One of the most amazing experiences in South America is a visit to Machu Picchu. It is one of the main reasons people travel to Peru and it was recently named as one of the 7 new wonders of the world. If Machu Picchu isn’t already on your bucket list, you need to change that immediately. To see it with your own eyes is one of the most rewarding experiences we’ve ever had.
Machu Picchu has inspired travelers for over 100 years since its discovery in 1911. In case you can’t visit yourself, we made a video for you to experience this magical place through our eyes. Maybe it will help inspire your own visit.
When we visited, it was in the fall of 2017 (Spring in Peru) and we had just done 4 days of trekking through the jungles to get here. So this was the 5th day of our adventure. We spent the day walking around the ruins and soaking in the beauty. We were lucky because it was the rainy season during our visit, and the morning (while we visited the ruins) was mostly clear skies. That wasn’t the case for those who arrived in the early afternoon.
This will also eventually be Part Three of our Salkantay Trek series – before arriving at Machu Picchu, we walked about 80-km through the Andes, visiting mountains, glaciers, rivers, and jungles.
This is the second video from our adventures of 2017 – the first was our Climbing the Pyramids of Teotihuacan from our visit to Mexico City a few weeks before this.This is our first attempt at making travel videos. We took a lot of footage while traveling around South America, and it turns out that was the easy part. Editing everything down to something that flows is, of course, the hard part. So we hope you enjoy!
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Hiking the ruins of Machu Picchu
On the 5th day of the Salkantay Trek – after hiking in the mountains of Peru for nearly 80km – we finally arrived at our destination; The Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu. It was a cool morning, with lots of humidity and the constant threat of rain. The ruins were periodically shrouded in mist, which added to the mystique of our experience.
Hiking around the ruins of Machu Picchu. 2017.
Bonus Video: The Selfie Llama of Machu Picchu
While wandering around the ruins of Machu Picchu, we found a docile Llama overlooking the ruins. So did everybody else. We had to wait in line like everyone else for our own “unique” photo opportunity. I couldn’t resist taking a video, as this was one of the most hilarious moments of our trip.
The Selfie Llama of Machu Picchu. 2017.