In Quechua, the local language of the Andean people, this name means Young Peak. The peak of Huayna Picchu, or Wayna Picchu, rises approximately 360 meters higher than that of Machu Picchu (Cusco, Peru), known as the lost city of the Incas, and takes approximately an hour to climb.
During the time of the Incas, there was a trail leading to the peak where there were temples and terraces. This is where the high priest and the virgins lived. This high priest would climb down Huayna Picchu every morning before sunrise in order to reach Machu Picchu in time to welcome the new day.
You can really feel the magic of the ancient Inca civilization that fills this space when you finally reach the top of Huayna Picchu and gaze down over the Machu Picchu ruins.
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu, as of 2012 you will need to pay an extra entrance fee of $60 if you are trekking the Inca Trail or $10 if you are on a different trek or tour.
These are the prices Dos Manos offers so you might find cheaper or more expensive prices with other travel agencies. You can also buy your Huayna Picchu entrance ticket online at the official Peruvian Ministry of Culture website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe. It is very important to remember to book this climb when you book your trek or excursion to Machu Picchu! There are only 400 spaces available daily for the climb and these are evenly divided between the 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM entrance times.
Huayna Picchu offers trekkers the chance to see the Machu Picchu ruins from a new and
breathtaking point of view! It takes approximately an hour to climb and is difficult, but definitely worth the effort! It also presents photographers with the photo opportunity of a lifetime. We recommend incorporating Huayna Picchu into your Machu Picchu itinerary.