Huayna Picchu's peak with plants in the foreground. The terraces and ruins are visible on top of Huayna Picchu.

Huayna Picchu, which in Quechua roughly translates to “Young Peak,” is the majestic sugarloaf mountain that rests behind the northern side of Machu Picchu. Its dramatic shape and backdrop against the ruins are, in part, why Machu Picchu is so striking in appearance.

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