Machu Picchu is still one of my favourite places I have ever been. In the last 2 years I have been backpacking South America, Cuba, and Central America, and watching the sunrise at Machu Picchu still sticks in my mind as an incredible experience that I don’t think I’ll ever forget! I wanted to share with you some of my favourite photos of Machu Picchu that I took during my time there, including a few from the trek to Machu Picchu. If you are planning a trip to Peru, you HAVE to visit Machu Picchu!
Photos of Machu Picchu: The Trek to Machu Picchu
There are several different ways of getting to Machu Picchu, but if you have the time, and the fitness, I highly recommend one of the treks. From the traditional Inca Trail (which you need to book at least 6 months in advance) to the Salkantay Trek, Inka Jungle Tour, and more, there are options to suit every taste. I booked with Dragoman Travel to do their Community Trek, and the scenery was stunning! Unfortunately I lost a lot of the photos of Machu Picchu and the trek when my laptop was stolen in Ecuador, but a few survived.
Photos of Machu Picchu: Llamas at Machu Picchu
The Machu Picchu llamas are famous, and everyone wants to take a picture with them! They didn’t seem bothered by the hundreds of tourists taking pictures of them, trying to get the perfect shot of llama and the Inca site. I didn’t want to get too close (I heard llamas can bite!) so I just tried to get some photos of Machu Picchu with a casual llama just doing its thing.
Photos of Machu Picchu: The Inca Citadel
Machu Picchu was never found by the Spanish when they conquered Peru. The magnificent citadel was too hidden, too difficult to reach and so remained much more intact than other Inca sites which were ransacked & destroyed by the Conquistadores.
Are you planning a trip to Machu Picchu? I travelled with Dragoman, a partner of Intrepid Travel who offered this package to include the trek to Machu Picchu in their La Paz to Cuzco package. Click on the photo below to check out the variety of options for your Machu Picchu visit, or you can contact one of the many operators in Cuzco.
Have you been to Machu Picchu? I’d love to hear your stories, just let me know in the comments below!
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Last updated: September 13, 2018