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Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain

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Climbing Huayna Picchu mountain is a unique experience and provides a different aerial perspective than from Intipunku, the “Sun Gate”.Due to recently introduced regulations, it is necessary to reserve a ticket for Huayna Picchu well in advance.

Why can’t I book Huayna Picchu with my Inca Trail pass?

This is a new rule from the government; Huayna Picchu passes are only available for purchase with the general Machu Picchu entry ticket and there is a special entry ticket for the Inca Trail which does not allow this add-on. When you do the Inca Trail you are among the only people who enter Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (rather than the general public entrance) and you receive a special Machu Picchu tour from there. If you want to purchase a Huayna Picchu pass you will need to buy a new entry ticket for Machu Picchu as well. A great alternative to Huayna Picchu is climbing Machu Picchu Mountain.

What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?

Huayna Picchu is the mountain located at the northwest end of the ruins and Machu Picchu mountain is located at the southwest end. Huayna Picchu is steeper, but more popular and has some interesting archeological ruins at the top. Machu Picchu mountain is a longer trek, less steep and less crowded and offers great views over Machu Picchu. Check out this amazing link for views from the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains (it will open with Huayna Picchu. Click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).


How long is the hike from Machu Picchu up to Huayna Picchu?

The trail takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to climb up and about 45 minutes to get down.

How hard is the hike to Huayna Picchu?

The trail is very steep and can be crowded. People who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek.

What is the best time to hike Huayna Picchu?

We recommend the 10:00 – 11:00am entry time as it is more flexible with tours and allows travelers a more relaxed experience at the ruins.