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Huayna Picchu is a Quechua word that means “young mountain”. This is one of the most incredible experiences you can have in Machu Picchu. It is one of the mountains on which the Inca city was built and where the Incas traced the stone path on its top.
The trails on this mountain are steep and close to cliffs in some parts. That is why touring them is a challenge and an adventure. In addition, along the way you can see Inca constructions such as platforms, walls and even the famous Temple of the Moon, one of the most mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu.
How about going through Huayna Picchu?
The walk to the Huayna Picchu hike mountain takes around 2 hours. It is estimated to be 2 kilometers to walk, most of which is stone steps. The ascent from start to finish is 300 meters of elevation gain.
The entrance to the mountain is only for visitors over 12 years old. Most are young, although it is common for older people to be in good health. Walking requires a lot of physical work, so it is recommended to climb at a moderate pace.
When is the best time to tackle Huayna Picchu?
You can board Huaynapicchu anytime you want, as long as you book your tickets in advance. These must be purchased online 3-4 months in advance. Otherwise, you may not find availability.
According to tourists who have already visited the mountain, the best time of year is the dry season (May, June and July), when it rains little and the sun is more abundant.
However, the rainy season of Machu Picchu has many other advantages, such as fewer tourists visiting Huayna Picchu.