Why tickets to Huayna Picchu mountain sell out?

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 road is approximately two and a half hours up one of the flanks or sides of the mountain, with chasms of more than 400 meters to the right side. Personal satisfaction and panoramic views of the whole place are impressive, this being one of the main reasons why the Huayna Picchu ticket is so popular.

Alternatives when Huayna Picchu Tickets get sold out

The hike to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain has only 400 tickets or admission tickets available per day, but when travelers DID NOT found tickets available to enter the Huayna Picchu: there are alternatives to the Huayna mountain Picchu which are also very attractive for a Machu Picchu Tour, Here are the following options.

Machu Picchu mountain

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is surrounded by mountains, and Machu Picchu mountain is one of them. It is located at an elevation of 3,082 m.a.s.l., that is almost 300 meters higher than the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain, this mountain has a limit of 400 tickets put up for sale every day.

The hike to the summit of the Machu Picchu mountain takes approximately two to three hours, the round trip, being of medium difficulty. This route does not have as dangerous chasms as those of the Huayna Picchu mountain, but it also requires a physical effort to reach the top.

The entrance fee to Machu Picchu Mountain is approximately USD 70.00 and the reservation must be made in advance.

There are currently three entry shifts to the Machu Picchu mountain, entering the first group at 6:00 am, the second group does it at 7:00 am and the third and last group is scheduled to enter at 8:00 am.

In order to acquire the entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu mountain It is mandatory to also buy the entrance ticket to the citadel, it is not possible to buy only the entrance ticket to the mountain.

machu picchu mountain

Putucusi mountain

The Putucusi mountain which in Quechua means ‘happy mountain’, is located just in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, that is to say crossing the Urubamba river, and is one of the least known and explored attractions of this place.

To climb this mountain you must walk on the train tracks, from the town of Aguas Calientes to an abandoned booth or check point, a walk that takes no more than half an hour, always on the train tracks. At this point you should start climbing to the top of the hill, using for this purpose the stairs built with logs and moored next to the mountain. The total rise time is approximately four hours.

At the highest point, these stairs or stairways through which one has to climb holding hands also reach a height of approximately 40 vertical meters, so a fall from this point is surely fatal. You should avoid doing this hike or finish this hike at night, because due to poor visibility some visitors could slip and fall more than 300 meters down the hill, for this same reason you should avoid rainy or cloudy days.

The cost of entering this viewpoint or high point is for the moment free of charge and is not regulated.

View of Machu Picchu from Putucusi mountain
Putucusi mountain

The Suns's Gate or 'Intipunku'

When the Inca city of Machu Picchu was in full apogee 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 still the gate of Sun or 'Intipunku'.

This control point or check point is located on one of the flanks or sides of the 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 by under.

To enter up to this point it is not necessary to buy an extra ticket, the cost of the Machu Picchu ticket (Llaqta), includes the entrance to the Intipunku gate. The path is practically the same as the Machu Picchu mountain, only less steep.

The walk from the citadel of Machu Picchu to this point will take approximately 2 hours, not much physical effort is required, but we recommend indeed wearing appropriate hiking shoes, this to avoid slips or kinks while walking.

Recomendations:

  • Mosquito repellent, a wide-brimmed hat, plenty of water, high-grade sunscreen and sunglasses should always be worn.
  • The purchase of your train ticket, the reservation of your hotel in Cusco and Aguas Calientes and the entire itinerary itself, depend on the date of entry to the citadel.
  • The climate throughout the area is sub-tropical, with abundant humidity, mosquitoes, rain and a permanent feeling of suffocation. Wear appropriate clothes for this purpose.
  • Take a good camera with a lot of memory because you will have a lot to record (archaeological remains, animals, plants, orchids, rivers and landscapes).
inti punku sun's gate inca trail end