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Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:01 pm

The 25 Best Instagram Photos for #MachuPicchu

And How to Get the Most Likes on Instagram

Are you wondering what it takes to become the best photographer on Instagram in South America? Our Peru Tours team just gathered all 2018 Instagram posts containing the hashtag for one of the most iconic travel destinations in South America #MachuPicchu. Between 01-January-2018 and 22-August-2018 there were 175,596 posts! That’s a lot of data and likes. Actually, to be exact it’s 27.9 Million likes total that we sorted through! We then ran a little analysis in Excel to find out what it takes to get the most likes on Instagram. First, let’s take a look at the most liked pictures on Instagram for 2018 so far containing #MachuPicchu. Then we’ll tell you some of the secrets we discovered that might help you get more likes for your awesome photos. Please note that we counted the likes only at the time of this writing, the images will auto-update as they get more likes, but the text will not. As you go through this list, try to pick out the patterns which all the posts share (Llamas anyone?). Note that while some of these are similar, that is the point. To be inspired by what works, and then empower you to share your great moments the next time you take a trip to Machu Picchu.

#25: Visit this World Wonder

Count of Likes: 20,122 Date Posted: 15 July 2018 Photographer: @reneeroaming Regram: Original Poster  

A post shared by RENEE HAHNEL (@reneeroaming) on

#24: Those Wide Eyes

Count of Likes: 21,343 Date Posted: 18 July 2018 Photographer: @tara_elizaaa Regram: Yes

A post shared by Perú (@peru) on

#23: …Lit the Sky Orange…

Count of Likes: 21,681 Date Posted: 20 February 2018 Photographer: @josiahwg Regram: Original Poster

#22: Dreams Come True in Peru

Count of Likes: 22,117 Date Posted: 1 August 2018 Photographer: @lisahomsy Regram: Yes

A post shared by Perú (@peru) on

#21: Off the Bucket List

Count of Likes: 22,902 Date Posted: 28 July 2018 Photographer: @lisahomsy Regram: Original Poster

A post shared by LISA HOMSY (@lisahomsy) on

#20: Moments of Joy

Count of Likes: 24,130 Date Posted: 24 July 2018 Photographer: @alexandrafuentes Regram: Original Poster

#19: Amazing Views

Count of Likes: 31,493 Date Posted: 22 August 2018 Photographer: @chrisbosh Regram: Original Poster  

A post shared by Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) on

#18: Wherever We Go

Count of Likes: 24,900 Date Posted: 18 July 2018 Artist: @puuung1 Regram: Original Poster  

A post shared by puuung (@puuung1) on

#17: Hey Guys!

Count of Likes: 25,641 Date Posted: 18 August 2018 Photographer: @suffrier Regram: Yes  

#16: Say Cheese!

Count of Likes: 28,022 Date Posted: 11 July 2018  Photographer: @jipang33 Regram: Yes  

A post shared by Perú (@peru) on

#15: Y conoció Machu Picchu

Count of Likes: 28,065 Date Posted: 30 June 2018 Photographer: @rosangelaeslo Regram: Original Poster

#14: I Still Remember…

Count of Likes: 31,003 Date Posted: 20 August 2018 Photographer: @irine_meier Regram: Original Poster

#13: Sunrise over Machu Picchu

Count of Likes: 31,721 Date Posted: 29 June 2018 Photographer: @emmett_sparling Regram: Yes  

A post shared by Perú (@peru) on

#12: Huayna Picchu

Count of Likes: 35,574 Date Posted: 18 June 2018 Photographer: @philngyn Regram: Yes Phil’s caption is so cool, we have to share it: “Did you know that the peak behind Machu Picchu also has its own terraces and temple remnants at the summit? True story, it’s named Huayna Picchu and is just over 1,000ft in total ascension above the city”. – @philngyn

#11: Imagine Re-Discovering This Place

Count of Likes: 40,925 Date Posted: 14 August 2018 Photographer: @jordhammond Regram: Yes  

#10: Beautiful Places

Count of Likes: 42,445 Date Posted: 28 July 2018 Photographer: @emilia_drago Regram: Original Poster  

A post shared by Emilia Drago (@emilia_drago) on

#9: Magical Atmosphere

Count of Likes: 46,230 Date Posted: 1 February 2018 Photographer: @emmett_sparling Regram: Yes #9 and #5 are very similar shots. Can you spot the differences?

A post shared by Nature (@nature) on

#8: Made a New Llama Friend

Count of Likes: 43,345 Date Posted: 13 March 2018 Photographer: @doyoutravel Regram: Yes This photo by @doyoutravel was regrammed three times that we detected in our top 100 scans. Either it’s the quality of the photo or the friends you make and pose with, we don’t know. What we know for sure though is how awesome the Llama’s at Machu Picchu are.

#7: Machu Picchu in Style

Count of Likes: 51,155 Date Posted: 20 July 2018 Photographer: @brookslaich Regram: Orginal Poster

A post shared by Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) on

#6: Learn, Listen, Inspire

Count of Likes: 54,147 Date Posted: 3 May 2018 Photographer: @evancraft Regram: Original Poster This photo by @evancraft comes in at #6 on our list of most liked photos for #MachuPicchu. What’s unique about it is what you don’t see right away. Evan is working on a GoFundMe for a great cause. Check out his Instagram to learn more.

