All About Circuit 3 Ruta Huchuy Picchu

Ruta Huchuy Picchu is one of the most interesting ways to explore Machu Picchu, while also reaching high up to take some amazing panoramic photos. In addition, the Ruta Huchuy Picchu itself is easy to go through, it’s immersive and very educational. You can choose this route if you want to explore the region around Machu Picchu a little bit, without straying too far.

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How long is the Ruta Huchuy Picchu trek?

For the most part, you will be within Machu Picchu, exploring the different temples and buildings. However, once you reach Roca Sagrada, you can go on a short adventure to the Huchuy Picchu. The route takes roughly 3 hours and a half to complete, with most of it being covered within the Machu Picchu main premises.

The route is safe and designed to be like a great adventure, a way to explore everything and just have fun for a change. The best part about all of this is it gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the region in a creative manner.

What does the Ruta Huchuy Picchu entail?

  • You start at the entry of Machu Picchu, and from there you will head to the Mirador Del Templo del Sol. Here is an explanation area where you get to learn more about the temple, but also how it was constructed and the various challenges that they had to face during that particular process.
  • From the Temple, you go right to the Roca Sagrada, a very important monolith with massive spiritual and cultural significance. Right near the monolith you can find the casete de control, where you can get access to the Huchuy Picchu trek.
  • The Ruta Huchuy Picchu trek itself from the check point to the top is not long. On average, it will take you around 30 minutes to go up and back.
  • Despite that, it can be a tad difficult for someone without good physical condition. That’s why it’s a very good idea to embark on the Ruta Huchuy Picchu when you have good stamina and health. Thankfully, this is not a very demanding trek when compared to others in the region. Yet it’s definitely going to help you if you are in good health and with high stamina levels.
  • From there, you go back to the check point and here you will move onward to the rest of the trip.
  • The remaining parts of the Ruta Huchuy Picchu at this point are the Doce Vanos, Qulqas Orientales, but also Conjunto Espejos de Agua, Templo del Condor, Plaza del Pisonay and the Reserva Arqueologica. Then you will have a designated path that you can follow to the end of the trek.

It’s very exciting to embark on the Ruta Huchuy Picchu because it gives you a good insight into Machu Picchu and its great buildings. At the same time, you also go up the mountains a little bit in a short trek. It leads to more immersion and a fun way to explore the region. Yet it’s a very safe trek, even if it can have its own difficulties along the way.

Due to the nature of the trek, children are allowed to enter this particular route under the responsibility of their parents. There are however child-friendly routes if you want to go to Machu Picchu with your kid, so try to keep that in mind. Yet this particular route is not exactly the most child-friendly due to the increase in elevation and hiking.

There are different time slots you can choose for your Huchuy Picchu trek, between 6 to 12 PM. With only 60 tickets or so being allowed on a daily basis, you want to figure out your slot and book the tickets right away, so you can prevent any issues!

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When can you go on the Ruta Huchuy Picchu?

Like many other routes that involve hiking and an increase in elevation, the route will only be open during the high season. You can only choose the Ruta Huchuy Picchu between the 1st of June and the 15th of October. After that, you enter the rainy season, and the roads can be very slippery.

Despite the fact that this hike on the Ruta Huchuy Picchu is not overly long, it gets dangerous sometimes. So it’s possible to find the route closed, especially if the weather is not very good. Also, you need to book your tickets in advance. Only a limited number of tickets are allowed every day, and that’s why booking them 1-2 months in advance will help prevent any issues.

And on top of that, you can go up to 2497m altitude during this trek. It’s a wonderful experience if you want to take great pictures of Machu Picchu without having to go up even higher on one of the neighboring mountains!

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