The ruins of Machu Picchu, October 14, 2008. Constructed around 1460, overlooked by Spanish conquerors, and rediscovered by the West in 1911, the treasured site is visited by over 400,000 travelers every year. (© Gary Noel)

The ruins of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, October 13, 2008. (© Gary Noel)

Closer view of more ruins along the trail to Machu Picchu, October 12, 2008. (© Gary Noel)

The Llactapata Ruins along the Inca Trail, four kilometers west of Machu Picchu, seen on October 10, 2008. (© Gary Noel)

Llactapata steps, part of a complex of ruins related to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail. Photo taken October 10, 2008. (© Gary Noel)

Huayna Picchu (mountain at center) towers above this view of the ruins of Machu Picchu, in the Peruvian Andes, seen on October 13, 2008 (© Gary Noel)

View of snowcapped mountains along the Inca trail, October 10, 2008. (© Gary Noel)

Local Peruvian boys taking part in a parade in Cuzco on October 8, 2008. (© Gary Noel)

An Alpaca encountered along the Inca Trail, October 11, 2008. (© Gary Noel) Courtesy of the Boston Globe
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  • I wanna hug an Alpaca
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