The entrance to the mountain of Huayna Picchu has only 400 places per day due to the large number of visitors who come to this place daily, eager to appreciate the extraordinary architecture and feel the incredible energy of this world wonder.

The mountain of Huayna Picchu which, in the language of the Incas, Quechua, means ‘young mountain’ is one of the most photographed places in the world, as it is the mountain that is located next to the Inca citadel.

History

The mountain of Huayna Picchu is located at 2,667 m.a.s.l and as we had indicated before, next to the Machu Picchu enclosure. The powerful Urubamba River winds the foundations of this mountain, forming an almost perfect 'U' shape.

During the seventies and eighties the entrance to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu allowed visitors access to both the citadel of Machu Picchu and the mountain of Huayna Picchu, but in the nineties and beginnings of the new millennium, the number of tourists has drastically increased, that is why the Peruvian government had to impose new restrictions and regulations regarding the number of people who could circulate daily through this ancient Inca city.

Importance

The ascent to the Huayna Picchu mountain is considered one of the best short walks in the world and it is also an experience that you will hardly forget.

On the top of this mountain it is located the so-called 'Temple of the Moon', which is an Inca construction made of stones that were somehow carried to the summit of this peak and that is dedicated as its name suggests to their cult for the Moon.

Huayna Picchu Tickets

Currently, the demand of both, national and foreign tourists to acquire the entrance tickets to the Huayna Picchu mountain is so high that the tickets are sold out up to three months in advance, which is why travelers who have the desire to know this beautiful place should take precautions and book in advance.

The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 400, as we have already indicated and are divided into three groups, which are detailed below:

The entrance of the first and second group to the Huayna Picchu mountain begins at 07:00 am while the third group does so at 10:00 am, each one of them is composed of approximately 130 people.

The sale of entrance tickets for both the citadel of Machu Picchu and the mountain of Huayna Picchu is in charge of the National Institute of Culture of Peru (INC), so all tourist agencies and operators both nationally and internationally depend on the information and availability that the INC provides.

The purchase of the ticket for the Huayna Picchu mountain is by regulation bought along with the entrance ticket for the citadel of Machu Picchu, it is not allowed to buy only the ticket for Huayna Picchu.

The cost of the ticket for the Huayna Picchu mountain + access to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is around USD $60.00 per person.

The purchase of the ticket of Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu mountain gives the visitor the right to stay up to a maximum of 6 hours in the enclosure, which are counted from the moment the traveler registers in the INC control booth in Machu Picchu.

The total ascent time from the citadel to the top of Huayna Picchu is approximately one hour to an hour and a half, and the descent that is also very vertiginous and steep, takes one more hour.

Possible impediments to access the Huayna Picchu mountain

It should be known that the climb from the center of Aguas Calientes to the citadel of Machu Picchu takes approximately 25 minutes by bus or 2 hours walking. Once located there, you must start the ascent to the Huayna Picchu mountain and this can only be done on foot, so a good physical condition is required. It should be taken into account, in addition, that children under 12 years access is prohibited, due to the steepness of the ascent and the dangerous cliffs of more than 400 meters that are always present throughout the climb. In many sections the traveler must use their hands to be able to hold on securely, since a fall or slip would lead to a deadly fall towards the immense rocks that are part of the Urubamba River, located down the hill.

It is not highly recommended to do this hike if you have an extreme fear or panic at heights.

How to successfully book a reservation for Huayna Picchu mountain

The high and low seasons at Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as in many other tourist attractions worldwide, determine both the availability of tickets and the cost of some services.

The high season in the Cusco region normally begins in the month of May, with the massive arrival of national and international tourists and lasts until the month of October. During these months of intense tourist activity, getting access tickets for the Huayna Picchu mountain is relatively complicated, since most tickets have already been sold up to three months and up.

The low season is between the months of November and April and coincides with the rainy season, during these months most tourist services are scarce of travelers and the costs of some transport sections tend to decrease, so finding available tickets for the mountain Huayna Picchu is relatively easier.

With this information in mind, the traveler can plan their route and objectives in advance and book in advance their entrance tickets for this enigmatic and unforgettable experience.