Machu Picchu is one of those magical places that you can never take enough photos of. You snap and you snap and you snap. When taking photos of Machu Picchu, it’s hard to capture the beauty and feeling you get while you’re standing, literally, above the clouds and looking down at the amazing Inca ruins.
We were fortunate to see two sides of Machu Picchu: the misty cloud covered Machu Picchu and the bright and colorful Machu Picchu. I’ve put together some of my favorite photographs that show the progression of our day as the clouds lifted and we made our way throughout the ancient city.
By the time we made it through the line, waited for our guide to gather up the other two couples in our group, and first started making our way down, it was probably almost 7 am. At first, we couldn’t even see the city, or even the surrounding mountains.
Our guide assured us not to worry and that soon the clouds would lift. She was right; every time we looked back we could see a little more. The anticipation was killing us! Then the sun started to make its way through the clouds. We would get bursts of sunshine, and then more clouds.
In this video, you can see the clouds slowly passing over the city:
At that point we didn’t wait for the clouds to completely lift. We continued exploring the city itself and making our way through the many sections that make it up.
In this video, we are looking down on Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. You can see the ruins off in the distance, the winding road that the bus takes up from the base of the mountain, and people as they walk up to the Sun Gate. The video was several minutes long but we sped it up, and my favorite thing about it is that you can see the shadow of the clouds move over the landscape.
As you can see, we had great weather and the day turned out beautifully. Being able to see the clouds lift was magical. It was an amazing experience; one that I will never forget. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos of Machu Picchu and I hope that they inspire you to visit this incredible city.