Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu, the mountains that watch over the Inca city.
When we have the great opportunity to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, we can also enjoy some of the mountains that are located around it, we are talking about Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain. Here we will tell you the difference between Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain.
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is the most famous of the two, as it is the mountain that appears in the photo that inundates the social networks of 99,9% of the persons that visit the lost city of the Incas. It is a mountain with a height of 2681masl. It is situated north of the citadel. Climbing and coming back will take around 2 hours and a half.
HOW TO REACH WAYNA PICCHU?
Once you have reached the citadel of Machu Picchu, you must head to the control booth, which is located in the Hurayanas sector or Roca Sagrada, through Circuit no 3. Once up, you can enjoy the wonderful view of the citadel and of the whole valley and also of the famous “Temple of the Moon”, built inside a cave in the mountain. There are different hypotheses on the beliefs of the Incas regarding the caves; the most listened to is that it connected them with the dead, who passed on to another life. However, this temple can only be enjoyed if you first make the famous ascent that consists of 2km of a really creepy road that will test your nerves and concentration. The roads are very narrow, one even having to be supported with cables on the sides of the road. Our recommendation is that, if you suffer from vertigo, you shouldn´t try to climb; in the same way, if you are accompanied by children or older people, it is better to abstain from climbing Wuayna Picchu. The ascent to Huayna Picchu is only done with a ticket which you must reserve preferably 6 months in advance; the access is limited to 400 persons per day, divided in 2 groups of 200; the schedules are as follows The ascent to Huayna Picchu is only done with a ticket which you must reserve preferably 6 months in advance; the access is limited to 400 persons per day, divided in 2 groups of 200; the schedules are as follows:
First Group: 07:00 a.m. - 08:00 a.m.
Second Group: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Important Information about Wayna Picchu:
- Height: 2,681 m.a.s.l
- Walking distance to the top: 2Km
- Travel time: 2h 30m (climbing and going back)
- Characteristics of the road: very steep roads, need for extra help, precipices, abundant vegetation
- Climbing Difficulty: Medium-High
Machu Picchu Mountain
The Machu Picchu Mountain is more friendly, since its ascent characteristics are less “frightening” than those of Huayna Picchu. The mountain offers a great view of both the citadel and the valley. It is situated at 3061masl and it has approximately 2 km of ascent, although it will take a little more time to reach the top: 3 to 4 hours.
HOW TO REACH MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN?
Once you have reached the citadel of Machu Picchu, you need to head to the checkpoint through Circuit no 1. The trails are much wider so it is easily accessible to the general public. In the same way as Huayna Picchu, in order to climb Machu Picchu Mountain you will need a ticket, which is a little more accessible since it can be booked only a few weeks in advance. The ascent is allowed to 400 people per day, divided into 2 groups of 200 each. The schedules are:
First Group: 07:00 - 08:00 a.m.
Second Group: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Important Information about Machu Picchu Mountain
- Height: 3,082 m.a.s.l
- Walking distance to the top: 2Km
- Time it takes to travel: 3h 30m (climbing and coming back)
- Characteristics of the road: wide roads, view of the citadel, abundant vegetation.
- Climbing difficulty: Medium