Climbing the mountain of Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights and the most popular activity when visiting Machu Picchu. This ticket gives you general access to climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu at 07am and also visit the citadel of Machu Picchu, with entrance times from 6am-12pm (06:00-12:00).
The entrance to climb Huayna Picchu is inside the citadel of Machu Picchu. You must be at the Huayna Picchu entrance checkpoint between the hours of 10am - 11am.
You are given maximum time of 3 hours from the moment you enter Machu Picchu to complete climbing Huaynapicchu mountain. Then you are allowed an additional 4 hours to explore the citadel of Machu Picchu either before or after your climb to Huaynapicchu mountain.
You don't need a guide to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain. But you must be accompanied by an official guide to enter Machu Picchu and you must have a guide the entire time you visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. Please hire Machu Picchu a guide ahead of time to avoid last minute problems.
Your ticket to Machu Picchu must be printed on paper. Your Machu Picchu ticket will not be accepted from a cell phone or mobile device. You must also provide your original passport. The name on your passport and your Machu Picchu ticket must match.
All of the Machu Picchu tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. All Machu Picchu tickets are valid for 1 day only, for the date and times stated on the ticket. You can not re-enter Machu Picchu once you leave, so please be sure to be prepared to stay inside all the time. Please plan ahead as there are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu. And no food is allowed inside Machu Picchu in order to preserve this world wonder for future generations.
Huayna Picchu is the towering mountain behind the actual site of Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is a strenuous climb where in some parts you will actually need both hands and feet to continue. But even if you're a bit overweight or over 50 years of age, the climb is quite possible for all averagely fit visitors. The most important tip is to simply take your time and, if necessary, to stop and allow others to pass you without getting flustered. The climb up to the top takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. The climb down takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
People climb Huayna Picchu because once you get to the top, the views (on a clear day) of Machu Picchu seen from Huayna Picchu are breathtaking and really give you an impression of the magnitude of the site. You will also be able to appreciate the different sectors of the site with some snowcapped mountains seen from afar. Additionally, Huayna Picchu has amazing structures and terraces, some of them built on impossible places that really speak to your imagination. Some structures are so close to the mountain side with a sheer drop of a couple of hundred meters on the other side. These and many other reasons, make Huayna Picchu tickets the most popular.
Nearing the summit of Huayna Picchu, there is a narrow tunnel you must navigate through. Apparently, this feature was built into the path by the Incas; the idea was that it would act as something of a 'choke point' for any invading forces attempting to make their way up the mountain. We imagine that it would have worked quite well--it's a small space, and there are points where some people find it necessary to crawl on hands and knees. This can be especially difficult if it's raining or shortly after a rainfall, as water is known to drop through the cave's roof and run down its walls. This can make the cave portion of the trip significantly more slippery.
Also found near the summit of Huayna Picchu, the peak's famous death stairs are not quite as scary as some might have you think. That being said, they're no walk in the park either. Most visitors assume that the climb will be more intense going up, and the presence of this staircase at the start of the descent throws many for a loop. It's quite an extreme set of stairs, reaching an angle of over 60 degrees at some points. There's also no railing to hold on to, so we recommend a lot of caution when navigating this section of the Huayna Picchu descent. Despite the impressive nature of this stair set, they're actually less difficult than some stairs going up. What can be overwhelming for visitors regarding the death stairs is the sense of vulnerability created by a lack of railing coupled with the view in front of them, which can create the sensation that a misstep could result in a never-ending free fall to the valley floor below. But don't worry--thousands of visitors have navigated the stairs at Huayna Picchu before you without problems, and you can do the same.
To get to the Machu Picchu Archaeological site, first you must get to Aguas Calientes also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, the city closest and at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain
and then take a 30-minute bus that will drop you off at the Machu Picchu Santuary entrance check point.
You can get to Aguas Calientes, by train only. The train station in Aguas Calientes is called 'Machupicchu Station'. Once you buy your Machu Picchu Tickets, you must buy your train tickets. We also recommend that you stay at Aguas Calientes for two nights. Arrive one day before your visit to Machu Picchu so that you can take your time visiting Machu Picchu and depart Aguas Calientes the day after your visit.
If you visit Machu Picchu in the rainy season (December to March), you must bring warm and waterproof clothing, rain poncho and good walking shoes. On the other hand, if you visit Machu Picchu in dry season (May to September), is important to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or brimmed hats and mosquito repellent.
It is important to stay hydrated throughout your visit, bring water in a bottle or a similar container.