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“better view than Sun Gate”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.
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“better view than Sun Gate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

This felt more like a wilderness experience than 4 days on the trail. If you proceed past the first terrace, which has a fabulous view, you are committing to making a loop of the hike, which means a frightening descent down a steep, narrow, shallow set of stairs that made us all (including 20 somethings) pause for a real gut-check. The 360 degree view of the Andes from the top and the bird's eye view of Machu Picchu were utterly transporting and the highlight of my week. Glad I booked it , even after doing the 4 day trek.

Visited July 2013
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“A bit of a climb but what a view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

One of the great things about Huayna Picchu is the lack of crowds. The park will only allow 200 hikers per day, the first group of 100 hikers can go up between 7 and 8 am, and the second 100 at 10 am. This prevents people from having to pass each other as they go up or down, as the trail is very narrow and steep in places. This trail is not for people who are afraid of heights or are not in fit condition, as there are sections where the path is only 2 feet wide with a sheer cliff along one side. In certain spots they provide ropes or wires to hold on to. There is even a cave to crawl through.
There are fantastic views from different sides of the mountain, and once on top the views are incredible.
We did the hike in 1.5 hours, which is the average for the climb.
Although some children can make it to the top--we saw one girl of about 12 and a boy of about 10--this hike is not recommended for children. Several families turned back early because their young kids could not make it, and this caused some problems on the trail as they had to pass the people heading up.

Visited July 2013
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“Heart pounding.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

It's straight up to the top but well worth it. You get a spectacular view of the valley as well as MP. The hike is a stair-master workout so you better be fit.

Visited June 2013
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“Climbing to the top”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

All the hard it took to get to the top of Huayna Picchu was worth the reward which was the amazing view. Only 400 people a day are allowed to climb this mountain solan early on to get a ticket to enter this part of Machu Picchu (by early I months in advance). There was really nothing I did not enjoy about this climb, it was a little scary at times but that was just an added sense of accomplishment.

Visited July 2013
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McKinney, Texas
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“Book your tickets in advance!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

WARNING- They only sell 400 tickets a day to climb this hill on the back side of the site. So if you want to climb this- it is pretty steep, so only for the sure-footed- you need to buy your tickets as far in advance as possible. Bribing is not a good option as nobody wants to give up their tickets and they actually count heads here.

Visited July 2013
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