Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu, in Quechua is “Wayna Pikchu“, is the mountain next to Machu Picchu and bordered by the Urubamba River. Huayna Picchu is 2,693 meters (8,835 feet) above sea level, and Machu Picchu is lower at about 260 meters (850 feet).

The hike to Huayna Picchu is a stone path that ascends the jungle covered slope built by the Inca empire. It is a bit difficult, but not difficult, and fit hikers reach the mountain in less time.

Huayna Picchu: Quick Facts for 2023

Trip distance2.5 miles or 4 kilometers (Round trip)
Trip time01-hour climb up / 45 minutes descend
Elevation gain1,000 feet or 360 meters
Top elevation8,835 feet or 2,693 meters above sea level
DifficultModerate to hard
Not recommendableChildren under 14 years old and vertigo people





Huayna Picchu Schedules

The alternative route Huayna Picchu Mountain will have 300 spaces per day, distributed in 4 hours, the first hour being from 07:00 to 08:00 hours, the second hour from 08:00 to 09:00 hours, the third hour from 09:00 to 10:00 hours, and the fourth hour from 10:00 to 11:00. Visitors who access this alternate route must complete circuit 4 (long bass – light blue) and will not be able to re-enter the monument.

How much do Huayna Picchu tickets cost?

There are official prices offered by the Ministry of Culture of Peru and fees with an extra commission offered by the authorized web pages. 

Official prices of Huayna Picchu tickets 2023

  Foreigner  USD 86    USD 57    USD 57  
  National Tourist    USD 54  USD 40  USD 40

There are discounts?

The entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu has discounts for university students, minors and citizens of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN): Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. The website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru only allows access to discounts for adults of the CAN. It is for this reason that many tourists make their reservation through an authorized website. These web pages offer discounts for university students and minors.

How to access the discounts?

To access the discounts, visitors must meet the following requirements:  

  • University students: Undergraduate studies and have less than 25 years at the time of the visit. The reservation is made with the current university card and passport (or identity document).
  • Child: To be between 8 and 17 years old at the time of the trip to Machu Picchu. The reservation is with the passport or identity document that certifies your age. The income is accompanied by his father, mother or attorney. 
  • Citizens of the CAN: Be a citizen or a foreign resident of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia. The reservation is with the passport, identity document or immigration card. If the visitor is a university student or minor, the discount is even higher.