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The mountain Huayna Picchu (also called Waynapicchu) is the mountain that appears in the background, in the classic postcards of the lost city of Machu Picchu. Only 400 people can access their trails every day. Climb Huayna Picchu mountain is the most desired experience in Machu Picchu and is considered among the most amazing short walks in the world.  

Just in mid-December, the Ministry of Culture of Peru allows to book Huayna PIcchu tickets for 2021. This causes a race to get the first income to Hayna Picchu mountain during the last days of the year. A solution to this problem is to stay alert to the opening of spaces in the official website. As soon as tickets are opened for the following year, many people will try to get theirs. Here we show you all the important information about the availability and how to book your Huayna Picchu tickets in 2021.  


Machu Picchu tickets 2021


When will Huayna Picchu Open?

For this year the Peruvian government closed the mountains for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) At this moment the Ministry of Culture did not publish, when Huayna Picchu reopened, we can recommend to have attentive news for this reopen.


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What is Huayna Picchu? 

Also known as Waynapicchu, it is the mountain that guards the Inca Citadel in the northern part of the enclosure. It is located 2,720 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.), almost 300 meters above the Inca site. More than 600 years ago, on the edges of the mountain, the Incas built stone paths. In addition, they built a cave called the Temple of the Moon, a place of worship at the top of the Wonder of the World. 

Climbing to the top of this summit is not easy. Roads are steep on the edge of heart-stopping cliffs and, above all, tickets are hard to come by. Today, ascending the roads of the Huayna Picchu mountain is considered one of the most incredible short walks in the world. This is due to the adventure of crossing the narrow roads next to amazing ravines and surrounded by abundant flora and fauna. Also for the splendid landscape that can only be glimpsed from the top. For many travelers, Machu Picchu would not be the same without the visit to Waynapicchu. The only way to experience this adventure is by booking the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket in time. 

Huayna Picchu tickets 2021



The Machu Picchu Ticket +  Huayna Picchu 

The ticket also allows entry to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. There is no type of exclusive ticket to enter Huayna Picchu. Because the 'Huayna' is located within Machu Picchu, the entrance to the Inca City is included in the ticket. 

Only 400 people can enter the Waynapicchu mountain daily. This with the purpose of safeguarding the integrity of the tourist and the same Inca site. Visitors enter into two groups, or two different schedules of 200 people each.  

  • Group 1 entry: 07:00 a.m. at 08:00 a.m. (200 people) 
  • Group 2 entry: 10:00 a.m. at 11:00 a.m. (200 people) 

After touring the Waynapicchu mountain, tourists who entered group 1 can stay at Machu Picchu until 01:00 p.m. Group 2, until 02:00 p.m. 

The Inca site opens its doors from 06:00 a.m. so the visitor has enough time to know both tourist attractions: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The latter is only allowed to people over 12 years old. 

Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu



Which group Huayna Picchu choose?

There are 2 schedules of entrance to Waynapicchu. Group 1 accesses the mountain from 7 a.m. at 8 a.m. Group 2, from 10 a.m. at 11 a.m.  

These are some advantages of booking in each of the 2 schedules:

  • Group 1 (7 a.m. to 8 a.m.) - The ascent is done very early. At that time, the sun does not physically wear away the visitor. With this group, tourists can be among the first people to appreciate Machu Picchu from the top of Waynapicchu. To arrive early it is necessary to spend the previous night in the town of Aguas Calientes. 
  • Group 2 (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) - Access begins at 10 a.m. when the sun is already fixed in the sky. This can cause some physical wear on the visitor. However, the effort is compensated with the landscape cleared at the top. The visitor can spend the night in Cusco and arrive at Machu Picchu with the first trains in the morning. 

How much do Huayna Picchu tickets cost?

There are official prices offered by the Ministry of Culture of Peru and fees with an extra commission offered by the authorized web pages. 


Official prices of Huayna Picchu tickets 2021






  USD 86     USD 57     USD 57  

  National Tourist  

  USD 54   USD 40   USD 40


There are discounts? 

The entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu has discounts for university students, minors and citizens of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN): Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. The website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru only allows access to discounts for adults of the CAN. It is for this reason that many tourists make their reservation through an authorized website. These web pages offer discounts for university students and minors.


How to access the discounts?

