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Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu one day tour

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Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu one day tour

Huayna Picchu is one of the most requested attractions by visitors from around the world. To enter this sacred site, you need an entrance ticket to Waynapicchu which 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. 


What can you do Huayna Picchu in one day?

Huayna Picchu is a popular mountain located near the Machu Picchu citadel. If you are planning to visit Huayna Picchu in a single day, we highly recommend taking note of the following recommendations:


Machu Picchu Day Tour: If you plan to visit Machu Picchu on a day tour, whether independently or with a travel agency, we recommend taking the early train. The first train departs from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu at around 05:10 or 06:30, and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. You will arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes between 07:30 and 08:30. We suggest walking to the bus station and taking the bus up to Machu Picchu, which will get you there by 09:00 or 10:00. You can enter to visit Huayna Picchu, and once you've explored the mountain, you can exit and re-enter to visit the Machu Picchu citadel.

Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu tour


Machu Picchu tour from Cusco 2 days (with Sacred Valley or Maras, Moray): These Machu Picchu tours are the best option to visit Huayna Picchu in one day. On the first day, you can head directly to the train station and take the train to the village of Aguas Calientes, where you can spend the night and prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu the next day. Alternatively, you can enhance your trip by adding extra activities such as exploring the Sacred Valley (Pisac or Ollantaytambo), visiting Maras, Moray, and Salineras, or opting for the Combo Sacred Valley tour. In the afternoon, you can take the train to Machu Picchu and spend the night in Aguas Calientes.


On the second day, wake up early and visit Machu Picchu between 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning. After exploring the main citadel, you can proceed to Huayna Picchu. We recommend aiming for a Huayna Picchu entrance time between 9:00 and 10:00 AM. However, if those slots are not available, consider booking for 7:00 or 8:00 AM. This will allow you ample time to climb and enjoy the stunning views from the mountain.


Huayna Picchu and Inca Trail: Is it possible to visit Huayna Picchu with the Inca Trail? Yes, it is possible. Once you have booked the Inca Trail tour, we recommend including a visit to Huayna Picchu on the same day, preferably at 10:00 AM. This timing aligns well with your itinerary and allows you to make the most of your experience. On the last day of your tour, you will wake up early and head to the Intipunko Sun Gate, followed by descending to the Machu Picchu control point. Here, you will need to present your passport for verification. Afterward, you can enter Machu Picchu for a guided tour and then proceed to climb Huayna Picchu. If you opt for the Short Inca Trail, you will have a similar option available for your Machu Picchu tour starting from Cusco.


Alternative trips to Machu Picchu: These alternative hiking options to Machu Picchu provide the best alternative to the Inca Trail and Huayna Picchu. These tours involve arriving in the village of Aguas Calientes a day before your visit to Machu Picchu. On the last day of the tour, you will visit Machu Picchu itself and then have the opportunity to climb up to the mountain. The most popular alternative hike are Salkantay trek, Inca Quarry, Lares trek and Inca Jungle trek




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?

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tour

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? Want to make the most of your visit to Machu Picchu in just one day? With our exclusive tour, you can experience the thrill of entering Machu Picchu through the iconic Sun Gate, just like the famous Inca Trail trek.
  • Don't enjoy camping? No worries! With our tour, you can have a comfortable night's sleep and still boast about completing the legendary Inca Trail Peru!
  • 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.

Huayna Picchu + Circuit 4 Tour:

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

Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3 Tour:

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

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 Huayna Picchu in one day. The Huayna Picchu Circuit 4 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 four shifts that give tourists time to fully enjoy the Wonder of the World. The first group enters from 07:00 a.m. at 8:00 a.m. and may remain until 10:00 a.m. in the Inca Citadel. The second group enters from 10:00 a.m. at 11:00 a.m. and can stay until 2:00 p.m.


Schedule for 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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