The impressive silhouette of the great Huaynapicchu Mountain has turned Machu Picchu into a world icon through the magnificent photographs spread by the Internet but very few have climbed its rock cliffs and enjoy a unique view of the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
Huaynapicchu Mountain is located north of Machu Picchu Mountain, at an altitude of 2693 m.a.s.l. It is part of the orographic formation known as the Vilcabamba Batolith, which is an extension of the Central Cordillera of the Andes.
Huaynapicchu, in Quechua means Young Mountain and it is part of the three sacred mountains existing in Machu Picchu, that is to say; Machu Picchu Mountain or Old Mountain, Huayna Picchu Mountain or Young Mountain and Putucusi Mountain or Cheerful Mountain.
From the top of this mountain you have a spectacular view of the Inca City of Machu Picchu, roads, bridges, the Sacred Gate of Inti Punku, where you enter the Inca Trail. For all these reasons, it is attributed to Huayna Picchu a control and surveillance function.
The Huaynapicchu Mountain is located between Km 82 to 122 to the northeast of the department of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba, district of Machu Picchu. The Huaynapicchu belongs to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and is north of the Inca City, and can be seen as a background of Machu Picchu in the photos spread of the enigmatic Llaqta or Inca City.