To access the discounts, visitors must meet the following requirements:  

  • University students: Undergraduate studies and have less than 25 years at the time of the visit. The reservation is made with the current university card and passport (or identity document).
  • Child: To be between 8 and 17 years old at the time of the trip to Machu Picchu. The reservation is with the passport or identity document that certifies your age. The income is accompanied by his father, mother or attorney. 
  • Citizens of the CAN: Be a citizen or a foreign resident of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia. The reservation is with the passport, identity document or immigration card. If the visitor is a university student or minor, the discount is even higher.

How to book the Machu Picchu tickets online 2021


Step 1 - Check availability

  • Go to www.machupicchu.gob.pe
  • You can change the language to English by clicking the British flag at the top right. 
  • Choose Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu ticket and the time of your choice.
  • Choose the day and check availability: '50' means that there are 50 tickets available. The circle means that tickets are no longer available.
  • Finally, if there is availability, you can make your reservation by clicking on the day you want to make your visit. 

Step 2 - Make the reservation

  • Choose the number of tickets needed: If you are from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, or Colombia, then under the "Nationals and Andean community members select" Quantity "; if you are from anywhere else in the world select the" Foreign "option and click the arrows to choose the number of tickets needed under "Quantity". 
  • Once you've done this, select "Step 2" at the bottom
  • Enter your information: Then you must complete your personal data, you must enter your information exactly as it appears on your passport. Verify that the personal information is correct.
  • Once you've entered your information, click "Step 3". You may get to pop up to "read the terms and conditions", although these are only written in Spanish. 
  • Then enter your e-mail address, double check that "The information provided is correct", and click on "Generate reservation". Now you will get a couple of pop-ups, including your "Reservation form." This is important so do not close it 

Step 3 - Make the payment online

  • Next select the "payment" tab above on the main panel. 
  • Take the "Reservation number" listed on the Reservation form and paste your reservation code into the payment page. 
  • Next you will be taken to a payment screen where you enter your credit card information. Once you've filled in all the fields, hit "Send". 

Step 4 - Print your tickets 

  • When your payment is complete, print your receipt and tickets, and save them to your computer as PDF.
  • And that's it! If you want, you can also buy your Machu Picchu ticket in-person.  

Do I need to book tickets online? 

Yes. The only way to get Huayna Picchu tickets is through the internet. In theory, it can also be obtained personally in the authorized offices in the city of Cusco. However, the purchase of the ticket must be 2 or 3 months before the date of the visit. 

Booking the Huayna Picchu ticket online has the advantage that it can be booked from anywhere in the world. Reservations are made on the official website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru or on an authorized website. 


Why is it difficult to get Huayna Picchu tickets? 

The Huayna Picchu is the incredible mountain that comes to the bottom of the classic photos of Machu Picchu. It is the most requested attraction by visitors of the Historic Sanctuary. However, only 400 people can enter daily. Reaching its peak is a great feat and will be the greatest adventure of your life. The mountain has zigzagging paths and stone carved staircases. Once at your peak you will feel a great sense of satisfaction and peace. The views of Machu Picchu and its surroundings are spectacular and unique. In the mountain you can find Inca remains as viewpoints, chambers and platforms. Also, there you can observe the magnificent Temple of the Moon. 

The high season of tourism (from April to October) is the most difficult time to obtain the Huayna Picchu tickets. During those months, it is necessary to make the reservation 3 months or more in advance. If you do not, it is more than certain that you will not find availability. 

Wayna Picchu Inca Trail Machu


How long should I book the admission ticket? 

The entrance ticket to the mountain Huayna Picchu must be reserved yes or yes months in advance. Depending on the time of year, they should be reserved with more or less time:  


  Season of tourism  


  How long before booking?  

High season

From April to October

3 months in advance

Low season

  From November to March  

2 months in advance


*The months with the highest demand are May, June (becuase of the Inti Raymi 2020) and July.  


There is no availability for Huayna Picchu! 

The most recurrent problem is finding availability. Reservation to Huayna Picchu must be made 3 months in advance. If you plan to make your visit for the high season of tourism (from April to October), with up to 4 months. 

In case you no longer find availability try these steps:  

  • Check that a space is not suddenly released on the Waynapicchu day and time that you wish to enter. 
  • Contact a travel agency or the official website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru to verify if there is no longer any availability. 
  • If they confirm that there is no availability, it is only necessary to change the date for another one in which there are free spaces.

What is the best option if the Huayna Picchu tickets are sold out?

Looking for adventure in Machu Picchu but the tickets to Huayna Picchu are sold out? The best options are to make the trek to Inti Punku (Puerta del Sol) or ascend to the top of the Machu Picchu mountain. Which is the best option? 

