Just in case you feel like you haven’t climbed enough stairs on the Inca trail, you can add on a climb up Huayna Picchu mountain where you’ll discover a beautiful view of Machu Picchu from the top! JR was quite worried about us on this hike because he couldn’t come with and he had a good grasp on our abilities at this point. If that’s not a testament to how wonderful our guide and Inca Trail team was I don’t know what is.
Great views of Machu Picchu from the top!
The stairs of Huayna Picchu are listed as some of the most terrifying stairs in the world and are oftentimes referred to as the stairs of death (although no one has died). Hearing about this alone intrigued us and we decided to add this onto our tour. We agreed to all go together or not go at all and that we would reassess the day of. We decided to give it a go.
There are only 400 tickets per day, 200 at 8 am and 200 at 10 am. We chose the 10 am climb so that we would still have time to explore Machu Picchu after entering the sun gate on our trek. Most blogs that we read before coming to Peru mentioned that you were only given two hours to complete the trek. We found this to be untrue as this was not really enforced. We did, however, have to sign in and out at a control point at the bottom of the mountain.
Once we signed in, we were off. The trail is deceiving as it starts out going down and around a smaller mountain before revealing the stairs at the bottom of Huayna Picchu. This is where you really channel the Inca way, one step at a time. The good news is there’s lots of little spaces to take a “picture” break and everyone is struggling a little bit up this.
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Every time we made it up one little staircase and turned the corner, there was another staircase waiting for us. Heck, some of the corners were even staircases. Working on those Inca butts nonstop.
We knew when we reached the stairs of death as they were straight up, very narrow, and we had to climb under or over a wooden barrier to get to them. This was the last set of stairs before finally reaching the peak.
At the top, there are 360º spectacular views. There is also quite a crowd and bottleneck at the very top with everyone getting pictures above Machu Picchu. We only spent a few minutes here before climbing down a bit to a quieter spot we had to ourselves. Having a bit of a rest and soaking it all in was well deserved.
This was a great way to end our time at Machu Picchu, looking down at such an amazing creation.
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