My wife and I spent the first 20 days of 2014 traveling through Peru. We had wanted to visit for years and we were so excited to finally get the chance to go.
Of course visiting Machu Picchu was right at the top of our list of things to do, but there were so many other places to see and activities to do. We filled up our three weeks in Cusco, horseback riding in the Sacred Valley, exploring ruins, hiking in the jungle down the Amazon river, dodging moto-taxis in Iquitos and relaxing on the south coast.
I packed a sketching stool and my sketching kit, complete with a small travel watercolor set, pens, pencils and two brushes. At Machu Picchu we hiked up Wayna Picchu, the large mountain overlooking Machu Picchu to the south. Back at the ruins we found a good place to set up our stools and set to work. This was a difficult sketch, not just because of the angles, small buildings and stonework, but because it was hard to look away from the view to mark it in my sketchbook.
I would recommend to anyone visiting Machu Picchu to stay as late as you can, when most of the other visitors have left (they started rounding people up for closing around 4:30). We practically had the place to ourselves (with the exception of what looked like the crew of a Japanese reality show).