Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu - Race to the hidden gem!

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu - Race to the hidden gem!

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit, but who here went to Huayna Picchu?

Do any of you know what it is?

Huayna Picchu is Quechua for Young Mountain (Machu Pichu meaning old mountain) and it is the classic mountain shape that you will see in all of the Machu Picchu photos.

Did you know that you can go up there?

The park authorities allow 400 visitors a day to enter Huayna Pichu at no extra cost. It is an adventurous climb up a winding path and various stair cases, passing through a small cave and out on to a glorious terrace overlooking Machu Picchu itself. From this point, Che Guevara looked down across the famed citadel and pondered the Inca empire.

 

The view of the city is fantastic as it rises out of the clouds. You can even see all the way to the sun gate. 

At the top is a mini Machu Pichu, with houses, terraces, and some HUGE drop offs where you can get some amazing photos. 

This really is the last epic moment of the Inca Trail and the bit that fewest people get to see. So get past the crowds and hurry towards the mountain, sign the book, pass through the gate and get up to the top.

Take some time to lie on your back and take in the fact that you are on the very top of the Incas world. 

 

Written and contributed by Jimmy
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