The sunrise and animals calling Machu Picchu their home

You want to make sure you don’t miss anything when going to Machu Picchu? If you have not seen my previous post about Machu Picchu please click on the following link: why is machu picchu such a magical place and photos you haven’t seen before.

Here are some more insights of what to expect followed by a quick survival guide.

Expect the sunrise to be slightly different

In my opinion the best times to see a place is either at sunrise or sunset. Places turn into this beautiful golden colour. For photographers definitely a must. So it was absolutely clear to me to get up very early to see the sunrise at 5:30am. However, our group decided to be there slightly after the sunrise which confused me but I trusted our tour guide. In the end it was perfect. What we have to remember that Machu Picchu is mostly covered in fog and clouds in the early mornings and you won’t see any sunrise. We could see the beautiful scenery of clouds coming in and moving out, so Machu Picchu played ‘hiding’ with us. A magical theatre to watch: A panorama shot taken early in the morning.

Machu Picchu in fog
Machu Picchu early in the morning covered in the clouds.

The Inca site tour (Gadventure) started and I still haven’t seen the sunrise. I kind of gave up on it but was excited to learn more about the site. After a while I turned to the right and I couldn’t believe it. Finally there it was – the sunrise – how beautiful and different. The clouds were still hanging very deep and the sun started to brighten up the clouds from the bottom. I definitely did not expect that to be the sunrise at Machu Picchu. It looked magical. Have a look at the photos below:

clouds lit by sun
the unexpected and slightly different sunrise at Machu Picchu

or here:

sunrise Machu Picchu
the slightly different sunrise at Machu Picchu

The animals calling Machu Picchu their home

Of course everybody know that Llamas live here:

Llama
The Llama is guarding the Machu Picchu Inca site

When you pay attention and stop making any noise, you can see the Andean rabbit. He is called viscacha and has a bushy tail and long, furry ears. It belongs to the Chinchilla family. Rarely seen but very special:

Andean rabbit
The Andean rabbit rarely seen but very special

…and when you walk around and look at the rocks and walls you will be able to see this guy – a spiny whorltail Iguana:

Iguana at Machu Picchu
spiny whorltail Iguana at Machu Picchu

I hope you enjoy Machu Picchu as much as I did. It is amazing when you think about the Incas and their physical strengths and great skills they had to build this magical place which the spanish conquerors were not able to find.

Have a great day. In my following post I will publish a survival guide for you.

Hope to see you back soon.

Alex

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