This was our first glimpse of Machu Picchu, the 15th century ancient Inca archeological ruins. We hiked the last 7.5 miles of the Inca trail, arrived at the Sun gate, only to see a huge cloud of smoke from a fire on the next mountain over. As we got closer to MP, we were treated to this beautiful sight. I started crying like a baby because of the emotion and physical exhaustion from the trek. It was cathartic. When you go, be sure to pause for a few moments to take it all in. Listen to the legends, the history, and feel the strong spirit of the Inca people. It truly is a magnificent place.
P.S. This photo was taken with my iPhone. Amazing, right?