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After the guided tour in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary for 2 hours, you will have some free time to explore the ruins by yourself. Also, you can upgrade to climb to one of the two mountains beside the archeological site, both offer spectacular views. Choose either Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Montaña.
The Citadel of Machu Picchu—i.e. the archeological site—is located at an altitude of 2420 meters. Behind it and above stands Huayna Picchu Mountain reaching a height of 2703 meters. The round-trip climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu takes about an hour and a half. It is both challenging and picturesque, a nearly vertical climb of 330 meters. It is definitely worth it for the stunning views of the Willcanota Valley and of the archeological site below, at the foot of Machu Picchu Mountain!
We recommend that you book ahead, preferably four months beforehand to be assured of space. (There is a limit of 400 persons per day allowed to climb, so be sure to pre-book if you don’t want to miss out.
At the end of the 2 hours introductory tour that you will have when you first arrive at the site, your tour guide will point you in the direction of the Huayna Picchu entrance gate, less than 10 minutes from the main entrance gate to Machu Picchu.
Cost: $65 USD
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As an alternative to the Huayna Picchu climb you can choose to visit Machu Picchu Mountain which gives the ancient Inca townsite its name. This option has been recently opened and lets you see Machu Picchu archeological site from the highest peak. It is less crowded. From the peak you can see the neighbouring mountain valleys and snow capped peaks.
At the end of the introductory tour our tour guide will point out how to reach the entrance gate for the Machu Picchu Mountain walk or you can find your own way by yourself. It is about 15 minutes from Main Entrance gate of Machu Picchu Sanctuary to gate for the climb to Machu Picchu Mountain.
Cost: $65 USD
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