The Incas hid the most magical and mystical place on earth, Machu Picchu, in the clouds. But why? The Spaniards never found it yet the village population disappeared. But how? Tucked within the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, visitors trek to the sight, in their cars along the winding streets, aboard the noisy, shifting train along the uneven train tracks and by foot across the valley and up the mountain to what is no longer hidden.
The low clouds and the mist roll across the desolate rock formations of this 2500 year-old village which creates mystery and intrigue. Thousands annually journey to this mountaintop to receive their own unique experiences. For every person who makes this journey, the cloud formations can dramatically change their sense of place from one minute to another.
Glimpses of sunlight continually reshape the unique landscape highlighting areas of the mountainside while others remain dark. Hikers remain awestruck by this remote and complex Inca village untouched for over two thousand years. I began to wonder not only about the why and about the how but the now. 1.2 million visitors a year pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. I wonder how the Peruvians feel about this. I wonder what Machu Picchu means to them. I was there but I need to return.