All areas of Machu Pichu are so interesting, it realy helps to have a good guide to explain everything.
This temple is around the back side of Huayna Picchu and was well worth the effort to get there. If you're up on Huayna Picchu you can take the trail down the back side (very steep in places and some undergrowth and foliage to navigate - I hope they've cleared the path a bit now). It's farther than you think... More
We were advised by our guide at MP to take the path "down the back side of HP" to the temple. After climbing HP in 45 minutes, we decided to try it. Wow, it was not really "down" the back side. It was down and back up and way back up. I am relatively fit, and there were times when... More
This is a little bit less spectacular than Machu Picchu, but it is worth to visit . Try to include it as part of your tour when you visit the Sacred Valley. You will have to walk a little bit but you will enjoy it.
After climbing Wayna Pichu, you can follow the path and go to this temple, the path has steps on some parts and is a bit steep. I demands around 1 hour more. Is really quiet there, not a lot of people go. If you have time and you feel fit enough for an extra hike, do it¡
We managed to hike to the temple of the moon and back in 1 hour 15 minutes as we were in a bit of a rush with Huayna Picchu closing. A few snakes on the way slowed us down though we were rewarded with this really special place off the beaten track.
It took about 40mins to walk to from Huayna Picchu and a difficult 1.5hours to climb back up. I am glad I did the full loop as not many do, but the ruins themselves are not spectacular.
When we reached the top of Huayna picchu we saw a sign that said 45 min walk. It was more like 2 hours. Straight down and then straight back up. There were a couple of times I did not think I would make it. It was not worth the extra climbing to me.
We made a side-trip to visit the Temple of the Moon after descending from Huayna Picchu. The path branches off as you near the exit/entry-way from Machu Picchu. Told by a hiker who had just finished visiting that “the Temple is just a few minutes away,” we were somewhat surprised to find that the hike took almost an hour and... More
I went there after I had climbed Wayna Picchu. It's a 40 minutes trip down in a poor staircase and about 1,5 hours to climb up again. When I was down there, in the temple, the aspect was not good and stunk a lot.
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