The Machu Picchu Mountain has a height of 3,082 m.a.s.l. and it is the mountain where the wonderful Inca City of Machu Picchu is located, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity. And every day there are more people who venture into it, perhaps because of the energy emanating from this land, which was sacred to the Inca civilization.
How is the tour of Machu Picchu Mountain?
The roads through Machu Picchu Mountain were open to the public recently and after 500 years of history. Today, this is wide and with well-marked signs. It also has places to rest. The journey is not as steep compared to that of Huayna Picchu. But yes longer. It is estimated that it has 1600 steps, in addition to paths of earth and stone. As you ascend you can see all the landscape splendor of the place. It is estimated that the ascent can take from 1 to 2 hours depending on the physical condition of the visitor. The tour of the Machu Picchu Mountain is ideal for families.
Who can climb the Machu Picchu mountain?
Not long ago the road was enabled, however it is already much sought after as an alternative route, by tourists who could not get the Ticket to Huayna Picchu. Also for those who see for a less intense experience than is offered by Huayna Picchu Mountain. Machu Picchu Mountain is recommend for people who come with small children and families with elderly people.
What ticket do I need to climb the Machu Picchu mountain?
Remember that access to the Machu Picchu mountain is limited to 800 people each day, and to enter this mountain you will need the Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket; and which must be booked a few weeks in advance, because although this ticket does not run out very fast, the ones that do run out are train tickets, so immediately after booking your Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket, book your train tickets.
How to get there?
At first, you have to follow the upper trail in the direction of the Security Checkpoint from the main entrance of Machu Picchu. The small and newly constructed wooden signs indicate the way to start the walk, which is also the same road that leads to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). Then, you will have to turn right and follow the path that climbs through the construction of agricultural terraces. Following the road for another 15 minutes you will arrive at the guards hut, where you have to sign showing your passport and entrance ticket.
- From the entrance of Machu Picchu to the guard house it takes approximately 30 minutes.
Unlike the treks to the Huayna Picchu or Putucusi mountains, the Machu Picchu mountain trek is wide and well marked. After the guards of the sentry box the road follows a fairly uniform climb of around 30 – 35 degrees at an angle for about 1 hour. Gaining gradually and stable height, the views of Machu Picchu and the mountains that surround it become increasingly impressive. There are several points of view and rest along the way. As the track nears the base of Machu Picchu, the steps become more pronounced, narrower and more challenging.
- The descent follows the same route, but it takes about 20 – 30 minutes less.
Finally, the summit is an even more breathtaking and impressive spectacle; To all the above, there is the snowy summit of Salkantay (6,271 masl), the Urubamba river, meandering and bordering the “Putucusi” (happy mountain).
Likewise, you can see much of the entire Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, mountains dressed with abundant flora and fauna typical of the area. Enjoy your trip and imagine Machu Picchu in another way. Machu Picchu Mountain is waiting for you!