The air in the Andes is so thin, you get this whole polarized phenomenon with the light. I tried to use the sky, which looked unbelievable, as much as possible.
The Camino Salcantay is very old, about 500 years—much like its more famous counterpart, the Inca Trail. But it draws small crowds of hardcore backpackers who usually take about three or four days to hike it.
—Photographer Brent Stirton
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