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Huchuy Picchu Mountain Information

March 13, 2024
Machu Picchu

A new addition to the Machu Picchu hiking options, Huchuy Picchu means “Little Mountain” in Quechua. One of the three main mountains in Machu Picchu, Huchuy Picchu offers a unique perspective of the Incan Citadel. Often times forgotten or overlooked, Huchuy Picchu reaches 2,497m (8192ft) and is only 50 meters higher than Machu Picchu Itself. The shortest and easiest hike of al the Machu Picchu Mountains, this hike is perfect if you want a view of Machu Picchu but don’t want to strain yourself too much.

Distance and Difficulty

The hike to Huchuy Picchu is a short one, only 1 km to the summit and takes around 45 mins to one hour to complete. This is the most forgiving hike available in Machu Picchu and is perfect for individuals who struggle with long steep hikes. The mountain is located Just north of the Incan Citadel of Mach Picchu and is right next to Huayna Picchu Mountain.

huchuy Picchu mountain Information

Huchuy Picchu Ticket

In order to hike this mountain, you will need to purchase a ticket for both Machu Picchu and Huychuy Picchu Mountain. The total cost is S152 which is around $40. This is the least crowded mountain so booking your ticket a few weeks in advance should be okay but, of course it’s always better to be safe and book a few months in advance. There are 200 daily tickets for this hike. You can purchase your ticket through one of the certified tour operators in Cusco.

***PLEASE NOTE: There are 200 daily tickets for Huychuy Picchu

Huchuy Picchu Mountain Schedule

There are 9 different time slots to hike Huchuy Picchu. You will have 6 hours in total to explore the Citadel of Machu Picchu and hike Huchuy picchu.

***PLEASE NOTE: If you are even a few minutes late you will not be allowed to start the hike

***PLEASE NOTE: There is no re-entry to Machu Picchu with this ticket

Getting to Huchuy Picchu Mountain

To get to Huchuy Picchu mountain you must first complete circuit 4 of the Machu Picchu complex. After completing circuit 4 proceed as if you were going to hike Huayna Picchu. After the Sacred rock there will be a fork, take the left trail to Huchuy Picchu, the right trail goes to Huayna Picchu. The hike is a short one only 1 km but offers unique views of the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu.

***PLEASE NOTE: You can only access this hike through circuit 4.

Circuit 4 Information

This circuit covers the lower section of Machu Picchu and does not go up to the viewing platform or the Guard House, where the iconic postcard pictures are taken. However, you will see many of the sites in the lower section of Machu Picchu and won’t have to climb many steps. This is a great circuit if you have difficulty with steep climbs.

Start at the main entry to Machu Picchu then walk to the storehouse. After the storehouse continue to the Agricultural Terraces and then to the Water Canal. The dry pit is the next stop, this site was a sort of divider between the Sacred and urban districts and helped better isolate the sacred district. Proceed to The Temple of the Sun, a temple dedicated to the most important Incan god, the sun god Inti. You will then arrive at the Inca House, which was the dwelling of the Sapa Inca, his family, and is considered one of the most important structures in the entire complex. The next site of interest is the Water Fountain, sourced from nearby mountain springs, this was the water source for both agricultural and drinking purposes. Follow the circuit to the Water Mirrors, thought to be an astronomical observatory, then to the sacred rock, Workshop, and Oriental Storehouses. Eventually you will arrive at another very important site, the Temple of The Condor (open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), where many ceremonies and animal sacrifices were thought to have taken place. Finish the circuit by heading towards Pisonay Square and finally ending at the Archeological Reserve.

Landscape of Huchuy Picchu Mountain

Being in the Andean Cloud Forest you will be surrounded by lush vegetation and various different types of orchids. Keep your eyes out for the birds and other animals that call this place home. Bring your binoculars so you can better see Machu Picchu down below, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot the illusive Spectacle Bear, or Vizcachas in their natural habitat.

Weather at Huchuy Picchu Mountain

In the Andean Cloud Forest, the weather can change at any moment, that’s why it’s important to be prepared for all weather conditions. Make sur you always have your raingear on you, especially during the rainy season. Even during the dry season, the weather can be nice and sunny one second and turn rainy before you know it. Additionally, always have sunscreen on you. The altitude is decently high at Machu Picchu making the sun much stronger than at sea level. You can easily burn in a matter of minutes without sunscreen, make sure to keep you and your skin safe by applying every couple of hours.

Huchuy Picchu Mountain Packing List

Make sure you are prepared for the hike by bringing the following items listed below. These are items we believe to be essential for hiking Huchuy Picchu and for exploring Machu Pichu in general.

Insider Tips for Huchuy Picchu

Choose A Certified Local Tour Operator: Support the local community by booking your Huychuy Picchu Mountain pass with a local Cusco tour operator. There are many international tour companies but, the local companies have better knowledge of the region and employ local bilingual tour staff. Additionally, if you are planning to hike the Inca Trail only tour companies with Cusco business addresses are eligible for Inca Trail permits foreign tour companies have to hire a local guide to run their Inca trail tours.

Protect Yourself from The Biting Insects: The mosquitos and sand flies can be bad at Machu Picchu especially in the rainy season. The best way to prevent being bitten is to fully cover your body, wear long pants and long a sleeve shirt. You can also apply insect repellant. You don’t want you clearest memory of Machu Picchu to be the red and itchy bumps on your arms and legs.

Get Your Machu Picchu Passport Stamp: You must bring your original passport in order to enter Machu Picchu. If you’re bringing your passport anyway, why not get a Machu Picchu stamp in your passport to better remember your trip? Usually there will be a desk just after the main entrance where you can get your stamp. If you cannot find it, ask one of the staff and they will direct you. Sometimes the desk is located after the main exit.

Elevation at Huchuy Picchu: You will be at decently high elevation during this hike. The best way to prevent elevation sickness is to keep a slow steady pace, and to drink lots of fluids. You can also drink coca tea or chew coca leaves. Additionally, there are also altitude pills sold at all the local pharmacies. Taking precautions to prevent altitude sickness will make your trip much more enjoyable, there’s nothing fun about feeling ill on vacation.

Finding a local tour operator

Choosing a local tour operator will add a level of knowledge not offered by foreign tour agencies. For extensive knowledge and competitive prices consider a local tour operator such as 69 Explorer Peru