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Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu on different days

Huayna Picchu is the preferred destination for visitors. The entrance ticket to Waynapicchu Mountain also provides entrance to Machu Picchu. Although their available schedules provide the opportunity to visit both archaeological sites, many tourists want to take their time to enjoy these incredible attractions. Is it possible to visit these two sites on different days?



Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Picchu on different days
Hike Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu on different days

Difference between Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu is the Inca City built on the mountain of the same name. In Quechua it means ‘Old Mountain’ and among its main attractions is the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor, the Intihuatana, the Main Temple, and others.

Huayna Picchu or ‘Young Mountain’ is the mountain located above the Inca Citadel and stands out in the classic postcard photo. Its steep paths offer a privileged view at the top. In this area, you can visit the Temple of the Moon (currently closed to the public). The entrance gate to Waynapicchu is located inside Machu Picchu.


The ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

The entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain includes the entrance to Machu Picchu. This is the ticket that sells out the fastest. Only 400 people make their entry in 2 groups of 200 visitors each. Due to the high demand, it must be booked 3 months in advance. This ticket allows you to visit both attractions in one day.


Huayna Picchu entrance schedules

  • Huayna Picchu Group 1: Schedule 07:00 a.m. to 08:00 a.m.

    This schedule allows you to enter Waynapicchu between eight and nine in the morning (you can enter Machu Picchu from 7 a.m.). After descending from the ‘Young Mountain’ you can stay in the Inca City until noon.

  • Huayna Picchu Group 2: Schedule 08:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m.

    This schedule allows you to enter Waynapicchu between nine and ten in the morning (you can enter and tour Machu Picchu from 8 a.m.). After descending from the ‘Young Mountain’ you can stay in the Inca City until 01:00 p.m.

  • Huayna Picchu Group 3: Schedule 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    This schedule allows you to enter Waynapicchu between ten and eleven in the morning (you can enter and tour Machu Picchu from 9 a.m.). After descending from the ‘Young Mountain’ you can stay in the Inca City until 02:00 p.m.

  • Huayna Picchu Group 4: Schedule 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    This schedule allows you to enter Waynapicchu between eleven and noon (you can enter and tour Machu Picchu from 10 a.m.). After descending from the ‘Young Mountain’ you can stay in the Inca City until 03:00 p.m.

Tourist looking at Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu seen from the top of Huayna Picchu mountain

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu on different days

To enjoy Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu with time and tranquility it is advisable to do the tour on different days. This way you will not be in a hurry to visit the ‘Young Mountain’ and the Inca Citadel on the same day. To do this you must book in addition to the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket, the Machu Picchu Solo ticket on different days.

With the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket you can ascend and descend the Waynapicchu mountain and stay in the Inca city until 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. depending on the entrance time.

With the Machu Picchu ticket you can only enter and leave the Inca Citadel in ten shifts:

  • Group 1 – Entrance from 06:00 a.m. to 07:00 a.m.
  • Group 2 – Entrance from 07:00 a.m. to 08:00 a.m.
  • Group 3 – Entrance from 08:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m.
  • Group 4 – Entrance from 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Group 5 – Entrance from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Group 6 – Entrance from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Group 7 – Entrance from 12:00 p.m. to 01:00 p.m.
  • Group 8 – Entrance from 01:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m.
  • Group 9 – Entrance from 02:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m.
  • Group 10 – Entrance from 03:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m.

If you booked your entrance to Huayna Picchu you can also do the tour to Machu Picchu at the same time. However, if you want to know and discover more of the attractions that Machu Picchu offers without any rush, it is advisable to book your entrance to Machu Picchu for the next day.


Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Picchu in a single day

The Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket is designed in such a way that the visitor has time to visit both Inca sites. The ascent and descent to the ‘Wayna’ takes an average of 3 hours and a guided tour of Machu Picchu takes two hours. Therefore, the tourists will have one hour free to visit the Wonder of the World on their own.

To visit Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu in one day, Group 1 must enter Waynapicchu Mountain at 8:00 a.m on time. It is advisable to enter Machu Picchu at 7:00 a.m. to take advantage of the time. After ascending and descending the ‘Wayna’ you will be able to tour the Inca Citadel until noon.

To visit Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu in one day, Group 2 must enter Waynapicchu Mountain at 9 a.m. on time. It is advisable to enter Machu Picchu earlier (8:00 a.m.) and take the guided tour. After ascending and descending the ‘Wayna’ you will be able to tour the Inca City until 1 p.m.

To visit Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu in one day, Group 3 must enter Waynapicchu Mountain at 10 a.m. on time. It is advisable to enter Machu Picchu earlier (9:00 a.m.) and take the guided tour. After ascending and descending the ‘Wayna’ you will be able to tour the Inca City until 2 p.m.

To visit Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu in one day, Group 4 must enter Waynapicchu Mountain at 11 a.m. on time. It is advisable to enter Machu Picchu earlier (10:00 a.m.) and take the guided tour. After ascending and descending the ‘Wayna’ you will be able to tour the Inca City until 3 p.m.


Recommendations

  • If you want to be in the Wonder of the World all day, including Huayna Picchu mountain, you must book in addition to the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, the Machu Picchu ticket only afternoon shift for the same day.
  • Reserve your entrance to Huayna Picchu months in advance due to high demand. Especially in high season (April to October).
  • La montaña de Huayna Picchu solo es permitido para mayores de 12 años.
  • If you cannot get a ticket to Huayna Picchu, another option is to book a ticket to Machu Picchu + Mountain.

Advice from people who have been there

Huayna Picchu

Rocío L.By: Rocío L.

“Worthwhile“

“You have to be attentive to book in advance and start getting to know the city from there because it is a demanding climb. I recommend going back through the back, which is very little visited and has a lot of magic.“


 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, April 19, 2024