Older adults can also dare to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain. They just need to stay in good physical condition and book the ticket in advance. The ascent must be slow but sure. The only requirement is the desire to reach the top of a Wonder of the World.
- Is Huayna Picchu accessible to older adults?
- Huayna Picchu Ticket: schedules and availability
- What Huayna Picchu group should you choose?
- How much does the Huayna Picchu entrance cost for older adults?
- How long before booking the Huayna Picchu entrance?
- How to book the Huayna Picchu entrance online step by step?
- Train tickets for older adults
- Bus tickets for older adults
- Recommendations for the ascent of an older adult to Huayna Picchu
Older adults on the top of the mountain Huayna Picchu
Is Huayna Picchu accessible to older adults?
Huayna Picchu is accessible to anyone over 12 years old. However, the trails of this mountain have very steep paths. For that reason, older adults need to be in good physical shape.
Many older adults are encouraged to climb the Waynapicchu. For this they need to fulfill 3 requirements: be physically well, adapt to the height of Cusco and consult with your doctor before the trip.
People from all countries and all ages ascend on the trails of the Waynapicchu mountain. Older adults should do it at an appropriate pace for their physical condition. The most important thing is the desire to reach the top.
Huayna Picchu (also known as Waynapicchu) is located 2,720 meters above sea level. It is located in and north of Machu Picchu.
Ticket Huayna Picchu: schedules and availability
To enter the Waynapicchu mountain, you must book the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. This entrance allows 400 people to enter each day. The ticket includes a visit to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. Access to the Waynapicchu mountain is in 2 groups or schedules:
- Group 1: entry to Huayna Picchu from 7 am to 8 am – The entrance to Machu Picchu is from 6 am (time of permanence of 7 hours since access).
- Group 2: entry to Huayna Picchu from 7 am to 8 am – The entrance to Machu Picchu is from 7 am (time of permanence of 7 hours since access).
- Group 3: entrance to Huayna Picchu from 10.30 am to 11.30 am – The entrance to Machu Picchu is from 8 am (time of permanence of 6 hours since its access).
What Huayna Picchu group should you choose?
Do not know which of the two groups of the Huayna Picchu ticket to choose? Here we show what each of the schedules offers:
Group 1: The people who make the ascent to Huayna Picchu in Group 1 (entry between 7 am – 8 am) enjoy a cooler environment. The physical wear, consequently, is less. Once at the top, the landscape could be covered with clouds (especially between November and March). However, with the passing of the morning, the cloudiness dissipates and Machu Picchu shows all its beauty.
Group 2: Tourists who enter Group 2, can access Machu Picchu from 7 am Immediately after, visitors have to approach the entrance door of Waynapicchu. The climate is the same as in Group 1. The climb is in a cool environment. After the visit to the mountain, you should tour the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
Group 3: Visitors who ascend the Waynapicchu in Group 3 (entry between 10.30 am – 11.30 am) make the climb with a bright sun. This could cause greater physical exhaustion. However, at that time of day, Machu Picchu shines with beauty. During the dry season (between April and October), the Wonder of the World shines with a warmer and more beautiful environment.
A good option for the elderly is to choose Group 1: the sun does not tire much to the visitor. Wear trekking shoes for a safe ascent.
How much does the Huayna Picchu entrance cost for older adults?
Older adults pay the ‘adult’ price of the Huayna Picchu ticket. The official prices are shown below:
OFFICIAL tickets Huayna Picchu price:
|Price Huayna Picchu||Foreign adult price||Adult price of CAN *|
|Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu||S/. 200||S/. 112|
* The countries that make up the CAN are Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.
University students and minors enjoy a special discount on the price of the Huayna Picchu ticket. They only need to have a university card or identity document that proves their age.
How long before booking the Huayna Picchu entrance?
The entrance to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu it is one of the hardest to get due to its high demand. Whether you are a older adult citizen or any other person, to get a ticket, you must book months in advance.
- If you plan to visit Waynapicchu during the high season of tourism (from April to October), you must book the ticket up to 3 months in advance.
- If the visit will be made during the low season of tourism (from November to March), we recommend making the reservation with up to 2 months in advance.
How to book the Huayna Picchu entrance online step by step?
To book the Huayna Picchu entrance online you must enter a web page authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru to offer tickets to Machu Picchu.
To get a Huayna Picchu ticket on boletomachupicchu.com, you must follow the following steps::
- Go to ticketmachupicchu.com and enter the ‘Availability’ tab.
- Locate the calendar and select the entry Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu in the group and day of your choice.
- If there are still tickets available, click on “Reserve Now”.
- Complete the booking form with your personal information. Read and accept the terms and conditions before you ‘Send’ the information.
- Send an email to email@example.com with the copy or digital photo of the passport or identity document (optional).
- Choose the payment method you prefer: Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club or PayPal.
- Once the payment is made, you will receive an email with the entry Huayna Picchu reserved. The tickets are in PDF format. You should only print it and present it the day of your visit to Waynapicchu mountain.
Train tickets for older adults
The train schedules to Machu Picchu are the same for visitors of all ages. The prices of the trains are the same for adults and adults.
The train service departs mainly from the town of Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. The official train prices are as follows:
OFFICIAL prices for Peru Rail trains (Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu round trip).
Train service Price in dollars Price in soles Train ‘Expedition’ $ 140 S/. 459 Train ‘Vistadome’ $ 190 S/. 623 Luxury train ‘Hiram Bingham’ * $ 950 S/. 3115
Official prices of Inca Rail trains (Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu round trip).
Train service Price in dollars Price in soles Economy class $ 140 S/. 459 Executive class $ 150 S/. 491 First class $ 398 S/. 1305
Bus tickets for older adults
The buses transport the visitor from the town of Aguas Calientes to the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. Older adults pay the ‘adult’ fare for the bus ticket to Machu Picchu. Below is the bus fare:
OFFICIAL bus prices to Machu Picchu
|Bus service (round trip)||Price in dollars||Price in soles|
|Foreign adult||$ 24||S/. 78|
|Peruvian adult||$ 15||S/. 49|
|Foreign child (5 to 11 years old)||$ 12||S/. 39|
|Peruvian child (5 to 11 years old)||$ 8||S/. 26|
Recommendations for the ascent of an older adult to Huayna Picchu
If you are an older adult and want to visit the Huayna Picchu mountain, follow the following recommendations for a perfect visit to Waynapicchu:
- Check with your doctor before visiting Huayna Picchu Mountain, especially if you have heart problems or high blood pressure.
- Use the first days of your trip to acclimatize to the city of Cusco. Avoid heavy meals and drink coca mate to counteract the effects of ‘altitude sickness’.
- The day before your visit to the Huayna Picchu mountain, spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes.
- Rest and sleep well the day before your visit to the Waynapicchu mountain.
- Wear non-slip shoes, water to rehydrate, sunscreen and a hat or cap.
- Take a rubber-tipped cane with you, if necessary. Metal-tipped poles are not allowed.
- During the ascent to Waynapicchu, try to climb slowly and safely. Take your time to take the best pictures of the Wonder of the World.
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, May 16, 2019