Wayna Picchu in the Inca language means ‘Young Mountain’ was a very important divinity for the Quechuas, is the large mountain located right behind Machu Picchu ruins, and usually can been seen in all the classic pictures taken by the visitor from around the guardhouse or upper part of the citadel.
For many travelers, hiking Wayna Picchu is one of the highlights of a visit to Machu Picchu. The views of the Citadel and surrounding areas are amazing from the top and the hike is well worth, is not a technical climbing. There are sections with railings and cables for support, but some sections close to the top requires the use hands and feet to scramble upwards.
Anyone with a decent level of fitness and moderate constitution for heights can do the hike to Wayna Picchu (if you are afraid of heights or susceptible to vertigo then this climb is probably not for you). There are areas that are exposed to steep drops, so caution should be taken throughout the hike, especially in the rainy season when the trail is wet. Children under the age of 12 are not suggested to climb Wayna Picchu.
The total ascent is just over 1,000 feet (350m) with the summit at a steep angle above the city. As Wayna Picchu is so close to the city complex it provides you a fascinating birds-eye view, and the hike up itself provides brilliant vistas of the city from several angles. This perspective is very difficult to appreciate whilst walking within the Citadel.
If you are hiking any of those alternative trails to Machu Picchu and then you should to climb Wayna Picchu: Lares trek, Huchuy Qosqo trek, Ancascocha trek, Salkantay trek, Choquequirao trek, Cachicata trek, Pumamarca trek and short Inca trail hike, will allow you to hike Wayna Picchu. But also if you are taking Machu Picchu explorer 2 day, Sacred valley excursion & Machupicchu 2 day tour you can still hike to Wayna Picchu.