Huayna Picchu entrance times- how strictly are they enforced?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 9:28 PM Last Post By: xinloi
Feb 26, 2013 1:58 PM
Huayna Picchu entrance times- how strictly are they enforced?Hi, we're planning to do a day trip to Macchu Picchu from Cusco and want to see Huayna Picchu as well. There's a train arriving in Aguascalientes at 9:52 and the window to enter Huayna Picchu is from 10:00 to 11:00. Looking at the time to take the bus up the mountain and get into Macchu Picchu, etc., it looks like we can make the 11:00 entrance time. But it could be tight.
So my question is, if for whatever reason we don't get to Huayna Picchu right at 11:00 (because things never go wrong when traveling internationally on a tight schedule, right?), are we going to get turned away?
Or if I really want to make sure we have enough time, do we have to suck it up and take a taxi to Ollantaytambo in order to catch an earlier train?
Feb 26, 2013 6:43 PM
1I can't tell you about the rules they're enforcing now for Huayna Picchu this year; my Macchu Picchu trip was 5 years ago. But you'd have a hard time making it up to there by 11am even if that train got to Aguascalientes ontime. Once you get there, you've got to walk across town and buy entrance tickets, then wait for the periodic bus to take you up the mountain, then, from there it's not a short walk to get to the Waynu Picchu entrance.
I'd suggest just slow down a bit and plan for a night in Aguascalientes, and go to the thermal baths there. That's what most travellers do, if they want the best access to Macchu Picchu in the morning. Only adds 1 day to your travel itinerary.
Feb 26, 2013 7:21 PM
2To go to Hauyna Picchu you must sleep in Aguascalientes, once in there, you must to take the earliest bus going to Macchu Picchu -that’s early in the morning, kind of 4 am or even before- as early as you can -I’m not sure about the departures time, so, you can check it- because there will be people in row to go up. To climb up Hayna Picchu there is only 200 people capacity during the day, and the entrance is by arriving order, that’s why the early time. There is not any extra charge to get in, because is included with Macchu Picchu entrance, so, try to be the first because most of people will fight to be in.
Feb 26, 2013 8:02 PM
3We arrived at the entry gate just after noon or so, walked directly past the guards and climbed to the summit. There was plenty of time to hang out for a while and make our way back to the gate before the last of the paying customers exited.
I would never, ever recommend that anyone do such a thing themselves, no matter how tempting.
Feb 26, 2013 8:25 PM
4why risk it? huayanpicchu is awesome and for me the highlight of visiting MP. Note when we visited mid last year it was necessary to organise your HP pass in Cusco beforehand. People were trying to tell us you could organise it on arrival in Aguas Calientas but that was not true. We reserved our tickets on the internet 2 days before and picked them up in Cusco (the office is a little tricky to find). The guards at the HP checkpost were quite strict on the day we went, I think as you are the later time slot they will be more flexible on entry but they were very strict on closing the trek around the back of HP so if you want to do that you might struggle.
Note the HP entrance is not near the main entrance so will take you a little while to get through the crowds to it. Definitely stay a night in AC.
Feb 27, 2013 11:24 AM
5Thanks for the replies.
I already had the tickets reserved, including the entrance to HP from 10-11AM. Staying in Aguas Calientes isn't going to happen for several reasons (but it was a good suggestion if there's a next time).
So we booked a train out of Ollantaytambo that gets in around 9AM. We'll have to get up super early but it'll be worth it.
Feb 27, 2013 1:55 PM
6Omahetxa, there is a charge for climbing Huayna Picchu and it is not included in the MP ticket. There is an early climb and a 10 AM climb. It is no longer first come first climb. You have to sign in a book to climb which includes your name, age and starting time. I think they may be pretty strick about starting late.
Mattah, smart move getting to AC at 9 AM and having your tickets in advance.
Feb 27, 2013 9:28 PM
7Did the climb in October--there are two starting times 0800 and 1000--and if your ticket says 0800, you can not climb at 1000. The guards check your tickets and your passport so you can not sell your ticket. No passport; no climb. 200 people allowed at each starting time.
My Novia decided to not climb and other people without tickets wanted to climb using her ticket but guards said No.
Take your time going up and you will make it.
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