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Waynapicchu Mountain


The Wayna Picchu Mountain, in Quechua, (with an altitude of 2667 meters above sea level) is part of the eastern foothills of the Salkantay massif, in Cusco, Peru. It is part of a large orographic formation known as the Vilcabamba Batholith, in the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes and is known for being the backdrop of most panoramic photographs of the Inca archaeological remains of Machu Picchu. However, there are also houses important archaeological remains related to the famous Inca complex.


In order to avoid confusion, it must be taken into account that Machu Picchu in Quechua means Old Mountain, while Wayna Picchu means Young Mountain, so it is an analogy between the old man and the young man. Thus the Wayna Picchu is the smallest mountain and the largest mountain is the Machu Picchu that gives the name to the valley and the citadel (In the typical photos you cannot see the Machu Picchu mountain, only Wayna Picchu, leaving Machu Picchu at the back of the photo).


Wayna Mountain has a very steep and narrow road, which includes several sections with steps, stairs carved in the living rock and cables. The ascent varies between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the physical condition of each person, it has a height of 2700 meters above sea level and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is at a height of 2400 meters above sea level so it is 300 meters. For its part, in the mountain of Machu Picchu the road is less steep and has stairs, so it is less dangerous, but this mountain is higher than the Wayna Picchu with a height of 3200 m, with its top at 800 m on the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

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