This place needs no introduction.
Having trekked to the Lost City and around the Quilotoa Loop, we opted instead for the much easier, much more expensive route to these ancient ruins. Though we caught the earliest train at 6 in the morning, we actually didn't reach the site until 5 long hours later.
The clouds shrouded the tops of the mountains, lifting only periodically and briefly to reveal the sheer brilliance of a city long abandoned. At 2,430 meters above sea level, it was hard enough to climb the high stone steps of the city without gasping for air. It truly is a wonder knowing that a civilization was constructed here lifetimes ago.
Between huffs and puffs, we wandered up to the Sun Gate and down to the imposing stone edifices, admiring each and every step of the way. Before making our way back to town, we spotted and couldn't help returning the gaze of a rather flirtatious llama.