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

Iconic image of Machu Picchu viewed from above
Pictures of Machu Picchu, the last 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.

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

Sunrise over the Andes at Machu Picchu
We arrived in 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 Incas. 
Picture of the sun rising over the terraced farms at Machu Picchu
Sun rays lighting up the buildings of Machu Picchu

Photogenic llamas mowing the lawn at 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. 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!
Close up of a young llama at Machu Picchu

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.
Smooth stone temple and mountain behind Machu Picchu

Photographing the trapezoidal doors and windows of Machu Picchu

Trapezoidal door at Machu Picchu
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.
Sun rays coming through the trapezoidal windows at Machu Picchu
Buildings of Machu Picchu viewed through a trapezoidal window
Two trapezoidal doors at Machu Picchu with views of the Andes beyond.
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.
Photo of a terraced farm at Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu photos of rocks carved to mirror the landscape

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

Photos of Machu Picchu from a distance

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.
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.
Giant red flowers clinging to a cliff at Machu Picchu

Pictures of the trail to the Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu

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 decided to hike the trail to the Inca Bridge. 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.
Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu

Pictures of the ruins of Machu Picchu 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.

Changing skies over Machu Picchu

Ribbons of white fluffy clouds over Machu Picchu
My favorite images of Machu Picchu 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.
Clouds over Machu Picchu
Clouds rolling in over Machu Picchu
Low hanging clouds over the Andes at Machu PicchuLlamas in front of the ruins of Machu Picchu with clouds over the Andes in the distance
Trapezoidal niches with low hanging clouds over the Andes at Machu Picchu
Fluffy clouds over the Andes at Machu Picchu
We hope you've enjoyed our Machu Picchu photo gallery. Did our images of the mystical city of the Incas inspire you to want to visit? To plan your visit, check out the details on the official Peru tourism website.

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