One of the newly voted seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is truly a sight to behold. Discovered in 1911, this 15th-century Inca site sits 7,970 feet high in the mountains of Peru, overlooking the Urubamba river flowing hundreds of feet below.
With incredible architecture, history, views and superb preservation, it’s no wonder thousands of visitors arrive everyday with the hope of taking that perfect Machu Picchu shot. This is why we spoke to protective camera case experts, The Case Farm, to share some of their top tips.
Arriving at Machu Picchu
Whether you’re taking the leg burning steps up from Aguas Calientes, trekking the Inca trail, or taking it easy with the coach, you are here! Now it’s time to explore and take some photos. So where shall we begin?
The early bird catches the worm
For us, there’s no better time of day than first thing in the morning. The steps from Aguas Calientes take about an hour to climb, and you will definitely feel the burn on the way up. Leaving your hotel around 4:30AM should get you there for the 6AM opening time. You can have a nice lie-in if you take the bus, but still, try and reach the summit as early as possible.
When you reach the top you might be thinking, “why is it so cold and foggy?”. Don’t fear, this is completely normal and the sun will quickly start to warm the valley. Make sure you bring your sun cream!
One of the best things about being there so early is that there are fewer people. Machu Picchu really begins to fill up around 10-11AM.
You came all this way to see this wonder, so chances are you will be sticking around for a couple more hours. In which case, don’t discount the middle of the day for a top camera shot, as the back of the hill will be fully lit at this time.
No matter what time of year it is, Machu Picchu always brings a hefty crowd. While many show up later in the day, it can still be difficult to get the shot you want. This is why being patient is key to getting a quality photo. People are constantly moving from one view point to another, so being patient until they pass will allow you to get the photo you want.
You will be incredibly lucky to get your desired picture at Machu Picchu with no one in the background. That is why being able to change lenses quickly is a huge advantage. You may find the perfect opportunity to capture what you want, but if you are fumbling around with lenses, you might miss it. LensPacks allow you to change your lens in a matter of seconds, meaning you won’t be faffing about and potentially missing your once in a lifetime shot.
Wide angle shots are synonymous with Machu Picchu. Wide and high are where you will find the most breathtaking views throughout the city. But, Machu Picchu is full of small little rooms and a wide angle lens helps add more space and depth to your image.
Wide also applies for the type of lens you want to bring with you. Once again, this is where LensPacks really comes into its own, allowing you to transport a variety of different lenses with you at any given time.
While everyone is obsessing over the photo they want for their new profile picture, don’t forget about the intricate details that Machu Picchu has to offer. With so many details, you will discover the stunning joint work. You will also discover the different types of stone used for the civilian areas and the royal areas.
Machu Picchu isn’t without its fair share of Llamas, so getting a photo with one 7,000 feet above sea level is simply a must. The key to a good llama photo is to shoot with the sun at your back and, if possible, the city in the background.
I hope you enjoyed some of the top tips of for shooting Machu Picchu.