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Private Guided Tour in Machu Picchu
"Your tour begins from either the train station or at your hotel in Aquas Calientes our contact will wait for you with a sign and will take you to the bus station that will take you to Machu Picchu. You'll enjoy this drive that takes about 30 minutes. Once in Machu Picchu your professional guide will be waiting for you to start your 2.5-hour private tour where you'll visit the most important viewpoints for your classical pictures. Some of the places you'll visit on this tour is The Temples of The Sun The Main The Condor etc. The palaces of the Inca Princess
From $52.00
 
Day Trip to Machu Picchu by Train
"This expedition will start early on the morning when we pick you up from your hotel or hostel and then drive to Ollantaytambo. In Ollanntaytambo we will board the train to Aguas Calientes and as soon as we arrive we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. There will be a guide waiting at the mountain and after meeting up with him he will start the 2 hour guided tour. You may have up to 4 hours after to explore the mountain by yourself and relax. If you would also like to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain please arrange that before. After we will go back to Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco."""This tour will guide you through time to when the Incas thrived and ruled Machu Picchu. This rarely visited region offers travelers a perspective into the real lives of Andean farmers and how they aggregate the land. This tour is for travelers who want totitle=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+day+away+from+the+hustle+and+bustle+of+the+city&2=Ideal+choice+for+families&3=Step+back+in+time+on+a+history+tour
From $325.00
 
Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Inca Rail Train
"This expedition will start early on the morning when we pick you up from your hotel or hostel and then drive to Ollantaytambo. In Ollanntaytambo we will board the train to Aguas Calientes and as soon as we arrive we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. There will be a guide waiting at the mountain and after meeting up with him he will start the 2 hour guided tour. You may have up to 4 hours after to explore the mountain by yourself and relax. If you would also like to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain please arrange that before. After we will go back to Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco."""This tour will guide you through time to when the Incas thrived and ruled Machu Picchu. It is for travelers who want to explore Machu Picchu but do not have the time to take an alternative route. The Inca Rail Train will offer the most comfort on this joutitle=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+day+away+from+the+hustle+and+bustle+of+the+city&2=Ideal+choice+for+families&3=Step+back+in+time+on+a+history+tour
From $369.00

Huayna Picchu Tips (34)

How to get tickets to Machu Picchu

You may think Buying Machu Picchu tickets online should be simple, however it could be a daunting task for travelers. There is a lot of confusion and frustration. Since Machu Picchu tickets can not be purchased at the actual Machu Picchu Citadel, you must purchase your tickets in advance, especially if you want to climb Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña) which are sold out at least a month in advance.

There are two ways of buying Machu Picchu tickets online, each has their pro´s and con´s:


1) Buy Machu Picchu tickets from an authorized ticket reseller

The following is not an exaustive list of authorized resellers, but it is a start to help travelers compare between the many authorized ticket resellers:

http://ticketsperu.com

http://ticketmachupicchu.com

http://machupicchueticket.com

http://howtotraveltomachupicchu.com

Pro´s:

Convinience. Many of the authorized ticket resellers have very user-friendly websites and they also have customer service telephone numbers where you can have your questions answered right away. Some are better than others, but for the most part, the best ticket resellers offer excellent customer service.

Contact Person in Cuzco: The most reputable authorized ticket resellers will give you a contact person in Cuzco so that if you run into any problems or you simply need help, you at least have someone to contact while in Peru.

Student Discount: Since most reputable authorized ticket resellers have an office in Cuzco, they can actually get you the Student Discount which is not available in the official government website

Children's Discount: Since most reputable authorized ticket resellers have an office in Cuzco, they can actually get you the Children's Discount which is not available in the official government website

Con´s:

Additional Fees. Since Machu Picchu authorized resellers do not get a discount from the Peruvian government, you will pay an additional price per ticket, anywhere from $10 additional per ticket or in some cases $50 more per ticket, depending on the authorized ticket reseller.

You may not even get in. Some of the unreputable authorized resellers may forget to actually pay for your tickets. They may mail you a pre-authorization ticket but not the actual tickets. Make sure you ask if the electronic ticket you received is the actual OFFICIAL ticket.



2) Buy Machu Picchu tickets online directly from the official Machu Picchu website: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Pro´s:

Save Money: Buying from the official Machu Picchu website will save travelers money as you will be purchasing directly from them.

Assurance: Buying directly from the offical Machu Picchu website will give you the assurance that you are actually receiving your tickets.

Con´s:

Does not support Ipads/Iphones: The official Machu Picchu website does not work in Ipads or Iphones. You will get the following error:
"Alternate HTML content should be placed here. This content requires the Adobe Flash Player".
Since Ipads/Iphones do not support flash, you won't be able to proceed.

