VILCABAMBA TO MACHU PICCHU 5D/4N
This trek takes you off the beaten path to the last Inka city, where the Inkas made their last stand.
Private Service Price
- 2 people USD$ 825.00 per person
- 3 people USD$ 775.00 per person
- 4 people USD$ 735.00 per person
- 5+ people USD$ 699.00 per person
- Student Discount: USD $25.00 (requires ISIC Card)
- Under 18’s Discount: USD $25.00
Optional extras NOT included (need to book in advance):
- Sleeping Bag USD $25.00
- Pair of trekking poles USD $15.00
- Inflatable Mattress USD $20.00
- One-person tent USD $35.00
- Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain: USD $20.00
- Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain: USD $20.00
- Vistadome Train: Aguas Calientes – Cusco: USD $50.00
Every Day Of The Year
Departure dates: We have potential group trips for the Inka Trail every day of the year, except in February when the trail is closed for maintenance.
Note: You are able to visit Machu Picchu by train in February.
Availability: Only 500 people are allowed on the Inka Trail per day and this includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, you should make your reservation months in advance. Also, please note, all agencies have the same number of spaces, so if one agency is not able to accommodate your dates, none of them will be able to.
Details & Itinerary
Following the Spanish conquest, the Inkas withdrew far into the jungle, continuing their resistance from there. With beautiful scenery, Inka sites, and a wide variety of flora and fauna, the Vilcabamba Trek is a great choice for an alternative adventure.
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DAY 1: CUSCO – HUANCACALLE – VITCOS
We will leave Cusco at 4:00 a.m. in our private bus, and pass by small villages such as Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo on our way to Huancacalle. After ascending and passing Abra Malaga (4170m/missing ft), we’ll see huge snow-covered stones and then descend to La Convención, passing through several villages to arrive at Santa Teresa. Traveling along for another 2km, we’ll stop at Chaullay (1890m/missing ft), the point where both the Urubamba River and Vilcabamba River come together, and, after carrying on to the main village of Vilcabamba, Lucuma, we’ll walk through Naranjal, and arrive in Paltaybamba which is approximately 17km/missing miles from Chaullay. All of the areas that we’ll be passing through are great for agriculture and growing fruit.
The group will rest and have lunch in Huancacalle at around 3:00 p.m., and then we’ll carry on to the archaeological site, Vitcos (Rosaspata), where we will also spend the night.
DAY 2: HUANCACALLE – JASUTINA – RACACHACA
We will leave Huancacalle at 7:00 a.m. and walk for 4 hours to Totora Huayco (1890m/missing ft), where we will climb to the Jasutina Pass for about an hour, and stop for lunch. From there, we will walk towards Racachaca for 3 hours, during which we’ll have a nice view of the snow-covered peak, Lasoma, and our second campsite.
DAY 3: RACACHACA – PUMACCASA – ABRA MOJON – MUTUYPATA
Starting again at 7:00 a.m. today, the group will climb to the Pumaccasa pass, where we will be able to see the wonderful Yanacocha Lagoon, the snow-covered peak of Pumacillo and the Soyroccocha lagoon. We’ll descend to the Soyrococha lagoon, have lunch, and then continue on to Mojon Pass, the highest pass on our trek, where we’ll be able to see the snowy peaks of Veronica and Salkantay, and also Huayna Picchu. From here, we’ll descend for around 4 hours to Mutuypata, our campsite for the evening.
DAY 4: MUTUYPATA – YANATILE – SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES
We will walk through the spectacular Yanatile Valley today, enjoying the hot waters of the Sacsara River and the variety of flora and fauna along the way. From Yanatile, we will take local transport to Santa Teresa (roughly 40 minutes) and get dropped off at a suspension bridge, where we’ll walk for 15 minutes to La Oroya, to take a second local bus to the Machu Picchu Hydroelectrical station, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we’ll continue walking to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a nice hotel.
DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Early in the morning, the group will take the first bus to Machu Picchu, where we will have a 2-hour guided tour followed by free time to enjoy the citadel. At around 1:00 p.m., we’ll take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch, and then take the train back to Cusco, where our representative will be waiting for you at the train station to transfer you to your hotel.
- Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Huancacalle
- Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
- Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, vegetarian options are available)
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
- Boiled water after breakfast, to refill your water bottles (1 liter per person)
- Snacks each morning
- Hot drinks such as coca tea, black tea and coffee in the afternoon
- Local transport from Yanatile – Santa Teresa and La Oroya – Hydroelectrical Station
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket
- 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Return bus ticket: Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Expedition train ticket to return to Ollantaytambo, bus to Cusco and transfer to your hotel
- High quality camping equipment for 2 people. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
- Sleeping mattress (you will need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
- Horseman and mules, for all camping equipment and customer’s luggage (personal belongings max 7kgs per person)
- Emergency horse for riding in case of illness or injury
- Duffle bag
- First-aid kit and oxygen bottle
- Sleeping bag (can be rented at our office)
- Trekking poles
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
- Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
What you need to bring
- Original Passport and migration card
- ISIC card (www.isic.org) if applicable (must be submitted at the time of booking)
- Backpack and daypack with rain cover
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
- Clothing for warm and cold climates e.g. lightweight pants, thermal layers
- Rain gear: jacket, poncho, pants
- Trekking shoes/boots
- Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
- Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
- Long and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts
- Woolen hat
- Bathing suit for the hot springs
- Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, insect repellent
- Personal medical kit and medication
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Small towel
- Water bottle (recommended 1 liter)
- Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
- Headlamp with spare batteries (very important)
- Some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruit
- Camera and extra batteries
- Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)