Putucusi Mountain Hike Near Machu Picchu

Putucusi, in Quechua, means Happy Mountain; Putucusi is considered an APU, which means Sacred Mountain.

When you reach 2,560 meters above sea level at its highest point, you can see a fantastic view that contemplates the sacred city of Machu Picchu, the mountain Huayna Picchu Valley and the Urubamba River that surrounds it.

The perspective that you can appreciate Machu Picchu from the top of Putucusi Mountain is impressive. A two-hour (minimum) walk on the mountain must reach the summit. Although it requires physical effort and excellent care, it is worth living the experience and enjoying the scenery contemplated upon arrival.

Putucusi mountain to access, it is necessary to take a walk following the tracks of the train that are to 10 minutes to the west of Aguas Calientes and that they extend along the Urubamba River. A sign that indicates access to the Putucusi mountain is visible a few minutes from the route.

The first half of the trail has abundant vegetation and has several vertical scales, the largest of which is over 30 meters. In the second part, you can see great views of Aguas Calientes and the Urubamba River Valley as the road ascends the eastern side of the Putucusi zigzag.

The traveler will travel through the native flora, including Pisonayes Q’eofias, Alisos, palm trees, puya, ferns, and more than 90 species of orchids.

The road is marked by what will be at all times oriented. It is necessary to be well hydrated and have adequate coats and footwear to undertake this exciting adventure to Putucusi Mountain Hike.

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