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Huayna Picchu

The distinctive mountain that towers over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu has its own temple ruins and archeological sites.

Rising more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the ancient plazas and palaces of Machu Picchu is the rhino horn-shaped peak of Huayna Picchu, also called Wayna Picchu. The mountain is believed to have been a home for high priests and virgins. Hike up to the summit for the views and to see ancient temple ruins.

The path up the ridge of the mountain was created by the Incas and it will take reasonably fit climbers about an hour to get there. Although the climb isn’t technically difficult, it is very steep, narrow and exposed in some sections. The air is thin at this altitude, so stop and rest regularly. As you do so, marvel at the engineering skills of the Incas who carved steps out of the rock.

At the summit you are rewarded with the sight of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, mountain peaks in the distance and the Urubamba Valley below. Observe the agricultural terraces that were dug into the sides of the mountain to support crops.

On your way back down, you can make the detour to a cave containing the Temple of the Moon, a former ceremonial shrine. Study the impressive stonework and see the throne carved out of rock. Adjacent to the temple is the Great Cavern, which also served as a temple.

Book in advance to make the journey to Huayna Picchu, because only 400 people are allowed to hike the mountain per day. The first 200 depart early in the morning and the second 200 a few hours later. Make arrangements with a tour company in Cusco or book through the Peruvian government’s website for Machu Picchu. The ticket includes admission to both the ancient city and the peaks. Students get a discount if they show their international card.

You can get to Huayna Picchu by bus or foot from Aguas Calientes or as part of the 4-day Inca Trail. The best time to climb is between June and August. Between November and April tours of the peak may be canceled due to the wet season.


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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge CA $520
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Aguas Calientes Hot Springs is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel CA $539
    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Pueblo de Machu Picchu, 084, Machu Picchu, Cusco
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      Luna Muna CA $43
      Luna Muna

      Luna Muna

      806 Ave Pachacutec, Machu Picchu, Cuzco
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.

        Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room
        Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room

        Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room

        Machu Picchu, Cusco (region)
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Machu Picchu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Aguas Calientes Hot Springs is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

          El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra CA $225
          El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

          El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

          109 Pachacutec Ave, Machu Picchu, Cusco
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is only a 2-minute walk.

            Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu CA $78
            Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

            Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

            Avenida Pachacuteq Nº 805, Mz-20 Lt. 3, Machu Picchu, Cusco
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu Station is only a 4-minute walk.

              Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel CA $546
              Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

              Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

              Av. Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu, Cusco
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is 5 minutes by foot.

                Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel CA $68
                Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

                Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

                Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Machu Picchu Station is 5 minutes by foot.