worry, though. Weather didn’t tend to hang around in this microclimate, so we started to our destination, unable to see 100 feet in front of us.
There were a few faces of disappointment in the group. However, I felt a certain magic as we hiked forward, as this ancient and mystical city was slowly revealing Itself to us through the clouds, contemplating the opportunities that I, as a photographer, might have.
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