Every year the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is visited by tens of thousands of tourists, however there is an additional adventure to the walk in the citadel that allows us to live an unforgettable experience: the route to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain, this mountain usually appears as a background in most of the photos of Machu Picchu.

The Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu mountain as is also known, has a maximum height of 2,720 m.a.s.l., that is almost three hundred meters above the citadel of Machu Picchu. One of its main characteristics is its degree of slope, or in other words, the steepness of its slopes. The mountain is mostly composed of rock on which the Incas carved their steps and paths to the top, there is only one way for both the ascent and the descent.

The roads that lead to the top have on one side the rock wall of the mountain and on the other an abyss of 200 to 300 meters to the bottom of the ravine, where you can see the Urubamba river in the distance. This causes the human body to react naturally with a feeling of fear and vertigo in the early stages of ascent. There is a record of visitors who have been paralyzed by fear in full rise, being unable to go forwards or backwards turning into a hindrance for the travelers who come behind.

However, it is necessary to clarify that despite the danger of the ascent and the unfathomable abysses during the whole journey, there are no official records of visitors who have perished on the Huayna Picchu mountain.

Huayna Picchu is also full of Inca archeological remains, such as stairs, cultivation terraces and the famous moon temple, which is a construction made inside a natural cave.

The best season to climb Huayna Picchu mountain

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is located in the department of Cusco, south east of the Peruvian territory. This part of Peru is characterized by having two clearly defined seasons: the first is the rainy season, during which there are abundant downpours that cover almost the entire department of Cusco, this season usually begins in October or November ending at the end of March. The second is the summer or "dry" season that begins at the end of April and ends in August or September.

In CuscoPeru.Com we recommend the traveler to make their trip in the dry season because during these months there are almost no cloudy days which is ideal for taking excellent photographs, in addition to avoiding the inconvenience of the rain (mud, wet clothes, trails slippery). One of the advantages of the rainy season is the low presence of visitors, which gives more space to visit this world wonder alone.

How much does the entrance to Huayna Picchu cost?

The ticket to enter the Huayna Picchu mountain is sold separately from the ticket to the Machu Picchu citadel, the combined cost of both is approximately USD70

How many tickets are available to enter the Huayna Picchu mountain?

The agency responsible for the care and preservation of this incredible work of the Incas is the Ministry of Culture of Peru, wich is the entity responsible for managing and issuing admission tickets (400 per day) to both the citadel of Machu Picchu, the Huayna Picchu mountain and the Machu Picchu Mountain

How many shifts are there to enter Huayna Picchu?

The Ministry of Culture has determined that 400 tickets are put on sale per day, divided into three shifts:

  • First shift: 6:00 a.m. Approximately one hundred and fifty visitors enter this group, who are the first to reach the top and take the best photos, taking advantage of the fact that at this time of the morning it is still not very hot and there are not many visitors.
  • Second shift: 7:00 am. One hundred and fifty travelers enter this group, who reach the top already when the prevailing heat in the area has increased, as well as the number of tourists.
  • Third shift: 8:00 am. In this group a hundred visitors enter, who reach the top already when the prevailing heat in the area has increased, as well as the number of tourists.

It is important to mention that the number of visitors for each shift is not fixed, that is, there may be more people in one group than the others. previously, there were two groups that were divided into two hundred people for each group.

What should i bring to Huayna Picchu mountain?

The area where the Huayna Picchu mountain is located is the entrance to the jungle, where the rains, the humidity, the presence of plants and animals is constant, so we recommend bringing the following implements to ensure that your walk and your travel experience do not be clouded by small but annoying inconveniences:

  • Shoes or boots with non-slip sole (rubber) .- This is one of the most important items to consider, because on one hand it for your own safety, it will prevent you from slipping and falling while climbing and on the other hand it also provides comfort. Avoid wearing new boots because they will most likely cause ankle and heel injuries due to constant friction.
  • A camera with large memory.- If you want to take the best photos of Machu Picchu and its surroundings we recommend you bring a professional camera.
  • Mosquito repellent.- It will prevent mosquitoes from ruining your experience.
  • High-grade sunblock.- It will prevent us from finishing with the shoulders, back and face reddened by the sun at the end of the day.
  • A bottle or canteen with water.- It is very important to stay hydrated while doing the walk and consider that there are no stalls nearby.
  • A hat or hat with a wide brim.- It will provide us with the shade and freshness we need in the ascent.
  • A small backpack.- It helps to carry all the above and that allows us to have our hands free and ready for any eventuality.

Above all, do not forget to enjoy this experience, because most likely at the end of the climb and finally when being on the top of the mountain you will experience a mix of emotions of joy, euphoria, satisfaction and joy, which have changed the lives of many travelers.