While Huayna means young in Quechua, Huchuy means little. It’s an apt name for this small hill next to Huayna Picchu. New in 2022, this short hike is for people who want something extra, but bought tickets too late to get Huayna or Machu Picchu Mountain. In fact, it’s so little that some consider it a waste of time. On the plus side, there is no extra cost.

Huchuy Picchu

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: One hour

Max elevation: 2,500

Start/end point: The trail starts at the far side of the Machu Picchu citadel

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Huchuy Picchu is a new, easy-going Machu Picchu hike

What you’ll see

You’ll get a view over the Machu Picchu citadel similar to Huayna Picchu, though not from nearly as high. It’s still a lovely spot to take photos.

Length of the hike

This is more of a short walk than a hike. Most people take a half hour, even if they stop to take lots of photos. If you want to stretch it out, you could take an hour on Huchuy Picchu.

How to book

There are 30 tickets to Huchuy Picchu available each hour starting at 7 am. At 11am and 12pm there are 40 tickets per hour, for a total of 200 tickets per day. Even though it does not cost any more than the regular Machu Picchu ticket, you must select this add-on when you purchase the ticket. If you buy tickets with Huchuy Picchu, you will do circuit four through the citadel.

Huchuy Picchu hike FAQs

Question

We have a Machu Picchu entrance ticket at 7am and have to be back at Aguas Calientes for the 13:37 train. Would we have time to hike to Huchuy Picchu that morning?

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Asked by Merry
Answer

It only takes about half an hour each way to hike Huchuy Picchu, so it's absolutely possible to do the hike, spend time at the top taking photos and get back down to Aguas Calientes. If you take the noon shuttle departing Machu Picchu, you should have time to buy take-out lunch in Aguas Calientes to eat on the 1:37 train.

Heather Jasper
Answered by Heather Jasper

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Huchuy Picchu hike

Heather Jasper

Based in Cusco, Peru, Heather is an expert on travel to Peru and South America. Heather writes on tourism, trekking, and social issues in Peru for publications including BBC Travel, Fodor’s Travel, Matador Network, Thrifty Nomads, World Nomads, Frommer's, Flashpack, and more. Heather co-founded the Covid Relief Project with Henry Quintano Loaiza to assist vulnerable families in the Cusco region.

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