Foto Friday: Misty Machu Picchu

Foto Friday: Misty Machu Picchu

I’ve now been to Machu Picchu on three different occasions.  I’ve arrived at the site three different ways and had three different experiences.  But the one thing that I’ve come to realize is that the weather can change on the drop of a hat.  The clouds seem to move faster through this famous valley than anywhere else I’ve ever seen.  One minute visitors will be greeted by the classic photograph that they’ve seen many times, and within minutes the entire site is covered by a mist that doesn’t allow you to see your hand out streched in front of your face.  These are three pictures I took within a 5 minute span, this is how fast the view out to Wayna Picchu can change:

Moving Clouds

Clouds Beginning to Cover

And covered in minutes

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. Great photos. If anything it looks more stunning in the clouds than it does in bright sunshine.

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  2. What gorgeous photos! I love that it’s up in the clouds. Visiting Machu Picchu is definitely at the top of my list.

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  3. I’ve seen many gorgeous pictures of Machu Picchu, but I don’t remember seeing the ones with a lot of clouds like this. It looks mystical, awesome!

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  4. Sweet pics! Just moved Machu Picchu up on my bucket list…

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  5. Awesome pictures. We’re there next thursday – can only hope to be able to see it in such spectacular conditions!

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    • Thanks,
      This time of year you should have good weather! But only Pachamama decides who gets to see it in its glory 🙂

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  6. I’ve never seen photos this far above Machu Picchu. I love the clouds. Nice shots!

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  7. The pictures are just breath-taking. Machu Picchu will definitely be one on my bucket list, aside from the falls in Plitvice, Croatia.

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