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Huayna picchu

Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu montaña

Machu Picchu is an incredible historical landmark in Peru. Whether you arrive from the Inca Trail, on an alternative trek through ChoquecanchaSalkantayLares, or by train on our Relaxation and Comfort Tour, we will help you get the Machu Picchu experience you came for.

We arrive early to Machu Picchu and begin with a guided tour of the ruins so you can appreciate the historical significance of the site you are visiting. Then there is plenty of time for you to explore on your own.

While spectacular at every angle, Machu Picchu is especially beautiful from above. There are several ways to enjoy this view, the most popular of which are the Sun Gate, Huaynapicchu, and Machu Picchu Mountain.

Whichever you choose, your guide will show you where to begin your hike. If you need your guide to join you, please let us know beforehand and we will be happy accommodate your request.

Sun Gate

Hiking to the Sun Gate is an option available at no extra cost.

This is the easiest of the three hiking options for a view of Machu Picchu. It takes about an hour to reach the Sun Gate, and you will be walking gradually uphill the entire way there.

Please keep in mind that because the Sun Gate is free to access, it does tend to get crowded.

Huaynapicchu

Huaynapicchu is limited to 400 hikers a day. To ensure access, it is best to book this hike at least 2 months in advance.

You can add this hike when you book your tour, and we will purchase the permit for you if it is available.

Permit windows are from 7-8AM and from 10-11AM. We purchase the 10-11AM permit to allow time for your guided tour beforehand. To be granted access to Huaynapicchu, you must start the hike between 10 and 11AM.

This is a challenging, steep hike that leads to extraordinary views (and an awesome Facebook profile photo). It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the top. After you snap some pics and take in your surroundings, it takes another 45 minutes to return back down.

Machu Picchu Montaña

Machu Picchu Mountain is also limited to 400 hikers a day. Again, to ensure access, we recommend booking this hike at least 2 months in advance.

You can add this hike when you book your tour, and we will purchase the permit for you if it is available.

Permit windows are from 7-8AM and from 9-10AM. We purchase the 9-10AM permit to allow time for your guided tour beforehand. To be granted access to Machu Picchu Mountain, you must start the hike between 9 and 10AM.

Machu Picchu Mountain is very steep and the most challenging of the three hiking options, but also quite rewarding. It takes you much higher, and directly over the ruins, for a stunning view. The hike takes about an hour and a half each way. If you are going on a trek, please keep in mind that you will have already been hiking for several days and may be tired.

If you have further questions about Machu Picchu or would like to know more about the Sun Gate, Huaynapicchu, or Machu Picchu Mountain, please contact us.

 

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