Difference between the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountains
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Difference between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain

On your trip to Machu Picchu you will have the opportunity to trek through the mountains between which the Inca City was built; The ascent to these mountains will allow you to see the city of Machu Picchu from above. Both mountains need a special ticket, both offer spectacular views of Machu Picchu; Most people can tour the Machu Picchu mountain, but not all can tour the Huayna Picchu.

Difference between the mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

The mountain Huayna Picchu is the one that appears behind Machu Picchu in its classic postal photo; Their Inca trails built on one side of the mountain can be terrifying for people afraid of heights; These circulate to the side of abysses of hundreds of meters, are steep and narrow; With some sections in which you will have to hold security cables to balance; Is a challenge for anyone. If you suffer from vertigo or can not control your fear of heights, it is best to overlook this mountain. The mountain Machu Picchu, offers less steep, wider and visually less terrifying ways. When booking the Machu Picchu Tickets think about all the people that come with you, this trek is ideal if you are coming with children or with the elderly.

The trails of the mountain Machu Picchu offer long periods of time without seeing anyone; Very different to the mountain Huayna, where you will have to wait your turn to be able to use the path. Both roads have almost the same distance (about 2 km), however, the trek to the top of the Huayna Picchu is more vertical than the Machu Picchu Mountain and will take less time.

The Machu Picchu mountain is one of the most amazing treks in Machu Picchu; However, if you can overcome your fear of heights, we recommend reserving the Huayna Picchu mountain, it is possible that your life will change completely after reaching the top.

Ticket reservation

You will have to book 6 months before if you want one of the 400 tickets available to ascend the mountain Huayna Picchu. The trek through Machu Picchu mountain allows the admission of 800 people each day and the ticket can be booked up weeks in advance. Remember that in high season, booking times should be higher, and you will have to also foresee, train tickets, hotels and so on. Boleto Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu or Boleto Machu Picchu + Mountain, check availability.

Technical differences between the mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Ticket of Entry: Boleto Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. (Check availability)

Huayna Picchu Mountain
View of the Inca City of Machu Picchu from the Huayna Picchu Mountain


  • Height: 2,693 masl
  • Distance of the Walk: 2 km, steep and narrow roads.
  • Location: To the north of Inca City of Machu Picchu.
  • Road Description: The trails are quite steep, you will need ropes to overcome some parts of the road. It will cross stone stairways and wooden stairs; The road is visually scary.
  • Access: From the Inca City of Machu Picchu, through the Sector of the Huayranas (Sacred Rock). Here you will find the entrance control booth to the mountain.
  • Hours:
    • First Group: 07:00 hrs. – 8:00 a.m.
    • Second Group: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Number of visitors: 400 per day, divided into two groups of 200
  • Walking time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (up and down).
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate high. It is a steep mountain, with precipices and many steps (not recommended if you suffer from vertigo).
  • Archaeological Attractions: Andenería and the amazing Temple of the Moon, built inside a natural cave.
  • Flora and fauna: A jungle eyebrow landscape, abundant vegetation, which serves as habitat for birds, moths and insects.
  • Advantages: Some of the best panoramic views of the Inca City and the amazing mountain environment where it is located.
  • Disadvantages: Cliffs covered with vegetation, steep ascent, narrow roads.


Mountain Machu Picchu

Ticket of Entry: Ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain. (Check availability)

Mountain Machu Picchu
View of the Inca City of Machu Picchu from Machu Picchu Mountain


  • Height: 3,082 masl
  • Distance of the Walk: 2 km., Will ascend approximately 300 m. Verticals.
  • Location: In front of the Huayna Picchu and to the left of the Traditional Way.
  • Path Description: Abundant vegetation, wild orchids stand out. The wide paths will
  • Access: From the Complex of Machu Picchu, climb up to the lookout (Guardian’s House) follow to the detour that is indicated with a sign.
  • Hours:
    • First Group: 07:00 hrs. – 8:00 a.m.
    • Second Group: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Number of visitors: 800 spaces per day, divided into 2 groups of 400.
  • Walking time: 3 and a half hours (round trip).
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate / High.
  • Archaeological Attractions: None.
  • Flora and fauna: You will find a variety of orchids, butterflies and birds.
  • Advantages: Less steep paths, panoramic views of the Inca City and Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Disadvantages: There are no archaeological remains.

¡¡¡Important!!! If you are going hiking, please wear hiking shoes; Remember that for the climate of Machu Picchu, you should bring sun protection (sun block, sunglasses, hat, repellent) and rain gear. The best time to go hiking is between May and October (dry season) – The rainy season runs from November to March.


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 19-04-2017


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