Photo Friday: Bucket List Item – Photos of Machu Picchu

Its one of the seven wonders of the modern world and a must see on any trip to Peru.  Whether you arrive after a three or four day trek on one of many routes (the most famous being the Inca Trail of course) or you opt for a single day trip, Machu Picchu is not to be missed.

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Uncovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, amazing views and a few critters too (not including the hundreds of tourists scurrying around).

Tools

photos of Machu Picchu - Inhuatana

This is Intihuatana. An astronomer’s tool used for predicting the solstices, this impressive piece of stone masonry is carved from a single giant rock.

Temples

photos of Machu Picchu - temple of three windows

The temple of the three windows sits in the sacred plaza. Named for obvious reasons the windows afford amazing views of the mountain landscape.

A hidden gem

photos of Machu Picchu - inca bridge

The Inca bridge. A ten minute walk along narrow mountain paths lead you to this simple and slightly scary bridge.

Best of our photos of Machu Picchu

Photos of Machu Picchu - Machu Picchu

No collection of photos of Machu Picchu would be complete without the post card shot. What an amazing view! I would happily return to this place and just gaze at this view.

The Wildlife

photos of machu picchu - llama

Meet one of Machu Picchu’s most recent residents; the llamas have only been here for 10 years. We saw these furry friends all over Bolivia and Peru, but didn’t expect to find them up here! They seemed completely unaffected by the thousands of tourists wielding selfie sticks.

There are many more awesome sights such as the temple of the sun, Intipuncu (the sun gate) and the Roca Sagrada. Without doubt adding photos of Machu Picchu to your collection, should be on your bucket list!

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