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Huchuy Picchu, the new adventure in Machu Picchu

The Huchuy Picchu mountain is the new attraction in Machu Picchu. It is a summit located next to the famous Huayna Picchu mountain. Its height reaches 2,497 meters above sea level. To get there you must take a hiking route of only approximately 1 hour. At its top there are scenic views of the archaeological site. The entrance is with the purchase of the ticket 'Machupicchu + Huchuy Picchu'.

 

What is Huchuy Picchu?

The Huchuy Picchu, like its mighty brothers, Machu Picchu's archaeological sites in Cusco, Peru, is the little sister among the grandiose mountains. Interestingly, the name of the small hill is given in Quechua which means 'Little-Mountain' – a name that fully relaties to this diminutive hill.

Just as the INCAS had constructed stone stairs that led up to the summit of Huchuy Picchu, they did the same at Huayna Picchu. This path is known today as a hiker-friendly trail, designed in the vicinity of the Machu Picchu Ruins. Set aside an hour and explore another interesting feature during your Machu Picchu trip. When looking down, a panoramic view gives you the opportunity to see every square inch of the area encompassed by a strip no wider than the scale of a fingernail.

The ticket to Machu Picchu and the adjacent Huchuy Picchu can be purchased by buying a 'Machupicchu + Huchuy Picchu' ticket, which serves as an entry ticket to both sites. However, the price is quite reminiscent of the one for the 'Machu Picchu Solo', which stand out compared to the huge hike in ticket prices for Huayna Picchu and Machupicchu mountains. Broaden your scope by examining in details the full price lists of all Machu Picchu entrances simultaneously when making travel plans.

 

Huchuy Picchu Mountain

 

Where is it located?

The Huchuy Picchu mountain is located north of the Inca citadel of Machupicchu, next to the famous Huayna Picchu mountain. Its peak reaches 2,497 meters above sea level.

 

How to get?

The entrance door to Huchuy Picchu is inside Machu Picchu, in the sector of the Sacred Rock. The access is the same as the Huayna Picchu mountain.

 

To get to the Huchuy Picchu mountain, you must take a hiking route of only 1 kilometer. These stone paths were built by the Incas. A detour leads to Huchuy Picchu. The main path continues to the top of Huayna Picchu.

 

The landscapes of Huchuy Picchu

From the top of Huchuy Picchu you have panoramic views of the entire archaeological site of Machupicchu: the Sacred Rock, the Intihuatana, the Main Plaza and more.

 

To get more panoramic views, it is recommended to reach the tops of the Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountains.

 

The Hiking Trail

The hiking route to Huchuy Picchu is of easy difficulty. In total it travels only 1 kilometer. However, this distance is ascending through dozens of stone steps made by the Incas more than 400 years ago.

 

The walk is suitable for people of all ages. The roads are not dangerous. It is still recommended to pay attention to each step. The return path is by the same route as the outbound path.

 

Flora and fauna of the place

The characteristic flora of the mountain is made up of plants, flowers and trees such as cedar, queñuales, ferns, molles and, above all, orchids. It is estimated that in Machu Picchu there are more than 200 species of this beautiful and colorful flower.

 

Along the way it is possible to see a great diversity of butterflies and birds. One of the most striking (and difficult to observe) is the cock of the rocks, recognized as the national bird of Peru. The most famous mammal species are: the spectacled bear, the Andean deer and the llamas. The latter can be seen in the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

 

How much does the visit cost?

These are the prices of the ticket 'Machupicchu with Huchuypicchu':

 

MACHU PICCHU TICKET WITH HUCHUY PICCHU
Abroad People Peru,Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia Citizen
Adults Students Minors (3 to 17 years) Adults Students Minors (3 to 17 years)
152 PEN 77 PEN 70 PEN 64 PEN 32 PEN 32 PEN

 

Visiting schedule

These are the entry times:

  • Schedule 1: entrance to Machupicchu from 6 am. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 6 and 7 in the morning.
  • Schedule 2: entrance to Machupicchu from 7 am. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 7 and 8 in the morning.
  • Schedule 3: entrance to Machupicchu from 8 am. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 8 and 9 in the morning.
  • Schedule 4: entrance to Machupicchu from 9 am. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 9 and 10 in the morning.
  • Schedule 5: entrance to Machupicchu from 10 am. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 10 and 11 in the morning.
  • Schedule 6: entrance to Machupicchu from 11 am. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 11 and 12 in the morning.
  • Schedule 7: entrance to Machupicchu from 12 pm. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 12 and 1 in the afternoon.
  • Schedule 8: entrance to Machupicchu from 1 pm. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 1 and 2 in the afternoon.
  • Schedule 9: entrance to Machupicchu from 2 pm. / Entrance to Huchuypicchu between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.

Tips and more information

  • The entrance to the Huchuy Picchu mountain is allowed to people of all ages. Children under 3 years old enter free. All children under 18 must enter accompanied by their father or mother. There are discounts for college students.
  • If it is about adventures, definitely the best one is the one that leads to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain. To visit its summit you must buy the ticket 'Machupicchu with Huaynapicchu'. Due to high demand and low availability, this ticket is purchased online 3 or 4 months in advance.
  • During your visit, do not forget to take with you: comfortable and resistant shoes, comfortable sports clothing, sunscreen, cap (or hat), rain poncho, fruit, snacks, camera and documents.

Best Tours in Peru

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.

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