Jungles, mountains, citadel

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View of Machu Picchu from Machu Picchu Mountain, Sept. 2015

One of the first things you’ll notice at Machu Picchu is the incredible view of the surroundings. Looking down on the lush, heavily forested, valleys and mountain ridges. About 45 minutes into hiking  the adjacent Machu Picchu Montaña, I looked down on the very spot that I was looking down from. Tourists turned into specks, majestic ruins into a delicate miniature.

The trek up to Machu Picchu Montaña’s summit is filled with winding narrow stone steps, and dizzying yet breathtaking views. Altitude, heat, and dehydration are very real on this mostly open ascending trail. Pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a fully charged camera, and a positive attitude.

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