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Putucusi Mountain, mountain with free entrance in Machu Picchu

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Many of us have visited the Inca city Machu Picchu, but we have not realized all the mountains that we can find around the archaeological site, because from there you can see Putucusi or known as the hidden jewel of Machu Picchu.

It is an impressive mountain, those who love extreme adventure will surely love it because it is located at an altitude of 2,560 m and from the top you can see the entire Inca city; plus the ascent is steep Huayna Picchu type.

Today we will know a little more about this mountain, you will know how to get there, what to see and do, what is the difficulty and some recommendations to go and enjoy the scenery.

How to get to Putucusi Mountain?

To get to Putucusi mountain can be difficult and dangerous at the same time, but if you are going to climb this mountain, you should go with a guide or specialized traveler so that your ascent is good.

Before starting the trek you must have a good physical condition, safety and above all not be afraid of heights or what you might find on the way, now with these recommendations let's start our adventure in Putucusi.

We must start from the town of Aguas Calientes and follow the railroad track to a detour that will take us to the mountain, from there begins the journey and the ascent. At first the first point of ascent had a wooden ladder, but now these have been removed, and you will only find two ropes with which you will have to climb.

Yes, the stretch is difficult, that's why I told you that you had to be physically fit and not be afraid of what lies ahead, according to the guides some tourists desist from continuing because the route demands a lot of physical effort and it is very steep.

And we continue our adventure until we reach the top of Putucusi mountain and see the archaeological constructions of Machu Picchu, the view is horizontal, so it allows you to see much of the Sanctuary, things you can not see from there, such as: the terraces that are even in the lower part, Huayna Picchu and all the mountains surrounding it, the river and more.

  • From the town of Machu Picchu you must follow the train route until you reach a detour where there is a sign indicating the way to Putucusi.
  • Travel time is 4 hours
  • It has a very high level of difficulty, because there are no safety ropes and you just have to climb the bamboo ladders and in some cases just go along the path with all the nature around you.
  • You must be physically prepared to reach the top and contemplate the panorama.

What is Putucusi Mountain?

The Putucusi Mountain is one of the guardians of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, it is also considered one of the hidden gems because few people have visited it.

It is known because from its top you can see the entire Inca city of Machu Picchu, but it is difficult to climb up to it, as the ascent is steep and you have to climb wooden stairs.

What to see and do in Putucusi Mountain?

  • You will be able to see the constructions of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu horizontally.
  • You will be able to see the mountains surrounding the sanctuary such as Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
  • The Apurimac River that embraces the mountains.
  • You will be able to see from the top the entire valley and part of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon jungle.
  • Along the way you will be able to see animals and plants typical of the area.

What does Putucusi mean?

The name Putucusi means "happy mountain" precisely because of the beauty of its landscape, the top of the mountain shows a round shape and from there you can also appreciate the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Is admission to Putucusi Mountain free?

Yes, to enter the happy mountain you don't have to buy an entrance ticket because you can do it for free, however, if you are going to visit I recommend that you go in a group and hire the services of a guide to lead you and help you in your adventure.

Difficulty to climb Putucusi mountain

Definitely, the ascent to the peak of the mountain is dangerous, because much of the way you have to climb the bamboo stairs and the road is steep, there are some flat parts, but mostly are pure climbs, many visitors desist from climbing because of its difficulty.

The ascent is very different from the Huayna Picchu mountain, since there are roads or stone climbs, ropes where you can hold on; instead to reach the top of Putucusi in simply trees, flowers and you climbing without any protection or where to hold on, therefore if it has a high difficulty to reach the top and see the whole panorama..

Recommendations for visiting Putucusi Mountain

  • If you are going to visit the Putucusi mountain, do it during the months of April to October (dry season) because there is no rain and the road is safer.
  • Do not hike to this mountain if you are afraid of heights.
  • If you are an expert hiker you can climb to the top, but if you are a beginner I recommend that you go accompanied and better with someone who has traveled before.
  • Wear warm clothing, hat.
  • Carry mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
  • Take plenty of water and snacks, remember that if there are wrappers or fruit peels keep them in a plastic bag to deposit them in the garbage cans at the end.
  • Wear trekking shoes, the trail is usually slippery, so having a good shoe will help you a lot and at the same time your feet won't get hurt, etc.
  • Wear safety harnesses, anti-slip gloves in case you need them.
  • Don't forget your camera to capture the best views of the landscape.

In conclusion, if you are a lover of extreme adventures, climbing the Putucusi mountain will be one of the most beautiful experiences that you will take from this place; but remember that if you are going to climb it you must go in a group as we are surrounded by trees you must be careful with the road.

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