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“Totally worth the effort” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu
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Private Guided Tour in Machu Picchu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Huayna Picchu is located towards the north of the Inca city of Machu Picchu. To climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu, should reach the checkpoint and entrance to Huayna Picchu and the road begins a few meters from the Sacred Rock is followed, it is an area with very dense vegetation, this road is very steep and quite and includes sections of narrow stairs and steps made of granite stone placed irregularly, there are some that appear carved into the rock. The promotion lasts between 45-60 minutes depending on the physical state of the person.
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Totally worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

It was hard going, up and up, in the wet, but very much worth it for the view....and if you have the extra energy go back via the temple of the moon....well worth the walk.

Visited April 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great view to Machu Picchu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

We made a guided motorcycle trip through Chile and Peru with 5 bikes. Knowing that we would cross the Andes several times at a height of close to 5.000 meters we did an high alitude training at home. For 2 weeks we slept in an airtight tent where we were able to adjust the oxygen level to specific heights. The rental company gave us a specific training-plan (sleeping heights, passiv training, active training on hometrainers..) . That way we adjusted to the thin air very well (we are both 53 years old). Therefore we decided to climb the Wayna Picchu AND do the cave also.
Being up on that hill looking down on the inka site is wonderful: we started our walk just before lunch and reaching the top we had some clouds drifting between the two picchus. BEAUTIFUL!!
After a short break on top we climbed down the back side to the cave, it is also a steep downhill climb with several attractions like 7 meter high ladders made out of wood (the ladder is slippery due to the lite rain falling) very steep steps with no railing, but even steeper slides down not even a meter next to you. Yes - good shoes are important!
The cave itself was a big disappointment. After that we hoped just to have to walk nearly level back to Machu Picchu. But NO! You need to climb just about back to the top and then down again. The rangers and the signs proclaim a round walk of 2,5 hours. Well we needed 4 hours walking time and we carried 4 liters of water with us . It was great, but next time we would skip the cave!!

Visited March 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Go early. Seriously. Go early.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

Hope that title helped. Get there as early as you can. Not that I can guarantee that the fog wont be there - but you really want to go when there are zero people there. Plus, when I went, there was no fog - it was a beautiful SUNNY day. Then the fog crept in, just like the people.

You know that photo of Machu Picchu that you want to get with Huayna Picchu in the background with the city behind you and you either smiling or doing some crazy gesture? You are still going to get that without tons of other people in it, but everywhere else you look there will be hoards of people, kids, cameras, neon, and tour leaders with flags speaking different languages.

So - moral of the story is - even if you are with a group, ditch them and get to the front of the line to get in. You might miss some historical information about the entry a the guard-tower or something, but who cares.

Then, I THINK you have to grab a ticket to be one of the 400 people that get to climb Wayna Picchu - If you like climbing, do this. It was pretty steep at times, but a lot of fun. Then the views from the top are amazing - maybe more rewarding of Machu Picchu since you are up higher.

Oh - and I went in 2008, so I guess some things might have changed.

Visited May 2011
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South Pole
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“First in the first group”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Huff puff huff, WOW! Huff puff huff some more and WOW WOW WOW :D worth every little and big (sloppy Inka's job ;) step you take. Be in the first group at 7am to avoid traffic on top. Not that scary compared to Inca bridge trail, very strenuous - be fit, could be slippery - have hiking shoes. Approx. 40 min of hiking time to the top. Did not tried the caves option.

Visited April 2012
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sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Get fit and forget about your fear of heights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Climbing is a lucky dip. Do I leave at 7am or at 10am to minimise the chance of fog? No set answer.
We left at 7am and it was foggy. But it became foggier at 10am.
Still worth the climb for the sense of accomplishment and the fleeting old-city views from another angle.
It is crowded at the top and you do encounter some idiots so take care and wear good-gripping shoes as it is also slippery when wet.

Visited March 2012
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