The day you've all been waiting for.
3:30am wake-up call.
4:30am line up at checkpoint gate.
5:30am gates open and everyone takes off on a mad trail run for 45 minutes to the Sun Gate in hopes of seeing the sun rise over Machu Picchu. It's epic. Our group pretty much dominates it to the top, only to see...fog.
You may find this depressing, but the fog was actually really beautiful. It would move around, revealing parts of the famous panoramic and Wayna Picchu, only to cover them up again. Like a teasing game.
Raul eventually convinced us to give it up to the rainy season and we begin to make our descent into the ancient city itself, complete with llamas.