Do you plan to visit Machu Picchu? Know that the Wonder of the World offers a variety of experiences for tourists. Among the main attractions are the Inca Citadel, Huayna Picchu, the Site Museum and the lesser known Machu Picchu Mountain. This last tourist attraction is a new short hiking route that allows you to reach the highest point of the Inca site. From there, you can see the most beautiful landscapes surrounding the Inca town.
Machu Picchu is not the same as Mountain Machu Picchu. The first refers to the Inca Citadel, made known to the world by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. The second is the mountainous elevation, in whose lower part sits the Inca enclosure. Therefore it is the summit located at the top of the Wonder of the World and whose name "Machu (Mountain), Picchu (Old)" adopted the Inca llaqta to be known worldwide.
Machu Picchu Mountain is known as the 'old mountain'. This maybe due to its greater dimension to the Waynapicchu or 'young mountain'. It is located at the top of the Inca Citadel, at 3,082 m.s.n.m. On its slopes inca trails were erected in order to reach the highest and worship the Andean gods such as the hills, the sun, etc. Although no Inca temple was built on its roads, the great elevation of this summit earned it one of the most important 'apus' that surround the Wonder of the World.
Today, the steep paths that lead to the top of this mountain are one of the most adventurous new tourist attractions of the Inca town. This hiking route covers almost 2 kilometers of steep Inca roads from where you can appreciate all the beauty of the geography surrounding the Inca Citadel. Unlike Waynapicchu, roads are wider and safer. Reaching the top and returning takes on average 3 or 4 hours depending on the physical state of the person.
There are many reasons. Among them, that this walk is very safe and can be done as a family. People of any age can make the journey. There are also other reasons to choose this adventurous experience in the Wonder of the World:
The Machu Picchu Mountain travels an average of 2 kilometers away on Inca roads with steep slopes. Along the same, there is abundant vegetation where the great variety of orchids stands out. At the top of the mountain the tourist feels like in the clouds due to being located at the top of the Inca site. From there you can fully appreciate the Inca Citadel and the amazing geography that surrounds it. It is the right place to take the best pictures.
On average, the ascent takes 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on the physical state of the visitor. The trails are wide and well signposted so there is no greater danger. The stairs become more difficult as you ascend. This due to the altitude at which it is located. However, it is not necessary to reach the top to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. The Mountain Machu Picchu is a challenge for tourists. It is an attraction that is growing in popularity in the world.
The ascent to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain is not easy. It is estimated that it is of medium-moderate difficulty. You do not need to be an expert in trekking or be in an optimal physical condition to do so. Admission is allowed to people of all ages. That is why the most important thing is the desire to reach the highest. On the way you meet children, young people and even older adults.
Getting to the top takes an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the physical condition of the tourist. The indicated thing is to ascend to the suitable rhythm for each person. On the way you can appreciate the abundant flora and fauna of the place. The whole journey is well signposted. The only danger is to get out of the limits of the paths or look for roads on your own. It is one of the best experiences in the Wonder of the World.
The Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket allows access to the 'old mountain'. This ticket is preferred by adventurers who did not get access to Huayna Picchu. Daily only 800 people can walk the roads of this summit. It is advisable to book it at least 3 days in advance. The entrance includes a visit to the Inca Citadel. Admission is in 2 groups which access in the following hours:
Group 1: 07:00 a.m. at 08:00 a.m. (400 people)
Group 2: 09:00 a.m. at 10:00 a.m. (400 people)
This type of ticket gives you two options in the entry schedule. Being the first from 07:00 - 08:00 hrs.; the second from 09:00 - 10:00 hrs. Both groups have a limit of 400 people for each group. If you buy the Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket, this will allow you to visit the Machu Picchu Mountain, as well as the entrance to the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
The Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket as well as the entry tickets to Huayna Picchu are not sold as separate tickets, they are only sold together.
The Machu Picchu + Montaña tickets have to be purchased weeks in advance, although sometimes you have to book much longer; especially in the months when there is a greater influx of visitors, which are usually between the months of May to September. So take your precautions and do not miss the opportunity to visit this ancestral mountain. Remember to bring your personal documents whether passport, identity document, ISIC card; document with which I buy the Machu Picchu Ticket, as it will be contrasted with your entrance ticket in the entrance control of the Inca City.
Anyone who enters the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and makes use of the authorized routes for hiking must pay attention and follow the following rules: