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“Scary but well worth it”
Review of Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu
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Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Huayna Picchu is located towards the north of the Inca city of Machu Picchu. To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, should reach the checkpoint and entrance to Huayna Picchu and the road begins a few meters from the Sacred Rock is followed, it is an area with very dense vegetation, this road is very steep and quite and includes sections of narrow stairs and steps made of granite stone placed irregularly, there are some that appear carved into the rock. The promotion lasts between 45-60 minutes depending on the physical state of the person.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

We visited in late February and had an overcast morning and thus couldn't see much. But after we finished the hike up to the top the clouds broke and we were amazed how steep the climb was but glad we did it. It gives you such a neat perspective and if you're in okay shape you can probably handle the climb. Since they limit the numbers you will get an unforgettable experience most don't get to try while at Machu Picchu.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

The hike up Wayna Picchu is exhilarating to say the least. It is a narrow path and irregular steps on the edge of a huge cliff. There is no cumbersome safety gear and the climb is just like it would have been for the very first discoverers 100 years ago.
I was a little worried about my young teenagers, but they are far more agile that the "old folks". This journey is not for the faint of heart!

3  Thank John L
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The hike was a little taxing on the lungs, but not too bad at all, thought it would be tougher. The views.... wow.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is a climb well worth it, even if you don't like climbing. But be aware, if you have a fear of heights, it may not be your thing. Also, it involves a lot of effort. The path is quite steep and narrow and, with a good few tourists going up it, you don't have much to move around when you meet another oncoming tourist. Apparently a few people slip every year.

Remember, to prevent too much damage, only a certain amount of people are allowed up each day. However, as most people do not want to climb it's steep slopes, either because of the danger or the huige effort involved, this rarely fills up.

However, the views from the top are great of Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes. I would suggest making this trip before enjoying the Machu Picchu site as it takes a lot out of you.

5  Thank SciobolUlchabhan
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Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

This is my second visit after so many years... Such a breath taking place you must put on your list. For those with altitude issues, take your pills, including motion sickness. Do not stay in Cuzco city first, do it after. Why? Cuzco is much higher than Machu Picchu. So try the extra effort and get closer from day one. Get lots of water and rest. Remember that is a long trip. Air, bus, train... If you can, consider staying extra days to adjust and enjoy this magnificent view better. There is plenty of walking up and down but I've seen elders doing it so don't give up and try it. Not recommended for little kids, simply it's not a good idea, just look at the pictures and you'll know.
Do make reservations before going, unlike before, there is a limit of visitors per day. We had an awesome time :)

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