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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.

Would you like to make your time spent at Huayna Picchu even more unforgettable? Don't miss the chance to try out a few of these things to do:

Trying a Half-Day Horseback Riding Mistic Tour will help make your visit to this fantastic attraction even more memorable!

Check out our Machu Picchu things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're here.


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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge $350
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Temple of the Condor and Huayna Picchu. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Puyapatamarca are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel $60
    Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

    Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

    Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.

      Casa Del Sol Machupicchu $184
      Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

      Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

      608 Imperio De Los Incas Avenue, Machu Picchu, Cusco
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room
        Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room

        Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room

        Machu Picchu, Cusco (region)
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Machu Picchu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Temple of the Condor and Puyapatamarca are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel $262
          Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

          Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

          Av. Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu, Cusco
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is 5 minutes by foot.

            Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel $62
            Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel

            Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel

            Jiron Colla Raymi 104, Machu Picchu, Cusco
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.

              Tierra Viva Machu Picchu $111
              Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

              Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

              Av. Hermanos Ayar 401, Machu Picchu, Cusco
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on a river, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is 5 minutes by foot.

                Jaya Suite Machupicchu $111
                Jaya Suite Machupicchu

                Jaya Suite Machupicchu

                Alameda Los Artesanos 207, Machu Picchu, Cusco
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Machu Picchu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 3-minute walk.