Impressive for it’s scale, location and ingenuity, the ruins of Machu Picchu help put into perspective how advanced the Inca people were.
A short bus ride from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), the preferred time to visit is early in the morning for sunrise. This is a noble idea, but ask around about the weather, as many months of the year Machu Picchu is shrouded in clouds, or rain, early in the mornings! Timing your visit to see the clouds lift off the mountain as the sun warms the earth is something special to witness. Of course, if you are lucky…you may catch a Machu Picchu sunrise, but often the sun will not appear until mid-morning.
Walking around Machu Picchu on your own, after a guided tour, is highly recommended. It can be a lot of information to take in from experienced guides, so finding a quiet spot and just soaking in the surroundings is a great way to appreciate the scale and effort required to build this lost city of the Incas.
The Sun Gate provides the best “birds eye” view of the entire complex, while a side trip to the Inca Bridge gets you away from the main complex and is worth the short hike to see a part of Machu Picchu that many visitors overlook.
Before you leave, don’t forget to take a selfie, or photo with one of the llamas that are found grazing on the grass at Machu Picchu.