Machu Picchu is so overwhelming, it’s almost hard to make sense of it all and to truly take it all in. That being said, I wanted to highlight some of the most memorable parts of my visit to the ruins.
The Condor Temple
I loved how the wings of this temple are pretty much nature-made yet are so strikingly condor-like. No wonder the Incas worshiped nature.
Llamas, and sparrows, and chinchilas, oh my!
Yes, as I mentioned, I loved that there were animals throughout the ruins. From the bold blue sparrows to the photogenic llamas, the seemingly isolated ruins were really not that empty of life. And what better place to call home for this family of chinchillas that reside at Machu Picchu?
The morning mist
I’ve read that the busiest times to visit Machu Picchu at from 10 am – 2 pm. I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t sacrifice a few hours of sleep to arrive right when the ruins open. That quiet morning mist is incredible, and that’s how you should be introduced to Machu Picchu.
P is for Peru
I’m guessing that’s not really why this important Temple of the Sun is shaped like a P, but it is known for it’s stonework. Ok, I admit it, I mostly like it because it’s shaped like a P.
A few other things you should look out for:
- The cuy (guinea pig) -shaped stone
- The king’s toilet: yes, they hooked up some impressive plumbing for this VIP
- Speaking of plumbing, look out for the various fountains at Machu Picchu, through which water still flows