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Reviewed 1 April 2018

It's definitely worth of 1,5-2 hours while visiting the Machu Picchu site.
Make sure you bring enough water and apply sun-screen.
Wearing hiking shoes is strongly advisable.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Alexander_random
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

If you are going to be visiting Machu Picchu, you'll need tickets to climb this mountain as well & its much higher up than Machu Picchu. The energy of this mountain is special and is very amazing. The view is truly incredible but note that the climb is extremely steep and narrow- if you're afraid of heights or not in the best of health/shape, this may not be for you.

Date of experience: April 2017
7  Thank MissD819
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I planned our trip to Machu Picchu months in advance and purchased tickets to hike Huayna Picchu in the second group. While we were waiting to go, we saw lots of people returning from their hike (the first group). They looked super hot and sweaty. My husband and I are in our 50s. We consider ourselves "sporty" but we are by no estimate lean and mean. As the people came down, my husband began to speculate about whether or not we could make the hike. It does look pretty tough from down below. And he was still suffering from altitude sickness, despite acclimating in Cusco for 4 days before moving to Machu Picchu. A super nice man and his partner who had just finished the hike stopped near us to catch their breath. I asked if the hike was worth it. They ensured us that they were not in great shape (they looked among the most tired we'd seen) but they would absolutely recommend the hike. We followed their advice and hiked the trail. It was, without a doubt, the high point of our 2.5 week to Peru. We were tired and sore afterwards, but the view is absolutely worth the effort.

Date of experience: November 2017
8  Thank Suzanne K
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We did the dawn hike up to the ruins from Aguas Callientes. We were some of the first ones on the mountain and got pretty breathtaking pictures without all the people since we went away from most of the early tourists as our Huayna Picchu passes were the early ones. The hike itself was tiresome as we had already hiked up in the morning. With fresh legs i'm sure it wouldn't have been as challenging. It was a verticle steep climb and we had to bear crawl in the top sections however once at the top, it was perfect. The fog was heavy so we were not able to see the ruins from above however the surrounding view of the vast gigantic mountains of the Andes was just a glorious. From the top you could see just how large this place was and if you looked hard enough you could spot waterfalls in the distance. I highly recommend doing this hike. Make sure to get your passes online and early as space is limited for both Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Make sure to bring your passport and printed tickets as well because you will need them to get in!

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Jeff D
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

After touring the ruins of Machu Picchu (both circuit 1 and 2), we went to wait in the entry line for Huayna Picchu. We were there at 10am, the start of our time slot, and there was already a line. If you want to get in at the start of your time slot, I suggest going over to entry area earlier than your slated time. Still, it wasn't a big deal, since it didn't take us very long to hike up. Also, we booked only a few days in advance, but it was also February/rainy season.

The hike itself wasn't as challenging as I was expecting, based on what I had read online, but it was a decent little workout. It had rained much earlier that morning, and some of the stones were wet, but with plenty of handholds/railings along the way, we didn't have any issues.

The views from the top were magical, and we were so glad we chose to include HP with our MP ticket (it was an extra $20 or so). The ruins on HP are really impressive as well, because how was anything built there? And why? (We didn't take a tour of MP, so maybe we missed some critical info. It was still super impressive for us regardless of not really knowing much).

The way back down was fun, as there's a little section where you have to get into a duck waddle (i.e., crouch really low), and sort of crawl through a cave. There's a narrow staircase going into the cave, and then you duck waddle through and out the other side. It was fun!

If you're remotely considering adding HP to your MP ticket, I definitely think you should. We passed a few people who were struggling a decent amount, but most people just needed to take it slow and steady, and they seemed to be fine. It's a breathtaking experience, in more ways than one, and I highly recommend it.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Brittany_11_10
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