Vilcabamba – Machupicchu 5days
On this truly spectacular and special hike – the Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu trek- enjoy a wealth of flora, fauna, snow peaks, impressive valleys while at the same time visiting the last refuge of the Incas – Vilcabamba and it’s archaelogical sites. After we leave the charming village of Huancacalle, we trek along some excellent examples of the Qhapaq Ñan – or royal roads of the Incas before heading off into “unknown territory”. We cross three consecutive passes, often covered in snow before descending to the wonderfully warm jungle. Crossing a great mountain chain, we finally arrive at Machu Picchu. This custom designed itinerary was the first of its kind when Apus Peru started to offer it in 2005. The Vilcabamba trek is one of the hidden treasures in peru!
Day 1: CUSCO-ABRA MALAGA-HUANCACALLE-PILLAUPATA
We pick you up in your hotel very early ( 4am)l, in private transport. You pass through the pretty Sacred Valley before beginning to climb to the Abra de Malaga – a very spectacular and very windy road! Often the pass (4300 m) is snow covered. At Chaullay you divert from the route to Quillabamba and head towards Huancacalle. You should arrive at Huancacalle by 1pm, and after lunch you will have a guided tour of f the archaeological sites of Vitcos-Rosaspata and the Ñustahispana (or White Rock). From there we will hike for approximately2 hours, walking on an impressive Inca trail that was part of the Qhapaq Ñan (Network of Inca Trails that criss crossed the Inca Empire).
Accommodation: Camping Pilaupata or Pumachaca (3630m) or slightly earlier, depending on progress of group.
Day 2: PILLAUPATA-ASUTINA PASS-RACCACHACA
After an early breakfast we begin our expedition by climbing, all the while observing flora and fauna. After 3.5 hours we will arrive at a high point at Azotina/Asuntina Pass (3915m) before desending quickly along well preserved Inca Roads to Pillaukasa (3860m) We observe a variety of snow capped mountains, and follow crystal clear rivers. It is spectacular walk as you leave the high jungle and arrive in the Andes. A ccommodation: Camping Racachaca (3570m) or Hatun Pampa (which is 2.5 hours further on from Racachaca)
Day 3: RACCACHACA-HATUNPAMPA-YANACOCHA PASS-MUTUYPATA
After passing Racachaca we will climb 2.5 hours to Hatun Pampa (3860m). From Hatun Pampa we will climb for 2.5 hours to Yanococha Pass before (3320m) before descending steeply to Yanacocha lake and then climbing to the second pass of the day at Tullu Tacanca (3340m) and then onto the well known, and third pass of the day Abra Mujun (3340m) another 2 hours of hiking.This is a difficult days trekking with many changes in altitude, but also beautiful high alpine lakes and snowcapped mountains. This is the most difficult day of the hike. From Abra Mujun, we pass by S’aqra Cocha and descend to LacoCocha about 2.5 hours of hiking further. From LacoCocha to Mutuypata is a further hour. Hiking time 8 hours. Accommodation: Camping Mutuypata or further below.
Day4: MUTUYPATA-YANATILE-HYDROELECTRIC STATION-AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast, our hike is all downhill as we enter once again the high jungle, and already the climate is temperate. We pass by a canyon filled with roaring water and continue by coffee, fruit and granadilla plantations, before arriving at the village of Yanatile (approx 3 hours walking). From there, we will take transport to the Hydro-Electric station, where we will have lunch. We will then walk for two and a half hours following the railway tracks to Aguas Calientes. You will arrive in Aguas Calientes in time for a soak in its famous Hot Springs, or a shower in your hostal, and then a celebratory diner. Hiking time: 5 hours .
