The Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu Tour of two days is one of our signature tours. This tour offers a complete overview of the Inca citadel. It gives you the opportunity of witnessing the beauty of Machu Picchu citadel from the top of the Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is one of the sacred peaks in the citadel. In Quechua, it means younger peak. Back in the days, Machu Picchu citadel was prone to attacks from other communities. The Incas guarded their sacred citadel from the top of the peak.
Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu Hike is a challenging experience. Just as the Inca Trail, the authorities restrict access to a limited number of people. The permit often tends to be sold out months in advance.
This tour is the same as the Machu Picchu 2 days tour. However, it includes a hike to Huayna Picchu.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 08:00 AM. Then, we will drive you through Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo train station (2 hrs approx.). Here we will take the 11:30 am train to Aguas Calientes arriving at 2pm. You will have the evening free to yourself.
If you love history then the Machu Picchu Museum is a great place to visit. It highlights pre-Inca times with a collection of Inca artefacts.The Orchid Gardens is another interesting site which is about a 30 minute walk from Aguas Calientes.
The site has a rustic feel filled with a variety of beautiful orchids on display. Or enjoy the rest of the day relaxing to the thermal waters of the Hot Springs, in Aguas Calientes.
Early in the morning, we will be boarding the tourist bus for a thirty minutes ride up the hill to visit Machu Picchu.
The tour guide will be meeting you at the entrance of the citadel and will assist you in clearing the security control to enter the citadel. Please note that you will have to show your Entrance ticket and original passport that you have used at the time of booking.
We will then give you a detailed two hours guided tour. During the tour, we will take you to the most important temples and enclosures. After the tour, you will have free time for exploring Machu Picchu on your own.
We will then direct you to the trailhead of Huayna Picchu mountain.
After the full day trip of Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will board the train to Ollantaytambo train station. Here, our representative will be meeting you and will be driving you back to Cusco. We will arrive at Cusco City at around 7:00 p.m.
There are two mountains inside the Machu Picchu Citadel, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain. Huayna Picchu is a Quechua term for Young Peak. It gets its name after its height. It is shorter than Machu Picchu Mountain and dominates the skyline of Machu Picchu citadel.
Entrance to the trail head is within the Machu Picchu citadel. So you will need a ticket to Machu Picchu citadel and an additional ticket to hike Huayna Picchu. The best way to get this is by joining an organised tour where the tour guide will give you a detailed tour of Machu Picchu citadel and guide you to the trail head.
In total there are 1600 steps to reach to the top of the mountain from Machu Picchu citadel. The summit of Huayna Picchu is only 360 metres (1180 feet) above the Machu Picchu citadel.
Yes, you can surely climb Huayna Picchu as long as you are acclimated, have no fear of heights and are in a proper shape. The hike is not dangerous but it is difficult. People who have died falling off from the trail are those who have deliberately ignored the safety instructions placed by the local authorities along the trail.
Huayna Picchu which in Quechua means young peak sits directly behind the citadel. It is 2720 metres high (8920 feet) and just about 360 metres (1180 feet) from the trail head in Machu Picchu citadel.
It normally takes about three hours to hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu and descend back to Machu Picchu citadel. You will begin the trail at 2430 metres (7972 feet) and the summit of Huayna Picchu is at 2720 metres high (8920 feet) above sea level. There are time slots to enter Huayna Picchu to avoid rush and only 400 people are allowed in a day.
This was a very nice experience, we are extremely thankful to John and the entire crew of Machu Picchu Tours company.