Putucusi, in Quechua Happy Mountain, 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 wonderful 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 of Machu Picchu from the top of the Putucusi is impressive. To reach the summit, a two-hour (minimum) walk on the mountain must be carried out. Although it requires physical effort and great care, it is really worth living the experience and enjoy the scenery that is contemplated upon arrival.
To access the base of the Putucusi, beginning of the ascent, it is necessary to make 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 the town 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 coat and footwear to undertake this exciting adventure.