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Travels in South America

So you want to climb Wayna Picchu? Are you sure? Just checking.

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Waynapicchu is in the background

Wayna Picchu the Mountain

Let’s talk mountains. Wayna Picchu is a mountain. It is not a hill, nor a hike, it is a mountain climb.

Talk about a challenge!

For many, it is a challenge in their personal lives to hike this incredible experience and accomplish this mountain. For some, like myself and my friend Joyce, it was a terrifying hike up a mountainside where we stopped 15 minutes from the top and decided we were done!
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? When our “Peru Crew” made plans to go to “Peru” Machu Picchu was a given. I, a person who likes to research, just for WHATEVER reason thought that Wanya Pichhu was a settlement “inside” Machu Picchu. So a big fat MY BAD on this one. Did I learn quickly after getting to Peru, that we all paid for the adventure of climbing up the side of a mountain! WTH.

To the top of the mountain, they said!


Well, after a beautiful sunrise in Machu Picchu and some more walking, Jesus our guide took us to the entrance of Wyanapicchu. Here are a few things to know:

  1. You must pay for the ticket in advance, just like Machu Picchu.
  2. Walking sticks are frowned upon or not even allowed in Machu Picchu, but please bring them to Waynapicchu, unless your fingertips have claws.
  3. Only 400 people are allowed in a day and it is very specific. Read the rules here!
  4. You must sign in and you must have your passport.
  5. THIS IS A MOUNTAIN! REMEMBER THIS.
  6. Take your time, people will pass you but they are respectful, remember they are trying to breathe as well
  7. Take breaks. Joyce and I took the most breaks and honestly I am shocked I made it as far as I did.
  8. Wear good hiking boots.
  9. Dress for the occasion. Do your research on the weather that day.
  10. These are not perfectly carved steps. The steps can change with each turn.
  11. If you just feel like you can’t make it, then stop. Nothing is worth your life.
  12. The view once at the top is amazing (this is from our friends who continued).
  13. It is perfectly ok to skip this and explore Machu Picchu or the Sungate.
  14. Adventurer souls, look no further, there are plenty of other incredible hikes, but this one is amazing.
  15. You have to sign out! They want to make sure everyone who goes in, comes out!
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The picture above is after the climb! We were pooped out!

With all that being said, it is an amazing mountain climb. I know, I know the “real” mountain climbers may disagree, but it was my first and probably my last. So, it is an amazing mountain climb. Joyce and I chose life this day and that meant admitting that we just did NOT want to go any further. The altitude, the steep steps and the lack of rails were a great deciding factor.
It is not for just everyone, this climb, but Joyce and I are part of the 85% percent club. We got 85% of the climb and it was enough. Hats off to the other 7 crew members for making it all the way up. We were waiting for you, catching our breath and taking a cat nap!
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated!
Chau!
Sheri

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