If you go to Cusco in Peru you will no doubt be planning to visit one of the great wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.
Any recommended tour company that I have come across in my time in Peru that has offered a tour of the big MP, all recommend to get there as early in the morning as you can, so that you can see it in all it´s glory during sunrise, when the air is clearer and there are less people around.
This is the big lie of Machu Picchu.
Due to the fact that every tour company says these same things, this leads to a huge haude of tourists queuing around the block from around 5am to catch one of the first few buses up to Machu Picchu.
You don´t get to see every part of the ruins as there are so many groups of tourists blocking the sights. This is just one of the downfalls of going so early.
The second downfall is the weather.
Obviously it´s not every day that the weather is lovely and clear so that you can see the sunrise. Unfortunately for us we went on a day when you couldn´t see a metre infront of your face due to the fog and all you could see around you were multicoloured ponchos moving around due to the torrential rain. This is of course due to the fact that we visited during the rainy season so of course it was to be expected. However, don´t be fooled into still thinking that the morning will always be the best time to go.
If the weather forecast says that the weather will be bad, go later on in the day. For us, everyone that had arrived first thing in the morning had already left due to the weather, so when we went back up around 2pm, the weather had cleared up, the fog was gone and luckily for us, so were the majority of the tourists.
We may have only had around 3 hours to take a look around before it closed but at least we were able to see its beauty in a tranquile environment.
Main message - Don´t let your guide tell you when´s the best time to go. Check the weather forecast, you may get a couple more hours sleep and save yourself from getting drenched.
Travel tip shared by EvieJO1