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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu (6 Days)

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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu is amazing adventure, where the trail takes you directly to the last capital of the Incas, therefore combines with visit of another important Inca city Vilcabamba.

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!.

Mutuy pata third night campsite.

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
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.
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Santa Maria - Huancacalle

We leave Cusco at 9:00 am on the way to Ollantaytambo, where we stop for lunch, then we continue to Pantiacolla pass, along the journey we get to see amazing views, pass through different microclimates and Inca ruins before to get Santa Maria village which is an hour left to arrive the first campsite Huancacalle Quechua village, basically today everything is by bus (No hiking on day 1)

Day 2Huancacalle - Vilcabamba site - Llaulli Yoc

Leaving our campsite at Huancacalle we will set out for 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, 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 it is a spectacular day through and through

Day 3Llaulli Yoc - Asutiyoc - Racachaca

Today once again has amazing sceneries. As we carry on towards Machu Picchu we cross three high passes, the highest of which is have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks throughout the day. Hiking 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 spectacular views it is easy to lose yourself in the moment so you hardly notice how tired you are to 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 uphill hike which take 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 the next camping place Mutuy Pata in the middle of the high jungle.

Day 5Mutuypata - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

The easiest day of the trek, after breakfast we hike the whole morning gradually all the way down by the middle of the high jungle to arrive the lunch spot, which is in Santa Teresa the famous hot springs Cocalmayo, where you enjoy the relaxing hot springs. Then we take bus to Hydroelectric station to take the train to Aguas Calientes, in order to spend the last night in a hotel.

Day 6Machu Picchu - Cusco

The most important of the hike, we’ll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu the lost citadel of the Incas. We have 2 hour guided tour of the city, during this walking tour we will visit the most important temples of Machu Picchu. After the tour you will have free time to explore by your own. Then you have to take bus to Aguas Calientes town in order to take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you carry on by bus to Cusco

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