Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu Hike
Huayna Picchu (or Wayna Picchu) is a mountain situated north of Machu Picchu Citadel. It’s close proximity to Machu Picchu, gives visitors a privileged view of the whole Inca Citadel.
Although the hike up is very steep and has sections of narrow steps, the sense of accomplishment when arriving to the mountain top is one of a kind. The whole hike upward should take between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the physical condition of each visitor. The total ascent is about 1,000 ft.
As Brendan (from Maryland) explains, “It’s a must do at Machu Picchu!”
Brendan also explains that:
The hike to the top of Huayna Picchu was not a walk in the park and not for the faint of heart either. I managed to do fine and was thrilled with the hike of a lifetime but my brother did say that there were a moments where he seriously doubted whether he would be able to finish the hike due to exhaustion.
Huayna Picchu’s close proximity to the Inca City of Machu Picchu offers an amazing birds-eye view of the city and its majestic surrounding landscape. The scale of the work that had to be done to build the citadel is fully revealed and appreciated. Also, one can get to get a better understanding of the complexity of the city, terraces, temples and community areas.
Tickets for Huayna Picchu need to be purchased beforehand. We recommend talking with your travel advisor and planning your whole visit to Machu Picchu beforehand. This way, you’ll be able to choose your schedules and buy your tickets accordingly.
As Brendan concludes, “Possibly the greatest pictures I have captured in my lifetime were taken at the rock situated at the summit. The Incas used this location as an area to provide sacrifices to the gods but now it simply serves as one of the great sightseeing locations in the world.“
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