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Huayna Picchu Mountain, which is it?

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You are a lover of extreme adventures and you love to climb mountains, then visiting the Huayna Picchu Mountain will fascinate you, from the top you can see the beautiful city of Machu Picchu and part of the snow-capped mountains that surround this beautiful Inca land.

Reaching Huayna Picchu for many is one of the greatest achievements you can make as an adventurer, because getting to the top is not easy, but not impossible, you just have to have physical endurance, face the fear of heights and spirit.

In this article we will talk more about this magnificent destination, where it is located, what we can see, its characteristics, with which circuit we can visit and especially why we should visit Huayna Picchu.

What is Huayna Picchu Mountain like?

The Huayna Picchu mountain is one of the highest mountains located in front of the Inca citadel, in Inca times these sacred mountains were considered Apus (Mountain Gods).

It is a mountain that has several Inca constructions made near the abyss and was used as a center of cultivation of species and surveillance center.

What does Huayna Picchu mean?

To go into more detail about this sacred mountain we must know what its name means, Huayna Picchu derives from Quechua where Huayna means "young" and Picchu is "mountain" so it would be understood as <young peak or young mountain&<.

Where is Huayna Picchu Mountain located?

It is located at 2,720 meters and Machu Picchu rises about 300 meters higher, to be exact it is in the northern part of the citadel surrounded by the Urubamba River.

What to see and do in Huayna Picchu?

It may seem very simple, but once you are at the top you will see all the things that this beautiful site holds.

  • It is a viewpoint, because you have the full view of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
  • It shows you a diversity of flora and fauna.
  • You will be able to see the buildings that were built such as platforms, houses, terraces, and even has a stone tunnel.
  • It has steep stairs to the top of the archaeological complex.

Rise time

The climbing time is 40 to 60 minutes, it will depend on the physical condition of the person who is ascending, as I said it is very steep so you can not climb fast because you can fall into the abyss.

Circuits that include the entrance to Huayna Picchu

If you want to visit Huayna Picchu before you should know a few things, first is that the road to get to the top is very steep and narrow, you will climb several steps, stairs that were carved from the same stone.

Being a steep access mountain you must be very safe if you want to climb, because if you are afraid of heights (acrophobia) then this trip is not for you. It is a challenging adventure, but amazing because from the top you will have an incredible view not only of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, you will also be able to see part of the valley.

In addition you must take into account that the capacity of visitors is limited there are only 200 spaces available, so it is recommended to book three months in advance; to visit the young mountain you must buy circuit 4 that allows you to visit Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.

Group 1: This group first enters Machu Picchu at 6 am and after the visit goes to Huayna Picchu from 7 am to 8 am.

Group 2: You enter Machu Picchu at 7 am and Huayna Picchu from 8 am to 9 am.

Group 3: This group will enter Machu Picchu at 8 in the morning, after touring the llaqta they will leave for Huayna Picchu from 9 am to 10 am.

Group 4: The last group will access Machu Picchu at 9 am and leave for Huayna Picchu between 10 am and 11 am.

The circuit is first visit the Inca citadel and then go to Huayna Picchu, you can stay in the archaeological site maximum 6 hours, the time counts from the entrance.

Why visit Huayna Picchu?

According to some historians mention that Huayna Picchu was a lookout point to protect the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, as it is at the high point allows you to have a more complete view of its surroundings and the archaeological site.

  • Panoramic view to see the citadel of Machu Picchu, the Machu Picchu mountain and the other surrounding mountains.
  • Climbing Huayna Picchu will strengthen your energy, as many also consider it a sacred mountain.
  • If you love extreme adventures, then climbing the steep stairs will be a unique experience.
  • At the top you will be able to see up close the Inca constructions that were built, and some of them are even on the edge of the peak.

Main features of Huayna Picchu

  • It is located on top of a mountain called Huayna Picchu.
  • To get to the top you have to climb some steep stairs and contemplate everything around.
  • It functions as a lookout point.
  • It has about 1600 stone steps.

Guided tour to Huayna Picchu mountain with Terandes.com

It is advisable to visit with a specialized guide to Huayna Picchu mountain, because as it is a route of certain danger you must have trained personnel and we have a good team, because our goal is that you enjoy the most and take the best memories of this beautiful place, so Tierra de los Andes is 100% committed to its visitors.

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