As you look at the famous ‘postcard’ photo of Machu Picchu, the tall, imposing peak that dominates the view is Huayna Picchu, which means ‘Old Mountain’. It is possible to climb to the summit while you are at Machu Picchu, but permits must be purchased in advance, and are limited to 400 each day. The walk itself it quite steep, and not for people who suffer with vertigo, with some sheer drops and a bit of scrambling involve. The hike up to Huayna Picchu takes anything from 40 minutes to an hour and a half each way, depending on fitness levels. At the top you are rewarded with a stunning view of the famous site below you, but from a different angle. It’s also a great way to escape the crowds once the tourist train arrives from Cusco.
You will have time to climb Huayna Picchu after your guided tour of Machu Picchu; if you decide not to do it then you have more free time to check out some of the many other fantastic viewing points throughout the enormous site.
We recommend booking Huayna Picchu tickets as early as possible to avoid missing out, and please note that once purchased they are non-refundable and non-transferrable.