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30 Machu Picchu Pictures That Will Make You Want to Get On A Plane to Peru

Iconic Machu Picchu image featuring Huayna Picchu
Pictures of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, were what inspired us to visit Peru in the first place. A picture is worth 1000 words and I hope our images of Machu Picchu will ignite your wanderlust and lead you to the Sacred Valley of Peru to experience the remains of a remarkable civilization. Here are 30 of my favorite photos of Machu Picchu for your viewing pleasure.

Machu Picchu Picture Gallery

Photos of the first rays of light at sunrise at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu pictures: Sunrise over the Andes at Machu Picchu
We traveled to Machu Picchu before 6 am after a winding bus ride up the mountain from Aguas Calientes; just in time for a Peruvian sunrise. Sun rays cut across the mountains giving a mystical air to the ancient home of the Inca empire. 
Machu Picchu Pics: Picture of the sun rising over the terraced farms at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Picture gallery: Sun rays lighting up the buildings of Machu Picchu

Photogenic llamas mowing the lawn at Machu Picchu

Pics of Machu Picchu: Llama mowing the lawn with the iconic city of Machu Picchu in the distance
I never really thought about it before visiting Machu Picchu, but I suppose bringing in lawn mowers would ruin the ambiance of this glorious Incan city rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Why lose the feeling that you are stepping back in time with modern machinery when you can mow the lawn the natural way: with llamas!
Machu Picchu Pictures: Close up of a young llama at Machu Picchu

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Did you know that in addition to great photo opportunities, Peru is known for great food? From ceviche to pisco sours, and even guinea pig, your taste buds definitely won't be bored on a trip to Peru!

Iconic Machu Picchu images

Image of Machu Picchu viewed from a distance
Machu Picchu sits at more than 8500 feet above sea level so make sure to acclimate to the altitude for a few days before your journey to the home of the Incas. By being smart about how you adjust to the altitude, you'll make the trip uphill with ease to see in real life some of the most iconic images of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu Picture gallery: Smooth stone temple and mountain behind Machu Picchu

Photographing the trapezoidal doors and windows of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Images: Trapezoidal door
Incan architecture is characterized by trapezoidal doors and windows which lend stability to the stone structures at Machu Picchu. We took plenty of pictures at Machu Picchu of doors and windows featuring a not-quite-square shape. We especially enjoyed watching the light and shadow play off the openings.
Iconic Machu Picchu Images: Sun rays coming through the trapezoidal windows at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu pictures: Buildings of Machu Picchu viewed through a trapezoidal window
Machu Picchu Pics: Two trapezoidal doors at Machu Picchu with views of the Andes beyond.
Machu Picchu Picture Gallery: Temple of the Three Windows in Machu Picchu viewed from below

Pictures of Machu Picchu's terraced farms

Photo of a terraced farm at Machu Picchu in Peru
Outside the ancient gates of Machu Picchu there are terraced farms. The sun and greenery make for memorable images of Machu Picchu.
Picture of a terraced farm at Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu images of rocks carved to mirror the landscape

Machu Picchu images: Rock that mirrors the mountains beyond
The Incans placed cermonial rocks in the city of Machu Picchu that mirrored the shape of the Peruvian Andes. The resemblance is uncanny.
Pics of Machu Picchu: Ceremonial rocks that resemble the Andes in the distance at Machu Picchu

Photos of Machu Picchu from a distance

Pictures of Machu Picchu viewed from a distance
Our favorite photos from Machu Picchu were taken at a distance, outside the ancient walls of this city of the Incas in Peru. From a distance, you really get perspective on the layout and planning that went into developing the royal city.
Machu Picchu Pictures: The ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru

Photos of the birds and flowers of Machu Picchu

Bird of prey at Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu isn't just about Incan ruins. You'll also find great images of flora and fauna in the center of Peru's cultural heritage. Look out for birds of prey and flowers like you'll see nowhere else in the world.
Machu Picchu Images: Giant red flowers clinging to a cliff at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Pics of the trail to the Inca Bridge

Picture of the Trail to the Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu
There is a lot of ground to cover in Machu Picchu and with the new rules regarding entry permits, you'll have even less time to see it all. After an initial guided group tour through Machu Picchu, we considered what to do next. We thought about hiking up Machu Picchu Mountain but decided that it would be too strenuous and opted to hike to Inca Bridge instead. The path clung to the side of the mountain as we snaked our way along. We could see a wooden bridge in the distance although for safety and preservation reasons we weren't allowed to cross.
Classic Machu Picchu Images: Inca Bridge

Pics of Machu Picchu ruins close-up

Close-up picture of the ruins at Machu Picchu
Pretend to be a member of Incan royalty as you walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Images of changing skies

Machu Picchu picture gallery: Ribbons of white fluffy clouds over Machu Picchu
My favorite Machu Picchu images are the ones that show the constantly changing sky. We started our day in Machu Picchu with blue skies over the Andes. As the morning progressed, fluffy white clouds created patterns in the Peruvian sky. In late morning, the cloud rolled in over the mountains to completely change the atmosphere at the city of the Incas.
Pics of Machu Picchu Peru: Clouds over Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu images: Clouds rolling in
Machu Picchu Pictures: Low hanging clouds over the Andes at Machu PicchuMachu Picchu Pics: Llamas in front of the ruins of Machu Picchu with clouds over the Andes in the distance
Pictures of Machu Picchu: Trapezoidal niches with low hanging clouds over the Andes at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Pictures: Fluffy clouds over the Andes
We hope you've enjoyed our Machu Picchu picture gallery. Did our images of the mystical city of the Incas inspire you to want to visit? 

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Did you know that Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? That may not be surprising to you, but did you also know that Cusco is UNESCO Heritage rated. Why not spend 3 days in Cusco after your visit to Machu Picchu and see how native and colonial cultures collided.

Getting to Machu Picchu

Take your time getting to Machu Picchu. Fly from Lima to Cusco and then spend a few days acclimating to the altitude in Ollantaytambo. You can either take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes or hike the Inca Trail which originates near Ollantaytambo.

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: 30 Machu Picchu Pictures That Will Make You Want to Get On A Plane to Peru
30 Machu Picchu Pictures That Will Make You Want to Get On A Plane to Peru
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