  • Intipunku hike: This hiking trail is of moderate difficulty. It is allowed to people of all ages. Lasts (round trip) approximately 4 hours. The Puerta del Sol is the ancient gateway to Machu Picchu in Inca times. From there you have beautiful views of the archaeological complex.
  • Hiking to the mountain Machu Picchu: This short walk has a moderate difficulty. Admission is allowed to people of any age. The route (round trip) takes 4 hours on average. Its wide roads are made of stone and do not represent any problem. From any part of the way, you can appreciate the beauty of the Wonder of the World. It is located at the highest point, at 3,082 m.s.n.m. 

More important information

  • You will need to have at least 12 years to travel the trails of the Huayna Picchu mountain to the top; Oh, one more thing, we recommend you refrain from booking the Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu ticket if you can not control your fear of heights.
  • It is a very steep path, of stone and earth, between the walls of the mountain and abysses of hundreds of meters, so it would be better to come with the right equipment; we recommend hiking shoes, and that everything you have to carry (water, camera, sunscreen, etc.) fits in a small bag that allows you to have your hands free.  
  • You will need to present your Machu Picchu ticket printed, along with the document or documents with which you made the reservation, otherwise you will not be able to enter Machu Picchu. 
  • If you do not booked your ticket to enter the Huayna Picchu mountain on time, know that the most similar experience is the hike to the Machu Picchu mountain. You can book the mountain Machu Picchu ticket a few weeks before.  

Tips for booking Huayna Picchu tickets 2021 on time and how to do it


There are many tourists who can not enter Waynapicchu mountain. This was mainly because they could not book the Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu Ticket in time. What to do to secure a ticket to the 'Young Mountain'? The most important thing is to follow all the steps on time. Here are some tips:  

  • Book the ticket online and not when you are in Cusco or Machu Picchu. 
  • Check the availability in real time on the web platform of the Ministry of Culture: www.machupicchu.gob.pe, before making the reservation. 
  • Remember that you must do it 2 months in advance during the low tourist season and 4 months in high season.  
  • Verify that your documents (passport, identity document, university card, etc.) are updated at the time of booking. 
  • Make the respective payment through PayPal once the reservation is made. This electronic payment system allows any credit or debit card. It is fast and safe.  
  • Verify that the data issued on the ticket matches those of the identity document or passport with which you made the reservation. 

Frequently asked questions about Huayna Picchu 


1. When is the best time to ascend the Huayna Picchu? 

Most people prefer the dry season to tour the Huayna Picchu mountain, however, coming to Machu Picchu during the rainy season has its own, less people greener landscapes, cooler days, but you will have to be extra careful walk the narrow stone paths of the "Huayna" 


2. Is Huayna Picchu really dangerous? 

No. Huayna Picchu has narrow roads with slopes of up to 60º. Some of these trails are next to frightening ravines. However, danger is more an impression than a reality. The whole journey is well signposted. The most difficult stretches have safety ropes to hold on. 


3. Can I ascend the Huayna Picchu if I suffer from fear of heights?

It is not recommended. The only restriction to climb the Waynapicchu is to be over 12 years old. However, tourists with fear of heights should also avoid this adventure if they are not determined to overcome their fears. 


4. Do you need to be an expert mountaineer to climb the Huayna Picchu? 

No. Anyone can ascend the Huayna Picchu. You do not need to be an expert mountaineer. A previous physical preparation can help although it is not determinant. 


5. Can older adults climb the Huayna Picchu? 

Yes. The people who have made the ascent to Huayna Picchu comment that they met several older adults on the road. Of course, it is important to consult with the doctor before doing the adventure.


6. Do not allow entry to Huayna Picchu with children? 

Only people over 12 years old can enter the Waynapicchu mountain. This is because the roads are very steep and narrow. Outside the trails there are frightening precipices. But do not worry, these are very safe. Of course, if accompanied by teenagers, try to monitor them closely. Is not there an entrance ticket just for Huayna Picchu? No. The Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu ticket is the only entrance that allows entry to the Waynapicchu. This ticket includes access to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. There is no ticket designed exclusively to access the 'Huayna'. Remember that the gateway to this adventure tourist attraction is located within Machu Picchu. 


7. I was wrong! How to change the data of my Huayna Picchu ticket? 

Keep calm. Yes, it is possible to change personal information on the ticket. However, in any case, there is an economic penalty that varies according to the anticipated time with which the procedure is requested. Remember that the ticket is only valid for the day and time recorded on the ticket. If for any reason you do not make the visit on such date, there is no refund of money.


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