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Get to the top of Huayna Picchu

The Inca city of Machu Picchu has incredible attractions, in each of its sectors you can observe the magnificent Inca architecture, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun or its platforms are some of the structures that attract attention, but when you observe that steep mountain called Huayna Picchu; Yes, the mountain that accompanies the classic postcard of Machu Picchu, one realizes that climbing that steep almost vertical, is the greatest challenge of any visitor.

Aerial view of the top of Huayna Picchu
Aerial view of the top of Huayna Picchu

I want to reach the top of Huayna Picchu

Firstly if I want to reach the top of this fabled mountain, it is essential to have the Huayna Picchu Ticket, which is the ticket that allows to visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu and in turn to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu. The number of people that can climb to Huayna Picchu daily is limited to 400, divided into two groups. And being the most requested attraction in Machu Picchu, the ticket must be purchased with due anticipation (6 months before in high season). If you want to get your Huayna Picchu ticket, book now.

Once you are in Machu Picchu it is easy to locate the entrance to the Huayna Picchu ascent, remember to be at the time that indicates your ticket and register at the entrance.

When you see the mountain and the vertiginously vertical you see, you will wonder if it will be possible to climb this mountain? Fortunately and thanks to the Inca engineers, a path was built by which you can climb, not a path of roses, rather it is a succession of narrow stone staircases and wooden stairs that will be a challenge that will test your state Physical and above all its tenacity.

For security reasons the climb is only allowed for people over 12 years. It is also not suitable for those who suffer from acrophobia or agoraphobia. Also if you suffer from any condition that prevents you from making a strong effort, it is best to avoid this walk.

Climb the mountain

At the beginning, the path will not be more anxious, but as the difficulty rises considerably, the effort will be affected by its physical state, age and also by the climate, being the most difficult climb when it rains. But do not forget that the attitude and the desire to live the most incredible adventure make that willpower is the main source of encouragement to be able to continue when you feel that you can not continue.

As you go up you will be rewarded not only with the landscape but with spectacular structures such as the Temple of the Moon.

During the ascent will also face dangerous slopes and creepy stairs that will make you doubt whether to continue or not the road. One of them is known as the stairs of death.

Close to the summit

After about an hour there will be about 300 m of steep climb, it will be about 2700 masl The forces will decay, but almost nothing is missing. And in the middle of the copious vegetation you will be able to observe little by little how the top of the Huayna Picchu appears on you. You will be able to observe terraces and some constructions that the Incas did, these buildings are supposed to have served as lookouts of guardian of the complex, but also some say that it was an astronomical observatory. In here you can rest and recover strength, the view is getting better, but it is not the end.

And finally … the top

One more effort to climb. And finally! The top of the Huayna Picchu, the most spectacular and wonderful view you can have of Machu Picchu and its surroundings. Depending on how the weather will perceive the view differently. If the clouds cover the surroundings you will feel like a surrealistic, Pandora-like landscape in the movie Avatar, and if the weather is clear you can enjoy the best view that can offer the historic and natural sanctuary of Machu Picchu. At the top silence will envelop you, feelings of hubbub, peace and ecstasy will be confused in your mind. The harmony between the Inca construction and its natural environment is perfect. Could the Incas really do this? Just as the Incas understood, you will also understand that we are not masters of the world, but part of it.

Top of the Huayna Picchu between the clouds
Top of the Huayna Picchu between the clouds

Getting to the top of the Huayna Picchu is an unforgettable experience, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the Inca wonder, a place like few on earth. If you want to buy your ticket Machu Picchu contact us at


Advice from people who have been there

Huayna Picchu

Gabriel G.By: Gabriel G.

“Dream views“

“Hard physical test and not suitable for people with vertigo, but worth every step given in the mountain, the views are incredible and one feels on top of the world. It is not an impossible climb but if it is demanding, taking it calmly and resting anyone with an acceptable physical state can do it.“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 06-12-2017