Huayna Picchu Mountain is undeniably the crown jewel of the Machu Picchu Citadel. This Incan site is located in between the exuberant eyebrow of the jungle and the incredible Peruvian Andes Mountains in South America. Without a doubt, Huayna Picchu towers over this world-famous fortress and it expresses the very best of the Incan cultural tradition. Furthermore, Huayna Picchu is Latin America’s best-preserved treasure.
Because the Incas did not have a written language, today there are no records to tell us how this incredible palace was built and then abandoned. The majesty of Huayna Picchu Mountain infinitely surprises every intrepid traveler who reaches the top and thereby has his dream come true. Come and be one of those travelers who write history with their feet. In addition, you’ll have the time of your life as you delight your eyes with a view so incredible that it cannot be equaled anywhere else on this planet. Explore Machu Picchu on an epic journey to the Peruvian highlands.
Huayna Picchu (in Quechua, “huayna” means “young” and “picchu” means “mountain;” therefore: Young Mountain) is the contemporary name of one of the most sacred places in the whole Inca Empire. It was built in during the mid-15th century on top of a rocky promontory in the Peruvian Andes. Taken together, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are considered to be one of mankind’s architectural and engineering masterpieces. Furthermore, the unique characteristics of the landscape and the veil of mystery which surround this citadel serve to captivate and surprise each and every one of the thousands of visitors who come to pay homage daily.
Tourism and Rules
Peru is one of the major tourist destinations not only in South America, but in the entire world. This is not only because of Machu Picchu. Peru is chock full of incredible natural and cultural tourist destinations. For example, you could visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the cosmopolitan city of Cusco, the sapphire blue Lake Titicaca, the incredibly deep Colca Canyon, the capital city of Lima, the enigmatic Nazca Lines, the gargantuan Amazon River, and the magnificent biosphere at the Tambopata National Reserve. What’s more, there are so many other fascinating tourist sites in Peru that you would be just getting started.
It is important to realize that visiting Huayna Picchu today is much safer than it has been in the past. Of course, you must know the rules and respect all the regulations which have been posted by the Ministry of Cusco. As long as you follow these rules, your trek to the top of the Incan world is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience. Most important, it is at present possible to travel to Machu Picchu in complete safety because it has received the Safe Travel Seal.
The climate at Huayna Picchu Mountain
With perfect weather, we know that surly your next adventure to the incredible Huayna Picchu Mountain will be absolutely amazing. In the Andes, there are basically two seasons, the rainy season that begins in December and continues through March, and the dry season that lasts from April to November. Due to its privileged location, between the edge of the jungle and the Peruvian Andes, the climate at Huayna Picchu is very special.
If you are ready to begin your adventure, only you can choose the right time and the best season to climb. Travelers who climb Huaynapicchu during January, February, or March will probably not be able to enjoy this wonderful site at its best. This is due to the fact that it rains quite frequently and the top of Huayna Picchu Peak is often socked in with clouds.
On the contrary, travelers who climb the mountain during the months of April through November will find that the weather might surprise them with clear skies or heavy cloud cover or torrential rain. April is the month when the rains recede and, although it sometimes still rains, if the sky is clear, without a doubt this would be one of the best months to hike. During the months of November and December, the rainy season is starting up and you could get caught in a downpour during your tour to Waynapicchu.
May through October is the height of the dry season, with mostly clear skies and very sunny days. Without a doubt, if you choose to visit travel during this season, you are practically guaranteed a splendid experience. May is most likely the best month to climb, because June, July and August are the high tourist season, and you’ll want to avoid the big crowds if you can.
Huayna Picchu mountain elevation
On your next adventure in Peru, you’ll only have one chance to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain. Next, we will give you the exact elevation of this incredible mountain in the Andes of Peru, so that it is high on your wish list when you start your adventure to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu.
- Elevation: 2720 meters above sea level. (7,972 feet high)
- Coordinates: 13.1562° S, 72.5464° W.
The degree of difficulty of the ascent of Huayna Picchu
Obviously, the most fantastic adventure of your life in South America would not be complete without climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain. Any trip can become a nightmare if you are not properly prepared and informed about the route and the degree of difficulty of the ascent to the peak. Here is everything that you should know about the difficulty of the ascent of Huayna Picchu and the subsequent descent to Machu Picchu.
Most likely, on more than one occasion, you have wondered how difficult it will be to climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain. It’s not really that difficult, but for the ascent you must be well prepared physically, and during the ascent and the descent you must be very careful. The path that connects Machu Picchu with Huaynapicchu Mountain is quite steep and it overlooks impressive ravines. If you have vertigo, this hike is not recommended for you. Also, you should be in good physical shape, so you can overcome all the challenges during the hike. During the ascent and descent, you will be using your hands to climb safely.
The ascent of Huayna Picchu is considered to be of medium or moderate difficulty. What surprises every traveler are the trails. These are built between the walls of the mountain and the cliffs which are hundreds of meters above the Citadel of Machu Picchu and the mighty Vilcanota River. Without a doubt, one of the wondrous things about the climb is the incredible view of the surrounding mountains and of awesome Mother Nature.
In order climb Huayna Picchu you do not need exhaustive preparation. As we stated above, you should be in good physical condition and you must not be afraid of heights. The weather in Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu is unpredictable at any time of the year. Therefore, it’s best to be prepared for all different types of weather. Clear sunny days are sometimes found during rainy season or rain storms are sometimes encountered during the dry season. The path that takes you to the top is mainly made up of stone steps, so we recommend wearing good trekking shoes and bringing along rubber-tipped poles.
It is safe to climb Huayna Picchu?
Climbing up to the top of Huayna Picchu is not for people with a fear of heights. The path that takes you to the peak is very steep at some sections along the way. Basically, if you follow the directions along the route and the recommendations of your guide during the ascent, you will not have any problems on your visit to Huayna Picchu Mountain. Therefore, climbing Huayna Picchu is totally safe.
Times when you can enter Huayna Picchu
Unquestionably, the incredible views are so beautiful that it is worth making an extra effort to visit this site. Below, we list the entry times and the number of travelers allowed per day.
- The entrance ticket to the Waynapicchu Mountain is not sold separately. You will have to buy it at the same time you are buying your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. (Example: Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, according to the schedule of availability).
- According to the latest update from the Ministry of Culture of Cusco, before the Covid-19 Pandemic, the entrance hours to Huayna Picchu were divided into three groups which would be allowed entry at 3 separate times: group 1, group 2 and group 3.
- The first group can enter Machu Picchu starting at 6:00 am. You can enter Huayna Picchu between 7:00 and 8:00 am. Maximum amount of time allowed in Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu is 7 hours, counted from the time of entrance at the main gate of the Citadel.
- Group 2 can enter Machu Picchu starting at 7:00 am. You can enter Huayna Picchu between 7:00 and 8:00 am. Maximum amount of time allowed in Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu is 7 hours, counted from the time of entrance at the main gate of the Citadel.
- Finally, the third group can enter Machu Picchu starting at 8:00 am. You will enter Huayna Picchu between 10:30 and 11:30 am. Maximum amount of time allowed in Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu is 6 hours, counted from the time of entrance at the main gate of the Citadel
Although it presently has the Safe Travel Seal, entry into Huayna Picchu Mountain is still not permitted. It is expected to be open to tourists starting in March 2023.
Regulation of entry times into Huayna Picchu
Presently, the new regulations seek to reorganize the flow of tourists entering Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Some entry times are more advantageous than others. For example, only visitors who enter in group 1 and group 2 will be able to visit the Temple of the Moon. Additionally, these two groups will be allotted more time in the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, (up to 7 hours). Visitors in the third group will not be able to visit the Temple of the Moon and will only have 6 hours in total.
Currently there is no rule that requires visitors to have an official tour guide while climbing up Huayna Picchu. But for your own safety and that of your companions, it is recommended that you have a guide who specializes in this type of trek. Due to the small number of tickets available for Huayna Picchu, it is advisable to make reservations well in advance. This is especially true if you are traveling during high season. A minimum 3 to 5 months in advance is recommended. In order to climb Huayna Picchu, you must be between the ages of 12 and 60. Similarly, you must be in optimal physical condition to climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain.
The best season to climb Huayna Picchu
The best time to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain is the month of May. During this month the weather is generally perfect, with mild, sunny weather from sunrise to sunset. What’s more, all the surrounding countryside is incredibly green, since the rainy season has just ended. June and July are the months with the highest number of visitors and the weather during the day is very sunny.
Trek to Huayna Picchu
For many explorers, the trek to Huayna Picchu is one of the great challenges that they must conquer on their visit to the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. Although is not a long route, ascending and descending this mighty peak could well become one of the defining experiences of your life.
The total ascent is just over 1,000 feet (360 m), and you can do it in an hour or a little more, depending on how fit you are.
What should you bring with you during the ascent?
- Bottled water, a minimum of one or two liters of water. This will depend on how often you drink.
- Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Rubber-tipped trekking poles.
- Insect repellent, preferably one recommended by your doctor.
- Rain poncho or light raincoat.
- Snacks or sandwiches.
- If possible, a spare T-shirt to change into when you get to the top.
- Photographic camera.
- Original passport (We also recommend having an image of your passport on your mobile phone).
Views and sights
Due to its location, Huayna Picchu Mountain offers you the absolute best and the most incredible view of the 7th Wonder of the Modern World, Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu towers over the Citadel. To be sure, the view from the peak is absolutely spectacular. In the same way, as you climb you will have impressive views of the Historic Sanctuary from all different angles and altitudes.
From the peak of Huayna Picchu Mountain, the mystery of the Lost City of the Incas is fully revealed. All of the various structures and terraces are laid out before your eyes. This perspective is very difficult to appreciate when walking through the narrow lanes of the Citadel, itself.
An incomparable experience
You have achieved your goal as long as you have managed to climb the top of Huayna Picchu. Moreover, this beautiful trek is definitely the crowning experience for those adventurers who accepted the challenge of embracing the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu from a whole different perspective.
Tourist attractions of Huayna Picchu Mountain
Temple of the Moon: one of the most important attraction of Huayna Picchu is the Temple of the Moon or the Great Cavern. The Temple of the Moon is intricately constructed inside a huge cave, and it has Imperial style Incan stone structures within its walls. According to the Chroniclers in the time of the Incas, caves were sacred places. Consequently, the Incas believed that in caves they were able to make connection with the world of their dead. At the center of the Temple of the Moon there is a throne carved in rock that was probably used for sacrificial rituals. The Temple of the Moon dates back to the year 1500. It was re-discovered in 1936.
Tour Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
Currently there are two ways in which you can explore the Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- On you own. 60% of travelers who visit Huayna Picchu Mountain do so on their own. If you are one of those explorers who like to do things by yourself, this could be your best alternative. But keep in mind the following: you will have to make your own reservations for entrance tickets well in advance. In addition, you will have to verify the availability of the Entrance ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Mountain in accordance with your travel dates.
- Machu Picchu Tour with Huayna Picchu included; Currently 90% of the Cusco area agencies offer tours to Machu Picchu. 70% of these agencies offer tours which include climbing up Huayna Picchu Mountain. For your own safety, the best way to climb the mountain is with a professional trekking guide, or failing that, take a tour with the agency of your choice. In this way, you will avoid the tedious task of making reservations and the possibility of making mistakes when trying to choose the optimum time to climb the mountain.
At Travel 1, we work tirelessly to give our clients the absolutely finest experience during their trip to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain. When you book your tour with us, our team takes care of all the details of your tour, down to the smallest detail. Therefore, an incredible experience is guaranteed during your visit to Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu.
Alternatives apart from Huayna Picchu
Sometimes the coveted ticket to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain is not available. Or perhaps some explorers would prefer to visit the other treasured sites which Machu Picchu has to offer. If you are one of those travelers who is always looking for new places to explore, it is likely that you are also interested in climbing Machu Picchu Mountain, or perhaps visiting the Gateway of the Sun, the Inca’s Bridge or Putucusi Mountain. Below you will find relevant information on how to visit these amazing alternative sites.
Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is one of the most spectacular mountains in the area surrounding the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. It is located directly in front of the Huayna Picchu Mountain, and it is much higher and more massive than Huayna Picchu. Reaching a height of 3061 meters above sea level, this incredible mountain offers some of the best views of the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu Mountain, the serpentine Vilcanota River and the winding Inca Trail. What’s more, you will also be able to see the fantastic mountain of Salkantay and the Vilcanota Mountain Range.
There are some travelers who are of the opinion that it is much more beautiful to climb up Machu Picchu Mountain than it is to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. This could be due to the ease with which you can walk up its lush trails that are not very steep. During the hike you will be able to examine and appreciate the flora and fauna of the area. From the peak of Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be able to see the Incan Fortress of Machu Picchu from a completely different perspective, just as the great explorers Hiram Bingham and the famous Cusqueño photographer Martin Champi viewed it.
Rather than listen to other folks regale you with wonderful stories about how fabulous it is to climb Machu Picchu Mountain, why not be one of the great adventurers who accepts the challenge of reaching the top of this magnificent mountain? For surly this is a location where the mountain gods have been worshiped for millennia according to Quechua tradition.
Gateway of the Sun or Intipunku
Machu Picchu is one of the best preserved and most visited treasures in the world. Above this incredible sanctuary is Inti Punku, The Gateway of the Sun. Called in Spanish La Puerta del Sol, it was the main entrance into the Citadel of Machu Picchu during the time of the Incas. From the Gateway of the Sun, you will be able to see spread out below you, the Lost City of the Incas in all its splendor.
The Inti Punku is located 1.8 kilometers above the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and it is at an elevation of 2745 meters above sea level. The hike to Inti Puncu takes an average of an hour and a half going up. Coming back is slightly quicker because it is all downhill. Inti Punku is located within the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, and it is still the principal entry point for travelers arriving via the Inca Trail. If you make the ascent to the Gateway of the Sun, you, yourself, will be traveling along a part of the great Inca Trail, and actually making a journey through time.
The Bridge of the Inca
Because it is hidden by the lush jungle vegetation, the Inca’s Bridge is only discovered a few curious explorers. If you do come upon the Inca’s Bridge, you will really realize how the Incas worked in perfect harmony with Mother Nature. Every traveler who visits this mysterious place is simply amazed by the perfection of the Incan architecture. There is no place in the world that captivates the imagination quite like the Inca’s Bridge, which was part of the Inca Trail to Antisuyo.
When you walk along the path to the Inca’s Bridge, you will be following in the footsteps of the men who made the construction of Machu Picchu possible. The Inca’s Bridge is easily accessible and does not require any additional entry ticket at present. Make your trip to Machu Picchu an epic journey, and go ahead and explore the treasures that majority of visitors never find.
There are places in the world that are so incredible that it is not enough to see them from a single angle. For intrepid explorers who like to see things from various different directions, there is Putucusi Mountain (Happy Mountain), which is located very close to Machu Picchu at an altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level. The greatest advantage of this mountain is the panoramic view that it offers of Machu Picchu, the Vilcanota River, and the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).
Climbing Putucusi Mountain is as challenging as it is rewarding. If you reach the top, you will be able to see the immense Citadel of Machu Picchu directly across from you. For some people, the desire to know Machu Picchu better takes them to the top of this mountain. There are adventurers who arrive in Peru with the sole desire to get to know Machu Picchu. Be that as it may, not everyone can be fortunate enough to find a Machu Picchu entrance ticket. Sometimes these are sold out. In that case, only the uphill trail to Putucusi Mountain can take you face to face with Machu Picchu.
We believe that your safety is of paramount importance. It is more important than even your destination. Therefore, we strongly recommend that everyone who travels overseas and ventures to Peru purchase travel insurance. In this way you will avoid any inconvenience during your trip to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The health system is not very efficient in the city of Cusco, and it is even less so in the town of Aguas Calientes. In the event that an emergency arises, your best ally is travel insurance
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is the difference between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu?
Machu Picchu, a wonder of the modern world, has two mountains as its main protectors, Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain. Each mountain requires a separate entrance ticket. Each mountain offers spectacular views. However, the pathways that lead to the peaks are totally different.
Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Location: North of Machu Picchu.
- Elevation: 2720 masl.
- Distance: 2 kilometers
- Estimated time: About 1 hour in each direction
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Huayna Picchu is the mountain that appears in 100% of the panoramic photos of the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu. It is also known as the Young Mountain. The hike to the top is known worldwide as one of the most incredible short walks on the planet. Its narrow pathways are built flush to the great cliffs of the mountain and are in perfect harmony with nature.
The trail to Huayna Picchu is not suitable for people who are afraid of heights. One of the best things about Mount Huayna Picchu is that you will be able to visit the Temple of the Moon, too. The walk to the top of Huayna Picchu is much steeper than the trail up to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain. Climbing Wayna Picchu will take less time, because the trail to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain is longer. From the top of both mountains, you will be able to enjoy some of the finest views imaginable of the Peruvian Andes and the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu Mountain
- Location: South of the citadel of Machu Picchu.
- Altitude 3082 masl.
- Distance: 4 km.
- Estimated time: about 1 hour and 40 minutes each way.
- Difficulty: Moderate.
Climbing up Machu Picchu Mountain has become one of the great goals of explorers who arrive in Peru. The trail up Machu Picchu Mountain offers you pathways that are much less steep, that are better preserved, and that are definitely less terrifying than the trail that leads to the top of Huayna Picchu. Nevertheless, in both cases, these trails were made and carved out by the Incas and they are definitely exceptional.
Machu Picchu Mountain is also known as the Old Mountain. On the saddle between this majestic mountain and Huayna Picchu Mtn. the Incas built the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. The number of tickets (800 per day) issued for Machu Picchu Mountain is greater than the number of tickets issued for Wayna Picchu Mountain. These tickets are spread out over different times. In conclusion, Machu Picchu Mountain is the more accessible mountain. Moreover, people over 60 years of age and less than 12 years of age are allowed entry. (People over 5 years old can climb it, as long as they are in optimal physical condition).
Access to the Huayna Picchu Mountain
You can gain access from the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. To be more exact, enter from the Huayranas (Sacred Rock) sector. When entering through the control gate, you must present your physical passport and your entry ticket. Entry is prohibited to all people less than 12 years of age and over 60 years of age.
Access to Machu Picchu Mountain.
You can also gain access to Machu Picchu Mountain from the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. To be more exact: enter from the right side of the Guardian’s House. You must your entry ticket and your physical passport upon entry. The route to Machu Picchu Mountain is open for almost all travelers, including older adults and children over 5 years of age, as long as they are in optimal physical condition. It does not have any type of tourist attraction at the top.
Why is it said that Huayna Picchu is dangerous?
Every trip leads to great experiences if we are very careful. It is true that some points on the path up to Huayna Picchu peak are dangerous, but there is nothing that you should worry about. The ascent to Huayna Picchu is not dangerous if one follows all of the rules and regulations.
The trail can be made dangerous if the visitors act irresponsibly. Sometimes, in order to take better selfies, people climb up walls which they are not allowed to climb. By acting irresponsibly and risking their lives, these people can cause accidents. Then the mountain gains the reputation for being dangerous.
Tips for your safety on Huayna Picchu
Before visiting Machu Picchu Mountain and the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you should know what the regulations. In this way, you will able to avoid any last-minute inconveniences.
