Across the Central Plaza
and at the far end of Machu Picchu is the Sacred Rock, an
object common to most every Inca village. Before a village could be
erected, a sacred stone must be dedicated to the site. The Sacred
Stone of Machu Picchu sits at the base of Huayna Picchu (little peak),
from where you can take a one-hour climb to the top for another excellent
view of the entire valley. Hikers can sign in at the Gatekeeper’s
shack as proof they tackled the steep climb up Huayna Picchu.
If visiting Machu Picchu for only a day most likely there won't be
enough time to explore the ancient grounds and hike this awe-inspiring
mountain (a common postcard picture). Therefore it's a great idea
to plan on absorbing the majestic beauty of the ruins for at least
a couple of days. Many visitors make hiking Huayna Picchu their final
activity of exploration, leaving them with an unforgettable image
and life-long memories. A perfect way to end an unforgettable journey.