Hitching Post of the Sun in Machu Picchu

With fog draped over the surrounding Andean peaks, this early morning travel photo shows one of the most iconic spots at Machu Pichu, Peru. Translated into “Hitching Post of the Sun” by the discoverers, the “Intihuatana” was used to chart the seasons by the solstices and equinoxes. It was given this name because the priests were tasked with tying the sun to the stone to prevent it from swinging too far and disappearing into darkness. One of two special places for me in Peru, it was partially damaged filming a commercial 10 years after this was captured on a Minolta Maxxam 7000 35mm SLR.

Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. His college days were spent enjoying many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. Today these excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, he believes this is the true way to experience different cultures.

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