A mudslide prevented me from entering Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate. Instead, we descended from Wiñay Wayna on the porter’s trail and walked along the railroad track to Aguas Calientes. After days of hiking, we rode a bus to Machu Picchu with the visitors arriving to Aguas Calientes by train. My disappointment dissipated after taking in the grandeur of Machu Picchu. The ancient city is stunningly located, perched high in the Andes with the river Urambama running through the gorge far below. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, and it was fascinating to imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca Empire.