Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu

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    Huanya Picchu

    by mad4travel Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Top of the mountain behind Machu Picchu

    If you think Macchu Picchu is high, Huanya Picchu is even higher.

    Its about a one and a half hour hike up to the top of the mountain behind Machu Picchu.

    Up there are even more terraces and buildings and another stunning view down on Machu Picchu

    It was thought it was used as a lookout post

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    Climb Huayana Picchu

    by XKuger Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Worth a Climb

    This should definitly be on you list. However this can only be done if the weather is dry and you are up to it.

    The day I decided to got it rain the whole day so its was too risky to get up to the top so decided to skip it.

    I did climb Una Picchu which was nice.

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    Climb to the Ruins on Huayna Picchu

    by AKtravelers Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Overlooking Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu

    Huayna Picchu is the beautiful, verdant conical mountain tha forms the backdrop of most iconic Machu Picchu phots. Few people know that it, too, has Incan ruins, and that it is possible to climb up to those ruins in less than an hour.
    You will be amazed at the determination and engineering skills of the Incas when you see the slopes of the mountain that they had to overcome to complete this construction. You will also enjoy the unique view of Machu PIcchu (and the road leading up to it) that you get from these ruins. This hike is a must-do for anyone in even moderately good shape. Of course, the better shape you're in, the more you'll enjoy it, so I recommend doing some cardiovascular training starting a few months before your trip. That being said, it is worth all the sweat and breath.

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    Continue to the Top of Huayna Picchu

    by AKtravelers Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Sarah on the south-facing arrow stone

    Of course, once you reach the Huayna Picchu ruins, you are almost at the top so you should keep going. Not just for the view -- frankly it doesn't change much -- but for the feeling of accomplishment and to see one more Incan item. It is shaped in the form of an arrow and it points south -- just like several other similar stones all around Machu Picchu. It's a great place to sit for photos and it also helps with your orientation.
    While on the top, you will encounter people from all over the world. There were about ten people lounging at the summit, from places as diverse as Ireland, New Zealand, Argentina, France and Hungary. No matter where you're from, if you wait long enough, you'll probably encounter someone that you can ask in your native language to take your photo.

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    Sign-In at Huayna Picchu

    by cruisingbug Written Jan 21, 2005

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    Entrance to Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru

    We opted not to do the climb up to the top of Huayna Picchu. We had a good enough view of the guardhouses at the top from the ruins below.

    However, we did walk to the entrance gate, which is located at the far side of Machu Picchu, behind the Sacred Rock. Anyone who opts to do the climb must sign in by 1 pm.

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    Hike the Huayna Picchu and enjoy such view!!

    by schlumpf Written Nov 13, 2004

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    Once you are in Macchu Picchu, you gotta take a couple of hours and hike the Huayna Picchu.

    At the entrance you have to leave your details, then you can hike and get to the top.
    The trek is not so hard, but there are some points where you have to take care, morevoer if the ground is not in perfect conditions....

    The "stairs" are very small (a.k.a. Incas!!) so take care...

    Once you are on the top,. after let's say 1,20Hrs, you will enjoy such a beautifull view on the Machu Picchu...

    It is just unbelievable!!!

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    What a skyline

    by neilward Updated Oct 22, 2004

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    Nothing needs to be said...

    Well what can I say about this view that hasnt already been said.....?
    Huayna Picchu,meaning young peak,its the mountain that you`ll see behind most photos of this wonderful place.
    You can climb it,but it can be dangerouswe never had time sadly,mind you,I think you`d have to be fit,both phsically and mentally.keeping your wits about you.Some of the steps are a wee bit precarious.

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    Climb up the Huayna Picchu

    by chancay Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    las ruinas y Huayna Picchu in the background

    Shall be a great view from above ( I didn´t climb up, only my friend told me)

    But be careful, they say, the way up is not very safe, there have been already some people falling down.....and after three days of trekking maybe you are not anymore at best condition.

    To have other VIRTUAL views from Machu Picchu and surroundings I can recommend you the website mentioned here.

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    Hike Huayna Picchu and see MP from above

    by chris_i79 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    That is as close to the edge as I am going

    While you are touring the Inca city, you can hike up Huayna Picchu (which means new mountain and is the mountain facing MP). You will get an incredible view of the ruins. The hike is approximately 400m up and is very steep. There are ropes and chains at points for you to pull yourself up. It takes between 20 and 45 mins each way.

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    Climb Huayna Picchu

    by yu4ick Written Oct 9, 2003

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    Huayna Picchu

    Huayna Picchu is the really tall mountain you see in all the pictures. It is a hard climb but well worth it. You should make the time to do it.
    It will take about three hours to climb to the top. There is much to see along the way and the view from the top is awesome.
    Allow about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get down. This is because it is very steep and you need to go slowly. This climb can be hard on the knees, but take some Aleve and do it!!

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    Temple of the Moon

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Temple of the Moon

    On the way down, I took the other path and walked downhill to the Temple of the Moon. In reality though, this are ruins in and on themselves. Since the ruins are not restores like the ones I saw on the trails and Machu Picchu, most have the same look as Hiram Bingham when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911. The total walk from the deviation of the trail to Huayna Picchu to the Temple of the moon and back took me 1.5 hours.

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    Huayna Picchu

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Huayna Picchu as seen through a door

    Then, I hiked up Huayna Picchu, the famous tall peak that appears in the pictures. The hike took me 25 minutes, although a more realistic time for the unfit would have been 1 or more hours. Let me tell you, the hike there is worth it. The view on route and on the top of the ruins and the surroundings is amazing.

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    Get up on Huayna Picchu!

    by El_Sueco Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The path up to the top ...

    If you stay the night in Municipalidad Macchupichu, you will have the extra hours needed to get up on top om Huyna Picchu (the young montain).
    Entry closes at 2 PM and you have to be out at 4 PM. You need 1 hour to get up, and 40 minutes to get down.
    The ascent is around 400 m, it is very steep, but it is worth it!

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    Sign your life away.

    by kzapanta Written Sep 19, 2006

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    Entrance, exit to Huayan Picchu peak.

    Here is the checkpoint to hike Huayan Picchu. Its located on the bottom part of the compound past the sun dial.

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    At the top

    by ryuhome Written Sep 4, 2005

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    You'll be rewarded with this full view of the Machu Picchu city and the zig-zaggy bus path leading up to the ruin.

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