Surely you have heard of two impressive mountains that accompany the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, are the Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu; These two mountains often cause some confusion, so here we will show you the differences between them so that you have a complete travel experience to Machu Picchu.
- 1 Huayna Picchu Mountain (Huayna Picchu)
- 2 Machu Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu Mountain (Huayna Picchu)
For lovers of vertigo, the Wayna Picchu mountain is a mountain located north of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, it is the classic background of postcard photos. To get to the top of this mountain you have to climb a slope and in some places, you even have to climb, in fact, it is recognized as one of the most incredible short walks in the world. The time to reach the top is one hour depending on the physical state in which you are. Huayna Picchu is located at 2720 meters above sea level and is also famous because at the bottom is the Temple of the Moon, known as the “Hidden Jewel of Machu Picchu”. It is for these things that Huayna Picchu is not only a mountain but also represents a historical legacy.
Machu Picchu Mountain
To make your trip to Machu Picchu even more incredible and complete, the Machu Picchu mountain is one of the circuits that was opened in order to provide an alternative to the classic Huayna Picchu. The Machu Picchu mountain is located south of the citadel of Machu Picchu and to reach the top of this mountain it is necessary to walk about 2 hours of ascent along a fully signposted and wide path and upon reaching 3082 meters above sea level where the top of the mountain you will get an impressive view of the entire Inca citadel if you can appreciate the Vilcanota mountain range.
What are the differences between the two mountains?
1.- Distance of the Walk:
Huayna Picchu: 2 kilometers of the steep and narrow path
Machu Picchu Mountain: 3 kilometers of a wide path, less steep.
2.- Walking Time:
Huayna Picchu: 2 hours and 30 minutes (round trip).
Machu Picchu Mountain: 3 hours and 30 minutes (round trip).
3.- Flora and Fauna:
Huayna Picchu: High Jungle Landscape, abundant vegetation.
Machu Picchu Mountain: Great variety of orchids, butterflies and birds.
Which mountain offers the best view?
Defining which mountain offers a better experience is very complicated because both offer unique attractions in terms of flora and fauna, as well as the walk itself that has to be done to climb to the top.
What is the most difficult mountain?
Both are complicated, however, in my personal opinion, the Huayna Picchu mountain is the most difficult because to reach the top you have to go through very narrow and steep paths and there are sections where you even have to climb.
Advantages and disadvantages
Huayna Picchu: Beautiful view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the surroundings.
Machu Picchu Mountain: Moderate hike to the top of the mountain
Huayna Picchu: Precipices covered with vegetation, steep and narrow trails.
Machu Picchu Mountain: Throughout the journey, there are no archaeological remains.
Is it necessary to buy entrance tickets in advance?
If it is necessary to reserve the entrance tickets many months in advance because they have strong demand, especially the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain and on many occasions, you will not even find entrance tickets to the Machu Picchu mountain and the Huayna Picchu mountain. because from the month of May to August in high tourist season.
What are the admission hours?
Currently, there is no sale of entrance tickets to the two mountains due to the new regulations against Covid-19. However, I will give you the entry schedule that was available before the pandemic.
SCHEDULES OF ENTRANCE TO THE MOUNTAIN MACHU PICCHU
First Group: Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. / Mountain from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Second Group: Machu Picchu from 7 am / Mountain from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Third Group: Machu Picchu from 8 am / Mountain from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
SCHEDULES OF ENTRANCE TO THE MOUNTAIN HUAYNA PICCHU
First Group: Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. Huayna Picchu from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Second Group: Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. Huayna Picchu from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Third Group: Machu Picchu from 8 a.m. Huayna Picchu from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.3