Do you know what my favorite spot in Machu Picchu was? Well, I’ll tell you: The Guardian’s hut. Actually, this really isn’t the proper name for the structure sitting atop the inner city of Machu Picchu. It is just a name Hiram Bingham gave it. It’s the only building that is outside of the city walls (yes Machu Picchu has a city wall), and as it is located on such an exposed spot in the agricultural sector, it could have been an outpost for guardians. Much of the approach into Machu Picchu (meaning the Inca Trail or Camino Inca) can be seen from here, as can be Machu Picchu.
This is actually the very reason why I love it so much. It’s the perfect vantage point for any tourist. It is also the place, where the classical Machu Picchu panorma is usually shot. It really should be the first place you visit on your tour through Machu Picchu. Most ppl waiting for the sunrise in Machu Picchu will choose this place (or the Intipunku) to see it.
How do you get to the Guardian’s hut? Simply follow the trail as you enter and then keep to the left. It’s a short incline (maybe 10 minutes walk from the entrance) and you can easily be here by 6:30am …which is about the time when the sun rises behind the mountains.
Picture credit: Bill Damon