Does not support Android phones or tablets: The The official Machu Picchu website does not work in Android tablets or phones. You will get the following error:
"Alternate HTML content should be placed here. This content requires the Adobe Flash Player".
Since Ipads/Iphones do not support flash, you won't be able to proceed.

Does not accept Mastercard or American Express, Paypal, etc: The The official Machu Picchu website only accespts Visa, and it must be a visa that qualifies for "Verified by Visa". To check if your Visa qualifies for verified by visa, visit: http://visa.com/verified

You must pay your reservation within 3 hours or it gets voided: You have 3 hours to pay for your reservation or other wise it gets voided.

Children's discount and Student Discount not available: Although this is the official website, children tickets to Machu Picchu and student tickets to Machu Picchu are not offered except through authorized ticket resellers.

aplaza
Nov 13, 2015

Only for fittest

You will have to climb for a very narrow path, it will take you 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour to complete it and you will arrive to a plce where you will see and amazing landscape of Machu Picchu Citadel, it will take you 45 minutes to go down. The time depends of you physical condition.

There is also A Temple of Moon, but The track to the temple of the moon is hard, with steps during the whole trek; the average time that one has to trek to arrive and come back to Wayna Picchu is 3 hours.

You can enter from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it closes at 5 p.m.

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MJL
Mar 15, 2010

Huchuy Picchu

Most of the hikers choose to go to Huayna because it's the most famous in Machu Picchu area, but there's also the little Huchuy Picchu that you can also go up. When you descend about halfway to the split, you'll see a sign to direct you to Huchuy, which is a bit shorter, but personally, I think has a better vantage view of the lost city. The last few minutes of the hike to the top require the use of rope, so it's not for everyone. But it's less crowded, and highly recommended if you have the energy after climbing the bigger Huayna.

smf834
Jun 03, 2009

Extra climbing at Huaynu Pichu -- Moon Temple!

If you’re not in a rush to go down from Huayna Picchu, there is also an alternate route to the great cave of the Moon Temple. Ladders are involved to go down to the great cave and some people might find it difficult to do the narrow Cliffside staircase (fear of heights).

And then after reaching the Moon Temple, you have to go back up again to the original path because the great cave is at a lower altitude. So, because of this tiring up and down, up and down route, people just skip the Moon Cave. And guess what, I was one of them, hehehe…. (lazy bum)

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jumpingnorman
Jan 31, 2009
 
 
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Go up jutting peak you see on pics of Machu Pich

After seeing the Machu Picchu the previous day, I returned to go up that mountain that overlooks it and looks so amazing on pictures (that jutting peak you see guarding the ruins). The mountain is called Huayna Picchu.

The gates open early and only 400 people are allowed per day in two groups of 200 to climb up Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain). I was greeted by a registry at the gate to the Huayna Picchu (separate from the main gate to Machu Picchu) and at the time, they were securing signatures and emails for making Machu Picchu one of the New Seven Wonders! And so I did sign, and lo and behold, on June 7, 2007 this place was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!

At first I thought the climb could not be too hard, but it took me about 45min to an hour to reach the top (stopping at some areas to take pics). Some of the stairs are really steep, and close to the top, you have to go through a narrow tunnel and crouch down. It seemed to me that there were other ways to go up but that seemed to be the most logical choice for me then.

I also noticed at the top a person holding some king of radio, and I guess there are also guards to make sure that everything is in order at the top.

But once you’re there on the top, you see the zigzagging road that the Bus takes to go up to Machu Picchu and you just marvel at the whole site. I felt like I was on top of the world! Like some Peruvian Zeus looking over the ruins…

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jumpingnorman
Jan 31, 2009

Hiking Huayna Picchu

I have just been reading all the post's and I just wanted to clarify a few things.... I think taking a bus to Machu Picchu is no problem. That is what I would suggest looking into. If your asking about hiking the actual mountain that is at Machu Picchu it is called Huayna Picchu I don't know that I would recommend taking your 8o year old relative up that mountain. There is plenty to see and do besides hiking the mountain (Huayna Picchu) The sites in an around the mountain are amazing. If you do decided to hike Huayna Picchu you only have a certain window of time to do it in. Since I wanted to do the hike I actually feel I did not get as much time as I would have like in and around all the ruins. I hope this makes sense.

Let me know if you have any other questions

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Sydvicious
Jan 12, 2009

Make the climb!

If you are taking the time to go to Machu Picchu then make the climb up Huanya Picchu. Be warned, there are some spots that if you lose your footing you may plummet to your death. Aside from that, the view is spectacular. You may even see a condor gliding over the valley while you're up there.

