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Directly behind the Inca site of Machu Picchu stands the towering mountain of Huayna Picchu, the views from the top of here back over Machu Picchu are awesome.

Although everyone's first reaction when they see a picture of Huayna Picchu is that it would be a difficult technical climb, the genius of the Inca path builders has turned this into a series of steep staircases. You will almost certainly want to use your hands for balance but it requires no technical climbing skills. 

Permits for Huayna PIcchu are very restricted and you have to remember that most visitors to Machu Picchu are day-visitors so there is huge demand for these permits. If you would like to book one it is essential that you book this as an add-on when you book your Machu Picchu trek.

Permits cost £60/$72 if you have completed the Inca trail and £14/$17 if you have arrived from other routes. If this pricing seems strange that is because it is! Huayna Picchu permits can only be bought as an add on to a day permit for Machu Picchu. You cannot buy an Inca trail+Machu Picchu +Huayna Picchu permit. So to climb Huayna Picchu you have to buy a new day permit (which you won't use).  If you are arriving at Machu Picchu the price already includes the day permit so you just have to pay for the upgrade. Crazy we know but that's how it works.

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