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“The climb is steep but worth it if you get the clear view!”
Review of Huayna Picchu

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.
Newport Beach, California
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“The climb is steep but worth it if you get the clear view!”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

My husband and I climbed Huaynapicchu at 7 am a little over a week ago while visiting Machu Picchu. It's a steep ascent but totally doable, with ropes to assist in some more precarious spots. It took us only 45 minutes to reach the top--and it was totally clouded in. We waited, and about 30-40 minutes later, the clouds parted to reveal the most amazing views of Machu Picchu. TOTALLY worth it as a result!

The next day, however, it rained for those ascending and the clouds never parted. It was much slippier and we heard a few people fell on the way down (which is more treacherous when wet, obviously). So it's a crapshoot whether or not you'll get the beautiful views of Machu Picchu. Worth the risk in our opinions, but to each their own.

Visited May 2013
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“A Must Do Addition”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

We added this to our travel package which was arranged and booked through Uncover Latin America. It does take some good planning to do this hike, firstly we were advised to book this more than 1 month in advance. Spaces are limited and it does sell out quickly. We visited Machu Picchu twice and did the Huayna Picchu on the second day. What was planned for us was to go up to Machu Picchu at sunrise, which was magic. Then we did the climb up to Huayna Picchu at 7am. The climb takes 3 hours to complete (1.5hours to the top and then 1.5 hours back down).
There are some step stairs and ledge on the way up. You need to be fit. The views from the top a spectacular and well worth it and really adds an adventurous dimension to your trip and gives a great perspective of Machu Picchu. After we got back down we had a last wander around Machu Picchu citadel and then had a buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge arranged for 12pm. Perfect timing as we had worked up and appetite after all that hiking. Add Huayna Picchu to your trip to Machu Picchu. Well worth it.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Challenging hike - but worth it!”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

We reserved tickets to the early entry thinking we would get to Machu Picchu early to see the sunrise then head up to Huayna Picchu. Well, we didn't realize that it's often very foggy in the morning, and you rarely get a great sunrise view. It was still nice to enjoy the serenity of Machu Picchu before the tourist rush began, so I still recommend arriving early if possible. The hike up is challenging and at times very narrow. It also rained earlier that morning so it was a little slippery - good hiking shoes are a must! When we got to the top it was still foggy, but as the fog cleared the feeling at the top was amazing - everyone became silent all at once, in awe of the amazing view we were afforded. While not for everyone, if you think you can hike up this mountain, I would definitely recommend it. And with the entry limited to a couple hundred per day, you can really say you're part of a small group that gets to experience something so unforgettable.

Visited February 2013
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“Do the hike if at all possible”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The Huayna Picchu hike was the best part of our visit to Machu Picchu. It is a challenging hike but certainly do-able even if you need to take frequent breaks. We obtained tickets to the early hike on a foggy morning and stayed on the mountain top until the fog cleared. The views from there are fantastic!

Visited May 2013
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“Awesome challenge with great views”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Pick the 7am slot as it gets really hot soon after. Do book online at least 2 weeks in advance!
The climb up was ok (abt 1,300 steps) but it was very squeezy at the peak so best if you are the first few. It's a different way down for a bit before it merges so look for the sign that says "continue" when u head down rather than going back down the ladder which u came up from. The climb down was scarier for me as there were parts with no handrails and the steps were tiny. Go very, very slow, especially for parts where u may fall off the cliff :p I took abt 2.5 hours return (w/o the extended cave loop). There are no bathrooms up there so pee at the loo at the entrance (1 solos)! Overall worth the challenge as u get great views of Machu Picchu. For people afraid of heights, go conquer your fears. :)

Visited May 2013
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