A few years ago the Ministry of Culture in charge of administering entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, put a daily restriction on the amount of people that could hike Huayna Picchu. They created a combination ticket that granted general admission to Machu Picchu and a separate entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain. The new ticket type limits entrance to just 400 people per day, at two set entrance times.
If you want to hike Huayna Picchu then you too will need to buy the combination ticket of Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu. The two entrance times are 7-8 am and 10-11 am. You need to present yourself at wardens cabin between the times indicated to gain entrance. Each entrance time has a limit of just 200 people, and tickets are sold on a first come first served bases.
Due to the limited number of entrances, these tickets types often sell out far in advance of the ticket date, sometimes 1-2 months in advance. This is particular true during peak tourist season such as the week of Inti Raymi (June 24), December 24 and 25 and also around New Year. For the rest of the year, we notice that these tickets are usually still available around 2-3 weeks before the date of entrance (although of course this is not guaranteed).
Huayna Picchu is the iconic mountain behind Machu Picchu that is featured in most classic pictures of the Inca citadel. It is a slightly challenging yet fun hike, that takes most people around 1 hour to get up and the same to come back down. The mountain also has its own Inca ruins in the form of agricultural terracing and housing. The view from the very top of Huayna Picchu is spectacular and affords magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
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For more information about the Huayna Picchu hike read this recent article