It started with a phone call from a representative from Outside Magazine, telling me that I was one of the 10 finalists in this photography contest I entered in early May 2015. His name was Sam. In the phone conversation, Sam asked me a bunch of questions about me as a photographer and about my life in general. I told him that going to Machu Picchu had always been a dream of mine ever since I was 5 years old. I once saw a photo of Machu Picchu and had wanted to see it for myself, it looked too unreal to be true.
A few days later, Sam called again and told me that I had won this photography contest. I was stunned, speechless, fell to the ground, literally had no words to say to him. I was beyond ecstatic.
From then on, everything changed. I asked Emily to come alongside me and adventure the heck out of Peru and most importantly Machu Picchu. We spent a total of eight days in Peru and spent the last three in Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. We did a ton of different activities before going to Machu Picchu; we explored countless ancient Incan temples, ate guinea pig and alpaca meat, whitewater rafted on the Urubamba River in the Amazon, ziplined the highest mountains in South America, drove through the Malaga Pass (15,000ft above sea level), and much more.