Huaynapicchu Mountain or Waynapicchu is a picturesque rocky mountain which rises over Machu Picchu; it’s named in Quechua language which means Young Mountain; Huaynapicchu is a mountain in near Machu Picchu Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huaynapicchu and built temples and terraces on its top.
The peak of Huaynapicchu is about 2,720 meters or 8,920 ft above sea level, or about 360 metres (1,180 ft) higher than Machu Picchu. Huaynapicchu has on the top residential rooms which were for the high priest and the astronomers. Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day.
In order to hike Huaynapicchu Mountain you need a physical entrance ticket for Machu Picchu complex as well as your permit for Huaynapicchu. This is why the Inca Trail hikers all need to pay the higher fee of $65. When we purchase your permit for the Inca Trail, admittance to Machu Picchu is part of that permit. But for Huaynapicchu you need a physical ticket to the ruins and your permit – resulting in this higher cost.
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 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.
Climb The Mountain of Huayna Picchu
Climb Huaynapicchu Mountain require to be in good physical condition, but it is not that difficult. It takes 45 minutes uphill climb and 45 minutes downhill to come back with a lot of stairs. If you have a fear of heights we do not recommend you to do it since it is very steep climb
The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huaynapicchu 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 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 Huaynapicchu Mountain you should book it at the same time you are booking your Inca trail, alternative treks, or any Tours to Machu Picchu; as mentioned above since only 400 people can do it per day.
When to Climb Huayna Picchu
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 10.00 am to 11.00 am the 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.
Please remember that we do not have any control over the weather and views on top. We are so sorry if you experience cloudy or rainy weather, but the hike is open always unless the rain is outrageous. We cannot refund your ticket for bad weather.
Temple of the Moon
In the other side of Huaynapicchu mountain is located the so called “Temple of the Moon”; which architectures is a top quality and is a decorated natural cave. No one knows what its purpose was, but it is thought to have been a place of worship or funerals, many scholars say it does not have to do with the moon. Some just call it “the Great Cavern” because of this and because it is not known if it was originally called the temple of the moon. There are other carvings on the walls and floor.
If you want to go to the temple of the moon, it is possible to climb to the top of Huaynapicchu, and you will be able to see it. We will be glad to help you reserve tickets for Huaynapicchu or for other attractions in this area.
- TREKKING DIFFICULTY: moderate to challenging
- HEIGHT: 2,693 m.s.n.m.
- WALK DISTANCE: 2 km, steep and narrow roads.
- LOCATION: North of the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
- ROAD DESCRIPTION: The trails are quite steep; you will need ropes to overcome some parts of the road. You will cross step built in rock and wooden stairs; the road is visually terrifying.
- ACCESS: From the Inca City of Machu Picchu, through the Sector of the Huayranas (Sacred Rock). Here you will find the entrance control booth to the mountain.
- SCHEDULE TIMES:
- FIRST GROUP: 07:00 hrs. – 08:00 hrs.
- SECOND GROUP: 10:00 hrs. – 11:00 hrs.
- NUMBER OF VISITORS: 400 per day, divided into two groups of 200.
- WALKING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (up and down).
- DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Moderately high. It is a steep mountain, with precipices and many steps (not recommended if you suffer from vertigo).
- ARCHAEOLOGICAL ATTRACTIONS: Andenería and the amazing Temple of the Moon, built inside a natural cave.
- FLORA AND FAUNA: Landscape of jungle brow, abundant vegetation, which serves as a habitat for birds, butterflies and insects.
- ADVANTAGES: Some of the best panoramic views of the Inca City and the amazing mountain environment where it is located.
- DISADVANTAGES: Precipices covered with vegetation, steep ascent, and narrow roads.
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