When I took this picture, I literally felt like I was on top of the world.
You cannot get this view from anywhere but from Huayna Picchu. The only and hard way to get to see this magical view is just climbing up the mountain. It is about 2 hour to get to the top and 1 hour to go down. It wasn't easy and I wouldn't say it is for everyone but if you feel adventurous please try a hike up in Huayna Picchu.
To enter Huayna Picchu, you have to purchase another ticket to enter. It is limited for 400 people a day, so make sure that your ticket includes Huayna Picchu when you go to the website to purchase your ticket.
I've read so many blogs about Machu Picchu/Huayna Picchu before I went there, and I learned that lots of people divide M/P and H/P visits in 2 days. I was going to do the same, but when I was about to buy tickets online, I realized that you cannot purchase an admission ticket for H/P only. If you want to go those 2 areas in 2 days, you have to purchase M/P for 1 day and M/P&H/P for the second day. M/P only ticket is about $37 and M/P + H/P is about $41. I had choices from either spend $41 for 1 day or a total of $78 for 2day. I wanted to visit other cities in Peru and since I had only 6 days in Peru, spending 2 days in Macchu Picchu wouldn't allow me to visit Arequipa, which was on my go-to list other than Lima and Cusco, so I decided to do all M/P and H/P in 1 day.
Anyway, after our 5am train ride from Ollaytaytambo(read my crazy story here!), we managed to arrive at the entrance of H/P at 8am. H/P is located at the far back of M/P ground, so we had to pass a half of the ruins. It was raining and foggy when we started climbing. The hike up to the top was basically going up on the super steep stairs(aka, the stairs of death), step by step, holding on to the rope or the bar on the side because you need to grip onto something to get your butt up to the next step! First 20 minutes was kind of easy, but as I climbed higher it got tougher. Mind you, it is a mountain that is located 2,700m above sea level. I didn't feel that the air was thin until I started climbing the mountain, but it hit me shortly after. Every 3 steps I climbed up, I had to stop and tried to catch my breath. Although it felt like an eternity, after 2 hours of climbing we finally reached the top of Huayna Picchu.
After climbing H/P, we were back on the M/P ground. By the time we were back, we were already exhausted and feeling pretty accomplished even though we barely saw anything in the ruins yet. We started from the last half of the site, and went though all kinds of interesting stone ruins, old housing, and lots and lots of stairs.
The only thing you see is the Machu Picchu ruins, mountains, and Lama:) Keep scrolling...
We were so tired by the time we were back at the entrance. We originally planned to go back to the first half of the ruins that we passed through to get to Huayna Picchu in the morning, but unfortunately we had no energy to do another loop:( So I guess it make sense to do M/P and H/P in 2 days after all.
Thank you so much for reading! Next blog is the Inca capital, Cusco!