Experience the best of the citadel of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain on this two day Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu hike with our local tour guide.
Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of all travellers in South America. To enhance your experience, we have included a hike to Huayna Picchu mountain after a guided tour of Machu Picchu citadel.
Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu in Quechua means “Smaller Peak”. It is named after its height as it stands short in front of the Machu Picchu mountain. The highest point of Huayna Picchu is 2693 metres above sea level (8924 feet).
It takes around three hours to reach the top and hike back to the citadel.
During the Inca civilization, Machu Picchu was prone to attacks from many rival groups. Huayna Picchu served as a military checkpoint. The Inca soldiers safeguarded their citadel from here. Huayna Picchu also houses many ruins. The popular one is the temple of the moon.
It is somewhat challenging to reach the top of Huayna Picchu. You need a reasonable level of fitness. We don’t recommend this hike if you have a fear of heights. From the top of the mountain you will get a panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel.
The region is subject to two seasons – dry season and wet season. We highly recommend hiking Huayna Picchu during the dry season – between Mach and November. During the wet season the trail gets slippery and is quite risky.
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Check out the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes.
At Aguas Calientes, our representative will be meeting you and will be transferring you to the hotel in town. You will have the evening to yourself. You can visit the hot springs in the town after which the town Aguas Calientes gets its name.
Later in the evening, our tour guide will be meeting you at the hotel and will be briefing you on the following day’s itinerary.
Early in the morning, we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It will be a 30 minutes drive up the hill. Our guide will assist you in clearing the security control and entering the citadel.
Once inside the citadel, you will be rewarded with a spectacular sight of the citadel while the clouds clearing by and the golden rays of the sun shimmering on the walls of Machu Picchu.
We will be giving you a two hours guided tour. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own.
The tour guide will then direct you to the trailhead to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.
From the summit, you will also get a clearer view of the Sun gate or Intipunku. This is the entrance to the citadel for those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
After exploring Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo.
Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.
On a hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain you will be hiking 183 metres of rock steps built some five hundred years ago by Incas. In total there are 1600 steps to reach to the summit. It normally takes 3 hours to hike up and back down.
Huayna Picchu is a Quechua term for Younger Peak. It is named after its height when compared to the taller Machu Picchu peak.
Huayna Picchu is at 2693 metres above sea level (8924 feet). The trek to the summit begins at Machu Picchu citadel which is at 2,430 meter (7,970 feet).
Huayna Picchu is at 2693 metres above sea level (8924 feet). The trek to the summit begins at Machu Picchu citadel which is at 2,430 meter (7,970 feet). It normally takes three hours to hike up and get back down to the citadel.
This was an exceptional experience. We did the Sacred Valley tour with them before. Machu Picchu trip with Marko gave us a detailed insight to the Inca civilization. The citadel has a nice vibe, it is snuggled in between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain. We had an excellent time hiking to the top of Huayna Picchu. We highly recommend this tour and Marko.