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Mt. Putucusi – 1 to 2 Days

Mt. Putucusi – 1 to 2 Days

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Putucusi is a round-shaped mountain located on the opposite side (northeast) of the Urubamba River to Machu Picchu in the Cusco Region of Peru. Reaching approximately 2,560 metres (8,400 ft) above sea level at its peak, the mountain offers epic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding Urubamba River valley.

Putucusi, Machu Picchu (“old peak” in Quechua) and Huayna Picchu (“young peak”) are considered apus or holy mountains by the local Quechua people.

The view of Machu Picchu from the summit requires a 1.5-hour trek up the mountain, with approximately 1,700 wood and rock steps. A recently discovered Inca Trail, the path lies just 10 minutes west of Aguas Calientes following the train tracks along the Urubamba River. The entrance is free.

The first half of the journey is jungle trail, and involves several vertical wooden ladders, the largest of which scales over 100 feet (30 m). The second half presents views of Aguas Calientes and the Urubamba River valley, as the trail ascends the eastern face of Putucusi in switchback fashion. The trail passes through native flora including pisonayes, q’eofias, alisos, puya palm trees, ferns and more than 90 species of orchids.

Highlights

  • Trek ancient Incan trails through cloud forest and climb ladders, for unrivalled views of Machu Picchu.

Duration

1 – 2 Days: Incorporate a trek here as part of your exploration to the Machu Picchu citadel.

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