This activity involves climbing up a mountain via ladders and stone steps. Even though Putucuzi is a smaller mountain in comparison to Waynupichu, the famous green mountain in the backdrop of the ruines of Maachu Pichu, it is by far a tougher climb and not for the weak hearted, the acrophobic, or those not up for a strenuous challenge. The reward is bragging rights, and the nice view of the ruines of Maachu Pichu and Waynupichu. I suggest you leave your kids at the bottom of the mountain unless they are up for a real challenge. I suggest an athletic age of 15 and over with an accompanying adult. It is a journey/climb you will never forget. I would not recommend this for seniors but if it is any consolation, I did talk to two senior women climbing down who claimed to have reached the top. Entrance to this mountain is free which is nice but that also means there is no pickup if you fall off of the mountain. Climb at your own risk. Good thing is, the ladder is quite secure and shows no signs of wear or tear. The question remains in the form of a challenge; Are you up for it?
Equipment: I suggest bringing a small backpack with a few provisions such as a snack and some water. Do not make this bag heavy as that will impede your climb up the mountain.
Although I love hiking I didn't do the inca trail (too expensive and too many people on that track).
To do dome hiking anyway we walk the way to Machu Picchu. Once you get on the beginning of the hill, you can get up bij the inca stairs. These are pretty intense. Walking back we walked in to some peruvians who where dressed up like incas. They did the track bare footed RESPECT!!!!!!
The track took about 2 hours. We did it before sunrise.
This is also a budget tip. The shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu seems to be expensive.
There were many massage centers in Aguas Calientes. They are meant to treat people coming here after the 4 day trekking of the INCA TRAIL. I didn't use them, as I was short of time, but it would have been a good idea!
If you have time enough, there are some hot springs in Aguas Calientes (that's the meaning of the town anyway, "hot waters"). I didn't go, as I had no time before the train, but I heard it is a nice experience, specially after a hard 4 days trekking.
BTW, they rent towels and swimming suits there, so no need to bring your own!
Equipment: Entrance: 10 soles.