Machu Picchu is a wondrous place. Full of curiosity and history, it is a metropolis. What used to be the capital of the great Incan Empire is now an UNESCO Site, an ancient city and one of the largest tourist filled areas in the world.
Everyone who goes to Peru goes to Machu Picchu. That’s not a question. You have to go to Machu Picchu. What is a question, is how to go to Machu Picchu. What to do in Machu Picchu. How to get around, where to go. Here I hope I can answer all your questions with my experiences in this age old city.
One of the world wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is a metropolis filled with history of war and empires. For your first stop, go to the city of Machu Picchu and arrive just in time to have lunch at Chullpi Machu Picchu Restaurant, some of the best food I have ever had. It is amazing, I cannot stress enough, eat there.
After lunch, take the $2 bus up the mountain to get amazing views of the mountains next to the city. Sit on the right side of the bus to get the best views.
Once you get up there, you will want to go to the restroom, for $1, so you don’t get caught missing anything. Now, the biggest problem I have heard people face is getting a good photo of Machu Picchu. Whether you are a professional photographer or a tourist with an iPhone, it is actually quite hard to take anything but the classic photo that everyone takes.
Sure, it is the best photo. But there are some pretty awesome ones! After the 10 minute hike up to the first viewpoint, try taking photos from as many different angles as you can. When taking photos, it comes down to 2 things. Where your right foot is, and where your left foot is. Position, composition, angles. All very important. So try out a few things.
Something to look at is the terraces to the right of you as you walk down the first path on the mountain, where the Incans farmed. Another thing to take advantage of is Machu Picchu, the mountain. Always in the back of the photo, and never the subject, try taking a photo of it!
Normally you won’t need more than a few hours there. However, if you find some wild llamas or chinchillas, stay longer and hang out with them!