Machu Picchu – A Photo Diary

My previous post is about how Aguas Calientes isn’t all about Machu Picchu. I stand by this statement, but I can’t deny that it’s obviously still mostly about these gorgeous and mysterious ruins hidden at the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere.

Machu Picchu Photo Diary

I have opted to go with a photo diary, rather than a post where I describe my experience or where I explain what I have learned about Machu Picchu. As you might know by now. I’m a history fiend. I love to learn more about a place, which is what’s constantly drives me to travel.

For the first time ever, I found out during the tour through Machu Picchu that I didn’t care about what the tour guide told me. The fact that Machu Picchu is mysterious, and that we can guess but we don’t really know what its function was, is much more impressive to me than discussing the theories and hypotheses like they are facts.

Machu Picchu

So, I’ll share my photos with you. I’ll press you to visit the sight, because even though it is hyped more than any sight in the world I think it’s worth a visit. I was completely awe-struck, which I didn’t think I would be.

P.s. I will give you one helpful tip all the way at the bottom of this post.

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Welcome to Machu Picchu!

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Jealous of all those Instagram photos with lamas perfectly positioned in front of the ruins

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Look at how this couple is positioning themselves for the photo – more importantly look where the ruins are in regards to them 🙂

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Machu Picchu

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A lama spectacle

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Photography Tip

There are some nice view points which overlook Machu Picchu beautifully. It’s a bit of a challenge to ensure that no one is in your picture and that you avoid showing the grate on which you’re standing. I’m impressed by the Instagram photos of the ruins, because I don’t think I managed that well up-close.

That’s why I would like to share my one photography tip with you. First of all you have to arrive early. I was one of the first to stand in the queue at the bus stop in Aguas Calientes (at 4:30am).

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The bus left at 5:30am and thus I stood at the entrace of Machu Picchu around 6am.

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By that time the sun hasn’t risen over the mountains yet. I advise you to ooh and aah at the magnificent sight and to then make your way up towards the Sun Gate. Don’t go the whole way, because that’s not necessary. Half way there, you’ll look back and you’ll see Machu Picchu perfectly. The sun will slowly be rising over the mountains illuminating the ruins gradually. It’s also quiet up there, which makes the whole experience even more serene and perfect.

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Finally a very cohesive map, you’re welcome 😉

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4 thoughts on “Machu Picchu – A Photo Diary

  1. Mooi zeg! Ik heb Machu Picchu nog steeds niet gezien, wat het daarmee ÊÊn van de twee niet bezochte plekken van mijn jeugddromen is. Toch maar snel eens gaan 🙂

    1. Dank je! Ik had er geen hoge verwachtingen van omdat het zo gehyped wordt, maar ik was echt blij verrast. Het is namelijk echt een indrukwekkend bezienswaardigheid, dus zeker de moeite waard 🙂

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