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7 Days in Peru: Day 4: Machu Picchu Mountain

Trip to Peru Day 4
Location: Machu Picchu, Hiking Machu Picchu Mountain

Cost: Tickets are $62-$71 depending if you add a hike to your visit- we added Machu Picchu Mountain and paid the $71.
Time: Plan at least 2-3 hours and go early in the morning. 
When planning a trip to Machu Picchu we’d heard doing a hike is a must! We searched the Internet and travel books, and found some information on hiking Huayna Picchu, but very little on hiking Machu Picchu Mountain. We originally thought Huayna Picchu was the way to go, but when tickets were quickly sold out we decided to look into Machu Picchu Mountain. 
I’m actually really happy it turned out this way. The more we learned after the fact, the more we realized my fear of heights would have ruined Huayna Picchu, and that many people have very severe panic attacks on the hike. I won’t mention the death toll, but it was something I read about after and I’m okay with missing out on that view. 

After talking to several locals, who had done both climbs, most told us Machu Picchu Mountain is prettier, with a better view, and they would choose that view any time.

There honest truth, it was a tough hike! There’s a lot of steep steps. We were winded, and wished we’d done some stair stepping to prep- running wasn’t enough to prepare. The good news, you can take it slow, there are plenty of beautiful places to rest and look at the view, and the hike is not crowded in the morning, so you’re not feeling pressured to hurry if it’s physically rough.

Although we can’t compare Huayna Picchu to Machu Picchu Mountain, we’re really glad our trip turned out the way it did, that we got the complete view, and that there were no panic attacks on one of the coolest days of our lives.

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  1. Kati Rose says:

    It looks like you had a lovely trip and captured some really breathtaking pictures of Machu Picchu! It's a destination that's always been on my list and now reading your blog post I'm glad to keep the fyi in the back of my mind to practice my stair climbing before I finally make this adventure!

  2. Amery Calven says:

    Nice sharing…! No doubt Machu Picchu is a fabulous region to visit and for spending great time with our love ones. I visited this region after completing my amazing experience of universal studios bus tour with my wife. After completing we move towards this region famous for its huge peaks of mountains. There we did lot of fun during our trip. Its offers gorgeous natural scenery. It is located on mountain ridge above the sacred valley.

  3. I loved this blog!:) I will keep up the places that you visit in my list.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. When we were there, my dad did Huayna Picchu while I read and waited for him. He took my camera and snapped pictures and I can assure you – yours are much prettier! He did say that hike was a bit dangerous with quite a few tight places and very steep, so it seems like you made the right choice!