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Vilcabamba Trek Peru to Machu Picchu (6 Days)

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Vilcabamba Trek Peru

Vilcabamba Trek Peru to Machu Picchu is an amazing adventure, where the trail takes you directly to the last capital of the Incas. This combines a visit to another important Inca city Vilcabamba Espíritu pampa. With Machu Picchu.

Vilcabamba is amazing trek, where the path takes you directly to the last capital of the Incas, therefore combines with visit of another important Inca city Machu Picchu, the wonder of the world, which is spectacular trek for adventurers that love to explore the majestic Andes mountains without crowds, especially enjoying the organic food. 

Hiking with Happy Gringo Tours you are going with the best local tour operator, check out our reviews on TripAdvisor!

Please note that this Machu Picchu trek involves hiking through many high mountain passes. We highly recommend you to acclimate in Cusco to avoid altitude sickness. 

We highly recommend planning your Vilcabamba Trail during the dry season between March and November. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0900 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Assistant tour guide for groups of 9 to 18
  • Professional chef
  • Horses to carry all camping equipments and 8 kgs of your personal items
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Private bus to Huancacalle Quechua village
  • Train from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo
  • Return transportation by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Drinkable water bring your own water for the first morning
  • 5 breakfast, 5 lunches, 5 afternoon snacks, 5 dinners. If you have a dietary requirement please let us know at the moment of booking.
  • Dining tent with chairs and table
  • 4 people tent for 2
  • 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes on night 5
  • Foam sleeping mattress
  • Oxygen bottle tank
  • First aid-kit
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bags (you can hire from us)
  • The first breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 6 (You can have in Aguas Calientes town)
  • Tips for  tour guides, cook and porters
  • Health and travel insurance (You are highly recommended to take out travel/health insurance for the duration of your expedition)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu montaña

Recommended To Carry

  • Trekking boots
  • Original passport and ISIC card
  • Waterproof jacket and rain poncho
  • Warm jackets
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (recommended 35 better if is higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Personal medications
  • Camera and films
  • Torch with spare batteries
  • Water Bottle
What to Expect
  • Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture and organic food
  • Good For: Moderate physical fitness.
  • Difficulty: Difficult.
  • Starting Altitude: 2911 m - 9550 ft.
  • Highest Altitude: 3915 m - 12,844 ft.
  • Hiking Distance: 72 km – 46 miles.
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in tents and 1 night in Aguas Calientes
  • Coldest Night: Day 2 around 0º Celsius and day 4 around 0º celsius
  • Recommendation: Try to arrive to Cusco days in advance to acclimate.

Day 1Cusco - Santa Maria - Huancacalle

We will leave Cusco at 9:00 am. We will be driving you through the Sacred valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here we stop for lunch. After lunch, we will continue to Pantiacolla pass, along the journey we get to see amazing views. 

We will pass through different microclimates and Inca ruins before we get to Santa Maria village. From here, it is an hour to the first campsite Huancacalle Quechua village, basically today everything is by bus. 

At Huancacalle, we will be touring the archaeological sites of Vitcos, Rosaspata and Ñutsahispana – the White rock which was sacred to the Inca Empire. 

Day 2Huancacalle - Vilcabamba site - Llaulli Yoc

Leaving our campsite at Huancacalle we will set out to the high pass. Then the path winds its way up through lush vegetation for about 3 and a half hours during which you’ll get to learn about Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa. 

Our guide will show you many native plants and orchids that thrive in this area, from this pass we’ll begin our descent to our campsite at Rakachaca following original Inca pathways. 

The scenery today is spectacular, with fantastic views of high snow capped peaks, crystal clear streams and lush vegetation all around.

Day 3Llaulli Yoc - Asutiyoc - Racachaca

We will be leaving from the campsite quite early in the morning. We will cross three high passes, the highest of which have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks throughout the day. 

The third day hike of the Vilcabamba trail can be quite exhausting. We will be spending long periods at high altitude and have several passes to cross. However, with such spectacular 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 4Racachaca - Pumaccasa - Mutuypata

After breakfast we will visit a traditional family house to know the lifestyle of the andean community. Today we have an uphill hike which takes us over three passes approx 4 hours to the lunch place. 

On the way we will see amazing views, lakes, Condors and we will be able to appreciate the Machu Picchu mountain in front of us. 

After lunch we have nearly five hours to arrive at the next camping place Mutuy Pata in the middle of the high jungle.

Day 5Mutuypata - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

This is the easiest day of the trek. We will begin with a hike to the village of Yanatile. On our way, we will see many varieties of flora and fauna. We will then reach Santa Teresa.

The village is home to the famous hot springs Cocalmayo. Here you enjoy the relaxing hot springs. Then we will take a bus to Hydroelectric station.

From here you will have the option to hike along the railway tracks for three hours. This is the same route that Hiram Bingham took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu. 

At Aguas Calientes, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room. 

Day 6Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning, we will be taking a bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It will be a 30 minutes drive up the hill. Our guide will assist you in clearing the security control and entering the citadel. 

Once inside the citadel, you will be rewarded with a spectacular sight of the citadel while the clouds clearing by and the golden rays of the sun shimmering on the walls of Machu Picchu. 

We will be giving you a two hours guided tour. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or hike to Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will be directing you to the trail head. 

Alternatively, you can hike to Sun gate or Intipunku. This is the entrance to the citadel for those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

After the tour of Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here we will be serving lunch at a local restaurant. At around 04:00 PM, we will be taking a train back to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will be meeting you on arrival and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be returning to Cusco by 09:30 PM.