Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu means “Young Mountain” in Quechua, and is located in front of the Inca City of Machu Picchu. This mountain has become in recent years, one of the most desired experiences by people visiting the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The hike up to the summit of this mountain, offers some of the most spectacular views of the City of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.
At the top you will also find agricultural terraces and the remains of the famous Temple of the Moon ; These buildings will make you wonder how the Incas managed to build these stone structures in such detail?
Climbing the mountain Huayna Picchu
Who can realize the trek Huayna Picchu?
Anyone over 12 years old in good physical shape, can make the trekking route to the top of Huayna Picchu. From afar, the ascent to the Huayna Picchu seems to be a climb of technical scaling; However, it is only a hike on very steep paths, with paths in which you will need your four limbs; However, you do not need a lot of technical knowledge or climbing tools, but you will find sections in which you will have to use railings, steel cables and rope, to hold and continue the climb.
Who should abstain from visiting Huayna Picchu?
The total climb is just over 350 m and has a very steep angle over the Inca City, offering fantastic bird’s eye views of the city of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains from various angles. However, although the physical form is not relevant, if people should suffer from vertigo , since there have been cases of panic attacks in people afraid of heights.
Safety on the route
There are trails built next to huge cliffs, so you must follow the road signs at all times; If you look for roads on your own, you could end up in an accident with serious injuries or even death.
Keep some distance with the climbers ahead and behind you, especially if it has rained or is very early, because in both cases the path becomes very slippery.
If you make this ascent with minors, please be aware of their safety.
About the entrance to Huayna Picchu
The entrance to this mountain takes place in two schedules: the first group from 07:00 to 08:00 hours and the second group from 10:00 to 11:00 hours. Access to this mountain, entering the Inca City of Machu Picchu , open from 06:00 to 16:00 hours, and can stay in until 17:00 hours. It is highly recommended to take the Huayna Picchu Mountain Tour with the help of a trained guide. The trip to the top of Huayna Picchu will take about 1 hour and a half.
The Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu will allow you to visit the Inca City of Machu Picchu and of course the mountain Huayna Picchu ; From there you can see the temples, precincts, roads and fountains of the Inca City of Machu Picchu in all its splendor.
What should I bring to Huayna Picchu?
The basics will suffice, with this we refer to a bottle of water of approximately 1 liter and a half (not disposable); The Huayna Picchu is located in the Amazon rainforest eyebrow of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and has temperatures between 8 ºC and 20 ºC, this causes the presence of small mosquitoes, so it will be necessary to use a good repellent; In addition, the strong sun of the region Machu Picchu, will require you to bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses with UV filter. Avoid carrying a lot of things with you, since all the things you carry should fit in a small backpack or handbag, since large backpacks are not allowed inside Huayna Picchu.
In case of a visit in the rainy season (November – March), you must also carry: rain poncho, warm clothes and hiking shoes with non – slip floor; Remember that in some sections of the route, you will need both hands, so everything you carry with you must enter the backpack. Do not forget your camera, with enough space in the memory and extra battery.
The use of walking sticks is allowed in the case of older adults or people with disabilities, but remember that these sticks should have the rubber tip, to avoid any damage on the trails that will travel.
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Advice from people who have been there
“Each step was worth it!“
“I am afraid of the heights, but that did not stop me, I am happy to have chosen the Huayna Picchu, in spite of all the things that are read in Internet about her, it was so many my emotion for climb one of the mountains of Machu Picchu, who forgets me completely that the ways were on enormous cliffs; There is a huge staircase to which the 'stairs of death'. Do not be afraid if you will not miss one of the best things that exist. “
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 06-08-2017