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Tips For The Best Photogrphy Of Machu Picchu.

This is an insider’s tips for the best photos of Machu Picchu, compiled after many visits. There are many different angles of this fabulous city and this is an excellent guide to getting that perfect, different or enigmatic glimpse of these famous ruins! Read on for all our tips and tricks on photographing Machu Picchu, plus the latest on the ever changing regulations.

It’s fair to say that Machu Picchu is among the most photographed places on earth, but so many photos are similar. Everyone gets the “classic” Machu Picchu picture This guide doesn’t assume to be a ‘how to photograph’ Machu Picchu guide but an overall view of the logistics and angles that you might consider to get a spectacular shot! We do not profess to be anything more than amateur photographers but do provide tips that will help you get the best photos of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Regulations

You need to get a grip on Machu Picchu’s ever changing regulations if you are to get the best Machu Picchu photos you can. This has become a very lengthy section of this post (and a continually changing one). Click here if you want to jump direct, but best to get our other unique suggestions first.

Machu Picchu Weather

Machu Picchu is located in the high jungle. “The eyebrow of the jungle” in Spanish and is generally wet and moist all year round. Even in Cusco’s dry/high season (June – August) you will get rainy days. On these days there is a lot of cloud, mist and it is extremely atmospheric.

However, if you want to be sure of a rain free day, consider planning two days at the site. Some of the most beautiful Machu Picchu photographs we have taken were during a December visit, when it’s slightly less busy. Weigh up the pros & cons of adding an extra day to your itinerary in order to get the ‘perfect’ Machu pPicchu pictures.

Different Angles For The Best Photos Of Machu Picchu

Based on our many visits to Machu Picchu, with kids, without kids, with photography on our mind, or simply adventure, these are some different angles you can think about when photographing Machu Picchu!

The Classic Shot

It is said that travellers in Incan times had to undergo cleansing rituals at the Caretakers cottage before being allowed into the Sacred City. Things aren’t so stringent these days – this is the classic Machu Picchu photograph taken by thousands. Get here early in the day as it only gets busier as the day goes on.

The Sun Gate

Doing the last stretch of the Inca Trail in the dark to be at the Sun Gate for sunrise is memorable if nothing else! As the ancient city is in the cloud forest it is sometimes difficult to see sunrise through the clouds. You still remember it though! Alternatively, do the Short Inca Trail and arrive here in the afternoon. It’s not necessarily the view from the Sun gate itself that gives the best pictures. It’s the points along the trail to Machu Picchu which you can see faintly above my hat in this picture.

Montana Machu Picchu

This is the mountain peak above the ruins itself. The climb takes about 3 hours return, and is steeper and more difficult than Huayna Picchu. Now that Huayna Picchu books out months in advance, many people choose to do the Machu Picchu Mountain. Requires entry permit and offers awesome photos of Machu Picchu.


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