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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 July 29, 2013 via mobile

So I'm a not particularly fit 50 year old woman who doesn't like heights and I made it up so why can't you? Yes it's steep, yes it's scary in parts (especially the very top which is not a flat platform but a series of large rocks at angles) but you'll probably only be here once so give it a go. What's the worse that can happen? If you get scared turn around and go back. Take lots of water, some sugary sweets or energy bars and take your time. It took us about an hour up, we rested and enjoyed the stunning views for 20 minutes and then took an hour to come down. The 7am was perfect as it was very hot by 9.20 and I wouldn't have fancied the 10 trek up. Only 400 people a day get to experience the awesome views from the top - if you get the chance be one of them! Don't forget your sun cream and hat and wear old clothes so if you have to go down on your bum you can!

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I read the reviews after buying my ticket. Glad I waited, because these reviews of the fear of heights are not true. I am deathly afraid of heights, and while there are some beautiful views, you are never in close enough proximity for the fear to kick in. It's steep. It's uneven steps. And it's a workout. You are also always watching your feet so if there was bad ledge, its covered by vegetation and you aren't gonna see it. I also walked to the top in a walking boot for a partially torn Achilles. Bring water, buy a good walking stick (my locally purchased one broke on way down) and take your time. It's not a race, and the finish line will blow you away! When you are done, you will be the sweatiest ever for a 65 degree day.

Thank indythad
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

There’s a lot of confusing information out there about hiking Huayna Picchu, mostly along the lines of, “It’s the most dangerous hike EVER!!!11!” I was pretty nervous about the hike after seeing this all over the internet, yet it didn’t turn out to be true at all. But let’s start with the basics.

Huayna Picchu (also spelled Wayna Picchu) is the big peak directly in the center of all those famous pictures from Machu Picchu. And I wasn’t going all the way to Peru to not hike it.

My girlfriend and I awoke at 4:30 a.m. at our hotel, got ready for the big day, and headed to the bus line that takes visitors up to Machu Picchu. These buses travel about 25 minutes on a one-lane dirt road, dodging buses coming up and down all day.

Only 400 people get to enter Huayna Picchu each day — 200 at 7 a.m. and 200 more at 10 a.m. We already had our tickets thanks to our travel agency, and it does cost extra to get into Huayna Picchu. (Somewhere around $20 US? Don’t quote me on that.)

Just after 7 a.m., we were the fifth and sixth persons let in. You sign your name in a big book and check it off when you leave so they know you survived. After that, you pass a fork in the road.

You can climb a much smaller peak, Huchuy Picchu, or continue onto Huayna Picchu.

The hike is obviously steep and all uphill to the top. Bring LOTS of water. We stopped to take a lot of pictures, so it took us around an hour and 15 minutes to reach the peak. There are some handrails along the way but they're in awkward positions, like being too low or too far away. You’re often on the side of enormous cliffs which are made a bit less scary thanks to bushes and small trees that keep your heart in your chest. Honestly though, it wasn’t as scary as so many on the internet made it sound.

At the top is a small area of rocks where you’ll be joined by other hikers. It’s actually pretty cramped, but it was an amazing feeling to be above Machu Picchu. There are even some more ruins along the hike, including a really cool sundial.Taking in the Andes all around you is unforgettable.

(Side note: After spending a good half hour taking it all in, we decided to not simply head back down. There’s another hike on Huayna Picchu that not a lot of people do -- we only ran into four other hikers -- the “Gran Caverna.” Unfortunately, it turned out not to be that grand. However, since this was our only day to explore Huayna Picchu, we were happy to make the trek. Getting there takes 45 minutes or so and is mostly downhill -- lots of very narrow steps. One scary moment is when you come to a very tall ladder that you have to climb down.)

6  Thank Bryden M
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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.

Thank e j
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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.

Thank ElleLaJolla
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