The difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu

19 de May de 2023

The Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is located at 2430 meters above sea level in the middle of a mountain range and is surrounded by the Urubamba River. It became world famous when it was declared a Wonder of the Modern World. This architectural work is truly impressive for the complexity of its urban planning and the balance of its buildings, especially for the area in which it is located;

HuaynaPicchu Mountain

The Huayna Picchu mountain is the most outstanding and perhaps the best known as this mountain is the main mountain that is the main symbol in the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu, the tours that include the visit to this mountain are in high demand, so it is recommended to book tickets MACHU PICCHU (circuit 4) + Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Height of Huaynapicchu

The mountain has an approximate height of 2700 meters above sea level, with a very steep slope so you must take certain precautions when climbing.


Remember that the access to this mountain is through very steep stairs so the climb is almost vertical, it is not recommended for people with a phobia of heights, or for people who need extra support such as walking sticks.

Where Huaynapicchu Mountain (Waynapicchu) is located.

The mountain is located north of the Inca citadel, so the view of the archaeological complex from the top of Huayna Picchu is a completely different perspective.

Number of visitors per day

Currently the capacity of visitors per day is 100 visitors entering at 4 different times, 6:00 am to 10:00 am, it is necessary to remember that the times of entry to Machu Picchu must be respected to avoid crowds of people, keep in mind that the stairs to climb the mountain are very narrow. 

Degree of Difficulty

The difficulty level is "high", not recommended for children.

Recommended age to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain

This tour is suitable for audiences ages 12 and up.

Time to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain

The round trip can be done in 2.5 hours.  

Huayna Picchu mountain entrance times

  • Entrance to the citadel: 6:00 - Entrance to the mountain: 7:00
  • Entrance to the Citadel: 7:00 - Entrance to the mountain: 8:00
  • Entry to the citadel: 8:00 am - Entry to the mountain: 9:00 am
  • Entrance to the Citadel: 9:00 am - Entrance to the mountain: 10:00 am

Where to buy entrance tickets to HuaynaPicchu mountain

Mountain entrance tickets can be purchased through select the option Machu Picchu (circuit 4) + Huayna Picchu mountain.

It is preferable to book tickets at least a month in advance, as this tour is in high demand and the number of tickets is very small and sells out very quickly.

Another option is to buy the tickets through authorized travel agencies, which offer complete packages to visit Machu Picchu.

Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain

Foreign Tourist - AdultS/. 200.00
Foreign tourist - Child (3 - 17 years)S/. 118.00
National Tourism Countries and CAN (Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru) - AdultS/. 112.00
National and CAN Tourism Countries - Minors (3-17 years)S/. 80.00

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain is not as well known as Huayna Picchu, the way to reach the top of this mountain is much less risky, it is a little more remote and higher, offering a stunning panoramic view of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba river and the entire mountain range that surrounds this magical place.

Altitude of Machu Picchu Mountain

The mountain has an altitude of approximately 3070 meters above sea level, almost 640 meters above the archaeological complex, so be aware of the change in altitude, which can cause some dizziness or headaches.


The hike to Machu Picchu mountain is less risky than the previous one mentioned above, so it is suitable for everyone.

Where is the Machu Picchu mountain located?

It is located on the opposite side of the Huayna Picchu mountain and, being higher, offers a full view of the citadel, the forests and mountains, as well as the Urubamba River that surrounds Machu Picchu.

Number of visitors per day

Currently there is a capacity of 400 people per day that can have access to the mountain plus the tour in the citadel with circuit 3.

Degree of Difficulty

The degree of difficulty is medium to high, because it is a 5 km hike that can be difficult for children.

Ideal age for climbing

It is recommended that the tour is taken from 10 years of age onwards.

Climbing time to Machu Picchu mountain

The journey up and down can be done in approximately 4 hours.

Machu Picchu Mountain Entrance Hours

  • Entrance to the citadel: 6:00 am - Entrance to the mountain: 7:00 am
  • Entrance to the citadel: 7:00 am - Entrance to the mountain: 8:00 am 

Where to buy entrance tickets for Machu Picchu mountain

The entrance tickets to the mountain can be purchased through the website select the option Machu Picchu (circuit 3) + Machu Picchu mountain.

Remember to reserve your tickets at least 1 month in advance, as the entrance times to the mountain are only 2 in the morning, so tickets can sell out very quickly.

Another option is to purchase tickets through authorized travel agencies, which offer complete packages to visit Machu Picchu.

Entrance fee to Machu Picchu mountain

Foreign Tourist - Adult S/. 200.00
Foreign Tourist - Minor (3 - 17 years old)S/. 118.00
Domestic Tourist and CAN Countries - AdultS/. 112.00
Domestic Tourist and CAN Countries - Minor (3-17 years old)S/. 80.00

Which mountain to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu - Recommendation ?

  • Why choose Huayna Picchu Mountain?.

This mountain offers a completely new view of the citadel of Machu Picchu accompanied by a unique adrenaline experience during the journey, if you want an adventure of extreme sensations this mountain is the most suitable for you.

  • Why choose Machu Picchu Mountain??

The Machu Picchu mountain is a hike that you can add in your visit to the great citadel, on a path surrounded by nature and with a panoramic view of the entire valley, it is an adventure experience without much risk that can be what you are looking for, if you want to know Machu Picchu in a different way.

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