Vilcabmaba trek peru, is an alternative inca trail hike: This vilcabamba private hike is a wonderful trekking program, that brings you to discover machu picchu; it’s one of the most important trekking trails in peru. The history of Vilcabamba has always been shrouded in mystery, the area was the last stronghold of the Incas against the Spanish occupation. Many of the most important battles were fought in this area, of mountains, in the fringes of the upper jungle. It has remained almost untouched to this day, if you take this hike, you won’t see busloads of tourists, it’s hard to get here. There are many small villages and Inca sites too. The Spaniards never found the gold of the incas that were buried in secret sites, it is a remote area, that keep intact nature and its a great place to see mountain passes, traverse through jungle areas, remote villages where we will see people living in ways that have changed very little in centuries, and we will test ourselves as the going is hard, but the result is very rewarding.
To complete this trek with succes, you need to be in a good physical conditions, and prepared to do a lot of climbing and downhill, we bring mules to carry the equipment, and a cook to make tasty food for every meal!
Vilcabamba Trek Peru:daily departures in private service.
Vilcabamba Trek Itinerary day 01: “Cusco – Vilcabamba – white rock – Pillao Pata” The fantastic vilcabamba trek to machu picchu, starts with an early departure from cusco (05:00am), and drive towards Ollantaytambo, from ollantaytambo the bus road is up hill until the Malaga pass at 4,600m, the summit of the road offers such a fantastic view of wakay willca snow mount, also the valley of la convecion. On the road we pass some small Inca sites, we may stop at one of the villages to see the way of the local campesinos (farmers). Then we descent to 1000m in a humid tropical setting with plantations of coca and fruit groves. We will arrive at noon to Huancacalle 3400m, the last village on the way. At arrival we’ll lunch. After lunch Lunch we will start with a gentle hike crossing a river we take a trail through vines and bushes to see the inca site of Vilcabamba, it is situated on a small hill that has great view to the valley, the guide will explain about the site, then the vilcabamba trek peru, leads to the white rock that is an enormous carved rock that has being used as a shrine, at around there some nice plants, clear water running and terraces; after the mentioned places we take a path that will lead us to the first camp at a settlement name (Trek difficulty: Moderate. Total distance: 5 km “3 miles”. Estimated walking time: 4 hours).
Day 02: Huacacalle – Hasutina Pass – Raqa Chaca: This is the place where the hike truly starts. After a good breakfast we start walking towards the raqachaca, the hike follows a trail surrounded by native trees, gentle uphill take us to the 1st summit named hasutina “a place where you get wiped” the summit has a great view of snow mountains, valleys and we may see eagles overflying the area. From here we descend through a trail that not frequented even by locals. After an hour downhill we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue downhill and arrive in to a valley that is home of few shepherds that they farm some tubers such as potatoes, oca and lisas, the trail crosses an small river with clear water and we will camp nearby, surrounded by vegetation and mountains.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge , medium hard. Total distance: 12 km “6 miles”. Estimated walking time: 7-8 hours).
Day 03: Raqachaca – Laco Cocha: After breakfast we will begin a fantastic ascent, at first the trail lead beside an small river on an uphill path, then there is coming a short gentle level ground where we cross an stream (no bridge, but there is not much water, we take off our shoes and cross it), then we start with an uphill hill, the trail is unique, snow cap mounts are surrounding, finally we summit the Mojon pass at 4600m. From here the path leads in a uphill and downhill section, we walk by the original stone paved inca trail, we will see some lagoons, we arrive at soyro cocha lagoon where we stop and have lunch. After lunch we continue our path and start descending by switchback path. our camp site is going to be situated at the trees mark, where the running water though the stream is going to please us the night at Lacco cocha 3700m.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 14 km. Estimated walking time: 8 hours).
Day 4: Lacco qocha, yanatile, Santa Teresa: This section of the Vilcabamba to machu picchu hike takes mostly by the ceja de selva or jungle`s brow, this is altitude rain forest, we will pass, along orchids, bamboo. The trail goes by a downhill section, the trail has recently being cleared up by the locals and it looks great, trees are worth to stop and see along the entire trail; while lower elevation we will find more vegetation, once we cross the chaupi chaca (the bridge in the middle we will be in the high jungle, while lower elevation the trees are taller, we will find coffee plants, avocado trees, banana plantations and many other fruits. we arrive at yanatile and have lunch, after lunch our vehicle will ride us to santa teresa town where we will have the chance to go in to the hot springs that will be a perfect relaxing time after a n interesting but exhausting path.
(Trek Difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 18 km. Estimated walking time: 7 hours).
Day 5: Santa Teresa – Machu Picchu Town: It is an easy day, after breakfast we follow the route that is 7km distance and takes about 2 hours of walk, then we stop at the hydroelectric power plant, we have our box lunch, then we continue hiking 10 more kilometer ” 6miles” to aguas calientes; The trail follows a path next to the train tracks, it is an easy and nice walk for about 3 hours, from the trail it is possible to see machu picchu. We will stop along the way to enjoy flower, trees and birds. We arrive to aguas calientes at around 14hours, we go directly to the hotel where you can shower and relax until dinner time.
(Trek Difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 17 km. Estimated walking time: 6 hours.
Day 6: Machu Picchu Tour: Wake up at around 5:00 am and take bus ride to the archaeological park, this will be an exciting day, where a complete guided tour is waiting for, the visit to the Inca citadel will take approximately 2 hours but our guides are not on rush to they take three hours of tour, the guide will take you by all the most important sector of the citadel. After tour, if you got the ticket for huayna Picchu Mountain you can climb up, to experience a spectacular view of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surrounds it, visit the temple of the moon, or the fabulous Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes from where we take the train back to Cusco. Where successfully end our vilcabamba trek.
(Meals Included: B. Trek Difficulty: Medium).