Courtesy of Nate Storey

Peru

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Waves of gauzy clouds corkscrewed around lush peaks at dawn atop Machu Picchu. I was at the tail end of a strenuous five-day trek through mountain pampas and thick jungle, but the fast-changing panoramic before me rewarded my utter exhaustion. Posted next to a lethargic llama more than 7,000 feet above sea level, I was treated to a truly breathtaking view of the 15th-century Incan city. One of life’s rare moments I’ll never forget. —Nate Storey, editorial assistant

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T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

Peru

Waves of gauzy clouds corkscrewed around lush peaks at dawn atop Machu Picchu. I was at the tail end of a strenuous five-day trek through mountain pampas and thick jungle, but the fast-changing panoramic before me rewarded my utter exhaustion. Posted next to a lethargic llama more than 7,000 feet above sea level, I was treated to a truly breathtaking view of the 15th-century Incan city. One of life’s rare moments I’ll never forget. —Nate Storey, editorial assistant

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

Courtesy of Nate Storey

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

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