Huayna Picchu is the peak that stands behind the Machu Picchu site in the typical pictures people take from high above, before making their way down to the ruins. As you might guess from the photos, climbing Huayna Picchu is challenging but it is not as hard as they say either. Plus, the views are simply spectacular. It is a constantly uphill hike that will make you gain height quite quickly before you even notice. The trail you follow is mostly made of small stone steps that can get slippery at times, so good footwear is strongly recommended, but apart from that, you can walk safely. Don't forget to go at your own pace and don't worry if breathing gets heavy at some point. Just slow down, and carry on. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the top.When you purchase your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, you can decide to add the pass to climb Huayna Picchu as well. This is normally not very expensive unless you are doing the Classic Inca Trail: in that case, since 2011, the Huayna Picchu cannot be bought as a simple add-on, but a whole new entrance ticket is required, and this makes it more expensive. It is important that you buy your ticket far in advance as the number of spaces per day is limited. The panorama from the top of Huayna Picchu is absolutely rewarding. Being able to observe a wonder of the world from such a incredible spot is a real privilege that no traveler should miss out on.

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