Accommodation: Basic Hostel Aguas Calientes
Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO
Breakfast included at hotel. Early in the morning (before dawn) we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. (Bus included in price) so that you can appreciate sunrise from the Watchman’s Hut (or Inti Punku if you get up very early). You will then have a 2.5 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu with your guide. After your tour you can further explore the ruins by yourself or climb Huayna Picchu (permit required) This hike takes about 1 hour to climb, and less to descend and offers awesome views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding terrain. Also try to fit in a visit to the Temple of the Moon or the fabulous Inca Bridge. We highly recommend walking down from Machu Picchu to get a feeling for the vegetation and also the audacity of its builders. Its a 1-2 hour walk back to the village of Machu Picchu, though a ticket on the bus is included in your trek price. We return to Cusco in the afternoon by the backpacker train (leaves either at 2.30pm or 6pm) and are met by a driver at Ollantaytambo who will transfer you directly back to your hotel. You will arrive approximately 4 hours after your train’s departure from Aguas Calientes.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up at your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
- Private transport from Cusco to Huancacalle (starting point of the trek)
- Entry fee to Machu Picchu
- English speaking, experienced professional guide
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
- All camping equipment such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes.
- First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Private transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
- Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including
- 7 kgs of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag etc
- Comfortable & thick foam mattress
- Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Sleeping Bag: $20 USD per person per trek (It will be clean and warm)
- Air Mattress: $20 USD per person per trek (Therm-a-rest mattresses)
- Walking Poles: $15 USD per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Personal tent: $30 USD – (Tent for single travelers only)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade: $67 USD per person (Return Only)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes
- Tips for the crew, guide, cook and porters from PERU WILD TREKS
Private Group Service: Price in US Dollars per Reservation:
- one Person: USD 1300.00
- 2-3 People: USD 700.00 per person.
- 4-6 People: USD 650.00 per person
- 7-+ People: USD 600.00 per person
- 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Walking Poles – US$15 per pair per trek (Professional Poles that can be extended)
- Vistadome Train Upgrade – US$57 per person (For the return to Cusco (Poroy) at 4:43 pm)
- Huayna Picchu Mountain – US$35 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30 per person (Please request when you book your Trek)
- Single supplement US$30 per night (for solo travellers with single room)
“Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and the Vilcabamba treks to Machu Picchu”
It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm in your hotel
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE:
Of course! During the Vilcabamba Treks to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be store at our office or at your hotel, both are for free. Please don´t pack anything you will need for your hike.
HOW TO BOOK THE VILCABAMBA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU?
FIRST, to book your Vilcabamba treks to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).
And we require a deposit of the 50% of the payment per person in order to organize your hike of Vilcabamba Trail Machu Picchu.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Fortunately the answer is “Yes”. If you want to change your departure date please let us know 2 months in advance ,once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the ticket has been bought. The Machu Picchu tickets are also not transferable not refundable.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
In general if you have regular exercise and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.
The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness.
We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing. Check out our Day Tours
ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE VILCABAMBA TRAIL MACHU PICCHU?
Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.
WHAT TO BRING
- Original Passport (it has to be the same you have used for booking your trek)
- Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Water storage: 2-3L (Camelbaks are encouraged).
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Sleeping bag (can be rented from Peruwildtreks)
- Headlamp: essential
- Toilet paper
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK FOR VILCABAMBA TREKS 5DAYS
As a Direct Local Tour operator, we provide you with a duffel bag at your briefing and INCLUDE a extra weight for the horse to 7 kgs or 14lbs including your 2.5kg sleeping bag, mattress and extra clothing. By Peruvian law, a duffel bag must not weigh more than 7 kilograms (15lbs). This limit is set to protect the health of the horses. All bags will be weighed before being accepted. If you require more than 7 kilograms, it will then be your responsibility to carry the extra weight with your day pack. In this 7 kilos, please count 2 kilos for your sleeping bag and 1 kilo for your sleeping pad. This leaves you about 4 kilos for your personal gear.
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 hiking pants at least
- 4 sets of undergarments
- 3 sets of hiking socks
- Bathing Suit for the thermal waters
- Couple Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, down jacket — 2nd campsite temp around 3º C
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Comfortable shoes for camp
- Quickdry towel. We provide small ones, you might prefer something larger
- Small bottle of soap: we provide warm water each day to wash
- Battery Charger: No electricity along the trek
- Large plastic bags will be provided at the office — Please ask for them
- Sleeping bag: It has to be at least -15ºC – This can be rented from us
- Swimming Suit
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal medications
- First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc
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