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Which group should I choose to go up to Huayna Picchu?
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Which group of Ticket Huayna Picchu to choose?

The Huayna Picchu mountain is nothing more than the beautiful mountain that usually appears in the classic panoramic views of Machu Picchu. To enter this adventure you must buy the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. It is available only for 400 people. These will enter the mountains divided into 4 groups. Which to choose?



Huayna Picchu
The Huayna Picchu mountain, the challenge that everyone wants to achieve

Mountain Huayna Picchu: definition

  • The Huayna Picchu is the popular mountain that guards Machu Picchu. It is located within the Inca City, at 2720 meters above sea level. It is famous for the extreme hiking route to its summit.
  • Reaching the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain is one of the most incredible challenges in the National Park of Machu Picchu. It has spooky trails like the famous ‘stairway of death’.
  • The ascent is exhausting and causes vertigo. It takes about 1 hour. However, each of the obstacles to get to this place is worth it.

What Huayna Picchu ticket to choose?

  • The spectacular Huayna Picchu mountain is a challenge that allows the entry of only 400 lucky visitors each day.
  • People who manage to reserve one of the available tickets must choose between 4 different entry times:
  • Group 1: Entrance to Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. – Entrance to Huayna Picchu from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Group 2: Entrance to Machu Picchu from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Entrance to Huayna Picchu from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Group 3: Entrance fee to Machu Picchu from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Entrance to Huayna Picchu from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Group 4: Entrance fee to Machu Picchu from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Entrance to Huayna Picchu from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Which is the best group to ascend to Huayna Picchu?

  • All schedules have their pros and cons. Regardless of the group you choose, remember that the two groups allow you to enjoy Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
  • The Huayna Picchu Group 1 ticket is the best option for visitors who want to know the Waynapicchu in a cooler environment. The rest of the time, they can tour Machu Picchu.
  • The Huayna Picchu Group 2 ticket is the best option for visitors who want to know the Waynapicchu in broad daylight. Before, they have time to visit Machu Picchu.
  • The Huayna Picchu Group 3 ticket is the best option for visitors who want to know the Waynapicchu on a 1-day trip starting from Cusco. The rest of the time, they can tour Machu Picchu.
  • The Huayna Picchu Group 4 ticket is the best option for visitors who want to visit the Waynapicchu on a one-day trip starting from Cusco. The free time can be used to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Why choose to visit Huayna Picchu at 7 am?

Advantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 1:

  • The entrance to Machu Picchu is between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., an ideal time to enjoy the first rays of the sun in the Inca city.
  • The entrance to Waynapicchu is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The visit is a cooler time of the day.
  • In the dry season of Machu Picchu (April to October), temperatures and solar radiation are usually higher. That is why it is ideal to ascend in Group 1.

Disadvantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 1:

  • In the rainy season (November to March), the rains can make the roads slippery.
  • In the mornings, fog can make it difficult to see the Inca City from the top of Huayna Picchu.

Why choose to visit Huayna Picchu at 8 am?

Advantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 2:

  • The entrance to Machu Picchu is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., a comfortable time to leave the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • The entrance to Waynapicchu is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. This schedule offers incredible views of Machu Picchu.
  • Group 2 is a good option if you come to Machu Picchu during the rainy season. In those months, the Inca Citadel usually dawns almost completely covered with fog.

Disadvantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 2:

  • The hike up Huayna Picchu in Group 2 is in full sun. This makes the climb much more strenuous than normal.
  • If you decide to enter Group 2, be aware that you will have to wait in turns at the narrow passages. At that time some visitors descend from Group 1.

Why choose to visit Huayna Picchu at 9 am?

Advantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 3:

  • The entrance to Machu Picchu is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., a suitable time for visitors who leave early from the city of Cusco.
  • The entrance to Waynapicchu is between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. At that time the clouds of dawn are usually clear, allowing you to get better pictures.

Disadvantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 3:

  • Some visitors will be ascending Huayna Picchu in the midday sun, so it can be more exhausting.
  • At this time, when ascending, tourists will inevitably have to dodge people who are descending from the top of the mountain.

Why choose to visit Huayna Picchu at 10 am?

Advantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 4:

  • The entrance to Machu Picchu is between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., the perfect time for visitors who want to make a one-day visit leaving early from the city of Cusco.
  • The entrance to Waynapicchu is between 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. This schedule offers incredible views of Machu Picchu in broad daylight.
  • Group 4 is ideal for visiting Machu Picchu without many visitors around. In full light, you can get the best pictures.

Disadvantages of choosing Huayna Picchu Group 4:

  • The hike up Huayna Picchu in Group 4 is in the afternoon sun. This makes the climb much more strenuous than usual. It is recommended to bring a hat and sunscreen.
  • After the visit to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu you should calculate the appropriate time to return to Aguas Calientes and not miss the train back to the city of Cusco.

How to avoid the crowds during your tour of the Huayna Picchu mountain?

  • Averaging 11 am, crowds of travelers form in Machu Picchu.
  • If you decide to visit Huayna Picchu in Group 1 and Group 2, you will encounter the biggest tourist traffic at the end of your visit.
  • Huayna Picchu in Group 3 and Group 4, however, offers the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu more freely.

Which Huayna Picchu group do you recommend?

  • Huayna Picchu Group 2 is the most recommended option. This schedule will give you the opportunity to travel Waynapicchu with less traffic of people.
  • It also reduces the possibility of finding fog at the top.
  • Finally, at that time of day, the roads are not usually slippery during the rainy season.

If you do not get one of the 400 available Huayna Picchu tickets

If unfortunately, this happens, you have other hiking alternatives in Machu Picchu:

  • Mountain Machu Picchu – This summit is located at 3,082 meters above sea level, 300 meters higher than Huayna Picchu. The walk is by ancient Inca trails. Getting to the top is a bit more difficult than climbing the Huayna Picchu.
  • Route through the Sun GateThe Sun Gate (Quechua Intipunku) was the main entrance to Machu Picchu during the Incas. It is located in the highest part of the Inca City. Getting there takes approximately 2 hours.
  • Route through the Inca Bridge – The Incas built a bridge west of Machu Picchu. Getting there is currently a 1 hour hiking trail. This adventure is not difficult. Walk along roads with frightening abysses.

Questions and answers about the Huayna Picchu ticket

  • 1) How to get the Huayna Picchu Group 1 ticket?

    The purchase of the Huayna Picchu entrance is online. When selecting the type of ticket you should only choose the option: “Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 1G”.

  • 2) How to get the Huayna Picchu Group 2 ticket?

    The sale of tickets is online with an agency or the official site. To purchase the Group 2 ticket, you only have to select the option: “Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 2G”.

  • 3) How to get the Huayna Picchu Group 3 ticket?

    The sale of tickets is by internet with an agency or the official site. To purchase the Group 3 ticket just select the option: “Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 3G”.

  • 4) How to get the Huayna Picchu Group 4 ticket?

    The sale of tickets is online with an agency or the official site. To purchase the Group 4 ticket just select the option: “Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 4G”.

  • 5) How late can I be at Huayna Picchu in Group 1?

    With the Huayna Picchu Group 1 ticket, the tourist must return from the summit at 11 a.m., as the last time limit.

  • 6) How late can I be at Huayna Picchu in Group 2?

    With the Huayna Picchu Group 2 ticket, the tourist must return from the summit at 12 a.m., as the last time limit.

  • 7) How late can I be at Huayna Picchu in Group 3?

    WWith the Huayna Picchu Group 3 ticket, the tourist must return from the top of the mountain at 1 p.m., as the last time limit.

  • 8) How late can I be at Huayna Picchu in Group 4?

    With the Huayna Picchu Group 4 ticket, the tourist must return from the top of the mountain at 2 p.m., as the last time limit.

  • 9) Can I visit Huayna Picchu at another time?

    No. You can only visit Huayna Picchu Mountain in Group 1 (until 11 a.m.), Group 2 (until noon), Group 3 (until 1 p.m.), or Group 4 (until 2 p.m.).

    • Group 1 enters Waynapicchu from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Group 2 enters Waynapicchu from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Group 3 enters Waynapicchu from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Group 4 enters Waynapicchu from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, April 15, 2024