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Vertigo and adrenaline mountain Huayna Picchu
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Vertigo and adrenaline in the mountain Huayna Picchu in Machu Picchu

Every day 400 people have the opportunity to travel the mountain Huayna Picchu to the summit and see the jewel of the Inca empire from there. Known by people who were in it as “el huayna”, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences you can have in Machu Picchu. Feel the vertigo and adrenaline caused by the Huayna Picchu mountain trails and the mixture of emotions that leads to the top; It will undoubtedly be one of the moments you will not forget in your life. But it is not all, in addition to the spectacular views, it can be inside a beautifully carved natural cave considered one of the most amazing constructions of the whole Inca city, known as the “temple of the moon“.

Tourists at the top of the mountain Huayna Picchu
Tourists at the top of the mountain Huayna Picchu

The mountain Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu is located at 2,720 meters of altitude to the north of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, is one of the mountains between which is constructed the wonder and the one that gives form to the human face that can be seen when turning the classic postal of Macchu Picchu.

What do you need to overcome this challenge?

This is what you need to be able to access one of the best experiences that can have the National Park of Machu Picchu and in your life.

  • The first thing before going to this mountain is not to fear the heights, because although it can get one of the limited income to the Huayna Picchu, if it does not manage to overcome its fear to the heights can not arrive at the top; There have been cases of people paralyzed by fear while ascending this mountain or when descending down the stairs of death.

Woman coming down the stairs of death
Descending the stairs of death
  • If fear of heights is not a problem, the first thing you need to be able to travel is mountain, is to get one of the 400 tickets available; To do it you have to make your reservation with 4 months in advance, otherwise it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to be one of the lucky 400 that can travel “huayna” on the day of your choice.

  • The trails that lead to the top of the Huayna Picchu were built 500 years ago between the vertical walls of the mountain hundreds of meters above the Urubamba River, so you will need respect for the mountains and extreme heights.

Panoramic view of Machu Picchu from the mountain Huayna Picchu
Floating steps in Huayna Picchu
  • You will also need to follow the marked trails; If you do not, you may start the walk but not be able to finish it. It may sound harsh but it is true, under no circumstances should you search for your own way or overlook the safety lines as you travel the Huayna Picchu mountain, this could end very badly.

  • No person under 12 years old can register to travel this mountain. So if you come with people under 12 and want to see Machu Picchu from above, you will need to look for other alternatives; One of them is ascending the mountain Machu Picchu, because although the route is longer, the paths are wide and very safe.

  • The rainy season in Machu Picchu has enormous advantages, low prices, less people, incredible landscapes, but in case of touring the mountains of Machu Picchu will need a little more preparation, we mean that you should come with the appropriate implements, footwear With anti-slip floor and other protection against rain. Stone paths and stairs can be very slippery when wet.

Tourist sitting on stairs of huayna picchu
Road to Huayna Picchu mountain
  • You will need to register when you enter the Huayna Picchu mountain trails, this more than just a visitors register, is so that the park rangers can make sure that all the people left.

  • You will need some things. A camera, the top of the mountain Huayna Picchu offers some of the best aerial views of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, you will also need a bottle of water and some snacks; However, everything should fit in a small backpack or handbag, which allows you to have both hands free, because in some parts of the road you will need to hold cables and safety lines to continue.

  • Unless you are staying in the town of Aguas Calientes, you will need to book train tickets to Machu Picchu in the first hours, you will not like having one of the prized “tickets Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu” in your possession and not having as Get to Machu Picchu.


Advice from people who have been there

Huayna Picchu

Miri DBy: Miri D

“You have to see it“

“If you go to Machu Picchu you can not miss the Huayna Picchu mountain, it allows wonderful views of the Inca citadel, but I do not recommend climbing if you are afraid of heights. You have to see it.“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 06-20-2017