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After trekking the Salkantay Mountains for 5 days, I finally arrived at Machu Picchu. Having read several books on the subject and looked through countless photos, I admit I fully expected the scene to be grand. But in truth, but nothing could have prepared me for the experience of it. Machu Picchu might just be the most awe-inspiring place I have ever visited. Even in my exhaustion, I wanted to stay, forever. It is as close to heaven as I imagine one can get. I remember thinking that if they’d let me stay, I would never, ever want for anything. It’s not just the pure and utter beauty of the place, the amazing view, or that it is surrounded by mountains and water that makes it so incredible. Standing there, so close to heaven that one can almost touch the sky, light seems to filter through and drown you in a way I have never experienced. It was blissful. It is a place I carry in my heart always.