A post shared by Evan Craft (@evancraft) on

#5: Spectacular Misty Mornings

Count of Likes: 57,153 Date Posted: 20 June 2018 Photographer: @emmett_sparling Regram: Yes #9 and #5 are very similar shots. Can you spot the differences?

A post shared by Nature (@nature) on

#4: Stare Down with a Llama

Count of Likes: 58,661 Date Posted: 11 August 2018 Photographer: @jordhammond Regram: Yes  

#3: Kevin the Llama

Likes: 62,579 Date Posted: 26 April 2018 Photographer: @emmett_sparling Regram: Yes Capturing someone or a friendly animal at Machu Picchu seems to be one of the best ways to get likes for #MachuPicchu. Emmett would know, he made our list several times. If anyone knows the secret to get likes, it’s this guy. Or it’s the Llama he so aptly named Kevin. Follow @emmett_sparling to find out!

A post shared by Nature (@nature) on

#2: Waking up at 2AM…

Count of Likes: 80,018 Date Posted: 7 January 2018 Photographer: @king_roberto Regram: Yes In our big list of likes and posts this photo was shared by others a lot! @king_roberto originally accumulated 17K likes on his own page, but because the shot is so well liked it was regrammed by many. Including @discoverearth where it earned 80K likes! Congrats Robert! You are #2 on our list of most liked insta shots.

#1: The Excited Lama

Count of Likes: 169,316 Date Posted: 29 June 2018 Photographer: @suedeonfilm Regram: Yes Congratulations Derek Herndon! Your photo is the most liked pic on Instagram this year so far with #MachuPicchu! Yup, @DiscoveryChannel gave you a bit of a boost there, but you deserve it. Great shot of the Inca’s Lost City!  Be sure to follow @suedeonfilm for more inspiration!

How to Get the Most Likes on Instagram:

  1. Get your photographs shared by accounts like @discoverearth@nature, and @peru.
    • Depending on your respective area these might change. Find out who the big influencers are in your area and reach out to them. I can tell you that from doing several posts like this that @discoverearth is often on my list with extraordinary places.
    • These kinds of accounts love sharing content and have a big audience. Reach out to them for ways to collaborate.
    • Note: @peru is on this list because we’re analyzing a locality of Peru for #MachuPicchu.
  2. Post your content/photographs before 10AM
    • Per the data we looked at it seemed that posting before 11AM was the most ideal. This allows your post to be seen by the early risers as they are having breakfast or getting their day going. This also enables your post to accumulate interest throughout the day. 
    • Additionally, the biggest spike across all the posts was 12-1PM. We hypothesize that this is the lunchtime crowd.
  3. Be rich, famous, and really really good looking.
    • Bonus if you have millions of followers already.
    • We did notice that famous models, actors, and beautiful people did score in the top of our data. These folks often looked like world travelers too. Building a following as in #1 and #2 above will naturally help you do this.
    • One of the rules for the pictures we chose above is that we had to avoid what appeared to be Instagram models. We attempted to avoid sharing photos from people with over two million followers UNLESS the theme of their Instagram was about extraordinary places. If their Instagram was all selfies, they were likely not included.
    • Naturally it can be assumed that the more followers you have, the more likes your posts will get.


What about videos?

Videos do well, but not as well as images on #MachuPicchu. Of the 175,596 Instagram posts put up for 2018 so far, only 7,378 were video. While we analyzed 175,596 posts, we only personally looked at the first 100. Rumor has it that video’s get more likes. Not by what we saw for #MachuPicchu. The first 99 were images. Only #100 was a video by 4biddenknowledge, and that was also the number one most liked video. The most viewed video was these lama’s by @emmett_sparlingThe second most viewed is this proposal by @angellashin.   How we got our data:

  • The data was obtained via Instagram and it should be noted that by sharing it, it is not intended for profit. We simply wish to raise awareness for the beauty of Machu Picchu while also promoting these great photographers.
  • Instagram has not expressed any permission to use the included data.
  • So how did we sort it? We called our Llamas and Alpacas in from the fields and set them to sift through the likes. If the Llama’s and Alpacas liked it, we included it in this list. We’ll keep the rest a secret for now.

Other Notes:

  • Regrammed means that the post was shared by a 3rd party where it got more likes.
  • If the post’s main subject was unrelated to the use of the hashtag, we choose not to include it.
  • If the post says “Original Poster” then that’s the original photographer and the photo was not regrammed.
  • Likes as listed in this post were counted as of 27 August 2018 and are subject to change.
  • Photo titles are not the original photographers, but our attempt to summarize their great work.
  • We did not analyze view counts for videos and best time to posts, but it’s safe to assume that its the same.
  • If you are the original photographer and want us to include a different title or a paragraph by you, please comment below or contact

This entry was written by our very own Ryan J Barr. He originally comes from Montana, but now explores the wilderness and mountains of South America with us.

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