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Difference between Machu Picchu mountain and Huayna Picchu mountain

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu, the mountains that take care of the Inca City

diferencia entre montaña machu picchu y huayna picchu

When we have the great opportunity to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; we can also enjoy some of the mountains that are around the citadel: we are talking about the mountain Huayna Picchu and the mountain Machu Picchu, yes, the same name of the citadel. This may confused a new travelers in Machu Picchu, that’s why we’ll talk about these two mountains.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

This mountain is the best known, why? It is the very famous mountain that appears in the photo Cliché that floods the social networks of 99.9% of the people who visit the lost city of the Incas. It is a mountain of 2693 msnm and that is at the north of the citadel. The climb and its return will take you 2h30. If you want get there, in the citadel you should go to the control place located in the Huaraynas or Roca Sagrada sector. At the top you can enjoy the wonderful view of the citadel and the entire valley as well as the famous temple of the moon built inside a cave in the mountain. There are several hypotheses about the Incas’ beliefs regarding the caves; the most famous: he connected them with the dead ones.
However, this temple can only be enjoyed if you first make the famous 2 km climb of a road really creepy. The roads are very narrow, even having to be supported by cables on the sides of the road. Our recommendation is if you suffer from vertigo, please do not try to climb; similarly if accompanied by children or older people, better not to do so.
You can get to Huayna Picchu only with a ticket which must be reserved 6 months in advance (if you want to do it anyway;)) since the access is limited to 400 people per day, divided into two groups of 200 and at the following times:

First Group: 07:00 hrs. - 08:00 hrs.
Second Group: 10:00 hrs. - 11:00 hrs.

Here the summary of data on Huayna Picchu:
- Height: 2,693 m.a.s.l
- Road distance to the top: 2Km
- Time it takes to travel: 2h 30m (up and down hill)
- Characteristics of the road: Very steep roads, need for extra help, cliffs, plenty of vegetation.
- Climbing Difficulty: Medium-High

 montaña huayna picchu

Machu Picchu Mountain

The Machu Picchu mountain, on the other hand, is more friendly since to climb it is less "frightening" than Huayna Picchu. The mountain also offers a great view of the citadel and the valley. It is at 3082 meters above sea level and it is 2km to the top, although it will take a little longer to reach the summit: 3h 20. The trails are much wider, therefore, it’s nicer for children or seniors.
In the same way as Huayna Picchu, the mountain Machu Picchu needs a ticket to climb, which is a bit more accessible since it can be booked only a few weeks in advance and allowed to climb 800 people per day divided into 2 Groups of 400 at the following times:

First Group: 07:00 hrs. - 08:00 hrs.
Second Group: 9:00 hrs. - 10:00 hrs.

Here the summary of data on Mountain Machu Picchu:
- Height: 3,082 m.a.s.l
- Road distance to the top: 2Km
- Time it takes to travel: 3h 30m (Up and down hill)
- Characteristics of the road: Wide roads, view of the citadel, plenty of vegetation.
- Climbing difficulty: Medium

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