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Machu Picchu’s Extra Hikes

Huayna, Huchuy or Montaña?

Huayna Picchu

There have long been two extra hikes that a person can do after visiting the main ruins of Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (often called Montaña). In 2021 the parks service added a third option: Huchuy Picchu.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña) is up behind the main ruins, which are called llaqta. Llaqta means town in Quechua, and is used to distinguish the part of Machu Picchu that has buildings. You’ll rarely see a photo of Machu Picchu Mountain, though most of the best photos of Machu Picchu llaqta are taken from there. I really enjoy this hike and highly recommend it.

Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu (aka Waynapicchu) is the peak that is behind the llaqta in almost every photo of the ruins. This is by far the most popular hike, has the fewest people allowed per day and is the narrowest with the most exposure. Do not do this hike if you are afraid of heights or suffer from vertigo.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu In-A-Day

From Cusco

Machu Picchu In-2-Days

See the sun rise on Machu Picchu

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper