What does Wayna Picchu mean?
“Wayna Picchu” is a Quechua word that means “Young Mountain”. In the Inca period, the mountain must have served as a communication center and surveillance post because of its strategic location.
Wayna Picchu is located towards the north of Machu Picchu city, situated at 2681masl, it is an area with very dense vegetation and it offers a landscape of jungle brow; this road is very steep and quite narrow and includes sections of stairs and steps made of granite stones, placed irregularly, some are even carved in the same rock. In order to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain you need to reach the entry checkpoint through circuit no 3 that starts from the inferior part of the citadel, a few meters away from “Roca Sagrada” (“The Sacred Rock”). The ascent will take between 45-60 minutes, depending on the physical condition of the person.
Wayna Picchu has a height of 2681masl (almost 300m of difference from the citadel of Machu Picchu) and its top has a surface of 2000m2. The imposing beauty of this natural attraction makes it a must-see for those who desire an unforgettable memory and to obtain the best postcards from their visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The path to this “Young Mountain” is in zigzag, its stairs are almost vertical with precipices of vertigo. The access is a bit difficult, especially on the narrow and steep road, so the available spaces are limited; it is advisable to take care and follow all recommendations, among the most important being to travel with non-slippery shoes and waterproof clothing. Definitely getting to the top of Huayna Picchu is a challenge and at the same time an unforgettable experience; it is worth the effort, since the view is impressive.
The Wayna Picchu gives the characteristic geographical image to the citadel of Machu Picchu. At the top of this mountain there are many constructions one the edge of the abyss that were used for crops of species, perhaps considered sacred because of their proximity to the gods (the sun, the moon, the stars).
One can also notice the remnants of a temple about which it is not known whether it is a construction that hasn´t been finished or that was partially destroyed; there is also a large carved stone similar to a throne, which is commonly known as “The Chair of the Inca”. From here, we can appreciate the Main Square of Machu Picchu about 400 meters down; the general view is impressive- the Canyon of the Urubamba River with infinite green nuances and in the background the snowy peaks, where the “Nevado Salkantay” stands out as one of the most important snow-capped mountains in Peru. On the northern flank there is the set called “Templo de la Luna” (“Temple of the Sun”), in which there are staircases, grottos, benches and niches; in front of this temple you can see a set of platforms over 50 meters long by 2 meters high.
Huayna Picchu, just like Machu Picchu was a place that fortunately the Spanish didn´t reach, so not much is known about its historical importance, however, according to studies it was established that historically, Wayna Picchu was a monitoring and surveillance center of the citadel of Machu Picchu; due to its strategic location on the top of the mountain, it was easy to warn warriors against any threat of invasion from nearby cultures. Some historians claim that Wayna Picchu was an Incan adoration center, in this place a temple dedicated to the moon was found, a kind of Inca throne and terraces strategically located on the slopes of the mountain, which suggests that there were offerings to their deities (the sun, the moon, the thunderbolt and the stars).
What you need to know in order to visit Huayna Picchu
- The ticket to Huayna Picchu also allows the visit to the llaqta (Machu Picchu citadel) for 1 of the 3 established circuits, access to the alternate route of Huayna Picchu Mountain is in the schedule printed on top of the ticket.
- The journey starts at the checkpoint at the entrance of Machu Picchu citadel through circuit no 3 that leads directly to the checkpoint at the entry or Wayna Picchu Mountain. The visitor must carry his/her ticket, identity card and must register manually in the log book both upon entering and upon exiting.
- The time for traveling to Machu Picchu citadel and Huayna Picchu Mountain is 6 hours. A re-entry is allowed with the purpose of using the hygienic services that can only be found outside the archeological complex.
- Do not bring luggage, only a small backpack with what is necessary
- Use water-resistant trekking shoes that do not slip.
- Bring waterproof clothing and preferably an extra shirt or polo shirt.
- Use repellent, in this area there are a lot of mosquitos.
- Use sunscreen
- If you have cameras or film cameras, we recommend placing them in a safe location, like a support for GoPro, you will need your hands free to prevent accidents
- In general, there are no guided visits to Huayna Picchu, follow all the indications and try to walk in a group
- If you suffer of vertigo, or you have any cardiac or respiratory illness, we recommend you do not make the visit to Wayna Picchu Mountain.
The entry hours to the mountain of Wayna Picchu are the following:
- First Group: Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu 7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
- Second Group: Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
|Foreign Tourist||Comunidad Andina Tourist |
(Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador)
|Tickect||Adults||Students||School students||Adults||Students||School students|
|Huayna Picchu + Machu Picchu||S/ 200.00||S/ 125.00||S/ 118.00||S/ 112.00||S/ 80.00||S/ 80.00|
The mountain of Huayna Picchu is a very steep, narrow road, which includes several sections with steps and staircases carved into the living rock. We share with you this video about the journey to the Huayna Picchu mountain.
Here look at the path to Huayna Picchu.
The mountain of Huayna Picchu is a very steep, narrow road, which includes several sections with steps carved into the rock. We are sharing with you this video about travelling to Huayna Picchu Mountain.