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ru4pot2
Oct 19, 2008

Make the climb!

If you are taking the time to go to Machu Picchu then make the climb up Huanya Picchu. Be warned, there are some spots that if you lose your footing you may plummet to your death. Aside from that, the view is spectacular. You may even see a condor gliding over the valley while you're up there.

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ru4pot2
Oct 19, 2008

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Climbing Macchu Pichu Mountain instead

Everybody strives for climbing Huayna Picchu, we followed our tour guide's advice instead and climbed Machu Picchu Mountain, which is located opposite Huayna, on your left hand when you enter the site, following the signs to Puerta del Sol. It takes approx. 3 1/2 hours to get up and down, so if you are not perfectly fit or used to mountain climbing you should pass it.
Here there are no limits on time or persons allowed and no registration counter. Don't expect crowd either: we crossed no more than 10 people during the whole hike. Also remember to take some water, some food and something warm to wear, as the top is windy.
The path was made by the Inka and looks like a long stairway of stones, brinings you up to 3200 mt o.s.l. though marvellous nebular forest and incredible vegetation. In some points it gets very steep or exposed, but on the whole the guide said it is less dangerous than climbing Huayna (where some tourists actually died).
On the top you'll enjoy the full view of the Machu Picchu site and its surrounding peaks, but also of the whole valley and nevados of the Cordillera.
And the feeling of looking down on Huayna Picchu :))

emmemma
Sep 02, 2008

Waynapicchu

This was the hike from hell. It was challenging, steep, exciting, and we were unprepared! Our guide told us that usually people make it up in about 45 minuts and down in another 45 minutes. She has done it so much that she does it in 20 minutes up and 20 minutes down. So Adrianna thinks she cando it in 20 minutes too. She is competitive and she is also a runner and has stamina. I guess she wasnt counting on me. Bottom line, we made it up in 1 hour and 15 minutes. My heart was pounding so hard and so loud in my ears I thought I was going to faint. We didnt have water or protien bars or anything!
I thought i was in hell and I was being tortured!
In the end I made it up and I saw the most beautiful view! I also got a workout and bragging rights.
If you have time to do the hike, you have to do it. Its grueling but worth it.

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malianrob
Dec 21, 2007

Climbing Huayna Picchu

To get another breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, you can join all the strength you have left and climb the Huayna Picchu. The hike takes around an hour. I was completely wasted from climbing the Putucusi Mountain (in Aguas Calientes) the day before, so I passed it. But my friends did it and both said it was worth it...

Well, the pictures speak for themselves...

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ThiagoRamos
Mar 02, 2007

Huayna Picchu

Es la montaña símbolo de Machu Picchu, la más alta detrás de la Ciudad Inca que se aprecia en las clásicas fotografías.
Se puede acceder a ella por un empinado camino de piedra y apreciar desde allí una espectacular vista. Camino a la cima se puede ver el templo de la Luna.
El ascenso a pie dura aproximadamente 50 minutos y tienes que ir pronto porque hay plazas limitadas
It is the mountain symbol of Machu Picchu , the highest behind the Inca Town that is seen in the classic photos
You may climb it by a steep stone path and to see there an spectacular view . In the way to the top you may see the moon temple . The climb is hard and takes about 50 minutes and you must go early because are limited the number of persons allowed each day

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elpariente
Mar 01, 2007

Things to Do Near Huayna Picchu

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Aguas Calientes

This tiny town is home to about 1600 people. From a small farming settlement, it grew into a major tourist hub with the construction of the railroad that brings in hundreds (if not thousands) of...
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Llamas / Other Animals

After taking your best pictures of the citadel, keep climbing the steps until you reach the Agricultural Sector. You´ll find yourself surrounded by llamas of many colors and sizes. I wasn´t attacked...
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Inca Trail

As I mentioned in my Phuyupatamarca campsite tip, we began our fourth and final day on the Camino Inca by hiking up to see the beautiful snowcapped peaks of the Salkantay (6270 m) and Veronica (5680...
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Ruins

These terraces appear to have served for agricultural purposes. They are common by Inka cities and are used still till today at some sights but not here. it is believed terraces were used as a method...
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Temples

This was an astronomical observatory for the Incas and one of the most sacred spots of Machu Pichu. It's a semi circular building aligned with the Solstice to allow the Inkas to mark the passing of...
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Scenery

Here is an example of the sheer drop off from the ruins to the valley below. It's the thing that makes these ruins so spectacular, there are better preserved pre-columbian cities elsewhere that...
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Getting to Huayna Picchu

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Santuario Historico Machu Picchu, Peru

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