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Huayna Picchu - Ruin Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail - Peru

Just down the steps from Intihuatana and across the Sacred Plaza is the Sacred Rock, a massive piece of granite curiously shaped like the Inca's sacred mountain of Putukusi, which looms on the eastern horizon. Little is known about this rock, except that it serves as the gateway to Huayna Picchu. The entrance to the sacred summit is controlled by a guardian from a kiosk behind the Sacred Rock, and access is restricted: if you want to do the climb, you must buy a special ticket for Huayna Picchu (see Buying Tickets to Machu Picchu for more information), and tickets are limited to two, 200-person groups, one entering from 7 a.m. and the other group from 11 a.m.

The steep walk up to the summit takes about one to two hours and includes a 20-meter climb up a steep rock slab using a ladder and rope (those afraid of heights may want to pass on this climb.) Your physical labors will be rewarded, however, with a spectacular panoramic view of the entire Machu Picchu complex and the Andean mountains and forests which cradle it. About two-thirds of the way down the trail behind the summit, another trail leads to the right and down to the exquisitely situated Temple of the Moon.

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru


Here are other activities in and around Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail that may be of interest: Intihuatana, Principal Temple, Wiñay Wayna, Intipunku, Three-Windowed Temple, Chamber of the Princess, Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Sun and Royal Tomb.

23 Mar 2012

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