Epic places to photograph in Peru#2

Amazing photography destinations in Peru

The Machu Picchu

This is the second part of our story covering Damon Beckford’s amazing photography destinations in Peru. To get the full story circle back to part number one here!

After rainbow mountain and a few days of relaxing, we started our 3-day trip to the place we’ve been waiting for. Machu Picchu. Now there are many options of how to go about visiting Machu Picchu. We chose to take the cheap way, which was 7 hours in a very sketchy minivan driving ridiculously dangerous roads like a rally driver and then a 10 km hike to Aquas Clients, the Machu Picchu town.

We survived our trip and made it to the village just before dark, had dinner and went to bed. The next night we woke up at 3:30 as we planned to hike 1,5 hours to the top of Machu Picchu. But it had been raining the whole night and kept on raining as we woke up, so we decided to take the easy way up and got a bus. Once we got to Machu Picchu, we were actually very happy that we took the bus, because our main activity of the day was going to be walking up and down a lot of steep steps!

The Cinema Wide was perfect to capture the entire magnitude of these amazing ruins.
The Cinema Wide was perfect to capture the entire magnitude of these amazing ruins.
Here I used the Pro Portrait Tele in trying to emphasize the mystic fog hovering over Machu Picchu.
Here I used the Pro Portrait Tele in trying to emphasize the mystic fog hovering over Machu Picchu.

The first two hours we explored the ruins and watched the fog and rain clouds move away. We got brilliant sunshine and that sure made us happy! It was time to hike the Machu Picchu mountain to get a beautiful view of the city from 500 meters higher. It was a steep and sweaty hike, but the views were absolutely amazing. One of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. I definitely recommend hiking this mountain if you ever get a chance to come here.

As the fog cleared and the sun came out the Machu Picchu revealed itself to us in its full glory! Shot with Black Eye Pro Portrait Tele lens.
As the fog cleared and the sun came out the Machu Picchu revealed itself to us in its full glory! Shot with Black Eye Pro Portrait Tele lens.

Then it was time to hike back down and go explore the ancient city of Machu Picchu a bit more. This place really is as amazing as I thought. So many questions came into my mind when looking at the ruins. How did they pull it off and who had the idea of building it in such a crazy place!

It was a fun day exploring and hiking, taking loads of photographs and getting sunburnt too. We soon realized that we had been here for 8 hours and that we’re super hungry so it’s time to get back to the village and get some lunch. If you make a trip to Machu Picchu, be sure to get the early morning ticket to beat the crowds and to most likely see some very cool mist around the mountains. Once again, the Tele lens was my favorite lens to use here as the zoom came in very handy. But also with the Cinema lens, I got some wider shots of Machu Picchu.

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