Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu

by / Miércoles, 11 Octubre 2017 / Published in Travel, Travel Tips
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu
Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, Sanctuary, Aguas Calientes. Do you know the Difference?
Machu Picchu, a marvel of the modern world. Of those legendary places that every traveler wants to have in his curriculum.
A place that fascinates by its history, by its ruins, by the incredible place where it is located, and the spectacular landscape of its surroundings.
But visiting such an impressive place is not just saying “I’m going to Machu Picchu“.

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Do you know exactly what Machu Picchu is?
There are different ways to get there, how to buy the ticket and the right ways to get there. Now let’s take a step further, and clarify several concepts that you need to know before going to Machu Picchu.
Concepts that usually generate a lot of confusion among first-time travelers in this destination.
Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo. Aguas Calientes, now known as Machu Picchu village; is the closest city to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Even Aguas Calientes can only be reached by train or by foot.

And from there buses leave for Machu Picchu, about 20 to 25 minutes.
This city is 2,040 meters high, and its name comes from the hot springs that are in it. But with the boom of tourism, the village was renamed Machu Picchu village.
It is in that city where you make a break or stop, where the train station is, and where you are going to eat, etc.

Citadel or Sanctuary.
The citadel or Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, are the ruins themselves, what we all see in the photos.
The buses take you to the entrance of the Sanctuary, where ticket control is performed. And a few meters ahead, you reach the citadel of Machu Picchu at 2,490 meters high. The name of the citadel is unknown, but being located on the mountain Machu Picchu, it is called Machu Picchu.

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Huayna Picchu
It is one of the classics of this wonder of the world.
Huayna Picchu is one of the mountains that faces the Machu Picchu mountain, and which can be accessed by a trail that starts from the citadel.
At the top are some smaller terraces, and from there another path leads to the temple of the moon.
The Huayna Picchu is 2,662 meters high, 2,720 according to others. Only 400 people per day are allowed in two groups of 200.
Tickets must be purchased well in advance. The ascent takes two hours, and the path to the temple of the moon, or the Great Cavern, is 4 hours.


Mountain Machu Picchu.
The most preferred by visitors, as mentioned by all guides “is much better than Huayna Picchu”.
But the mountain, has an altitude of 3,061 meters.
So, from the citadel, you can continue climbing to the top. Up to 3,061 meters, where the view is spectacular, and leaves the Huayna Picchu behind, as a secondary. In addition, although the quota is higher, 600 people are allowed per day, and there are plans to increase to 800 people. The reality is, that, with luck, 100 people go up per day.
Therefore, you have a much higher mountain, with an even better view than the Huayna Picchu, and with a lot less people.
Because for the Huayna Picchu, the 400 places are always depleted.

Inca Trail Huaynapicchu Mountain

Why is Huayna Picchu so famous?
Huayna Picchu became famous because for a long time the path to the top of Machu Picchu mountain was not explored touristy.
It was only begun to be known as of 2011 when they began to charge entrance to climb this mountain and the Huayna Picchu.
But word of mouth had already done its job, and this mountain is still in the background.
So you know, if you do not get to Huayna Picchu, stay calm with Machu Picchu Mountain, you will not regret it and we will help you to make your experience unforgettable.

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