Wayna Picchu is a peak in Peru around which the Urubamba River curves. It is situated in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Territory, and Machu Picchu District. It raises over Machu Picchu the, lost city of the Incas and sub divides it. The Incas built a track up the side of the Wayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its peak. The peak of Wayna Picchu is about 2,710 meters above sea level or about 360 meters higher than Machu Picchu.
According to local guides, the peak of the mountain was the home for the high priest and the local virgins. It was a tradition in previous year that that every morning before sunrise the priest along with a small group of people used to walk to Machu Picchu to welcome every single new day. This is place has three major temples among which the famous “Temple of the Moon” is also included nestling on the side of the mountain and is situating at an altitude lower than Machu Picchu. Beside this temple another blessed temple with fine stonework is “Great Cavem”. The other local temples are – Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, Temple of Sun also known as Torren.
The number of daily visitors in Wayna Picchu is restricted, which cannot exceed 400. Being a restricted area there are some following process to enter. Advance purchase of online tickets is available. A vertical and at times exposed climb leads to peak. Some portions are slippery but cables are provided to get support while climbing. During monsoon climbing is forbidden due to poor physical condition. From the peak an another trail leads down to Gran Caverna and the Temple of the Moon. These natural caves on the North side of the mountain are lower than the starting point of the trail. The turn back path from the caves completes a circle around the mountain as it joins the major track again.
Beside the scenic beauty of Wayna Picchu the number of accidents is much more. This peak is famous for its natural beauty as well as it is well known for accidents which took place over here.
Every year the statistics of accidents are also increasing with the popularity of this place. In 1997 an American tourist plunged to her death after slipping on a mountain pathway overlooking Machu Picchu. In 2004 a Russian tourist died after being struck by lighting while mountaineering on the peak. In 2011 an Australian man died inside a tower at Machu Picchu after suffering a assumed heart attack. In the year 2014 a German tourist died while taking a picture from this peak and so on….
Considering both the marvelous as well as the haunting side it can be stated that this peak is one of the gorgeous sight of the world. Everyone can be advised to explore this natural creation of world at least once of his lifetime but obviously safety measures is also very essential. Because nobody wants to meet hell while exploring heaven!!!