What is Huayna Picchu?
Huayna Picchu is one of the steep mountains that overlooks Machu Picchu and that has Inca ruins on top. It offers breathtaking views and countless photo opportunities of Machu Picchu, which is why it is a must for many travelers who visit the site. Travelers who want to hike Huayna Picchu can do so on their own time after the official tour of Machu Picchu. The hike up to the top of Huayna Picchu takes about 45 minutes, so most people spend two hours total. The mountain is very steep, and is not suggested for travelers afraid of heights. It involves climbing many steps up, and at certain parts there is a steel cable bolted to the side of the mountain that you can hold on to.
The National Park limits the number of people who are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu to 400 spots per day and has two different entrance times, with 200 people entering from 7:00-8:00 am and another 200 entering from 10:00-11:00 am. Therefore, we strongly suggest that when you make your initial reservation with us that you let us know if you would like us to book you a ticket for Huayna Picchu. To guarantee your spot, we will purchase your ticket in advance.
Below is an explanation of the prices. Please note that these are the prices that the National Park charges.
Combined with Inca Trail: If you are booking the Inca Trail (either the 2-Day Inca Trail, 4-Day Inca Trail, or 6-Day Salkantay Plus Inca Trail) and would like to reserve a ticket for Huayna Picchu, the price is $70 per person. After the Inca Trail, many travelers are tired and when they reach Machu Picchu on the fourth day they may not have the energy to climb Huayna Picchu. If you anticipate that you will be out of energy but still want to climb Huayna Picchu, we suggest booking another night in Aguas Calientes. Then you can visit Machu Picchu again the following day, at which point you will have more energy and can take your time hiking Huayna Picchu. Please let us know if you would like to book an extra night in Aguas Calientes and we will make all of the arrangements.
Combined with Salkantay, Lares, Mantanay, Soqma, Huchuy Qosqo, or the 2-Day or 4-Day Packages: For those doing an alternative hike to Machu Picchu, the 2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Package, or the 4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Package, the price for your Huayna Picchu ticket is $20 per person.
What is Machu Picchu Mountain?
In addition to Huayna Picchu, there is another mountain that you can climb after your Machu Picchu tour which is called Machu Picchu Mountain. This mountain is higher than Huayna Picchu although it does not have ruins at the top. It takes about one hour and half to climb up, so in general people spend about two and a half to three hours total. Machu Picchu Mountain has a limit of 800 people per day and has two entrance times: 7:00-8:00 am and 9:00-10:00 am. 400 people can enter in each entrance time. Generally, tickets for this climb sell out much slower than Huayna Picchu, so if Huayna Picchu is already sold out for your date you may want to consider this climb instead. The prices for Machu Picchu Mountain are the same as Huayna Picchu.