Huchuy Picchu mountain is the new adventure offered to visitors to Machu Picchu. This small summit is located next to the famous Huayna Picchu mountain. Its altitude reaches 2,497 meters above sea level, only about 50 meters higher than the archaeological site of Machupicchu. The authorities have just opened a hiking trail to its summit. It’s hard? What includes? Learn more about this new mountain.
- What is the Huchuy Picchu?
- Where is it located?
- How to get there?
- Map of the route
- The hiking trail
- The landscapes
- The ticket Machu Picchu plus Huchuy Picchu
- The circuit through Machu Picchu
- Photos of the Huchuy Picchu mountain
- Tips and more information
What is the Huchuy Picchu?
- Huchuy Picchu is a small mountain that guards the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Its name comes from two Quechua words that mean: ‘Little mountain’.
- This mountain was part of the route to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain. Today, the authorities of Machu Picchu arranged a unique route to reach the top of Huchuy Picchu. Therefore today to visit this site it is necessary to buy the ticket called ‘Machupicchu with Huchuypicchu’.
- The route to Huchuy Picchu is easy. Walk only 1 kilometer of sections made of stone built by the Incas.
- From its top you have a good view of the entire archaeological site.
Where is it located?
- The Huchuy Picchu is located north of the Inca citadel. It is located next to Huayna Picchu.
- Its height reaches 2,497 meters above sea level (only about 50 meters higher than the archaeological site). It is a small summit compared to the other mountains in the area: Huayna Picchu (2,693 meters above sea level) and Machupicchu Mountain (3,082 meters above sea level).
How to get there?
- To get to the top of the Huchuy Picchu mountain it is necessary to do a short hiking route of only 1 kilometer (approximately 1 hour walk).
- To access this route it is necessary to buy the ticket ‘Machupicchu with Huchuypicchu’. The ticket can be purchased online or in person in the city of Cusco.
Map of the route
The hiking trail
- This route follows stone paths (especially stairs) built by the Incas at the end of the 15th century.
- The entry point is the same that leads to Huayna Picchu. The first section is on flat trails. Then you take a detour of stone stairs that leads to the top of Huchuy Picchu.
- The route is easy to walk. It takes 1 hour or more (depending on the physical condition of the visitor). Returning takes approximately 30 minutes. The return route is the same as the outward leg, only mostly downhill.
- The Huchuy Picchu mountain offers Andean landscapes full of vegetation. From its top you have a privileged view of the archaeological site.
- During the route you can also hear the song of the birds. The place has different types of flowers, where the orchid stands out. In the entire Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu there are more than three hundred varieties of this beautiful flower.
The ticket Machu Picchu plus Huchuy Picchu
- The entrance to Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu allows the visit to both sites: the Inca archaeological site and the hiking route to the top of this mountain.
- The ticket has the same cost as the basic ticket to get to know the ‘Inca City’, that is, the ticket ‘Machupicchu Only’. The official price is 152 soles for foreigners and 64 soles for Colombians, Ecuadorians, Bolivians and Peruvians.
- The ticket has an availability limited to 200 people per day. That is why it is recommended to make the purchase in advance of 2 or 3 weeks.
These are the entrance hours:
- Schedule 1: entrance to Machupicchu from 6 am. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 6 and 7 in the morning.
- Schedule 2: entrance to Machupicchu from 7 am. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 7 and 8 in the morning.
- Schedule 3: entrance to Machupicchu from 8 am. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 8 and 9 in the morning.
- Schedule 4: entrance to Machupicchu from 9 am. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 9 and 10 in the morning.
- Schedule 5: entrance to Machupicchu from 10 am. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 10 and 11 in the morning.
- Schedule 6: entrance to Machupicchu from 11 am. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 11 and 12 in the morning.
- Schedule 7: entrance to Machupicchu from 12 pm. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 12 and 1 in the afternoon.
- Schedule 8: entrance to Machupicchu from 1 pm. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 1 and 2 in the afternoon.
- Schedule 9: entrance to Machupicchu from 2 pm. / entrance to Huchuypicchu between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.
The circuit through Machu Picchu
- The ticket ‘Machupicchu with Huchuy Picchu’, in addition to the tour of the mountain, allows you to do circuit 4 through the archaeological site of the ‘Inca City’.
- This circuit is a tour that begins at the exit door of Huchuy Picchu. That is, visitors must first take the hiking route to the mountain. Then, at the exit door they must begin the tour of Machupicchu.
- Circuit 4 allows you to visit the main constructions of Machu Picchu such as: the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor, the Water Mirrors, the Water Fountains, the House of the Inka and more.
- The tour of Machu Picchu is in one direction. Going back steps is not allowed. Once at the exit door it is no longer possible to re-enter.
Tips and more information
- The entrance to the Huchuy Picchu mountain is allowed to people of all ages. Children under 3 years old enter for free. All minors under 18 must enter accompanied by their father or mother. There are discounts for university students.
- If it is about adventures, definitely the best is the one that leads to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain. To visit its summit you must buy the ticket ‘Machupicchu with Huaynapicchu’. Due to high demand and low availability, this ticket is purchased online 3 or 4 months in advance.
- During your visit, do not forget to bring with you: comfortable and resistant shoes, comfortable sportswear, sunscreen, hat (or hat), rain poncho, fruits, snacks, camera and documents.
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, November 17, 2021