Wiñay Wayna

Being able to visit the many archaeological ruins that Peru has is a real privilege in the Andean country. With an extensive ancestral history still being discovered to this day, it is normal to find infinities of complexes and sites throughout the Andean country. But today we will talk about one of the many sites that can be found during the amazing and incredible Inca Trail. The Wiñay Wayna is one of the many archaeological sites belonging to the Inca period. Together with Machu Travel Peru, we want to tell you everything about this wonderful site.



Wiñay Wayna what is

The Wiñay Wayna ruins is an incredible archaeological site belonging to the time of the Inca Empire. The ruins were built by the well-known Inca Pachacutec, one of the main representatives of the Inca culture. These ruins date from the middle of the XV century and were built during the validity of the Inca Empire. It is also one of the many stops offered by the well-known Classic Inca Trail, being located just on its route. Its purpose is still a mystery as is the case with numerous other archaeological ruins, but it is believed that it previously had some kind of spiritual or religious significance. It is even believed to be a resting place where royalty or elders could rest before reaching the Wonder of the World.

The Wiñay Wayna ruins boast a wonderful architectural, agricultural and religious style. Even its architecture is quite similar to that of Machu Picchu, with its buildings constructed of monolithic granite. One of the Machu Picchu facts that surround the place is the evidence with which its structure follows the Inca worldview of adapting the different constructions to the natural environment, just as it happens in the Wonder of the World. The site is attached to the side of a mountain, being modified for the different agricultural activities that took part in the place. To appreciate the true beauty that the place emanates, it is necessary to see it on your own.


wiñay wayna where is it

The Wiñay Wayna site is located within the route known as the Inca Trail. It is located about 5 minutes from the walking trail around the hillside south of the visitor center. The site is located in a cloud forest, with mist constantly moving in and out. One of the main characteristics of the place is that the slopes of the mountains claim a powerful green where you can appreciate the nature of the destination. Despite the unparalleled beauty of the place, it is very little crowded by visitors or tourists. The only and best way to enjoy this particular site is through an Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You arrive from the third day of the hiking route, although you can also opt for the shorter 2-day alternative of the Inca Trail.


wiñay wayna how to get

To get to Wiñay Wayna, it is of great importance to book in advance your ticket for the Inca Trail, either the classic option or the short 2-day alternative. Some Machu Picchu tours usually offer the Inca Trail included and you will not have to worry about booking your tickets. During the entire hiking route, you will be accompanied by a professional guide and other companions who will help you get to this incredible and beautiful place. It is one of the last stops you will find on the hiking route and is located just 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Machu Picchu. The site is a short walk from the main camps and is accessible during most of the day.


wiñay wayna recommendations

If you want to visit Wiñay Wayna, you must book at least 6 months in advance of your route tickets. It is also good to be physically prepared for the hiking route, even if it is not a very difficult trail, one of the things that affect the most is the height at which you will find yourself. Therefore, try to acclimatize for a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

It is also advisable that you decide to do the Inca Trail during the dry season since you will not have bothersome rains during your tour. Keep in mind that the dry season coincides with the high tourist season, so the Inca Trail cost can be influenced.


wiñay wayna tour

If you are going to choose to visit Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail tour is one of the best to appreciate the different landscapes of the Andes Mountains. The hiking route through the ruins will allow you to climb the mountain, allowing you to explore the entire archaeological complex. Dare to enjoy the beautiful subtropical climate and the exceptional views of the Valley. You will have several opportunities to take photos of the amazing Wiñay Wayna site and much more.


As you see, the Wiñay Wayna ruins are one of the best to enjoy during your tour of the majestic Inca Trail, but it is not the only one. We hope together with Machu Travel Peru to have inspired you for your next visit. You can consult our advisors for more information about the Inca Trail.

Peru has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. With many years of experience in the tourism sector, Machu Travel Peru is happy to help with anything regarding your trip to Machu Picchu and any tours around it. Make your Machu Picchu experience an unforgettable one!