Can I Climb To Huayna Picchu ?
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu, also known as Wayna Picchu in Quechua (“Young Peak”), is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba river bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called “lost city of the Incas”, and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 meters (8,920 ft) above sea level, or about 360 meters (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu.
The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 400. Advance purchase of tickets online will guarantee admission. A steep and at times exposed climb leads to the summit. Some portions are slippery and steel cables (a via ferrata) provide some support during the 45 minute climb. At times during the rainy season, the tours are closed. The climb is not recommended for visitors in poor physical condition.
- If you want to climb Wayna Picchu you should book it at the same time you are booking your Inca trail, alternative treks, or any classic tours as mentioned above since only 400 people can do it per day. The schedule is divided as follows:
- From 7.00 am to 8.00 am .- 200 people can climb it and they must be back around 10 am to Machu Picchu. Most of the time people do not have nice views due to the weather conditions because the mornings tend to be very humid and most of the time is cloudy.
- From 9.00 am to 10.00 am.- next 200 people can climb it. We typically buy our travellers this time slot so that you can enjoy your tour of Machu Picchu in the morning. Often the views are better at this time as well as the clouds burn off and disappear.
Note: You might be asking if I should do it? How difficult is it? Is it worth it to go there? We think of you and your flight so far away from your country so it is a must do once you are in Machu Picchu. If you are doing the Inca trail you might have the the same views from the sun gate since this mountain is at the same elevation, but if you are doing alternative treks or tours by train it is highly recommended. The climb does require you to be in good physical condition, but it is not that difficult. It takes 45 min. to 1 hour uphill climb and 45 minutes downhill to come back with a lot of stairs. We have calculated that there are 3300 steps in total. It is definitely worth it because you will have amazing views from the top of the mountain.
We can help you to get your ticket to climb Huayna Picchu, if you want your Local Friend to walk with you will be an extra charge.
If you have a fear of heights we do not recommend you to do it since it is very steep climb.
Book your tickets in advance: You don’t want to travel all the way to Peru, only to find that tickets are sold out. Train tickets, Inca Trail permits, and Huayna Picchu tickets — all of these can sell out weeks and sometimes months in advance. Avoid disappointment and start planning out the details of your trip to Machu Picchu as soon as you have your travel dates.
Guided tour: A guided tour of Machu Picchu (usually 2-3 hours) is the best way to cover the main sights and get an insider’s perspective on the myths and legends of the Inca city. Balance it out with some free time to explore the site on your own.
The best time of the DAY to visit Machupicchu with less crowds is in the mornings and late in the afternoons, note that June, July, and August are the busiest months and the sites gets really crowded between 10am and 2pm.
Machu Picchu is at lower altitude than Cusco. Compare Machu Picchu’s 2,350 meters (7,710 feet) of elevation to Cusco’s 3,300 meters (11,150 feet). It’s a big difference and many people who experience symptoms of altitude sickness in Cusco, report feeling much better on arrival to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Do not forget to stamp on your Passport at the gate of Machupicchu.
WHAT TO BRING: CARRY A DAYPACK WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
Don’t forget to bring your printed entrance ticket and your original passport! You’ll need both to enter Machu Picchu.
- Boots, tennis shoes or walking shoes with no heels.
- A hat or cap.
- Refillable water bottle
- Rain wear for the rainy season.
- Insect repellent.
- Sun screen/ Sun Block.
- Sun glasses
- Extra cash, and a snack.