The mountains were sacred to the Incas, and they chose a place surrounded by mountains to build one of the most important cities for this civilization, Machu Picchu. Discover the Machu Picchu mountains. Surrounded by the Urubamba River and other mountains belonging to the Andes mountain range, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains are the most amazing places on the planet; however, travel to the Machu Picchu mountains will take you a few hours, in certain cases you will need a special Machu Picchu ticket; however, they are one of the best experiences you can have in Machu Picchu. On the other hand, Huayna Picchu mountain trails, for example, are one of the most amazing short walks in the world.
The young mountain
The Huayna Picchu mountain, the ‘young mountain’. This is perhaps due to its smaller size compared to the imposing Machu Picchu mountain. It is located north of the Inca Citadel, at 2,720 m.a.s.l On its slopes, the Incas built a vertiginous path, viewpoints, platforms and an incredible enclosure in the middle of two natural caves, although their function is still uncertain, this place is call the Great Cave or the Temple of the Moon. To get there they also had steep roads near the mountain limits.
Today, these stone paths in the limits of the Huayna Picchu are one of the most requested attractions by visitors. It is the trekking route to the top of Huayna Picchu, from where you can appreciate all the beauty of the Wonder of the World. Now Huayna Picchu Mountain is one of the most incredible short walks in the world. The ascent is arduous and extreme due to the frightening ravines next to the Inca trails. It takes an average of 2 hours between up and down. Even so, it is still one of the favorite adventures for tourists.
The old mountain
The Machu Picchu mountain, the ‘old mountain’. This maybe due to its greater dimension to the Waynapicchu or ‘young mountain’. It is located at the top of the Inca Citadel, at 3,082 m.a.s.l. On its slopes inca trails were built in order to reach the highest and worship the Andean gods such as the hills, the sun, etc. Although no Inca temple was built on its roads, the great elevation of this summit earned it one of the most important ‘apus’ that surround the Wonder of the World.
Today, the steep paths that lead to the top of Machu Picchu mountain are one of the most adventurous new tourist attractions of the Inca llaqta. This hiking route covers almost 2 kilometers of steep Inca roads from where you can appreciate all the beauty of the geography surrounding the Inca Citadel. Unlike Huayna Picchu, roads are wider and safer. Reaching the top and returning takes on average 3 or 4 hours depending on the physical state of the person.
What adventure to choose?
The Huayna Picchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain offer different experiences in the Wonder of the World. The first one is shorter but more intense. It is allowed only to people over 12 years old. In its paths is the Temple of the Moon. The second one is longer and is allowed to visitors of all ages. At its top you can see the Inca Citadel from its highest point. Below the characteristics of each mountain.
Why choose Huayna Picchu?
Because the feeling of adrenaline does not compare with any other walk. At the top your effort will be reward with the full view of the Wonder of the World. Also because it is possible to appreciate the Temple of the Moon with few or no visitors around.
Why choose Machu Picchu mountain?
Because it can be done as a family. It is not necessary to reach the top to appreciate the unusual beauty of the place. Also, because your entry ticket is not difficult to get.
- In case you want to visit any of the Machu Picchu mountains, we recommend you do it with the proper implementation, hiking boots and protection for rain and sun; In spite of being a dry season in Machu Picchu, you can find a great rain; So regardless of when you decide to travel to Machu Picchu, bring protection for rain and sun.
- Follow the indicated trails and do not cross the security lines, this could end in more than just an accident, especially if you are walking the trails of the Huayna Picchu mountain, where a false step can be fatal.
- In any case, we recommend booking train tickets immediately after reserving entrance tickets to any of the Machu Picchu mountains, this will avoid having to choose between the most expensive train services.