The hike to the Huayna Picchu mountain also called 'Waynapiccchu', is an unforgettable experience that a traveler can experience when visiting Machu Picchu. The duration of this hike is approximately two and a half hours going up one of the flanks or sides of the mountain, with chasms of more than 400 meters on the right side. The personal satisfaction and panoramic views of the whole place are impressive, being one of the main reasons why the entrance to Huayna Picchu is so popular.
The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu mountain has 400 tickets available per day, but when travelers have NOT found tickets available to enter Huayna Picchu: there are alternatives to Huayna Picchu mountain which are also very attractive for a Machu Picchu Tour, here are the following options.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is surrounded by mountains, and the Machu Picchu mountain is one of them. It is located at an elevation of 3,082 meters above sea level, almost 300 meters higher than the top of Huayna Picchu mountain, this mountain has a limit of 400 tickets for sale each day.
The hike to the summit of Machu Picchu mountain takes approximately two to three hours, the round trip, being of medium difficulty. This route does not have abysses as dangerous as those of the Huayna Picchu mountain, but it still requires a certain amount of physical effort to reach the summit.
The entrance fee to Machu Picchu mountain is approximately USD 70 and reservations must be made in advance.
Currently there are three entrance shifts to the Machu Picchu mountain, the first group enters at 6am, the second group enters at 7am and the third and last group is scheduled to enter at 8am.
In order to purchase the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu mountain it is mandatory to also purchase the entrance ticket to the citadel, it is not possible to purchase only the entrance ticket to the mountain.
Putucusi mountain, which in Quechua means 'happy mountain', is located just in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, across the Urubamba River, and is one of the least known and explored attractions of this place.
To climb this mountain you must walk along the train tracks, from the town of Aguas Calientes to an abandoned checkpoint, a walk that takes no more than half an hour, always along the train tracks. When you reach this point you must start climbing to the top of the hill, using the stairs built with logs and tied to the side of the mountain. The total climbing time is approximately four hours.
At the highest point, these stairs or ladders that one has to climb by holding on also with the hands reach a height of 40 vertical meters approximately, so a fall from this point is surely deadly. It should be avoided to do this hike or finish this hike at night, because due to the poor visibility some visitor could slip and fall more than 300 meters down the slope, for this same reason should be avoided on rainy or cloudy days.
The cost of admission to this viewpoint or high point is currently free and is not regulated, so admission is free.
When the Inca city of Machu Picchu was at its peak and was inhabited by the Incas, the only access route through which to arrive from Cusco was the now world famous Inca Trail, which ended at the gate of the sun or Intipunku, that is, the connection point between the Inca Trail and the citadel of Machu Picchu was and is the gate of Intipunku.
This control point or access point is located on one of the flanks or sides of Machu Picchu Mountain, at an elevation of 2,745 meters above sea level, which is why it also offers a privileged view of the Inca citadel, located about 150 meters below.
To enter to this point is not required to buy an extra ticket, the cost of the ticket to Machu Picchu (Llaqta), also includes the entrance to the gate of Intipunku. The access route is practically the same as the Machu Picchu mountain, only less steep.
The hike from the citadel of Machu Picchu to this point will take approximately 2 hours, it does not require much physical effort, but we recommend that you wear appropriate hiking shoes to avoid slipping or sprains while walking.
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