Machu Picchu Extensions

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.

After exploring the Historic Sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Huayna Picchu Entrance Ticket

Huayna Picchu Hike

  • 400 people allowed daily
  • 2 groups – first departing at 7am (200), second at 10am (200)
  • About 1.5-2 hours up, and about 45 minutes to 1 hour down
  • Separate entrance ticket with additional fee, with very limited availability

Huayna Picchu is the towering mountain behind the actual site of Machu Picchu. From a distance the mountain looks impossible to climb without the necessary tools but even though a strenuous climb with some parts where you will actually will need both hands and feet, the climb is quite possible for all averagely fit visitors. For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles. Before you reach the top you will also have to go through a tunnel carved in the rocks and the higher you get the more structures you will recognize on the top of the mountain. Some structures and terraces are built on impossible places that really speak to your imagination. Some structures are almost glued to the mountain side with a sheer drop of a couple of hundred meters on the other side. The views (on a clear day – on cloudy days sometimes you cannot even see the site from here) of Machu Picchu seen from Huayna Picchu are breathtaking and do really give you an impression of the magnitude of the site. You will also be able to appreciate the different sectors of the site as the surrounding landscapes with some snowcapped mountains.

A couple of years ago, the INC (Peru’s National Cultural Institute) decided to implement a maximum number of visitors daily to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain. This was done to diminish the impact of visitors on this steep climb and to allow the excavations on the top of the mountain its space. The number implemented was 400 visitors daily. The visitors could go up between the times the site opens until 2 hours before the site closes in the evening.

From the 25th of July on, the INC together with the changes for the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu changed the rules to climb Huayna Picchu. The maximum number of 400 people daily has been maintained but the big change is the fact that visitors can only climb Huayna Picchu in the morning in two groups of 200 each. The groups have been given fixed times to climb Huayna Picchu and the time allowed on the mountain therefore has also been limited. The first group can climb Huayna Picchu from 7-8AM and the second group from 10-11AM. This also means that the people from the first group have to back down by 10AM. For the second group this would be 1PM.

These new rules and especially the time slots in place, many people (especially the ones who have a one day visit to Machu Picchu) will not have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu and see the site from this angle. For these people there are several different alternatives that will also give you the chance to see Machu Picchu from above and even with lesser crowds. For more information about these alternatives, please see the tabs above.

Alternative Hikes at Machu Picchu

Alternatives to Climbing Huayna Picchu

Being such an elaborated and outstretched site, obviously many people would like to get a Birdseye view of the site. The most famous and known way to see the site of Machu Picchu from above is from the towering mountain behind Machu Picchu, namely Huayna Picchu. Nevertheless as the entrance rules and fees for Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchuhave changed recently for many people this is no longer an option. For more information about Huayna Picchu, please click here.

Therefore we would like to provide you with some alternatives to climbing Huayna Picchu and seeing Machu Picchu from above. Located on a mountain ridge surrounded by even higher mountains you can imagine that there are several ways to see Machu Picchu from above. Following we will mention 3 alternatives for great views on the site and at times much less crowded than Huayna Picchu itself;

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu means Old Mountain and this mountain reaches even higher than Huayna Picchu itself. Machu Picchu Mountain is the next hike out of Machu Picchu that is very popular. From the top you have the same type of aerial view of Machu Picchu that Huayna Picchu affords. The climb is a little longer but less steep and less crowded. It still has steep spots with narrow precipices and is by no means an easy route, so it is not recommended as an alternative to the Huayna Picchu climb for those suffering from a fear of heights. It takes between 1 to 2 hours.

Machu Picchu Mountain is part of the park of Machu Picchu, but requires a separate entrance ticket with additional fee, and the ticket should be secured as far in advance as possible. This ticket gives you access to the site of Machu Picchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain climb. The Machu Picchu Mountain is the mountain opposite of the Huayna Picchu Mountain and provides great alternative if the tickets for Huayna Picchu have been sold out. The climb is a little longer but less steep and less crowded. From Machu Picchu Mountain you will have amazing views of the site and will also give you the chance to see the Sun Gate, where the Inca Trail actually enters the site.

Sun Gate (“Inti Punku” in Quechua)

The best hike for those with vertigo, aversion to crowds, or looking for a hike less strenuous than Huayna Picchu is walking backwards from Machu Picchu up to the Sun Gate, which allows you to stand at the very spot that those who hike the classic Inca Trail are greeted with for their first view of the historic Lost City of the Incas, and offers the most famous view of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail trekkers are usually there at sunrise, so by 9 am it is nearly empty. The hike takes between 1 to 1.5 hours up and about an hour or so down. The Sun Gate does not require a separate entrance ticket.

Inca Bridge

Another excellent side hike is the walk to the Inca Bridge, around the western side of Machu Picchu Mountain and with great views down valley to the jungle beyond. The path takes you to a view of one of the Inca’s many marvelous civil engineer mountain projects – a path carved out of a sheer, granite face of the mountain, passable only by a wooden log that spans the gap in the path. Below it is a sheer drop of thousands of feet of vertical, down to the river below. By simply removing the bridge, the Incas had ultimate control over who entered the sanctuary. The hike is pleasant and not quite as exposed as the others. The Inca Bridge does not require a separate entrance ticket.