Machu Picchu Trips Faqs
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUAYNAPICCHU/MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?
Huaynapicchu is the mountain located at the northwest end of the ruins and Machu Picchu Mountain is located at the southwest end. Huaynapicchu is steeper, but more popular and has some interesting archeological ruins at the top.
Machu Picchu Mountain is a longer trek, less steep and less crowded and offers great views over Machu Picchu . Check this amazing link out for views from the Huaynapicchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (it will open with the Huaynapicchu mountain, click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FROM CUSCO TO AGUAS CALIENTES?
Cusco – Ollantaytambo by bus is around 1hr 45 min. to 2hrs. The train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes takes another 1hr 45 min. to 2 hours. So think about up to a total of 4 hrs; Aguas Calientes back to Cusco is the same travel time.
HOW LONG IS THE WALK FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU?
The hike up to Machu Picchu takes around 1hr 45 minutes up and 1hr 30 minutes to go down to the town of Aguas Calientes, if you take the bus it will be 30 minutes.
HOW HARD IS THE HIKE FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU?
The trail is comprised of stairs and is fairly steep, but taken slowly should not be a problem for most people.
HOW LONG IS THE HIKE FROM MACHU PICCHU UP TO HUAYNA PICCHU?
The trail takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to climb up and about 30 minutes to retunr.
HOW HARD IS THE HIKE TO HUAYNA PICCHU?
The trail is very steep and can be crowded. People who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO HIKE HUAYNAPICCHU?
We recommend the 10:00 – 11:00am entry time as it is more flexible with tours and allows travelers a more relaxed experience at the ruins.
WHEN DOES MACHU PICCHU OPEN/CLOSE?
The ruins of Machu Picchu is open at 6:00am and closes at 5:00pm.
HOW LONG DO MOST PEOPLE SPEND ON MACHU PICCHU?
The majority of people will spend about 6 to 7 hrs in Machu Picchu.
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DO I NEED A VISA OR PASSPORT OR ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TOUR?
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