Machu Picchu Tips: Arrive at Sunrise

I’m saving up for my dream trip to Machu Picchu. What tips would you give to a first-time visitor?

Sep 5, 2012
Outside Magazine
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Machu Picchu at sunrise.    Photo: Matt Tilghman/Shutterstock


If you hike, you’ll arrive at Machu Picchu on the afternoon of the fourth day. But you should save your explorations for the next morning, for two reasons. The first is that watching the veil of sunlight wrapping around the ancient ruins in the morning is an experience of a lifetime. And second, like at Disneyworld, the earlier you get there, the more you’ll see before the camera-toting hordes become impossible.

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