I took hundred of photos of Machu Picchu from every possible angle, location, and time of day. I went a little over board, admittedly, but Machu Picchu is breathtaking. Not only from the height of it—it is at 7,970 feet above sea level—but the sheer beauty. I tried to include photos that show the scale as well as the surrounding scenery. There are several paths leading in, the Inca Sun Gate and the Inca Bridge. The bridge is perhaps the most interesting, only because the path is very narrow. On one side is cliff face and on the other is a sheer drop off. The bridge was designed to be collapsed should there be invaders; they would have no where to go except back the way they came.
I spent two days at Machu Picchu, though you could get through the complex in one day without any problem. I stayed the night in Aguas Calientes, which is a touristy town and rather expensive, but not as bad as it could have been. Considering the number of tourists that come through there every year, I was rather surprised at how nice and helpful people were. Machu Picchu was the last stop, and I am glad I worked my way there instead of going there directly. I probably would not have enjoyed the other sites as much as I did.