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“Very Difficult Climb, but well worth it.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Putucusi Mountain

Putucusi Mountain
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: 4-Day Tour
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Barrie, Canada
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“Very Difficult Climb, but well worth it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

The views of Machu Picchu are spectacular from this adjacent mountain! Another good feature is that it is free to climb! The only problem is that it can be quite difficult, as the mountain is very steep. It is 2500 meters high! I have climbed it 3 times and plan to climb it again next year!

Visited August 2013
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Bend, Oregon
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“A must for the adventures who are not afraid of heights!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

After realizing we should have reserved a ticket for the access to climb Cerro Machu Picchu or Wayna Picchu months ago online (they only grant a few hundred permits a day), we were told of a free hike up Putucusi Peak that provides a great free view of Machu Picchu. A sucker for anything with the word free associated with it, we made our way along the railroad tracks at the far end of town to a yellow sign and found the trail to the right heading up. No sign, no warning, just a trail. We entered an open gate and soon found an amazing ladder system up steep granite which eventually turned to stone steps and path. It took an hour or so to top out. Well worth the climb as the view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains is worth it. Remember the way down is easier .

Visited September 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Highlight of the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

A challenging climb, but so worth it! It took us 2 hours 15 minutes to get to the top, and 1 hour 15 min to get back down. You start the hike with 7 ladders, the first of which has 100 rungs on it, and is quite intimidating at first glance. It's not as bad as it looks though. When you get past the 7 ladders, you are not quite half way there, although you feel like you should be almost at the top. There are stone steps most of the way, and the views are simply spectacular. You don't get to see Machu Picchu until the very top, but when you get there, it makes it all worth while. You get to see the entire scene from a very different view that most people don't get to see. It was truly amazing, and made us even more excited to see Machu Picchu up close the next day. Be sure to bring lots of water as unless you climb mountains regularly, you will want it, and a snack. It rained on us on the way down, which made the trek a bit slower and the ladders a bit more tedious, so you might also want to bring a jacket. We were quite muddy when all was said and done. Overall, if you are able to, this is something that is SO worthwhile to do!

Visited September 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Don't miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Yes, crawling up this mountain is quite a piece of work and it helps not to be afraid of heights when you're climbing up the ladders. But arriving at the top with a beautiful view of Machu Picchu and the place to yourself makes the whole trip worth while.
Too bad we had a train to catch and 'only' managed to spend one hour on the summit - I could have stayed there the whole day.
The climb up takes about 1.5-2 hours and you'll get down in about 1 hour.

Visited August 2013
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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“Rewarding experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

If you want to truly enjoy Machu Picchu, you'll probably want to enter the site early in the morning, meaning you'll end up spending the night in Aguas Calientes. Going at the top of Putucusi is therefore a perfect activity once you arrive in AC, as it will give you a rewarding first look at Machu Picchu. As other readers have pointed out, there are ladders to climb, but only one (which you can see on some of the commenters' pictures) is high and impressive. This ladder is at the beginning of the hike, so you can walk up to it and decide whether it is for you or not. Once you have climbed this ladder, there is no real difficulty, but you need good shoes and and a backpack for your water and camera. Other than this, it is a steep climb, but the view is well worth the effort. Would recommend it to any fit person. For us, who did this hike the day before visiting MP, it was a perfect introduction to this magical site!

Visited July 2013
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