June 11, 2014

Huayna Picchu, Peru

Photograph by Tareq Saghie, National Geographic Your Shot

Hikers make their way up 8,924-foot Huayna Picchu, an iconic pyramid peak that juts over 1,000 feet above Machu Picchu, an ancient royal Inca retreat and, now, a World Heritage site. The climb is a sketchy scramble that includes exposed ledges, cable handholds, and slippery stone staircases. The ruins at the top are thought to be those of Machu Picchu’s high priest, who would greet the sun from this very spot.

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