Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu

Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Information

Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu Mountain Information

Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu mountain–Find here the detailed information about both mountains to take the right decision before attempting one of the mountains. Over the last decade, both mountains have been becoming more and more popular because of this the Peruvian Ministry of Culture decided to set a specific schedule to access each mountain, as well as they set the cost of the tickets.

Whether you are interested to climb up the Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, from where you could see Machu Picchu from different angles, there is an additional fee of US$35 per person; there is a limited amount of people a day (400-person) in two groups of 200-person, the first group between 7:00 am to 8:00am, and the second group between 10:00 am to 11:30 am (make sure to match your regular Machu Picchu ticket with Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, see the sample below), please, let us know at the moment you book your trip, and we will book it for you; however, the availability of the spaces are subject to the booking of the spaces from all over the world, sometimes the spaces would be sold out, so there would not have any chance to book for you–Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu mountain

Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Timetable Chart to Enter

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu (Waynapicchu) mountain is located right next to the Machu Picchu ruins on the northern side, its top is at 2,660m/ 8,727 ft. Huaynapicchu is the typical mountain that is seen on the classic pictures right behind the Machu Picchu ruins. In comparison with Machu Picchu, this mountain is shorter but getting its top is very challenging since the trail is very steep, very narrow, and quite small steps around the top because of it, the trail is not recommended for people who have vertigo.

There is only one trail for both ways, that’s why the hikers are allowed in 2 groups of 200 people at each schedule, our groups always access at the first group from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, this schedule is only to get into the mountain, once inside the approximate time to hike the mountain is about 2 hours.

The average time to get the top is 45 minutes, this means with many short breaks, however, there are some hikers especially experienced ones who can do in 30-35 minutes. As you are getting closer to the top, the views become more and more impressive, Machu Picchu views (like the one of the photo) are just uniqueness perfect to gaze out from the top of the mountain.

The Incas had been building terraces, dwellings, trails around the top of the mountain, it is very likely that the Spaniards interrupted the works here, today all these remains are still standing on a good condition.

Peru Summit Adventures strongly recommends book the permits with 6 months in advance at least, if before much better. 

Huaynapicchu vs Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain is located next to the Machu Picchu ruins on the southern side, its top is at 3,062m/ 10,046 ft. Hiking to Machu Picchu mountain became kind of popular once the permits number for Huaynapicchu mountain started to be limited and the ticket cost started to be charged. The popularity of Huaynapicchu mountain originated the new idea and alternative trails to open the hike to Machu Picchu mountain.

Machu Picchu mountain is a mountain located a bit further from the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. In comparison with Huaynapicchu, this mountain is taller, therefore the trail is longer. There is an original Inca Trail that’s getting its top, so the hikers just need to follow this trail, the hike is very strenuous since the trail is very steep at some sections, very narrow at some sections, and some small steps because of it, the trail is not recommended for people who have vertigo.

There is only one trail for both ways, that’s why the hikers are allowed to enter in 2 groups of 200 people at each schedule, our groups always access at the first group from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, this schedule is only to get into the mountain, once inside the approximate time to hike the mountain is about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

The average time to get the top is 1 hour and 30 minutes, this means with many short breaks, however, there are some hikers especially experienced ones who can do in 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes minutes. Views become just breathtaking as you are getting closer to the top, in comparison with Huaynapicchu this hike is more scenic.
Machu Picchu views, Huaynapicchu views, and other mountain views (like the one of the photo) are just stunning.

At the top of the mountain, the Incas had built a small platform, which was used to place the religious offerings for their gods by people who came from the highlands or other provinces before entering the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

Peru Summit Adventures strongly recommends book the permits with 6 months in advance at least, if before much better.

Huaynapicchu vs Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Ruins/ Citadel

Do not confuse the Machu Picchu Inca citadel with Machu Picchu mountain, they are completely different from each other. The Machu Picchu Inca citadel also known as llacta (city) is the main place to visit on any Machu Picchu tour or hike.

Due to the order of the Peruvian Minister of Culture and Peruvian Minister of Tourism to reduce the negative impact on the world’s heritage site, for better preservation and conservation of this sanctuary, Machu Picchu is accessed per hour with a limited number of people at each hour. Passport information must be submitted to Peru Summit Adventures at least 45 days prior to departure or at the moment of booking. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu tickets (otherwise tickets would sell out). Peru Summit Adventures always issues the tickets at the first window from 6:00 am to 7:00 am group, at least you want to visit at a specific schedule, other schedules, or unavailability of tickets if so, we will communicate to you and also you need to let us know at the moment of your tour booking if want to have a different schedule.

Further information about the timetable or schedule, look at the sample chart of the schedule in the first paragraph.