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Huayna Picchu VS Machu Picchu Mountain

Many trekkers ask us about Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, and few know the difference between these 02 mountains that we climb in Machu Picchu.

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The Huayna picchu Mountain

It is located in the northeast and is famous because you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and Machu Picchu from the summit.

The ascent to Huaynapicchu has a steep trail that takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the summit.

When you get to the top, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and take unique pictures for a maximum time of 20 minutes, and this is because the top of Huayna Picchu does not have much space to walk and can not enter many people. We must give room for other travelers like us can enjoy the beautiful view; remember that to make this walk is necessary to make a reservation in advance.

Just let our travel specialist know, and you will be able to do this trek and not miss any detail of your Machu Picchu and Inca Jungle vacation. The cost per person is $75.00

Huayna Picchu is at an altitude of 2789 meters.

Huayna Picchu Climb

Huayna Picchu Climb

Machu Picchu Mountain

It is the highest mountain. To make the ascent, you need at least 03 and a half hours to enjoy the hike to this mountain.

Machu Picchu Mountain offers you a view of the different altitudes of Machu Picchu and an incredible panoramic view of all of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Hydroelectric, and other surrounding areas.

When you reach this summit, you can spend more time taking pictures since not many travelers usually reach this summit, and as always, if you want to visit this mountain, you must make a reservation in advance, which costs 60 dollars. This mountain is located at an altitude of 3240 meters.

Comparative table between these two mountains

Elevation 2720 masl (8923 ft) 3082 meters above sea level (10,111 feet)
Duration of the hike The trip takes about 1 hour, and the return trip takes about 40 minutes. The outbound trip takes about 1.20 hours, and the return trip takes about 45 minutes.
Course distance From Machu Picchu to Huayna Picchu is 2 km (1.25 miles). From Machu Picchu to Machu Picchu Mountain is 2.3 km (1.4 miles)
Difficulty Difficult Intermediate
Archaeological sites Andenes Agrícolas and the Temple of the Moon None
Best panoramic view Panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu only. The best panoramic view of all the mountains of the Archaeological Park, higher altitude, greater angle.
Admission hours 1st schedule: 07 am – 08 am and
2nd schedule: 10am – 11am
1st schedule: 07 am – 08 am and
2nd schedule: 09am – 10am
Number of visitors 400 tickets available per day (200 people per schedule) 800 tickets available per day (400 people per schedule)
The most popular Huayna Picchu is the most popular because of the challenge it represents to climb and the years it has been on the market. It is not so popular because it has only been in the market for a few years, but the route is rewarding.
The most beautiful route —– Machu Picchu Mountain has the most comprehensive, safest, and most beautiful route.
For adrenaline lovers Huayna Picchu, You won’t be disappointed —–
For families and children —– Machu Picchu Mountain is the most popular for family groups and children.


I still have doubts about which mountain I should choose, here we will tell you according to your conditions.

I must choose Huayna Picchu if:

  • If you like adrenaline, challenging views, and being face-to-face with danger.
  • If you like archaeological sites such as the Temple of the Moon
  • Do you like steeper and narrower hikes?

I must choose Machu Picchu if:

  • You want to walk at a higher altitude for better-angled photos.
  • Travel as a family, even with your children; remember that for children to access the mountain, they must be older than 12 years; otherwise, make the way to the Inca bridge of Machu Picchu.
  • You want a quieter route, without many tourists and with a lower degree of difficulty.

You convinced me! I want to climb the two mountains, can I do it?

Of course, you can do it, but you can’t buy the ticket online; you must purchase it in person or contact the Kondor Path Tours reservations team.

It would help if you also considered the schedule. It would help if you first visited Huayna Picchu, accessed in the first schedule from 7 am to 8 am and were back in the citadel of Machu Picchu at 10 am, and then accessed Machu Picchu Mountain before 10 am, and be back in the Inca citadel at approximately noon.

At noon approx. Leave outside the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to meet your guide and re-enter Machu Picchu for the guided tour of the Inca citadel.

Although we are sure you will have a very tiring day, with our guide you will be on time at every place at every moment and you will not miss the breathtaking views, after all, how many times will you visit Machu Picchu?

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