Its name comes from the Quechua word "Huayna Picchu" which means "Young Mountain". It must have served as a lookout post and communications center.
Huayna Picchu is located to the north of the Inca city of Machu Picchu. To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, you must reach the checkpoint and entrance to Huayna Picchu and follow the path that begins a few meters from the Sacred Rock, is an area with very dense vegetation, this path is very steep and quite narrow and includes stretches of stairs and steps made of granite stone placed irregularly, there are some that appear carved into the rock itself. The ascent takes between 45 to 60 minutes depending on the physical condition of the person.
The imposing beauty of this natural attraction makes it a must-see for those who want an unforgettable memory of the citadel. The path to this young mountain is zigzagging, its stairs are almost vertical with vertigo precipices, access is a bit difficult, it is recommended to be careful, definitely reach the top of Huayna Picchu is a challenge, but once you get to the place, it is worth the effort because the view is breathtaking. Huayna Picchu has an altitude of 2,667 meters above sea level and its summit has an area of 2,000 m2.
The "Huayna Picchu" gives the characteristic geographical image to the archaeological site. At the top of this mountain there are numerous constructions on the edge of the abyss that were used for the cultivation of species, perhaps considered sacred. There are also remains of a temple, of which it is not known if it is a building that was never finished or was partially destroyed. From there you can see the main square of Machupicchu about 400 meters down, the overall picture is impressive, the Urubamba River Canyon of infinite shades of green and snow-capped peaks in the background. On the north flank is the set called Temple of the Moon, in which staircases, grottoes, seats and niches are observed, in front of this temple is seen a set of platforms of more than 50 meters long by 2 high.
The maximum capacity for Huayna Picchu is 400 people divided into two groups of 200. You must book in advance. The entrance hours are:
- First group : Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
- Second group : Machu Picchu - Huayna Picchu 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The Huayna Picchu mountain is a very steep, narrow path, which includes several sections with steps and stairs carved into the living rock. We share with you this video about the Huayna Picchu mountain hike.
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