For many travelers planning to come to Peru and Machu Picchu is still confusing the idea of hiking one of those mountains, which are additional activities after the visit to the great archaeological site of Machu Picchu itself. For people reading our page we want to introduce you some basic info about those two hike options, considered by many visitors as the dreamed hikes while you are visiting the wonderful land of the Incas, because all the historical significant and breathtaking views you get from the top of them.
Wayna Picchu.- is 320 meters higher from the Inca site and it takes 1 hour to go to the top and 1 hour to come back down to the site. It’s limited to 400 spaces per day, divided into two groups of 200 people in each turn. The entry times are the first group (200 people) from 7:00am to 8:00am and the second group (200 people) start the hike from 10:00am to 11:00am. Is not a technical climb, but it’s very steep hike especially close to the top, definitely not recommended for vertigo people or afraid of heights. But the views from the top are just spectacular.
Montaña Machu Picchu.- is 650 meters the difference in altitude from the site, it takes 2 hours to go up-hill on the stairs through the cloud forest and usually 1 hour and 30 minutes to come down to the site. So definitely is a longer hike than Wayna Picchu, but it’s less steep, much higher and stunning views from the top. The number of people allowed to hike this mountain is 800 per day, divided into two groups and with two entry times from 7:00am to 8:00am and from 9:00am to 10:00am. This is more recommended for adventurous people, because is physically demanding.
For the following trekking trails we advise booking any of the mountain hikes: Lares Trek, Huchuy Qosqo trek, Cachicata trek, Salkantay trek, Ancascocha trek, short Inca trail hike and Choquequirao trek. For the Classic Inca Trail 4 day is little top sometimes after all the hike form the earlier days, but some people can still do it specially Wayna Picchu.
Our recommended tours which allow you a better chance to hike up to Wayna Picchu or Montaña are: Machu Picchu explorer 2 day tour, Sacred Valley excursion & Machu Picchu 2 day, Chinchero & Moray tour with Machu Picchu 2 day, Pumamarca hike 2 day, Huchuy Qosqo 2 day trek, 2 day Inca Trail trek and any other tour with overnight in Aguas Calientes prior to Machu Picchu visit.