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Winay wayna is a fantastic historical site. It is an agricultural site featuring a huge number of terraces running down the side of a remote mountain, together with a series of fountains running down to some houses at the centre of the site. The views...More
After a long third day on the Inca Trail the last thing that you want to do is a side track to another attraction.
However, you are missing out big time if you do not find the extra energy to make the relatively short 15...More
One of the optional routes on the Inca trail takes you from km104 to Winay Wayna. Following the sharp curves of the valley leads you to this impressive site, hidden on the steep sides of the hillside typical of this area. You get an idea...More
Considered incidental to the main trek to the Sun Gate it is definitely worth the small detour to take in the breath-taking views of the Inca site. Peace and tranquillity are the two abiding memories of this site. This is accessible following the main ascent...More
Ok, so we got unlucky...it rained!
We started the climb at 9am and had no idea what to expect or how long it was going to take. The climb to the top is tough and long, roughly 2 hours up and an hour down. If...More
We reach Winay Wayna on the 3rd day of our Inca Trail Trek. Out of all the sites on the Inca Trail (including Machu Picchu), this was by far the most spectacular. Not only is this site relatively untouched, we were fortunate enough to have...More
This is halway up teh mountain on the 2-day Inca Trail hike that we did with Alpaca Exhibitions. It's a more holy site than Machu Picchu apparently. Since we were waiting to see the big one though, we weren't THAT excited about it - and...More
This was the last set of Inca ruins I saw on the Inca trail before heading out to Machu Picchu itself the very next morning. It was very close to that last campsite.
As we traversed the Inca trail, and got closer to Machu Picchu,...More
I was there in May 2017 and we came up from the rail line (the one day hike of the Trail). You go through a checkpoint at that location and they record passport information etc. I don't believe that they let you... More
I was there in May 2017 and we came up from the rail line (the one day hike of the Trail). You go through a checkpoint at that location and they record passport information etc. I don't believe that they let you through unless you are being guided. This prevents people from wandering around aimlessly without at least some form of supervision. We then walked from Winaywayna to the Sun Gate. During that trek we did not encounter one person walking from the Sun Gate to Winawayna. I can't recall if it was actively prevented though. One way or another, it is a must visit. I
Winaywayna is a wonderful secret and was a pleasant surprise for us. It is not inundated with tourists like Macchu Picchu is. As you note there are only a couple of ways to get there so only those who make the trek get to see it. When we visited it there were only 13 people wandering around the ruins and the views were breathtaking. 2 waterfalls nearby and no 'security' directing you in the 'proper' direction to be walking. It is as much a must see as MPicchu was.
Response from Kathleen D | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I didn't see this question. I hiked from KM104 last year. I was 68 years old with a bad back at the time. I have hiked most of my life, but my back has slowed me down a lot. I think your kids are old enough to... More
I'm sorry, I didn't see this question. I hiked from KM104 last year. I was 68 years old with a bad back at the time. I have hiked most of my life, but my back has slowed me down a lot. I think your kids are old enough to do it as long as they know what to expect and get encouragement. It's not a tough climb, and you can go at your own pace with a guide. I have a 9 year old granddaughter and I think she could do it easily. The climb up the stairs to Winawayna is a little challenging, the stairs are quite tall in some places. I'm 5'4" and had a few challenges, but was fine.
Response from NiallODonoghue | Reviewed this property |
Winay Wayna is an ancient Incan settlement located on the Inca trail itself. It is located very close to the campsite for trekkers at the end of day 3 so unless you have a permit to do the Inca Trail you will probably not be... More
Winay Wayna is an ancient Incan settlement located on the Inca trail itself. It is located very close to the campsite for trekkers at the end of day 3 so unless you have a permit to do the Inca Trail you will probably not be able to get to Winay Wayna.