Even the wonders of the world have rainy days…

The alarm is set for 4:30am on my iPhone, and our packs are packed, we are ready to be on the first bus to reach Machu Picchu!

As we wake, still groggy from the early morning and the strenuous hike the day before, I open the shades of our room to find it pouring outside. We convince ourselves that it will stop soon, and if we leave later we will get some sunshine. The alarm is reset to a more comfortable 7:30 where we will try this again, only to be disappointed.

I guess it’s time to strap on the rain gear and do this thing!

The thing about Machu Picchu, it’s kind of out in the middle of nowhere, and it’s a trek just to get out there, so rain or shine… today is the day!

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The song by Alanis Morissette “Rain on your wedding day” played in my head a few times that morning. Sure we weren’t exactly getting married, but I don’t know when I will ever get back here, and it definitely put a cramp in the day.

The silver lining

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Even our rain clouds had a silver lining actually they were the silver lining. Having the misty, eery clouds roll around the mountains surrounding the ruins made for some cool pictures. Everyone has seen the pictures from Machu Picchu on a nice sunny day, but we got to see it with as the clouds made constantly changing and interesting compositions (or at least that’s how I am going to look at it).

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The black lining of the cloud

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I’m not sure if ‘black lining’ is even a thing, but for this post it’s the opposite of a silver one. The downside is the site is still very full because, like us, everyone only has a day or two to be there rain or shine. Everyone is there, and very colorful, every color of the rainbow is represented in disposable poncho form. The beautiful tan and gray ruins (and your photos) get a splash of color as hordes of tourist parade through with waterproof outfits and umbrellas.

The other snag is actually taking pictures. Maybe I’m over protective of my camera gear, but I most certainly took way less pictures than I would have if it was nice, sunny, and the llamas were smiling. Come to think of it the rain must have scared the llamas away cause I saw no llamas, and I even wore my llama gear, sad face.

I am going to focus on the positive and bask in the cloudy coolness of my photos.

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Travel isn’t always sunny days, and it teaches you to make the most of it and enjoy.

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14 thoughts on “Even the wonders of the world have rainy days…”

  1. Despite the rain your pictures look absoluty stunning. The way the mist rises slowly..wow! 🙂

    Will be at machu pichu in May. Got 2 full days there so hopefully the weather-god will favor me! With all that rain – weren’t the walkways slippery like hell? Or didn’t u take the climb to wayna pichu?

  2. Awesome photos!! They are eerie and awesome and unique to the sunny photos you often see so there’s something! Awesome outlook on the experience. You look cold but content in your photo 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed them. Yes we were a little chilly up there, the rain made it much cooler than it actually was. We too really liked the eerie look and thought it made for some interesting photos.

  3. Well, its the first time I see pictures of Machu Picchu under clouds and rain before so this is special I guess.. sometimes it happens that the day is not perfect to see things you wanted to see since a long time but we always try to make the best out of it! same thing happened with me when I visited Halong bay in Vietnam as it was cloudy almost all the time but it was still great experience 🙂 happy travels !

    • It’s life and that is just how we were meant to see Machu Picchu, and we still had a great time and our photos ended up great. I have heard Halong Bay is often cloudy & rainy, but as long as you had a good time that is all that matters.

  4. I’ve gone cuckoo reading your blog like nothing else matters! What an amazing journey. Well, I am just stopping by at this post to say that Adam, you are right. Machu pichhu with clouds is actually a much much prettier sight.

    Can’t wait to read what you’ve written about my country India 🙂 happy traveling.

    • That is so great to hear!!! Glad to hear you saw the same beauty with the clouds as we did. When we get to India you know there will be tons of great photos and stories to share!

  5. Great Pictures! Did you do anything to protect your camera from the rain? I’m headed to Vietnam on Wednesday and I am guessing I will most certainly get some rain due to the recent typhoon…

    • Hannah’s hand’s were protecting the camera…but it all worked out great and we got some great photos so we are happy. Hope you didn’t get to wet in Vietnam!

  6. I’m glad you toughed it out and made the most of your time there! I’m also glad I got to see those gorgeous photos without getting wet 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  7. I’m sad you saw no llamas!!! It rained the day that we visited, so they were lower in the complex- we found a herd of them hanging out near the entrance to the Huayna Picchu hike. When the weather started to clear off ( we hung around there for 4 hours!) and the sun came out they all started climbing up towards the watchmans tower. 🙂

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