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Huayna Picchu Mountain

It is known because from there you can see Machu Picchu and it is a perfect background for panoramic photographs of the Inca archaeological remains, however, it also houses important archaeological remains related to the Inca complex.

The Huayna Picchu Mountain has an altitude of 2,667 meters above sea level and its top has an area of ​​2,000 m2.


Located north of the citadel of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is none other than the huge mountain that appears behind the Inca citadel and that can usually be seen in the traditional panoramic photos of the Inca archaeological remains.


Huayna Picchu is the Quechua name that translates as “young mountain”, whose semicircular base is bathed by the waters of the Urubamba River and is located in front of Machupicchu.


The Incas built a series of small terraces and some buildings on the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain. These buildings could be part of an astronomical observatory but they would also have served as a guardian point for the citadel because from this point you will be able to see all of Machu Picchu, Inti Punku and the roads that lead to the citadel.

It is specified that Huayna Picchu Mountain was used to build several complexes, such as the impressive Temple of the Moon built in a large natural cave, which is located at the back of the mountain.

How is the hike to Huayna Picchu?

Reaching the top of Huayna Picchu is a challenge. The hike to Huayna Picchu is dangerous and exhausting, and takes about an hour. But once being up, the tourist will not regret it.

The best way to get to Huayna Picchu is the Machu Picchu Tour + Huayna Picchu.

The ascent of the hike to Huayna Picchu

  • The climb up these stairs requires considerable physical effort.
  • The stairs have an approximate slope of 60 degrees.
  • Tourists must ascend step by step. This is the most difficult section during the ascent to the top of Huayna Picchu.

The descent of the hike to Huayna Picchu

  • If there is something worse than climbing the “Stairs of death”, that is going down them.
  • The return path is intimidating due to the slopes on the edge of cliffs.
  • Tourists must descend step by step. Climbing tourists must often be allowed to pass.
  • Descending the “Stairs of Death” is a very difficult time for visitors who fear heights.

Tickets for Huayna Picchu

The tickets for Huayna Picchu is the first of the Machu Picchu tickets to be sold out. Not only because it is the ticket with the lowest circulation, but because more and more people want the extraordinary experience of ascending this mountain. So it will be necessary to reserve one of the 400 daily tickets well in advance.

Hours of entry to Huayna Picchu

There are two schedules to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu: 7am and 10am, one must register in advance (at least one week before) as there is an income of 400 people per day 200 per shift. It is necessary to register in the logbook before starting the ascent and when returning or leaving the mountain.

What does the tickets for Huayna Picchu include?

With this ticket you can enter the Inca City of Machu Picchu as well as tour the famous Huayna Picchu Mountain, one of the most amazing places in the entire Inca sanctuary.

Throughout the tour each tourist will be able to appreciate all the famous constructions of the archaeological site: the Intihuatana, the Main Temple, the Temple of the Condor, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Moon and much more.