Our travelers often wonder why these 2 mountains are so famous; must-sees for all adventurers and adrenaline lovers within the visit to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; since the walk to these mountains will allow you to get a fantastic view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Getting an entrance ticket to Machupicchu in the months of June, July and August is more difficult than finding a needle in a cornfield in Urubamba since most tourists make their reservation months in advance and in the case of the visit these mountains even more since both mountains need a special ticket to enter, the mountain Machu Picchu is more accessible, but not so much to Huayna Picchu since it needs to be purchased months in advance, in cusco peru trips we explain why and the differences that both have so that you can make the best decision to undertake this great adventure.
We will start with the famous Huayna Picchu which comes from the Quechua word Wayna which means “young” and Pikchu which means “mountain”. This is the most visited mountain, due to its rich archaeological value and its proximity to Machu Picchu. On the way to the top, its steep and narrow paths that defy gravity stand out. Due to its great popularity, access to this tour is restricted to a certain number of people per day in double shifts, which is why if you want to get one of these quotas, it is only possible if you book months in advance.
Below we present the most important data of this trek:
|HEIGHT||This mountain is located at 2693 M.S.N.M. from where we will start the 2-kilometre walk with a duration of 2 hours 30 minutes (up and down approx.), narrow and very steep, which includes several sections with steps, stairs carved into the living rock and cables that will be very helpful. on the way of this great adventure.|
|LOCATION||It is located north of the Inca City of Machu Picchu and the entrance is through the Huayranas Sector (Sacred Rock). At this point you will find the entrance control booth.|
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER DAY||The number of tickets sold per day is 400 tickets divided into two schedules with 200 tickets per shift:
|DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY||Moderate high. It is a steep mountain, with precipices and many steps, if you suffer from vertigo it is not recommended.|
|PRICES||The price of this ticket includes the tour to the Inca citadel of Machupicchu and the visit to the Huayna Picchu hill.
|RESTRICTIONS||The entrance to Huayna Picchu is restricted to children over 12 years old.|
If you could not acquire a ticket for the Huayna Picchu hill; We have the best solution since you can do the trek to the Machu Picchu Mountain. From where you will have a magnificent view of both the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the Huayna Picchu hill; This fantastic mountain is located in the high mountain range that surrounds the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and is higher than Huayna Picchu. The Machu Picchu Mountain is not as popular as Huayna Picchu but it is a slightly less extreme tour that will leave you fascinated from start to finish.
|HEIGHT||The mountain is located at 3,082 M.S.N.M. from where we will start the 2 km walk and ascend approximately 300 m. vertical. It lasts 4 hours (up and down approx.), and you will be able to observe the abundant vegetation of the area, where wild orchids stand out. The wide paths that will allow you to walk them in a calm way.|
|LOCATION||It is located in front of the Huayna Picchu hill and to the left of the Traditional Path, in order to enter this route you need to go up to the viewpoint (Guardian’s House) and continue until the detour that is indicated with a sign.|
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER DAY||The number of tickets sold per day is 800 tickets divided into two schedules of 400 tickets per shift:
|DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY||Medium high. It is a steep mountain, with precipices and many steps, if you suffer from vertigo it is not recommended.|
|PRICES||The price of this ticket includes the tour to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the visit to the Huayna Picchu hill.
|RESTRICTIONS||There are no restrictions for entering Machu Picchu mountain, it is allowed for children of all ages.|
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
Both treks offer fantastic views of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; but the big difference between them is the height and the time it takes to do the walk; For example, in the case of the Huayna Picchu hill, it has a height of 2,700 m and the Inca citadel is at a height of 2,400 m; so you climb 300 m. this can take between 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours to go through it. Everything depends on the physical state of each person to this we will add; that the walk is steeper and narrower and much of the route is made up of stairs carved into the living rock and with cables so you can lean on them.
In the case of Machu Picchu mountain, the walk is longer; because Machu Picchu mountain is higher than Huayna Picchu with a height of 3200 m. That is why you will have to climb 800 m above the Inca citadel, this can take between 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours to do the walk, everything will depend on the physical condition of each person. On this route the path is less steep and has stairs; making it less dangerous and more comfortable when walking.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE TWO MOUNTAINS IN THE SAME DAY?
If it is possible to do both walks in one day; but this is not recommended because the entry times to the mountains are very close. It is very difficult to combine both mountains in a single day; In addition to this, another point to take into account is your physical state; since both mountains require a lot of physical effort and climbing both could leave you exhausted.
You should keep in mind that the complex’s opening hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; so by trying to climb both summits, you could lose a lot of time that you can use touring the Inca citadel of Machupicchu; which, after all, is the most important attraction for which thousands of tourists come daily.
In short, even if you really want to visit both mountains; We recommend you take only one as this way you can take advantage of your time and enjoy this great experience in the Inca citadel of Machupicchu to the fullest.
HOW TO BUY THE TICKET?
To be able to acquire your entrance ticket to one of the mountains; You should know that these are added at the entrance to the Inca citadel. This means that at the time you buy the ticket for any of the mountains you will also have to buy the entrance to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on a mandatory basis since they are not sold separately. Having this clear, there are two ways to get tickets for these mountains: through a tourist agency or on your own.
If you want to do it on your own, you can buy your tickets through the Decentralized Directorate of Culture Cusco.
If you choose to make a reservation with us, you can add it to any of our tour packages that visit the citadel of Machu Picchu or to our full-day tour to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.