Huayna Picchu summit
Hiking
Huayna Picchu summit

You need to get to Huayna Picchu early if you want to be able to hike it.

When I was in Peru, I had really wanted to hike up Huayna Picchu. I was in my twenties and feeling quite spry! I was backpacking across the countryside with a few of my guy friends, exploring the world.
What we didn't realize is that you need to get there very early in the day, as the trail will only allow for 400 travelers during the course of one day. By the time we made it there, we had figured we could camp at the top since it was already afternoon. They had reached their maximum occupancy for the day. We explored Machu Picchu instead.
Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu in the background.
Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu in the background.
Death stairs.
Death stairs.
“They had reached their maximum occupancy for the day.”
What an amazing sight.
What an amazing sight.
A summit top.
A summit top.
People hiking up the mountain.
People hiking up the mountain.
A foggy day here.
A foggy day here.