|The Machu Picchu everyone knows and loves|
The hike up Putukusi takes roughly three hours in total, two for the climb up and one for coming back down. Be prepared! Bring a lot of water with you as most of the trail is quite steep and being at the higher altitude, you'll run out of breath easily.
The first 45 minutes of the hike is difficult and then you come upon "the ladder". Quite a daunting sight as you're gasping for air, particularly since "the ladder" stretches at a near 90 degree angle into the sky. Don't worry, it looks much worse than it really is!
|The long, arduous climb up Putukusi|
|Machu Picchu as a speck from Putukusi|
Be careful on the hike down. By now your legs will be exhausted and it can be particularly dangerous, especially if your knees are knocking against each other like coconuts, which mine were!
Have YOU ever heard of Putukusi? Or climbed up its steep trail to witness this other side of Machu Picchu?
© Connie Hum 2011