The entrance to the mountain of Huayna Picchu has only 400 seats per day due to the large number of visitors who arrive daily to this place, 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.
The mountain of Huayna Picchu is located at 2,667 m.a.s.l. and is located, as we mentioned before, next to the Machu Picchu site. The mighty Urubamba River meanders along the base 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 the beginning of the new millennium, the number of tourists increased considerably, which is why the Peruvian government had to impose new restrictions and regulations regarding the number of people who could circulate daily in this ancient Inca city.
The ascent to Huayna Picchu mountain is considered one of the best short treks in the world and is also an experience that you will hardly forget.
At the top of this mountain is 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 is dedicated as its name suggests to the cult of the Moon.
Currently the demand of both domestic and foreign tourists to purchase entrance tickets to the Huayna Picchu mountain is so high that 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 mentioned above, and they are divided into three groups, as detailed below:
The entrance of the first and second groups to the Huayna Picchu mountain starts at 07:00 am while the third group starts at 10:00 am, each of which is composed of approximately 130 people.
The sale of access tickets for both the citadel of Machu Picchu and the Huayna Picchu mountain is in charge of the National Institute of Culture of Peru (INC), so all agencies and tour operators both nationally and internationally depend on the information and availability determined by the INC.
The purchase of the ticket for the Huayna Picchu mountain must be done together 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 Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket gives the visitor the right to stay up to a maximum of 6 hours at the site, which is counted from the moment the traveler checks in at the INC control booth at Machu Picchu.
The total ascent time from the citadel to the top of Huayna Picchu is about an hour to an hour and a half, and the descent, which is also very steep and vertiginous, takes another hour.
You should know that the climb from the town of Aguas Calientes to the citadel of Machu Picchu takes approximately 25 minutes by bus or 2 hours walking. Once located here, you must begin the ascent to the Huayna Picchu mountain and this can only be done on foot, so a good physical condition is required. It should also be taken into account that access for children under 12 years of age 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 his hands to hold on safely, because a fall or slip would lead to a deadly fall to the huge rocks that are part of the Urubamba River, located downhill.
This hike is not recommended if you have an extreme fear or panic of heights.
The high and low seasons in 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 usually begins in May, with the massive arrival of national and international tourists and lasts until October. During these months of intense tourist activity, getting access tickets for the Huayna Picchu mountain is relatively complicated, as most tickets have already been sold up to three months in advance.
The low season is between the months of November and April and coincides with the rainy season, during these months most tourist services are short of travelers and the costs of some sections of transport tend to decrease, so finding available tickets to Huayna Picchu mountain is relatively easier.
With this information in mind, the traveler can plan his or her route and objectives in advance, and reserve his or her entrance tickets for this enigmatic and unforgettable experience.
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