Vilcabamba trek, is an alternative machu picchu treks, a wonderful trekking program, that brings you to discover machu picchu; it’s one of the most important trekking trails in peru, but rarely visited. 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, the sites has remained almost untouched to this day, if you take this hike, you won’t see busloads of tourists, because no many companies and tour guides knows about it. There are many small villages and Inca sites too, where spaniards never found the gold of the incas, those were buried in secret sites. The Vilcabamba trek, has intact nature and it’s a great places with scenic mountain views and the high jungle.
To compete the vilcabamba hike, including Machu Picchu, it is needed 6 and 5 nights, couple of days in cusco city to get adjusted to the highland will be enough. Discover vilcabamba to Machu Picchu trek leaded by expert, professional local guides. This trek is entire organized by Us.
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Day 01: Cusco – Vilcabamba – white rock – Pillao Pata The fantastic vilcabamba trek to machu picchu, begins with an early meet up in your hotel and drive towards northwest of Cusco, from ollantaytambo the bus road is up hill until the Malaga pass at 4,600m, here the view is magnificent, snow covered picks, jungle vegetation, and the location are the moments that one deserves to the soul. On the road we pass some small Inca sites, we may stop at one of the villages to see the way of the campesinos (farmers). Then we descent to 1000m in a humid tropical setting with plantations of coca and fruit groves. At noon we will reach Huancacalle 3400m, the last village before the hike, at arrival we’ll lunch. After 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, situated on a small hill that has great view to the valley, the guide will explain about the site, then it leads to the white rock that is an enormous carved rock that has being used as a shrine, we can enjoy the view of exotic plants, clear water streams and terraces; Then we continue by a path that will lead us to the first camp named Pillao Pata (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).