Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This hike connects Vilcabamba (the last Inca refuge) with Machu Picchu, along the walk you will visit the archaeological remains of Vilcabamba and surroundings, where you can better understand the Inca and Pre-Inca Culture.

5 Days
from USD 875.00

Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This new alternative to reach Machu Picchu in 5 days and 4 nights, Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu is a hidden treasure for more than 500 years, since this route was not affected by civilization and tourism, this walk covers many kilometers Inca road original and very well preserved, the landscapes, nature, snowy mountains, flora and peculiar fauna, will do as if it returned 500 years.

The walk of Vilcabamba takes you where the Incas made their final resting place. After the Spanish invasion, the Incas retreated into the jungle from where they continued to resist the occupation. Vilcabamba was the last Inca city and this hike takes you to some of the last domains of this empire. With beautiful landscapes, Inca sites and a great variety of flora and fauna.

This tour is designed for lovers of walking and culture, without a doubt it will be the experience of your life, especially if you do not want to meet tourists along the way, we recommend you take this new route to reach the new wonder of the world Machu Picchu

Trip Overview: 

 

Starting Altitude - 2911m / 9550ft.

Highest Altitude - 3915m / 12,844ft.

Overall Difficulty - Difficult

 

Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Santa Maria - Huancacalle - Pilaupata

Day 2: Pilaupata - Rak'achaca

Day 3: Rak'achaca - Mutuypata

Day 4: Mutuypata - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Day 1: Santa Maria - Huancacalle - Pilaupata

The first day of our trip is dedicated to getting us out to the trailhead. The Vilcabamba Trek is so remote that just getting to where we can begin the trek is a mission in itself. Leaving at 03:00 am our bus will take you over the Abra de Malaga Pass (4,650m) and down to the coffee area of Santa Maria at 1,100 metres above the sea level!

The journey isn't over yet and after spending some time touring a local farm we'll carry on by bus to Huancacalle where our trek will begin. The area around Huancacalle is rich in Inca sites including the White Rock (a large rock with elaborate carvings) and Vitcos one of the summer residences of the Inca emperor.

Our tour of the area will last around 3 hours after which we will carry on to our campsite at Pilaupata (3630m / 11909 ft.) along an original Inca Trail.

Day 2: Pilaupata - Rak'achaca

Leaving our campsite at Pilaupata we will set out for the high pass. The path winds its way up through lush vegetation for about 3 and a half hours during which you'll get to learn about the many native plants and flowers that thrive in this area. From the pass we'll begin our descent to our campsite at Rak'achaca (3570m / 11712 ft.) following original Inca pathways.

The scenery today is beautiful, with fantastic views of high snow-capped peaks, crystal clear rivers and lush vegetation all around it is a spectacular day through and through.

Day 3: Rak'achaca - Mutuypata

Today once again has spectacular scenery. As we carry on towards Machu Picchu we cross three high passes, the highest of which is 3860m / 12664 ft. and have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks throughout the day.

Walking today can be quite taxing (it's definitely the hardest day of the trek) as we spend long periods at high altitude and have several passes to cross, however with such great views it is easy to lose yourself in the moment so you hardly notice how tired you are until you lie down at the end of the day.

Day 4: Mutuypata - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

Today is the last leg of our journey; we have a 4 hour trek from our campsite to the village of Xanatile during which we'll pass by a canyon filled with roaring water and through an area full of plantations producing a variety of fruits as well as coffee beans.

On arrival to Yanatile we'll take a bus (1 hour) on to Santa Teresa and then continue walking following the course of the river until we arrive to the Hydro Electric station where we'll take a train on to Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Included

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment
  • Mules to carry 7kg of personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to Santa Teresa, bus from Xanatile to Santa Maria and train from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • Sleeping mattress (you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Not Included

  • Every trekker needs a sleeping bag, when camping. Available for rent: USD 25
  • Inflatable air mattresses. Available for rent: USD 20
  • Walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but encouraged. Available for rent: USD 20

Additional Items:

There are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Huayna Picchu: $75 per person
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 per person
  • Vistadome Train (one way): $75 per person

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