After spending the day with our wonderful local guide learning about the history and spirituality of this scared Inca ruin, we decided to hike up to the Sun Gate to see how the ancient Incas arrived. On our way up, it started to drizzle, then pour, but we put on our rain gear and kept going. At the Sun Gate, it was raining so hard we could barely see the ruins.
On the way back down, soaked but content, we saw the clouds break up, the rain slow, and we were treated to a double rainbow and clear, nearly tourist-free views of the surrounding Andes Mountains and Machu Picchu below. Never let a little rain dampen a great adventure.