If you have decided you want to climb Huayna Picchu, then what do you do if it is sold out?
Machu Picchu mountain is a lesser known alternative. Let’s compare the two:
|Huayna Picchu||Machu Picchu Mountain|
|Availability||Sells out most days. 400 permits available per day||Generally always availability|
|Total time up and back||1.5 to 2 hours||2.5 to 3 hours|
|Difficulty||Steep, and in places you do have to use your hands for balance. There are handrail wires in places to hold onto on a few sections. However it is not rock climbing, the hands are for balance and only needed in a few places.||Less use of hands, but a much longer climb ( walk). Not quite as steep on the whole.|
|Exposure||Very exposed in places with big drops. The top can get crowded which can be a bit unnerving if you do not like heights, as people jostle about.||Very exposed in places. There are some narrow stone staircases sticking out of the rock, with nothing on the outer side|
|Height (Machu Picchu is 2430m)||2720m (8924 feet)||3051m (10010 feet)|
|Entry time ( literally to start the climb,they do not rush you down)||7-8am or 10-11am.
200 permits available for each slot
|View||Fantastic. You look down over Machu Picchu ruins and down to the river.||Fantastic, you look down over Machu Picchu ruins and Huayna Picchu.|
|Advantage||Everyone has heard of it, so easier to brag about. There are some Inca buildings on it. Quicker.||Much more peaceful and thus a more unique experience. Not normally sold out.|