The Mountain Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu Mountain

The Mountain Machu Picchu has a height of 3,082 m.s.n.m. And is the mountain where is located the wonderful Inca City of Machu Picchu, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity. And daily there are more people who venture to it, perhaps because of the energy that emanates this land, which was sacred to the Inca civilization.

Mountain Machu Picchu
Hike to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain

The mountain Machu Picchu

The great mountain Machu Picchu rises 400 meters above the city of the Incas and offers a beautiful landscape, like few in the world, for a route that was restored a few years ago, opening trails of the old network of roads used in the Empire of the Incas.

Who can ascend the mountain Machu Picchu?

Not long ago the road was enabled, however it is already much sought after as an alternative route by tourists who could not get the ticket to Huayna Picchu. Also for those who are looking for a less intense experience, than the one offered by the Huayna Picchu Mountain. We recommend Machu Picchu mountain to people who come with small children and families with elderly people.

What ticket do I need to climb Machu Picchu?

Remember that access to Machu Picchu Mountain is limited to 800 people each day and to enter this mountain you will need the Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket; And which must be booked with a few weeks in advance, although this ticket does not run out very fast, the ones that are exhausted are the train tickets, so immediately after booking your ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain, reserve your train tickets.

How is the tour of Machu Picchu Mountain?

The trails of this mountain are wide and well marked, there are many places where you can rest while ascending Machu Picchu mountain. From Machu Picchu, you climb 652 m. The road is built in zigzag. It is full of large stones that have kept the trail in place for over 500 years. Some of the steepest sections were built with narrow stones where you can only put about half of your foot. Each corner will offer you a new view. The city of Machu Picchu is reduced as the mountain rises. The temperature during most of the tour is around 27 ° C, but you will feel cold breezes (15 ° C), coming from the Andes Mountains.

It is a steep path that ascends by a huge summit covered with vegetation with a forest eyebrow landscape, native fauna of the zone and presence of intrusive rocks (granite). The road has irregular stone steps, it is estimated that there are just over 1,600 steps and a dirt road, stone, conditioned and restored for visitors. The climb is long and can become fatiguing, depending on the physical condition of the walkers.

This is a mountain much higher than the Huayna Picchu, but less steep, the ascent lasts for 1 to 2 hours, depending on the physical state of the person. Reaching the top of this mountain is truly rewarding.

The views from Machu Picchu Mountain

Halfway up and as you ascend you will see the Inca City of Machu Picchu embedded in a jungle landscape, the summit of the mountain Huayna Picchu, the amazing canyon that forms the Vilcanota slope, part of the town of Aguas Calientes, With a background frame, of mountains covered with vegetation. At the other end you will see the hydroelectric power station of Machu Picchu and the mountain range of the Vilcabamba mountain range. But the summit is an even more impressive and impressive sight; To all of the above is added the snowy summit of the Salkantay (6,271 masl), the Urubamba river, meandering and bordering the “Putucusi” (cheerful mountain).

Likewise, it is possible to appreciate much of all the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, mountains clothed with abundant flora and fauna typical of the area. From the top you can see the habitat of the spectacled bear, the gallito of the rocks (both in danger of extinction) and other fauna of the place, the orchids among other endemic species. In this mountain could be vestiges of other constructions Incas, in the traces of thousands of walkers.

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Spectacular view from Machu Picchu Mountain

How to get to the entrance of Machu Picchu mountain?

Entering Machu Picchu, we follow the road to the Guardian’s House along a well-marked path. It is the same road that leads to Sun Gate or Intipunku. Before reaching the guardhouse, follow the path to the right that is located between agricultural terraces. You walk from there, about 15 minutes and you reach the control booth. When you enter, you will sign the registration book. It asks for the name, age, country of origin and time, which is where the ascent begins. For security reasons and to make sure that all the people that enter come out.

When to visit Machu Picchu Mountain?

It is advisable to visit the place in dry season from May to October, that there are no steep rains, the landscape is tropical there is bright sun is clear and the road is not slippery. For this hike requires a good pair of boots, rubber tipped canes, hat, blocker, repellent and lots of water.


  • Do not give in to the temptation to start exploring on your own, follow the directions. Finding your way on your own could prove fatal, since most of the accidents in Machu Picchu occurred because those people crossed the lines of security.

  • Acclimatise to altitude before attempting this hike, the amount of oxygen in the air is less and you will surely notice the difference. It is recommended to acclimatise for 2 days in the City of Cusco or better yet, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas .

  • Carry a lot of water with you (2 liters per person). Also bring some snacks, since there are no facilities to get them after entering Machu Picchu. Be respectful of the environment, if you decide to stop to snack, return the garbage you generate.

  • Wear hiking boots, cool and comfortable clothing; Use sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses; The sun gets intense at this altitude. Make sure your camera has enough power and carry extra memory cards.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain

Erick RBy: Erick R


“Amazing!!! I went two days, one to Machu Picchu and another to climb the Machu Picchu mountain; This mountain is higher than the Huayna Picchu; In addition, from here we could get the view of the typical postcard, we took an hour and forty minutes to climb and an hour and ten to get off, I really recommend it. Is incredible“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 21-04-2017