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What you should know about Huayna Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu is on the bucket list of thousands of people all over the planet, it is one of the main destinations and one of the seven wonders of the world; But Machu Picchu has an experience that causes hundreds of people to enter a (virtual) battle to get one of the available Machu Picchu tickets to enter the Huayna Picchu mountain trails. This mountain is one of the most incredible experiences you can have in Machu Picchu and in life; But not all people can ascend the mountain Huayna Picchu, and not simply because they could not get one of the 400 tickets available, but also those who have an uncontrollable fear to the heights.

The mountain Huayna Picchu, singular and incredible
The mountain Huayna Picchu, singular and incredible

The Huayna Picchu mountain: the most incredible experience in Machu Picchu

The mountain Huayna Picchu rises to more than 2,700 masl, 300 m. Above the Inca city of Machu Picchu. The trails of this mountain are astonishing, so much, that it has been considered one of the most incredible short walks of the planet. If you look for comments from people who have reached the top of this mountain, you will realize that they do not speak of a simple mountain; Is “huayna” in Machu Picchu, and reaching the summit, can change the way you see things from that moment on; Perhaps it is the fact of overcoming the terrifying trails to the top, perhaps the mixture of feelings you may experience in it or perhaps, what you can see from it. Whatever it is, many people do not imagine the idea of coming to Machu Picchu and not ascending this incredible mountain.

What ticket Machu Picchu do I need to enter to the mountain Huayna Picchu?

The ticket necessary to enter “huayna” is the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu; These tickets must be reserved with an advance of more than 6 weeks, if you want to choose the date and the group in which you want to enter the mountain Huayna Picchu. Only 400 people will be able to walk the trails of this mountain every day. The 400 available tickets are separated into two groups of 200, which enter at different times; Because the narrow mountain trails do not allow more people to walk through it at the same time.

What are the groups and schedules of the mountain Huayna Picchu?

The 400 people who can travel the mountain Huayna Picchu every day, enter the mountain in one of the groups and schedules available:

Which group should I choose to enter the Huayna Picchu mountain?

Entering the Group 1 mountain Huayna Picchu gives you the possibility to see how the morning mist dissipates on the mountain; However, this can take longer than normal, preventing you from getting aerial views of the Inca city of Machu Picchu. On the other hand, entering the mountain Huayna Picchu Group 2, allows you to visit Machu Picchu early, before the crowds arrive from Cusco on the 11am train, in addition to getting stunning views of the Inca city of Machu Picchu under the sun. Seeing Machu Picchu from the top of the “huayna” is one of the best views you can get during your trip to Machu Picchu.

View of the Inca viewpoints from the top of Huayna Picchu
View of the Inca viewpoints from the top of Huayna Picchu

I am afraid of heights Can I climb the mountain Huayna Picchu?

The truth is, no; If you think you can not overcome the fear of heights, you’d better not choose this mountain and go through another of the incredible short walks you can have in Machu Picchu; You can opt for the Machu Picchu mountain, or the walk to the door of the Sun “Inti Punku”; However, if you can overcome your fear of heights, you can carry one of the best experiences of your life. Many people have experienced a change in their way of seeing things, after reaching the top of the “huayna”. You only need to be careful and respect for mountains and extreme heights.

People of how old can they travel the mountain Huayna Picchu?

To travel the mountain Huayna Picchu must be at least 12 years old; Anyone who comes with small children should opt for the ticket Machu Picchu Only; Or if you want to do some amazing walking, by the ticket Machu Picchu + mountain.

What will I need to go to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu?

The main thing to visit the Huayna Picchu mountain is to be sure; We recommend you to come with hiking shoes, especially if it comes during the rainy season; Because in spite of having great advantages, remember that the roads are of stone and can be very slippery when they are wet. You will need to take protection against rain, in Machu Picchu it can rain at any time so come prepared. Another thing you can not forget under no circumstances is your camera, with memory and extra batteries. The opportunities to get incredible views of Machu Picchu from the Huayna Picchu mountain, are endless. You should also bring plenty of water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and everything should fit in a small bag or backpack, as you need your hands free to avoid the impressive trails beside terrifying cliffs.

What are the alternatives in case of not getting a ticket for the mountain Huayna Picchu?

If you did not book Huayna Picchu tickets early or could not find available income for the days you wanted, we recommend you choose the ticket Machu Picchu + mountain; This will allow you to enter the Machu Picchu mountain and the possibility of obtaining incredible aerial views of the city of the Incas. There are 800 tickets available and you can book them up to 2 weeks in advance; Unless it comes during the high season (from June to August); In this case, all admission tickets to Machu Picchu must be booked a few months in advance.

What is the moon temple in Huayna Picchu?

The temple of the moon is the most impressive building that can be seen on the mountain Huayna Picchu, and one of the most impressive of all the national park of Machu Picchu. It is built inside a cave at the top of the mountain and the quality of lithic work that can be found in it, is comparable only with places such as the temple of the sun or the temple of the 3 windows in Machu Picchu.

The Temple of the Moon, can only be seen if you go up to Huayna Picchu
The Temple of the Moon, can only be seen if you go up to Huayna Picchu


Advice from people who have been there

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Silvia OBy: Silvia O

“The spectacular Huayna Picchu“

“It is one of the most spectacular places in Machu Picchu, the name means young mountain and is now the favorite hike of adventurers from all over the world. I know because I am one of them. The walk takes about 2 and a half hours to get up and down. I recommend to charge of energy (with transcendental meditation) when you are inside the temple of the moon.“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 06-14-2017


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