Hiking in Machu Picchu

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2016 Ticket Machu PicchuThe vast majority of photos of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, presented impressive images of the mountains surrounding the Inca City of Machu Picchu, with peaks as iconic as the archaeological site itself.

Hiking by the Mountain Huayna Picchu

The hiking areas filled with history and culture, has made every year more people decide to have this type of adventure, the hiking areas filled with history and culture, has made every year more people decide to have this type of adventure, is possible see every morning, queues of people eager to be one of the 400 people who obtain permission to ascend more than 2,693 meters high, that has the peak of Huayna Picchu. Enter in groups of 200, the first group ascent between 7 and 8 hours, allowing that the second group ascent between 10 and 11 hours.

The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu is about 2 km long and has an elevation gain of about 300 vertical meters. The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu is about 2 km long and has an elevation gain of about 300 vertical meters. The trail is quite steep, it has some sections, where necessary hand ropes are for balance by very narrow paths, with abysses that produce vertigo.

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Descent path in the Mountain Huayna Picchu

Trekking by the Mountain Machu Picchu

Another excellent option if you enjoy hiking, though less popular is hiking the Machu Picchu Mountain. This is a peak on the opposite side of the archaeological site, which can be accessed by following in reverse for the last stretch of the inca trail, a path that will lead to the Puerta del Sol (Intipunku). The hike to the mountain Machu Picchu has a maximum of 800 people per day, it is separated into two groups of 400 people with incomes of 7-8 and 9-10 hours, but unlike Huayna Picchu which is only accessible booking weeks in advance, this almost never crowded, at least for now.

In the Mountain Machu Picchu, will have long periods of time without seeing anyone, something very rare in the area of Huayna Picchu, where there are sections that are to be used in turns by the many people who venture to this mountain. The mountain Machu Picchu no has archaeological sites as Huayna Picchu, but this is offset by a landscape accompanied by wild orchids and birds that put highlight the road.

Comparison between the mountains Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu

Although both routes have almost the same distance (just over 2 km), the hike to the Mountain Machu Picchu takes longer, this is due that Huayna Picchu, gains height vertically.

Both ways, especially which will lead to Huayna Picchu is an impressive example of Inca construction. Not all sections of the Inca roads are cobbled, apparently cobbled when was necessary, to avoid damage from effects of nature; such as landslides in the rainy season.

The road to the mountain Machu Picchu, is full of big stones that have kept track of your place for over 500 years. Some of the steepest sections were built with quite narrow stones where it is possible to pose only about half of his foot on the step at one a time, but in general, all the way presents less difficulty than presents the way to Huayna Picchu, besides being wider, and no sections that require hand lines needed to maintain balance.

However, the summit of the mountain Machu Picchu is "physically" more difficult to achieve than Huayna Picchu, the trail by the Mountain Machu Picchu early rewards your effort, just overcome the halfway for breathtaking views. If you do not have the desire or physical need to walk to the top, you can walk the first 30-45 minutes to access various viewing platforms, with great views of the city and the most emblematic peak Huayna Picchu. If you bring binoculars you can overlook the hordes of climbers seeking the mountaintops.

If you want to include in your hiking trip, either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, contact us, in order to incorporate this experience into your tour route the historical and natural sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Where I can get my own classic postcard of Machu Picchu?

There are many visitors who wonder how to obtain his own classic postcard of Machu Picchu, with the Shrine in the background and the surrounding landscape. Questions about the exact place to make this postcard photo and if is necessary climb to some of the mountains, to get that photo. We give the necessary information so you can get your picture postcard with all the Inca City of Machu Picchu smoothly.

True, you must walk to get there, to the point that will offered this view; however, the stretch is not long neither tiring, also you do not have to climb none mountain, just to get to the "Casa del Vigilante" and even before, you can get the postcard view that all who visit Machu Picchu must have. Getting to the "Casa del Vigilante" does not represent any difficulty, also it requires too much physical exertion, which will to get this photo, it’s nothing complicated.

The first thing to do is get to the Archaeological Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, regardless of the route to be used to enter, after his tour of all the sites and attractions that this presents, take your time to climb to the "Casa del Vigilante" where finally will get his classic picture postcard, with you and surrounded by all the splendor of the Sacred City of the Incas.



By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 10-11-2015


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