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Rucksack Readers => Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru => Topic started by: Jacquetta on February 13, 2013, 08:09:06 am

Title: Wayna (Huayna) Picchu: book ahead online
Post by: Jacquetta on February 13, 2013, 08:09:06 am
It seems that the system for climbing Wayna (Huayna) Picchu has changed. It used to be that the first 400 hikers to sign in on the day were given free tickets, in two tranches of 200 each. The system is described on page 60 of our guidebook. I've just had an email saying that you now have to book well ahead, and online. I will try to find out exactly where and how, and update this post.

Wayna (Huayna) Picchu is not for those who suffer from vertigo; and the climb is more strenuous than many people realise. But there is nothing technically difficult (unless the weather is wet, in which case I'd give it a miss). When I visited while researching our guidebook (, I was blessed with a clear day, and the views over the entire site seemed a tremendous reward. Here is an example:

Title: Re: Wayna (Huayna) Picchu: book ahead online
Post by: JennieL on February 13, 2013, 09:24:38 am
I've just seen this announcement ( online about Wayna Picchu admission. I've very little Spanish but it looks as if your guidebook is still right about the numbers (two tranches of 200 each) and times: group 1 enters between 7.00 and 8.00 am, group 2 between 10.00 and 11.00.

I think it says that the only way to buy tickets is online via ( or "en las oficinas de la DRC-C" but I don't know where the offices of DRC-C are. They have scanned some artwork for this page, thus defeating Google's translation option!

I've also seen some TripAdvisor grumbles that the official website ( is fussy about which payment cards it accepts and demands "Verified by Visa", but I haven't tried to book. The message seems to be that getting into Wayna Picchu has got even harder, so if it's important to you, ask your tour operator long, long in advance!