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Machu Picchu Mountain

View from the Machu Picchu Mountain lookout
View from the Machu Picchu Mountain lookout

Although Machu Picchu Mountain is more extensive in terms of distance and higher at its summit, it is much easier to hike than "Huayna Picchu" mountain, as it offers wider and less steep trails.

Information about Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain was a trail heavily used by the Incas, primarily for military purposes, as it provides a 360-degree view of the entire valley surrounding the Machu Picchu citadel, allowing for early warnings of any threats from neighboring cultures.

Currently, it is an important travel alternative within the Machu Picchu archaeological park and receives hundreds of visitors daily.

Location and How to Get There

Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the south of the Machu Picchu citadel and has an elevation of 3,082 meters.

To enter the mountain, you must purchase a ticket for the Circuit 1 - Machu Picchu Mountain Route which includes a visit to the Machu Picchu citadel from the upper part, where you will have panoramic views of the main Inca structures. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take the classic postcard photo from the Guardian's House lookout. This ticket also grants access to Machu Picchu Mountain.

Description and Features

The trail to the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain is less challenging compared to the Huayna Picchu mountain trail. The path is wider and less steep.

It is the largest mountain surrounding the Machu Picchu citadel. Throughout the journey, you will be surrounded by nature, offering a less demanding trek perfect for families with young children and adventurous people of all ages.

Climate and Best Times to Visit

Machu Picchu Mountain has a cool and warm climate at certain times of the day, and it is often cloudy with light rain during the rainy season.

The mountain's temperature ranges from 18°C to 20°C at its highest and from 7°C to 10°C at its lowest. At higher altitudes, the temperature can drop to -3°C.

The best time to climb the mountain is during the dry season, which runs from April to October, as there is less frequent rain, making the trek easier.

View from the Intipunku on Machu Picchu Mountain
View from the Intipunku on Machu Picchu Mountain

Routes and Stops on the Ascent to Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain does not have any archaeological attractions along its route; however, being surrounded by abundant flora, it is possible to see a larger number of orchids among the more than 400 different types.

Likewise, it is more likely to encounter local fauna, as the route, not being heavily visited by tourists, is favored by birds such as hummingbirds. It is also possible to find countless butterflies.

Entry Hours to Visit Machu Picchu Mountain

The maximum capacity for Machu Picchu Mountain is 400 people per day, divided into groups of 200 people each. However, it is recommended to book the ticket 1 month in advance.

The entry hours for Machu Picchu Mountain are:
First Group

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu: From 6:00 a.m.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain: From 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Second Group

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu: From 8:00 a.m.
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain: From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Rates and Entry Fees to Machu Picchu Mountain

To reach Machu Picchu Mountain, you must purchase the entry ticket for Circuit 1 - Machu Picchu Mountain Route in advance.

The Circuit 1 - Machu Picchu Mountain Route includes entry to the Machu Picchu citadel (upper part) + Machu Picchu Mountain. It allows you to reach the mountain's summit and visit the upper part of Machu Picchu, where you will have views of the main Inca structures of the citadel. You can also take the classic postcard photo from the Guardian's House. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

Map of Circuit 1, Route 1-A: Machu Picchu Mountain

Important Differences Between the “Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu” Mountains

To make your choice easier, we present a comparative table of both trails:

Differences Huayna Picchu Mountain Machu Picchu Mountain
Location North of the Machu Picchu citadel South of the Machu Picchu citadel
Height 2,693 meters above sea level 3,082 meters above sea level
Distance 2 km, elevation gain 290 meters 2 km, elevation gain 200 meters
Hiking Time 3 hours (ascent and descent) 4 hours (ascent and descent)
Access Huayranas Sector Guardian's House Detour
Hours Group 1 from 7 am – 8 am
Group 2 from 8 am – 9 am
Group 3 from 9 am – 10 am
Group 4 from 10 am – 11 am
Group 1 from 7 am – 8 am
Group 2 from 8 am – 9 am
Number of Visitors 200 people per day 400 people per day
Circuit Circuit 3 - Waynapicchu Route Circuit 1 - Machu Picchu Mountain Route
Reentry No reentry to the citadel Allows reentry to the citadel
Archaeological Attractions Terraces and the Temple of the Moon None
Restrictions Only for those over 12 years old For all ages
Difficulty Medium-High Medium

Frequently Asked Questions about Machu Picchu Mountain

What is Machu Picchu Mountain?

Machu Picchu Mountain is one of the mountains surrounding the Machu Picchu citadel. It is generally not visible in photographs, making it less popular.

What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu Mountain?

The best time to reach the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain is during the dry season, as there is less frequent rain and the weather is perfect. This season lasts from April to October.

Where is Machu Picchu Mountain located?

Machu Picchu Mountain is located to the south of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Is it necessary to book in advance to visit Machu Picchu Mountain?

Yes, to find availability on the desired travel date, it is necessary to book 3 months in advance.

How long does it take to climb and descend Machu Picchu Mountain?

The approximate time is 4 hours for the ascent and descent.

Are there age restrictions for climbing Machu Picchu Mountain?

There are no age restrictions for climbing Machu Picchu Mountain. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Can I visit Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain on the same day?

Yes, you can visit both attractions on the same day by purchasing a ticket that includes Machu Picchu + Mountain.

Are trekking poles allowed on the Huayna Picchu trail?

Only trekking poles with rubber tips are allowed, as standard poles can damage the ground. Additionally, it is recommended not to bring them as you will need your hands free to assist yourself on the path.

Can elderly people visit Machu Picchu Mountain?

Of course, this trail is more friendly and is recommended for people of all ages.

View of Machu Picchu Mountain from Huayna Picchu Mountain
View of Machu Picchu Mountain from Huayna Picchu Mountain