Machu Picchu mountain. The alternative to Huayna Picchu


Machu Picchu Mountain It is perhaps the least visited place in the entire complex ofMacchu Picchu. Overshadowed by the route to Huayna Picchu, its silhouette is perhaps less impressive, but its views are as overwhelming as its neighbor. Both mountains are accessible to all types of public who have a normal physical condition and do not suffer from vertigo.

Machu Picchu Mountain from the ruins

Machu Picchu mountain. An alternative to Huayna Picchu

When we visitMacchu Picchu It may surprise us initially to have several types of input. The most common is the one that visits the set of ruins and then we have two different options that we cannot combine, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. Both include a hiking trail and increase the price of the ticket, also having a daily quota of people to visit them.

Usually tickets to Huayna Picchu they run out easily, requiring to book in advance, instead for Machu Picchu Mountain They are usually available until a few days before. The main reason is that the first is the best known, in addition to being the best known image of the complex, specifically the rocky mountain of inaccessible appearance that reigns the city of Machu Micchu, which ascends in less than 1 hour.

In our case we decided to make the alternative, the mountain, a lot harder and with the best views of the place.

Route to the Machu Picchu Mountain

We opted to enter the route in the second turn, the one between the 10 and 11 in the morning. We knew that reaching the top of the mountain was needed at least 1 hour and a half and we had plenty of time, even more knowing its altitude, 3082 mbeing Macchu Picchu at 2430m.

From the complex we have to climb just above where the viewpoint or lookout best known of Macchu Picchu, ending in a path covered with vegetation and closed by a door by a watchman.

Road to the Mountain

After being checked our entrance ticket, we signed in a book with the data of our passport and the arrival time. This is mandatory to verify that all hikers return along the same path and if they are lost or skip park rules.

Views of Machu Picchu from the Mountain

We begin the climb and quickly notice that going fast is not advisable. We had a few days in Peru and our acclimatization It was not optimal and we decided to lower our pace a bit. Apparently, the same thing happened to everyone and we were just passing fatigued people one after the other.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Every time we were taller and sincerely the postcard of Macchu Picchu I was starting to get bored. Every time we saw it smaller and we even saw the town of Aguas Calientes.

Fatigue in Machu Picchu Mountain

A little more than 45 minutes from the end, we began to verify that many of the sections were a bit aerial, no security fence, having to stop every time we met someone. Dangerous is not, but you have to be careful.

Stairs of vertigo in Machu Picchu Mountain

After the endless stairs we finally saw a small booth, where a park ranger was staying and also It has the function of prohibiting eating on top. Neither it is possible to be more than 15 minutes, so that people don't collapse or don't take a nap :-D. We are on top of Machu Picchu Mountain.

Poster in Machu Picchu Mountain

We decided to barely be 10 minutes and we started to return along the same path that we climbed. Perhaps this was the moment where we saw more people and with a physical form just enough to climb this mountain. But calm down, everyone arrives and we can all enjoy Machu Picchu Mountain.

Machu Picchu Mountain Summit

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Practical data - Tips in Machu Picchu Mountain

When to go?

The best time is to do it in the dry season, which covers the months April until the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find yourself Macchu Picchu covered by clouds or a movie day. Sometimes the access to the mountain during this time is closed.

How much?

Simply by buying your Machu Picchu ticket, select the one that includes the Montana. The cost is 140 soles for foreigners and 80 soles to locals. 2014 prices.

Excursion to Machu Picchu


They are organized in two groups with two different schedules. The first group can enter between 7:00 and 8:00 and the second between 10:00 and 11:00, being able to enter any of the two groups. A maximum of 400 people / day is allowed and the last person to leave the summit must do so before 2pm.

Where to eat?

Before reaching the top. Up there it is forbidden to eat, but during the journey there are numerous viewpoints that will serve as a resting point and an ideal place to have a snack.

What to wear

There are people who wear Looktamol to reduce the effects of altitude sickness or even chewing coca leaves that you can buy in any market. There are people who also wearSorojchi Pills, much more expensive but more effective than coca leaves. In my opinion it is exaggerated because the height is not too high with respect to other areas of Peru. The main thing here is to bring lots of water.