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Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in one day

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Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in one day

Huayna Picchu is one of the most requested attractions by visitors from around the world. To enter this sacred site, you need the entrance ticket to Waynapicchu that includes the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. This ticket allows you to know the two tourist attractions in a single day. But can you climb the steep roads of the 'Huayna' and then go through the Inca llaqta in one day?  


Huayna Picchu

  • Huayna Picchu is one of the mountains that faces the Machu Picchu mountain, and which can be accessed by a path that starts from the citadel. 
  • At the top there are some minor ruins, and from there another path to the temple of the moon.
  • The Huayna Picchu is 2,662 meters high, 2,720 according to others. 
  • Only 400 people per day are allowed to enter, in two groups of 200. 
  • Tickets must be purchased well in advance. 
  • The climb takes two hours, and the trail to the temple of the moon, or the Great Cave, is 4 hours. 

How long does the tour of Huayna Picchu take? 

Both the ascent and the descent by the mountain Huayna Picchu take on average from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. This depends on the physical condition of the tourist. In 'Waynapicchu' you can visit the Temple of the Moon and have an incredible experience at the top. This is the ideal place to get the best pictures of the Inca llaqta. A proper visit would take 3 hours. 


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What can you do Machu Picchu in one day

Inca citadel of Machu Picchu 

The entry ticket to Machu Picchu allows access to the Inca Citadel and its main attractions. It is important to book tickets in advance due to high demand. 

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu allows you to know the main attractions of the Inca Citadel as: 

  • Sun Gate: The Sun Gate or Intipunku was the main entrance to Machu Picchu in the time of the Incas. Today, through its walls, visitors who travel the Inca Trail enter the Inca Citadel. However, with the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, you can visit this attraction. It will take you an average of 2 hours to climb and descend your paths.  
  • The Temple of the Sun: It is a sacred place for the Incas. It was made with granite blocks. According to various studies, it must have functioned as an astronomical observatory and place of sun worship. 
  • Intihuatana: It is one of the most popular places in the Inca Citadel. It was a solar clock carved on rock that served as an astronomical calendar. It is believed that the 'Intihuatana' radiates energy to the visitor. 
  • Temple of the Condor: It is a temple built on stone so masterfully that the figure of the condor is distinguished. In the time of the Incas, this animal was one of the deities along with the puma and the serpent.  
  • Temple of the three windows: It is a sacred area where 3 trapezoid windows stand out on a polygonal wall. The perfection of the work on stone is proof of the ability of the Incas to manipulate the rock. 
  • Main Temple: It is an elaborate enclosure of three walls made of stone. Its walls were made with large carved stones. Its use was religious. The place enjoyed great importance in the days of the Incas.  

How long does the tour of Machu Picchu take? 

The tour of Machu Picchu delays the time of the guided. This takes 2 hours on average. Today it is mandatory to enter with a guide to the Inca City. The visit includes the main attractions of the place, such as the temple of the condor, the temple of the sun, the main temple, the intihuatana, and more. The visit will leave you some time to get to know the Wonder of the World on your own.


Can you get to Machu Picchu without hiking? 

One of the most astounding features of Machu Picchu is the incredible mountain environment where it is built; precisely between the mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, in a place apparently inaccessible. During the time of the Incas, the only way to reach Machu Picchu was by the Inca Trail; but now, if you do not want to walk for 4 days to enter the Inca city of Machu Picchu. You can choose to arrive at Machu Picchu, by one of the most amazing short train routes that exist. Your train will cross the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas along the banks of the Urubamba River.


Can you hike Machu Picchu in one day

Yes, This one day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu allows you to arrive at Machu Picchu by foot and avoid the usual crowds that arrive by train and bus. The trek is sometimes referred to as the 2 day inca trail as you hike on the first day to reach Machu Picchu, while visiting the ruins proper with a guided visit the following day.


  • Short on time? Only use up one day of your trip and still enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate just like Classic Inca trail hikers
  • Don’t like camping? Sleep well but still with all bragging rights of having done the Inca Trail!
  • New to trekking? No need to committ to a long multi-day hike
  • Want to do lots of hiking? There are so many options in the Sacred Valley, from Ausangate to Lares, that you can easily round off any of these multi-day camping or lodge-to-lodge hikes with the one day Inca trail for the best of both!


How long can you stay at Machu Picchu? 

These are the visit time limits for each type of Machu Picchu ticket:
Machu Picchu Solo ticket:

Visiting time limit of 4 hours from the moment of admission.

Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu:

Visiting time limit of 6 hours from the moment of admission.
If you visit the Temple of the Moon of Huayna Picchu , the time limit is 7 hours approximately

Ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain:

Visiting time limit of 7 hours from the moment of admission.

Ticket Machu Picchu + Museum:

In Machu Picchu, the visit time limit is 4 hours from admission.


Can you travel Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in one day? 

Yes you can hike Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in one day. The Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket is designed so that the visitor has enough time to tour the 'Machu' and the 'Wayna' in a single day. This is because the ticket has two shifts that give tourists time to fully enjoy the Wonder of the World. The first group enters from 07:00 a.m. at 08:00 a.m. and may remain until 01:00 p.m. in the Inca Citadel. The second group enters from 10:00 a.m. at 11:00 a.m. and can stay until 02:00 p.m.  


Schedule for Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in one day

There are only 2 entry schedules, distributed in two groups of 200 people each. 


  • Group 1 (Entrance from 07:00 a.m. to 08:00 a.m.) 


The schedule is ideal for climbing in a cool environment. Once at the top you can enjoy the landscape that represents the sunrise at Machu Picchu. You can stay at the Inca Citadel until 01:00 p.m.


  • Group 2 (income from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) 


The schedule is ideal for climbing in a warmer environment. You will enjoy a clear landscape once at the top. You can stay at the Inca Citadel until 02:00 p.m. 




  • Acquire the tickets to Huayna Picchu months in advance. In high season, do it several months in advance.  
  • Stay the night before in the town of Aguas Calientes to be the next day early at the entrance gate to the Inca Citadel. Machu Picchu opens its doors from 06:00 a.m. 
  • Take an initial tour of Machu Picchu before entering Waynapicchu. In this way you can finish the tour after finishing visiting the 'Huayna'.  
  • Do not walk up to the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is preferable to do it on a bus because it will need energy to travel the 'Huayna'.
  • Carry only the necessary clothes and objects with you. A rain poncho, a hat, a water bottle, a snack, light clothing suitable for the journey, mosquito repellent and a backpack will suffice. 


Important Information 


  • The entrance to Huayna Picchu is only allowed to people over 12 years.
  • It is not recommended for people suffering from vertigo.
  • If you want to stay all day in the Inca Citadel you will also need to acquire the Machu Picchu Ticket Only 
  • Afternoon Ticket that allows you to stay until 05:30 p.m. 
  • If you did not get the tickets for Huayna Picchu, another option is to book the Machu Picchu + Montaña ticket.



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