The legendary Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. When deciding to visit Machu Picchu I had the highest expectations possible for the infamous Inca ruins. . . and it exceeded every last one. The ruins were magical, well preserved, and despite the thousands of tourists, the experience felt incredibly intimate. I hiked five days on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, arriving the final day at the ruins at 4:30am at the ruins. I watched the mist raise from the lost city of the Incas as the sun rose over the empty city. I spent all day wondering the labrynth of rock walls and gardens, photographing and napping in hidden corners where I didn't seen another tourist for hours. I stayed until the final tourist bus left the park and for the hour and a half before sunset I had the entire city to myself. Eventually a security guard came by and told me that the park had been closed for nearly two hours and asked me to leave. The dark 5 mile walk down the mountain to Aguas Calientes was more than worth the two hours I had the lost Inca City to myself at sunset. There are many more photos of Machu Picchu under "my Raw Photo Collection" in the gallery titled "Peru."