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Huayna Picchu

The distinctive mountain that towers over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu has its own temple ruins and archeological sites.

Rising more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the ancient plazas and palaces of Machu Picchu is the rhino horn-shaped peak of Huayna Picchu, also called Wayna Picchu. The mountain is believed to have been a home for high priests and virgins. Hike up to the summit for the views and to see ancient temple ruins.

The path up the ridge of the mountain was created by the Incas and it will take reasonably fit climbers about an hour to get there. Although the climb isn’t technically difficult, it is very steep, narrow and exposed in some sections. The air is thin at this altitude, so stop and rest regularly. As you do so, marvel at the engineering skills of the Incas who carved steps out of the rock.

At the summit you are rewarded with the sight of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, mountain peaks in the distance and the Urubamba Valley below. Observe the agricultural terraces that were dug into the sides of the mountain to support crops.

On your way back down, you can make the detour to a cave containing the Temple of the Moon, a former ceremonial shrine. Study the impressive stonework and see the throne carved out of rock. Adjacent to the temple is the Great Cavern, which also served as a temple.

Book in advance to make the journey to Huayna Picchu, because only 400 people are allowed to hike the mountain per day. The first 200 depart early in the morning and the second 200 a few hours later. Make arrangements with a tour company in Cusco or book through the Peruvian government’s website for Machu Picchu. The ticket includes admission to both the ancient city and the peaks. Students get a discount if they show their international card.

You can get to Huayna Picchu by bus or foot from Aguas Calientes or as part of the 4-day Inca Trail. The best time to climb is between June and August. Between November and April tours of the peak may be canceled due to the wet season.


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Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Av. Hermanos Ayar 401, Machu Picchu
4.4
of 5, from 504 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$548
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo de Machu Picchu, 084, Machu Picchu
4.5
of 5, from 27 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$89
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Prolongacion Imperio de los Incas 626, Machu Picchu
4.2
of 5, from 427 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$113
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

Av. Pachacutec #808, Machu Picchu
3.9
of 5, from 381 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Machu Picchu, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$76
Gringo Bill's Hotel

Gringo Bill's Hotel

Jiron Colla Raymi 104, Machu Picchu
3.6
of 5, from 81 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$149
Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

608 Imperio De Los Incas Avenue, Machu Picchu
4.2
of 5, from 177 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aguas Calientes Hot Springs, Machu Picchu, and Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Huayna Picchu and Temple of the Condor are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$651
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu
4.5
of 5, from 169 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of the Condor and Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

$40
Inka Wonder

Inka Wonder

Avenida Imperio de los Incas 524, Machu Picchu
4.0
of 5, from 48 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).