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Huayna Picchu or Montaña Machu Picchu?

A very frequent question among adventurous tourists who want to make a trip to Cusco, more specifically Machu Picchu, is to which of the two mountains that are enabled for the passage of tourists should go up, although it is true that the best known mountain is Huayna Picchu, the Machu Picchu mountain also has great charm. We list the main differences so you can make the best choice.

Mountain Wayna Picchu.

  • Height: Huayna Picchu is 2,720 meters above sea level.huaynapicchu
  • Access Route: To climb this mountain you must go down from Machu Picchu.
  • Entry Hours: To climb the Huayna Picchu there are two entry times, the first group goes up from 7 – 8 am and the second group from 9 – 10 am.huaynapicchu
  • Number of Visitors: Unlike Machu Picchu Mountain, only 400 people per day, 200 in each group, can go to Huayna Picchu.
  • Walking Time: Approximately 1 hour of climb and 1 more to go down.
  • Attractions: Huayna Picchu has different archaeological attractions such as the Temple of the Moon and also andenerías. In its flora and fauna it has a great variety of birds.
  • Panoramic View: From the top of Huayna Picchu, you can have an incredible view of all the mountains that are there, including Machu Picchu Mountain and also the citadel. In addition, you can observe all the landscape that surrounds the mountain, including the canyon that surrounds the archaeological complex.
  • Climate: Like Machu Picchu Mountain, the weather depends on the time of year; from April to October, it’s dry weather, instead of November to March, it’s rainy weather.
  •  Note: people who have problems with vertigo can not enjoy this trip. There are some interesting archaeological ruins at the top of Huayna Picchu.

Mountain Machu Picchu.

  • Height: Machu Picchu Mountain is 3,082 meters above sea level.machupicchu-mountain
  • Access Route: This mountain is climbed from the same citadel of machupicchu-mountainMachu Picchu. The tour begins near the viewpoint or “Casa del Vigilante”.
  • Entry Schedule: Previously, the entrance to Machu Picchu mountain was from 7 to 8:00 am and from 9 to 10: oo am, however, having increased the demand for tourists
  • Number of Visitors: Only 800 people can enter per day.
  • Walking Time: Approximately 1 hour of climb and 1 more to go down.
  • Attractions: Machu Picchu Mountain does not have archaeological attractions, however, it has quite attractive in its flora and fauna, for example, great variety of orchids, butterflies and birds.
  • Panoramic View: From the top of the Machu Picchu Mountain you can observe the entire Machu Picchu Citadel, you will have a privileged view of the Huayna Picchu mountain and the rest of the surrounding mountains, you can also contemplate the zigzag path to Machu Picchu among other beautiful landscapes.
  • Climate: The climate depends on the time of year; from April to October, it’s dry weather, instead of November to March, it’s rainy weather.
  • NOTE: If you want to visit Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machupicchu you must pay more an additional cost.

In conclusion, it does not matter which of the mountains you choose to climb, from the top of both you can contemplate a panoramic view of the entire Inca Citadel with the roads, streets, squares and enclosures. In addition, in both you will be able to observe a lot of beautiful landscapes and you will be able to live unforgettable experiences.

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