Peru Pt VI: Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu

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Machu Picchu – the name says it all

We spent around six hours inside the Machu Picchu site; of these six hours, almost three of them were used to hike up and down Huayna Picchu

Sign listing the Don’ts

Site map

Immediately after the entrance, there was a place where visitors could leave their bags. I wasn’t sure of the cost though since we didn’t use it. As the day was getting warmer, We took off our fleeces and put them into our backpack before continuing.

Trail to the site


Plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s exploration of Machu Picchu

We were awed by our first sight of the ruin.

In awe


As we had quite some time before our scheduled climb up Huayna Picchu, Ying and I went around taking photographs from the higher view points. Our arrival time at around 9am coincided with the visits of many tour groups and there were queues at the more popular photo spots.

Tourists enjoying the sun

Classic shot

Patrick, isn’t it awesome?


En-route to the starting point to the Huayna Picchu hike, we saw our first llamas.


Restoration work – I’ll like to think that the entrance fee goes into maintaining the site

Each day only 400 visitors were allowed to hike up Huayna Picchu; the first group of 200 could start from 7am and the other group (which we were in) would start from 10am. There is a checkpoint at the start of the trail up Huayna Picchu.

10am came and passed and we were still allowed in


The queue began to move slowly and we understood why when we got to the front. The visitors were required to sign in and out and the staff told us that we would need to return to the checkpoint by 2pm.

After signing in

While I had read reviews of the hike, I didn’t understand how strenuous it could get until we were doing it. The heat and my load didn’t make it easier. We would stop several times to rest and catch our breath.

I wish that I didn’t have to carry so much stuff

There was no bag check conducted at the entrance and our packed breakfast were undetected. To lessen our load, we would eat the content inside the pack. The bananas and juice were our saviours; they seemed to give us the extra energy to keep going.


There were loose rocks in part of the trail and we had to stay alert. You could imagine our happiness when we reached the view point on Huayna Picchu.

Looking back

Near the top; Patricks pose encapsulated our feelings

Machu Picchu – it sure looked different from Huayna Picchu

Hiram Bingham Highway – the switchbacks which brought us from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu


Top of the world

Top of Huayna Picchu

2700m high

We made our way back down slowly and reached the checkpoint slightly before 1pm. Spent the rest of our time walking around the site and took pictures.

Sacred rock




Ying imitating Patrick



Still amazed that we climbed up Huayna Picchu

Flirt spotted


On the way out

There were no dustbins inside and one had to bring all his/her rubbish out. Washroom facilities were only available outside the site.

It was really a hot day and we decided to leave at around 3.30pm. We would have two hours to kill at Aguas Calientes while waiting for our return train to Ollantaytambo.


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