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Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Visiting it, nowadays, is not as complicated as it was years ago. Today you can find transportation to the access area and also different types of tickets. Among these tickets, we can find the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain which also includes a tour of the Inca citadel. This ticket is not very popular compared to the Huayna Picchu. But, it allows you to take a really beautiful walking tour, full of panoramic landscapes where you can find some plants and animals. Perhaps the most striking benefit, as we will see below, is the panoramic view of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu entrance tickets

Machu Picchu is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. This, in part, thanks to the fact that it was recognized as one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. Also because the Inca citadel has a particular charm, it manages to intermingle an architectural style based on the minting of large polished stones that fit not only with the topography of the place but also maintain harmony with its natural environment. This is one of the main characteristics of the Inca architecture in addition to generating a peaceful and religious place.

The greatness of this destination can be seen from different aspects. As we know, getting to Machu Picchu can include from simple trips to luxury trips. It is also possible to find trips for trekking routes. All of them through really incredible places and natural destinations. The nature in Cusco – Peru and fact throughout South America, has a particular charm that allows you to appreciate beautiful landscapes, just arrived at a destination in this territory. The most spectacular landscapes will be seen especially when visiting the higher altitude areas.

As for Machu Picchu and the main entrances we can mention that there are 5 of them. These divisions were made with the intention that the massive entry of people is more orderly and at the same time to achieve greater care of the entire site. By dividing the enclosure into 5 entrances you can find walks to Huayna Picchu, Huchuy Picchu, Inca Bridge, and Machu Picchu Mountain. The Machu Picchu Mountain allows you to make a trekking route by trail. The path is ascending and you can reach the very top of the mountain. There, you can find one of the natural viewpoints of all Machu Picchu.

In the case of the hike to Machu Picchu Mountain, you can hopefully find the variety of fauna and flora typical of the geographical region. At the same time, it will allow you to appreciate a new perspective of all the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu. Appreciate from afar the routes of the Inca Trail and also have a healthy activity, which will be compensated with the landscapes that can be appreciated. Doing this route is one of the alternatives for those who did not manage to book their entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu. This ticket is the most requested by tourists. This is because it allows a better appreciation of Machu Picchu and access to other Inca constructions. Next, let’s learn more about the Machu Picchu mountain and if it is worth buying this ticket.

summit of Machu Picchu Mountain
Part of the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain

Is it worth buying the Machu Picchu Mountain ticket?

Many people prefer the classic, both at the time of dressing and at the time of making a trip. Sometimes out of ignorance, sometimes for comfort, and sometimes thinking that classic trips are the best. In this case, visiting the wonder of the world of Machu Picchu, presents several entries, as we saw. If we make the analogy, thinking about what is now understood as a classic trip to Machu Picchu, we would find that it performs the first section by train, continues the journey by bus to the access area, and the entrance is made by Machu Picchu. Leaving aside some destinations that are clearly shown in the rest of the tickets.

The Machu Picchu mountain is the highest peak that can be seen in the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The mountain by which you ascend from Machu Picchu Town to the access area is part of this mountain. However, to reach the top of this, it is necessary to enter Machu Picchu, and reach the Guardian’s House, where you can find one of the most popular views of the wonder of the world. From this point, it is necessary to continue ascending. The route is perfectly signposted and will lead us through stairways surrounded by lush vegetation. Little by little, during the ascent, we will see part of the vegetation and fauna of the place.

Regarding the question: Is it worth buying the Machu Picchu Mountain ticket? From our perspective, as a page dedicated to trekking routes, we can mention that yes. And we even believe that any other page or website would recommend doing so. This is because the route is not very extensive and does not require a great amount of time or effort. The time doing this hike is perfect and suitable even for older people. The stipulated time for the entire route is 2 hours and 30 minutes. After the spectacular views of the mountain, it is possible to make the tour of Machu Picchu doing Circuit 3.

About the hike to the top of the mountain

mountain ascent route
Part of the stairs to Machu Picchu Mountain

There are three schedules, which will allow you to access Machu Picchu and the trekking route between 07:00 and 10:00 in the morning. However, be careful not to arrive late. Each ticket, at the end of the reservation, will indicate the time allowed for entry, according to the time of entry of the reservation that has been purchased. It is important to arrive or start at the scheduled time, this tour can take up to five hours. This takes into account the ascent and doing Circuit 3.

The hike will start from the Guardian’s House, in the direction of the Inca Bridge, but you will continue on the trail. After a short while you will reach the stairs that border the mountain and allow you to reach the top of Machu Picchu Mountain. It is from this point that you can find a resting point with adequate shade and also the viewpoint. From this place, you can see the entire mountain range and the small valley where the population and the train lines are developed. The hike can be exhausting, so it is recommended to take the following:

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Have mineral water and some snacks, the route is long.
  • Arrive early at the checkpoint. That is to say, to be attentive to the schedules.
  • Follow the safety instructions to avoid accidents.
  • Use mosquito repellent.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • During February and March, it is likely to rain more often.
  • Carrying a waterproof poncho is not a bad idea.
  • The ascent to this place does not require the supervision of a guide.
  • The tour can be done from minors to senior citizens.
  • You can also bring a change of clothes. Because of the heat and physical activity, most people sweat a lot.

On the hike we will find

panoramic view of Machu Picchu
Panoramic view of Machu Picchu from Machu Picchu mountain

During the hike, it is possible to find more than just the stairs. One of the main attractions will be the beautiful landscapes and not only that. During the ascent, it is possible to observe a great number of plants, but for this, you have to pay special attention. For example, we will find some birds such as hummingbirds. If we are on a lucky day we will be able to see the beautiful specimens of the sword-billed hummingbirds.

These birds usually fly over these places, because along the path to the Machu Picchu mountain, you can find some plants such as orchids and waqankis. Both plants are the most beautiful and representative of Machu Picchu. Also, you can find a slight geographical change. As you ascend, little by little you will leave the abundant vegetation and at the top, there will be little vegetation left. However, there, you can find some mosses, ferns, and even trees such as queñuales, molles, and even some cedars.

Similarly, thanks to the presence of abundant vegetation and altitude that can be reached at the top. It is normal to find a variety of birds. These birds have a quite deep color and in diversity of tones. An example of the type of birds that can be found on the way to the top of the mountain is the Cock of the Rock, the Andean parakeet, quail, and other varieties of birds of singular beauty. So achieving this hike, not only will show you beautiful landscapes but also a unique opportunity to see lots of birds. We can not forget the insects such as butterflies.

Other details to keep in mind

It is important to note that tickets to Machu Picchu are booked in advance. In case you are looking to do a tour of Machu Picchu Mountain, it will be necessary to make the reservation one or two months in advance. Otherwise, you may find entrance tickets. But, likely, you will only have to choose one of the 3 possible schedules and change or accommodate your itinerary to that schedule. For all these reasons, it is advisable to make your reservation at least 2 months in advance.

On the other hand, it is important to mention the price of the tickets. These can have different prices. In the case of foreign tourists in general the cost is 200 PEN. For the CAN or Andean Community of Nations, reservations can be made at an approximate cost of 112 PEN. While for students in general the entrance ticket is 118 PEN, this cost is the same as for minors in general. While for the CAN, minors, it is 80 PEN. To validate these discounts, it is necessary to show the required proofs such as an identity card and university card.


By Inca Trail Machu Picchu - Last updated, 01-03-2024

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