Do you want to get the most out of your visit to Machu Picchu? If you are not a typical tourist then you are surely looking for some extra adventures.
Guide to Hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu hike, is a scenic trail that takes you up the side of a jungle-covered mountain up stone steps built by the Incas.
Hiking Huayna Picchu Mountain is a bit challenging, and possibly terrifying for those who are afraid of heights. It is a hike which demands a good physical condition. You do not need to be fully acclimatized to the altitude, since it is not a very high mountain, its top elevation is lower than the elevation of Cusco, maybe kind of similar to the elevation in the Sacred Valley. 2,693 meters (8,835 ft).
Where is Huayna Picchu Mountain?
Also known as Waynapicchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain, is located in the district of Machu Picchu, in the province of Urubamba, in Cusco region. This peak is 2693 meters (8,923 ft) high in the northern region of Machu Picchu.
Huayna Picchu Mountain is the mountain behind the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu Mountain is usually confused with Machu Picchu Mountain which is higher in elevation and more challenging.
To easily reach the entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain it is necessary to take circuit 3 of the new routes established by the Ministry of Culture. Circuit 3 will take you through the urban sector in the lower part of the cultivated terraces over the Sacred Rock.
How difficult it is to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain
The Huayna Picchu Mountain compared to the Machu Picchu Mountain is lower in elevation and a little more challenging.
What makes it more difficult to hike is to climb the narrow small stairs (“stairs of death”). Those steps make you get tired faster. The climb requires you to have good physical and mental strength. You’ll definitely want to use your hands, though, for extra stability. The stairs are carved out of the side of a cliff providing spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Afraid of heights? Climbing the Huayna Picchu mountain is not just a walk in the park.
During the ascent you will literally be above the clouds – no kidding!
The last part of the climb before reaching the top has narrow steps that can be scary and a narrow ridge. if you are afraid of heights consider this or opt for other options that we offer below.
- Huchuy Pichcu Mountain
- Inca Bridge
- Sun Gate
What is the meaning of Huayna Picchu in Quechua?
Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is a compound word in Quechua which comes from Huayna: Young and Picchu: Mountain or Peak. Compared to Machu Picchu Mountain (Old Mountain) Huayna Picchu Mountain is the young Mountain.
Why was a sacred mountain to the Incas?
For the Incas the Huayna Picchu Mountain was a very sacred and highly venerated mountain, due to the fact that the Milky Way and the constellations could be observed from this mountain on special occasions.
Best time to hike Huayna Picchu
The best time of the year to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain is in the dry season which starts from April to October. The days are quite sunny, which offers the visitor spectacular views.
The best time of the day to climb Huayna Picchu mountain is in the late morning. (The views are clearer once the mist is completely gone).
Note that the dry season is also the peak season (when tourist numbers are at their highest), so make sure you buy your ticket before they are sold.
Buy tickets to Huayna Picchu Mountain
Tickets for Huayna Picchu Mountain are limited to 400 visitors per day in 2 groups, we strongly recommend you to go with the first group if possible. Tickets must be purchased as a combined ticket with the general entrance to Machu Picchu. They are available for purchase on the official government website.
We highly recommend purchasing 3 months in advance as tickets are sold out quickly.
Is Huayna Picchu worth it?
Certainly worth it!
Huayna Picchu offers one of the best views of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Get your classic photo of Machu Picchu from one of the most famous mountains in the world.
Views from Huayna Picchu
Huayna Picchu has spectacular views of Machu Picchu. It is one of the best views you will have of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding peaks. Many of the best photos of the views of Huayna Picchu mountain are posted on Instagram.
What to Pack for the Hike?
- Ticket to Huayna Picchu
- Sun block lotion
- Insect repellent
- Bottle of water (2 liters)
- Hiking boots
- Height : 2,720 metes/ 8,923 feet.
- Altitude Gain: 340 m/ 1,115 feet.
- Location: Situated just behind Machu Pichcu ruins.
- Restrictions: Only for children under 12 years old.
- Trail Description: Hiking to Huayna Picchu can be a bit challenging and a bit scary at times, but it is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Machu Picchu. Once you reach the summit the views are spectacular.
- Access: From Machu Picchu, through the urban Sector ending over Sacred Rock.
- Highlights: Inca terracing area , best lookout points, temple of the Moon, an Inca cave and tunnel.
- Number of visitors: 400 tourists per day.
- Walking Time: 2 hours roughly (round trip)
- Difuiculty level: Moderate – Difficult
- Walking distance: 2km / 1.2 miles.
- Full Trail:5 km/2.7 miles.