One of the must do things on a trip to Peru is to visit the “other picchu”, Huayna Picchu. The tough trek to the top of mountain also reveals jaw-dropping views. The view from the summit of Huayna Picchu is one of the most inspiring on the planet. Now and again the clouds disperse to offer fleeting glimpses of Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city build by the Incas.
Access to the path ascending Huayna Picchu – not to be confused with a smaller hill immediately behind the ruins is via a manned checkpoint at the back of Machu Picchu. Only 400 people a day are allowed to attempt the one hour climb and everyone must start before 1pm and be back by 4pm. The dry season runs from April to October, as it not recommended to attempt the climb on a wet day.
The key to the climb is to acclimatise the alitude, try staying in Cusco, the nearest city, which is 3,300 metres above sea level. Drinks lots of water and enjoy the views.
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