• Additional Options for the Salkantay Tour: You can add various additional options to your Salkantay tour during the online booking process.
  • Advance Booking Recommended: It is advisable to book activities such as the ascent to Waynapicchu or Montaña Machupicchu in advance, as well as an upgrade to the Vistadome train. These experiences have limited capacity and tend to sell out quickly.
  • Flexibility in Trekking Accessories: Although you have the option to add accessories like sleeping bags and trekking poles at the time of booking, you can also choose to rent them once you arrive in Cusco, directly at the Machu Picchu Reservations offices. 
  • Access to WAYNAPICCHU mountain = $60 US
  • Access to MOTAÑA MACHUPICCHU = $60 US
  • Vistadme Train UPGRADE FOR RETURN JOURNEY = $35 US
  • Trekking po rental (ONE PAIR) = $10 US
  • Sleeping Bag RENTAL = $10 US

WAYNAPICCHU: THE MAJESTIC MOUNTAIN OF MACHU PICCHU: Waynapicchu is the prominent mountain that forms the famous backdrop in the classic photographs of Machu Picchu. It offers a unique hiking experience and panoramic views, but it’s important to know some details before planning your ascent.

  • CHECK AVAILABILITY: Before scheduling your visit to Waynapicchu, it’s essential to verify ticket availability through the official website provided by the Peruvian government: With a daily limit of 400 spots, this link enables you to see the real-time ticket availability, helping you make a well-informed decision. While this link is only for checking availability, don’t worry about the purchase; at Machu Picchu Reservations, we handle the entire ticket acquisition process for you. It’s important to note that if the official government page shows that there’s no availability, this applies universally, as both agencies and individual visitors obtain tickets directly from this official source. Therefore, if the site indicates that there are no spots available, unfortunately, no one will have access to tickets for that particular day.
  • LIMITED ACCESS: Access to Waynapicchu is restricted to 400 daily visitors, divided into four groups of 100 people each, with entry times at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m. This limitation helps preserve the site and ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone.
  • RESERVATION ON THE SALKANTAY TREK: If you’re taking the Salkantay trek, we typically book tickets for the 9 or 10 a.m. schedules, allowing you to visit Waynapicchu after your guided tour of Machu Picchu, but if there is not spaces for the later schudle provabli we will buy the schedule which is available.
  • TIME FOR ASCENT AND STAY: The climb to Waynapicchu generally takes about an hour. Once at the top, we recommend spending about 30 minutes enjoying the views before starting the approximately 45-minute descent. In total, you will need between 2 to 2.5 hours for the complete experience.
  • VIEWS AND RUINS AT THE SUMMIT: The summit of Waynapicchu offers spectacular panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape. In addition, you will find ancient Inca constructions, including platforms, houses, and enclosures whose purposes are still a subject of study and admiration.
  • SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: The trail to Waynapicchu can be steep and challenging in some sections. If you suffer from vertigo or fear of heights, be aware that some parts are abrupt and may require the use of your hands to stabilize yourself. In these cases, you might consider other less demanding routes.
  • UNACCOMPANIED BUT SAFE: Although the visit to Waynapicchu does not include a guide, the area is constantly monitored by cameras and park rangers to ensure the safety of all visitors.

MONTAÑA MACHU PICCHU: THE ALTERNATIVE PEAK AVAILABLE FOR CLIMBING: Montaña Machupicchu, which rises to 3080 meters above sea level, is located to the south of the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. To better understand its geographical position, note that the iconic photographs of the Inca citadel are taken from the base of Montaña Machupicchu. It’s essential to distinguish between Montaña Machupicchu and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is the renowned archaeological site visible in most photographs and serves as the area’s central attraction, while Montaña Machupicchu is a separate, accessible peak. If you wish to climb Montaña Machupicchu, you must purchase a ticket. This peak offers unique views and a different perspective of the landscape surrounding the historic citadel.

  • CHECK AVAILABILITY: Before scheduling your visit to Montaña Machupicchu, it’s essential to confirm the availability of tickets. You can do this through the official Peruvian government website: Each day, only 400 tickets are available: 200 for entry to Montaña Machupicchu between 7 and 8 a.m., and another 200 for entry between 8 and 9 a.m. For those planning to climb this mountain during their Salkantay trek tour, we usually purchase tickets for the latter schedule, allowing you to ascend Montaña Machupicchu following your guided tour of the citadel. Booking in advance is highly recommended due to the limited number of spaces. If you’re interested in including this mountain in your Salkantay trek tour, it’s advisable to arrange this when you book your Salkantay trek to ensure availability.
  • CLIMB AND STAY TIME: The total time for a visit to Machu Picchu Mountain is estimated to be between 3 to 3.5 hours. This includes around 1.5 hours for the ascent, 30 minutes to take in the breathtaking views at the summit, and approximately 1 hour for the descent. The path is broader and not as steep compared to other trails but is predominantly made up of stone steps, showcasing an authentic Inca trail. At the peak, you’re rewarded with stunning vistas of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and the encompassing landscape of valleys, rivers, and mountains. On clear days, you can also spot the final segment of the famous Inca Trail.


  • On the Salkantay Trek tour, the Return by TRAIN option includes a standard train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, typically aboard the Expedition or Voyager trains. These trains provide a comfortable, clean, and scenic journey. However, for an even more enhanced experience, you have the option to upgrade to the Vistadome train. The Vistadome boasts expansive windows and a glass ceiling, offering unparalleled panoramic views and a unique way to admire the landscape. Additionally, the Vistadome provides onboard entertainment, including music and dance performances, creating a lively and memorable journey. Should you choose to upgrade to the Vistadome train, an additional fee of $35 per person will be added to your Salkantay Trek tour cost. This upgrade is perfect for those seeking a more luxurious and engaging travel experience back from their adventure.


  • We recommend the use of trekking poles on the Salkantay Trail, as they greatly assist with the long distances covered daily and the numerous slopes encountered. For instance, the second day of the trek involves a 15 km descent from 4700 m to 2900 m over varied terrain including dirt, gravel, and rocks. If you don’t have your own poles, you can rent a pair of professional trekking poles from us for $10. These adjustable poles can be tailored to the terrain conditions and can be compacted and attached to your backpack in less demanding areas. While they are not strictly necessary for individuals in good physical condition, they provide additional support and can enhance your hiking experience.If you’re interested in renting trekking poles, you can add them when booking your tour or rent them upon arrival in Cusco at the Machu Picchu Reservations office for $10. These poles not only offer support on challenging terrains but also help to reduce the strain on your knees and improve balance during your adventure, making them a valuable addition to your trekking gear.


  • If you lack a sleeping bag for your trek, Machu Picchu Reservations offers a rental service. You can reserve one in advance with your package or opt to rent upon reaching Cusco. The cost is $10 for the entire trek duration. Our sleeping bags are tailored for the Salkantay trek’s chilly temperatures, enduring up to minus 10 degrees Celsius and include an extra liner for added warmth. This ensures a cozy and comfortable sleep, enhancing your nighttime experience throughout the adventure.

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