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Huayna Picchu – Is It Really Worth it?

23 Jan Huayna Picchu – Is It Really Worth it?

Huayna PicchuHuayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) is the tall mountain in the background of the iconic Machu Picchu photos. It is a steep hike but a rewarding view at the top. It is called the Stairs of Death and listed one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. However, I didn’t think it was scary at all.





Sign at Huayna PicchuThe steps

To get to the entrance you have to go to the opposite side of the main entrance to Machu Picchu there are plenty of signs and you can also ask the guards. It is not hard to find it because you will see the mountain itself unless it is very foggy.

While hiking up you need to watch where you walk because the steps suddenly change from small to big. It is not like you will fall over the edge. You can hit your head or bum if you slip, but not if you have the proper shoes and look where you walk. You should hike with good sneakers with a good grip, forget the flip-flop or heels for Huayna Picchu it will not be easy and the guards will probably laugh at you.

For more Machu Picchu tips: Everything you need to know about visiting Machu Picchu 

Stones Huayna Picchu

I saw many pictures of this kind of steps before my hike. I got quite worried. This just a wall that you don’t get near. The steps don’t look like that at all. 

Walking up Huayna Picchu

The steps are more like this, quite steep but you will not fall over a cliff or anything like that. There are ropes you can hold on to as well.

How long does it take?

The hike up took me 40 minutes where I was already acclimatised. Depending on speed walking up takes around 35 minutes to 90 minutes. Walking down 30-60 minutes.

How many can hike Huayna Picchu a day?

There are only 400 people allowed to hike Huayna Picchu a day. 200 people to start from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and 200 people 10:00am to 11:00am. You must register and start the hike within that timeframe you bought the tickets.

Inca Ruins Huayna PicchuImportant info about the tickets! 

If You want to hike Huayna Picchu you have to buy the tickets beforehand together with your Machu Picchu tickets. You need to book tickets for this at least 4 months before to get the date you want. I bought my ticket from this website. 

Viewing Machu Picchu from aboveWhat to wear/bring

Hiking Shoes

Snack Bars

Hydration Pack 

Athletics Tee

Gym Tight

Sunglasses 

Hat

Sunscreen

Weather Resistant Digital Camera 

Related: What to pack for a trip to Peru 

Lonely Planet Peru Guide was a life-saver on my trip to Peru. I am so happy I had this book already some months before travelling to Peru. It gives you ideas where to eat, stay, travel and of course what to do and see. It contains professional tips about safety and general everything you need to know before and during your trip to Peru. It also got a 3D map of Machu Picchu and tips on what to see within the citadel and the best photo spots etc. It is kind of old-school to still walk around with a guidebook, but you can also get the kindle version

 

Would you hike Huayna Picchu?


12 Comments
  • Eloise
    Posted at 18:57h, 23 January Reply

    What? Not scared in the Stairs of Death?! That’s good to know! Did the altitude make it harder to climb? I love the idea to get a birds eye’s view of Machu Picchu. I had no idea this hike was popular so thank you for the early booking tip. Very helpful article.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 19:39h, 23 January Reply

      I am used to high altitude so it wasn’t that hard for me. I think it is important to take it easy and not push yourself too hard 🙂

  • Cat Smith
    Posted at 02:34h, 24 January Reply

    Wow! This looks like such an amazing place for a different view of Macchu Picchu. The steps don’t look too bad, but do they get a bit tricky if it’s wet? I can imagine the going down is harder than the climb up.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:32h, 24 January Reply

      It is quite tricky if it is wet, but it is ok as long as you don’t use flip-flops 😀 Going down can be tricky, some people slipped, but it is not life-threatening. 😀

  • candy
    Posted at 15:37h, 24 January Reply

    I’m not used to high altitudes so I definitely would have to take my time on hikes like this. I have heard so much about this hike and it’s nice to hear that it’s not as dangerous as it seems. I like how they regulate the number of people that can hike per day and the times they can go. Great tip on reserving your tickets too 🙂

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:14h, 25 January Reply

      The high altitude at Huayna Picchu is not as bad as Cusco, it might just take longer to hike up because you get out off breath faster 🙂

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 23:23h, 24 January Reply

    This hike is something I would love to do. The views from the top seem to be spectacular. Also, it is good that you have clarified about the difficulty level of the hike so that people are prepared. Also, the clarification about the steps is so important. Many would have been put off by just seeing the steps on the wall, not realizing that these were not the ones to climb. Appreciate your candid and honest post which is so useful for other travelers.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:13h, 25 January Reply

      Thank you for stopping by. I was so scared before the hike, it is nothing to worry about really 🙂

  • Ilana
    Posted at 02:42h, 25 January Reply

    What an interesting detailed report. Especially in such popular places, it is very important to know all the information for a better planning and time management! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mel Butler
    Posted at 17:33h, 27 January Reply

    Machu Picchu has been on my hiking bucketlist for ages and it something I want to do in the next couple of years. Glad to hear that you didnt think Stairs of Death was to scary good to know. Thanks to in regards to your tips about hiking up Huayna Picchu especially about how long it took you. I need to prepare a little bit more before I go.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:41h, 29 January Reply

      Yes, important to prepare a bit, but anyone can do it. Hope you get to visit Machu Picchu one day 🙂

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