Hiking to Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu Mountain is located in the Machu Picchu District, Urubamba Province, Cusco Region. With 2693 meters (8835 ft), is a mountain that rises in the northern area of Machu Picchu. According to Local guides and historian, this mountain was the resident of a high priest in charge of the astronomical observation and a site to perform religious ceremonies to place offerings to local gods. On top there is a building which was probably the house of the priest, also there are several terraces and altars that really define gravity, the location, the way that they were placed on top of the steep walls of the mountain, nowadays looks almost impossible to imagine how the Inca engineers anchored those walls and terraces there.
Times for Huayna Picchu
To reach Huayna Picchu Mountain you need to book far in advance the entrances, there a 2 shifts that you can choose:
The first shift is from 7:00am to 8:00am where 200 people are allowed per day, this shift is perfect to people that stayed the night before at the city of Aguas Calientes, take the early bus and Climb the mountain before the sunrise. Now depending on the season, the weather, the physical conditions on the hikers is almost impossible to arrive to the top before the sunrise. The climbing takes at least 45 minutes up and 1 hour down carefully.
The second shift is from 10:00am to 11:00am, where also 200 people will be allowed to enter, this shift is perfect to people that they just did the Inca trail, Salkantay, Lares Trek, Inca Jungle, tours by train, or any other trek that leads to Macho Picchu. This is because you need to explore the citadel of Machu Picchu first and after you can climb the Mountain. The climbing takes again 45 minutes to 1 hour up, and similar the way down. It’s important to note that the top of the mountain closes at 13:00 pm so you need to start coming down before that time.
How hard is Huayna Picchu
The Trail it has a moderate difficulty. Steep most of the climbing, slippery on rainy days but you will always find steel cables whenever is necessary. The final part is always the hardest but very rewarding at the same time because of the views, one on top there to trail: one to the left that goes to Gran Caverna with almost 3 extra hours of hiking, and one to the right that is the regular route finishing the whole Huayna Picchu mountain in less than 2 hours.
How Much is the entrance to Huayna Picchu
The Price is depending from where you arriving to Machu Picchu, if you arrive from the Inca Trail, the ticket to the Inca Trail already includes the entrance to Machu Picchu, but if you want to Climb Huayna Picchu Mountain, you need to buy a whole new entrance that cost around 75.USD. If you arriving from Salkantay trek, Lares trek, Inca jungle, tours by train, or other alternative tours, you will only add 35.USD to buy the entrance of Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu.