Huayna Picchu offers a perfect view of the city of Machu Picchu. You can walk around and visit the relatively unknown Temple of the Moon, which is located in the middle of the rainforest.

Local guides tell the stories of a high priest who would have lived here at the time of the Incas. It is believed he lived with a group of virgins, according to tradition. Butnot much more is known.

The view of Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu.
The view of Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu. Corno van den Berg

The ‘Stairs of Death’
‘The Stairs of Death’ lead to a platform where offers to the Gods were made. It is still not clear what those offers were exactly. Some scientist claim they were animals, others even say it they were humans.

Huayna Picchu is popular with tourists, so access to the mountain is now regulated.

The Stairs of Death at Huayna Picchu.
The Stairs of Death. Corno van den Berg

Be aware!
Only a limited amount of visitors get access to Huayna Picchu each day, so make sure you book a ticket beforehand. Also, go early in the morning, preferably around 7 am. But even then, you won’t be alone.

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