Trek to Vilcabamba 7 Days / 6 Nights

The archaeological site of Vilcabamba is part of a complex system of Andean towns in Vilcabamba and Espiritu Pampa, or Vilcabamba la Nueva in the Inca times. It was connected with Machupicchu by a complex network of trails. This route is one of the last unexplored routes, although nowadays there are more people exploring it, attracted by the landscape and the close contact with the Andean settlers who still dress in their traditional clothes, unique in the world.

On this truly spectacular and special hike, you can also enjoy a wealth of flora, fauna, snow peaks, and impressive valleys, while at the same time visiting the last refuge of the Incas, Vilcabamba, and its 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 on less-trodden paths. 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. The Vilcabamba trek is one of the hidden treasures in Peru.

Altitude: 1850 – 4500 m.s.a.l.
Season: May – November
Duration: 07 Days – 06 Nights or 06 Days – 05 Nights
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day 01 – Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Abra Malaga – Chaullay – Vilcabamba (3350 – 2850-4315 – 1200-3000 m.a.s.l.)
Pick up early in the morning in a group transport from your hotel. We head out to the northwest of Cusco (3350m.a.s.l.). On the way we pass the historic town of Chinchero (3760m.a.s.l.), then in a short time arrive at the richest area of corn production, known as the Sacred Valley. In Ollantaytambo (2850m.a.s.l.) you’ll have a short stop (to buy batteries and / or other items), then we begin the ascent to the Abra Malaga pass (4315m.a.s.l.). We will then descend the deep Amaibamba valley, with a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains and cloud forest. At Chaullay (1200m.a.s.l.) we begin to ascend again to the town of Huancacalle 3000m.a.s.l. Night in a basic lodging.

9 hours travel time.
Cold and warm weather during the day.

Day 2: Vilcabamba – Vitcos Rosaspata – Abra Puma chaca o Hazutina – Inka Wasi (3000 – 3080 – 4000 – 3600m.a.s.l.)
We visit the archaeological sites of Vitcos Rosaspata ( and Ñusta Hispana (3050m.a.s.l.). In this area some vestiges of the Inca Trail can still be found among the vegetation. We continue through the Pumachaca pass (4000m.a.s.l.) and Hazutina (3900m), then we make our camp in the valley of Inca Wasi (3600m.a.s.l.).

Hiking time: 7 hours.
Temperate and cold climate with mosquitoes.

Day 3: Inka Wasi – Racachaca – Hatún Pampa (3600 – 3700 – 4000 m.a.s.l.)
During the day we can see the remains of an Inca Trail taking us in the direction of the Racachaca community (3700m.a.s.l.). In Racachaca village we receive a warm welcome whilst we have our lunch. Our camp is Hatumpampa (4000m.a.s.l.).

Hiking time: 7 hours in a cold climate.

Day 4: Hatún Pampa – Abra Yana cocha – Soyro cocha – Abra Mojón – Mutuy pata (3800 – 4420 – 4400 – 4500 – 3250 m.a.s.l.)
The sunrise is spectacular amidst stunning snowcapped mountains so we will take the Yanacocha (4420m), Tullu Tacana (4500m) and Mojon (4500m) passes. As we enter the Laco Cocha valley (3600m), we see the legendary Salkantay peak (6264m). The last stage of the Inca trail to Mutuypata is not in good condition due to it being a commercial Andean path for some families in this area and because of the erosion of tropical forests. Our camp is in the cloud forest of Mutuypata (3250m).

Hiking time: 9 hours. Cold and warm climate with mosquitoes.

Day 5: Mutuy pata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa (3250 – 2100 – 1850 m.a.s.l.)
During the day we see the great natural wealth of flora species such as orchids, bomareas, bromeliads and other species that are still unknown to science. From the village of Yanatile (2000m) we are able to continue by bus to Santa Teresa (1850m). We spend the night in a family-run accommodation in Santa Teresa. We can also enjoy hot springs here in this village.

Hiking time: 5 hours. Warm climate with mosquitoes.

Day 6: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes (1850 – 1950 – 2050 m.a.s.l.)
Early in the morning we take the Inca Trail network to the archeological complex of Llactapata (2650m). From here we can see the mythical mountain of Machu Picchu. We then descend to the hydroelectric station (1950m) from where we take the train to the village of Machu Picchu (2050m). We spent the night in a hostel.

Hiking time: 6 hours, with a warm climate with many mosquitoes.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (2050 – 2400 – 3350 m.a.s.l.)
At around 6 am we take the tourist bus to Machu Picchu (2400m). We will have a guided tour of the Inca citadel and its recent excavations, then have free time to further explore the site. We will meet again in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo then transport to Cusco.

Warm climate with mosquitoes.

You should bring:
Backpack, sleeping bag, clothing for warm and cold weather such as waterproof jacket, fleece, pants and hiking boots, shirts, rain poncho, hat, sun block, insect repellent and alcohol gel, water bottle and water purification tablets, camera, flashlight and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, student card “ISIC” and extra money in soles. 


  • Private transportation from your hotel to the Huancacalle town.
  • Camping equipment, high-quality mattresses, dining tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
  • Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Vegetarian option available).
  • Professional guide.
  • Cook and assistant.
  • Mule driver and mules for camping equipment and passenger´s personal luggage (8 kilos)
  • Emergency horse.
  • Truck from Yanatile to Santa Teresa.
  • Truck from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric Station.
  • Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Transport to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Basic family hostel in the village of Huancacalle.
  • Basic family hostel in the village of Santa Teresa.
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
  • Bus to and from Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes
  • Basic hostel in Aguas Calientes.
  • First aid kit and oxygen. 

Does not  included:

  • Life insurance against accident or any other type of insurance.
  • Additional nights for bad weather.
  • Personal care items.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Breakfast the first day. 


  • You must be in good physical condition.
  • Daily departures.



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