- Always respect the entry time indicated on your entry ticket. Entry is not allowed before or after the time indicated on your ticket.
- For greater safety, respect the signage that is along the trail, and do not enter places where you are not allowed.
- For your own safety, if you are not in optimal physical condition, do not try to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, even if you do have an entrance ticket.
- If you have vertigo, do not climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain. Another option would be for you to climb up Machu Picchu Mountain.
- If you have an entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, you should buy your return train tickets for as late as possible. On average they should be after 4:00 pm.
- It is not possible to make any last-minute modifications. It is not possible to access Machu Picchu Mountain with a Huayna Picchu entrance ticket or vice versa. If you would like to make this kind of change, it must be made in Cusco before you travel to Machu Picchu.
For your own comfort you should carry a small backpack which contains some water and some snacks. Travelers with large backpacks or large quantities of food are not allowed in. If you have a big backpack, you will have to leave it at the control gate and pick it up when you leave the Sanctuary.
How do I buy the entrance tickets to the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain?
You must buy them well in advance and through the official website of the Ministry of Culture Cusco. The entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are the ones that run out first. Therefore, you will have to buy them well in advance. This is especially true if you travel in high season, May, June, July and August. (4 to 6 months in advance is recommended). Entrance tickets to climb the mountains are sold together with the Machu Picchu Citadel entrance tickets. They are not sold separately. For example: Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain. Both entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain include the entrance to the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Do children enter Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain normally?
Entry into Huaynapicchu Mountain is not permitted for children less than 12 years of age and for adults over 60 years of age. All children under 18 years of age must enter in the company of their parents or a responsible guardian. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to enter. With respect to Machu Picchu Mountain, entry of children older than 5 years is allowed. In this case, the route is not as steep as the path that takes you up to Huayna Picchu. In both cases a minor must enter accompanied by his or her parents or responsible guardian.
Are there discounts available with respect to the entrance tickets for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?
The cost will depend a lot on your nationality and your age. Unfortunately, there are no promotional rates or discounts for these tickets. The tickets mentioned below are for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain.
- Adult rate s/. 200.00 Suns.
- Student rate s/. 125.00 Soles.
- Foreign school rate s/. 118.00 Soles.
- National tourist rate and adult Andean community rate s/. 112.00 Soles.
- National student rate and Andean community s/. 80.00 Soles.
- National school fee and Andean community s/. 80.00 Soles.
- For more information visit our Machu Picchu website.
Will you suffer from altitude sickness on Huayna Picchu or on Machu Picchu Mountain?
The city of Cusco is located over at 3400 meters above sea level. Therefore, your body should be well acclimatized by the time you reach Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu is located at an elevation of 2,720 meters above sea level, and the Machu Picchu Mountain is at 3,082 meters above sea level. Both are much lower than the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Due to its low altitude and subtropical climate, 97% of travelers do not have any type of symptoms from altitude sickness.
Is the Huayna Picchu Mountain or the Machu Picchu Mountain dangerous?
Definitely not. Along their trails, both mountains have safety features that allow the traveler to ascend and descend safely. Similarly, there are security personnel along the way, and on some sections of the trail, there are safety ropes. It is advisable to always respect the trail signs and to not break the rules which have been established by the regulators.
Which of the two mountains is better to climb?
Machu Picchu and the two majestic mountains that surround it are fascinating places due to their history, to their exquisite location, and to the ruins. There is no way to say that one or the other is better.
Each of the two mountains has its own charm and mystery. Huaynapicchu is mainly for young intrepid adventurers, for those looking to go a little beyond their own limits. On the other hand, the Machu Picchu Mountain is for those travelers who travel as a family and seek to free themselves from the large crowds and thus explore those treasured sites which are little visited by the classic tourist. In conclusion, both mountains are as exceptional as Machu Picchu itself, full of mysteries and charms yet to be discovered.