If you are looking for an adventurous and challenging trek in the untouristed part of Andes this trek is for you! It’s truly spectacular and special with variety of flora, fauna, snow peaks, impressive valleys and lakes on the way, while at the same time visiting the last refuge of the Incas – Vilcabamba and its archeological sites.
We trek along some excellent examples of the unrestored Inca trails 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.
The Vilcabamba trek is one of the hidden treasures in Peru!
- Terms & Conditions
The detailed itinerary is an example. Hiking times are averages and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and current weather conditions.
This tour begins in the last Incan city of Vilcabamba and ends in the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu. It is a trek where history meets wilderness. We visit three important Incan sites including Vitcos, Ñustrahispana, and Machu Picchu, as well as follow miles of well-preserved Inca roads in the largely unmapped and unexplored Vilcabamba region. In addition to discovering these last refuges of the Incas, we will pass through a variety of spectacular scenery, from sub-tropical rainforests to snow-dusted mountain passes. This is an area that is sparsely visited, providing for a unique and adventurous trip.
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Distance trekked: 60-70 km
Elevation: 2,000-4,200m (6,560-13,780ft)
Crowds: Few to none, except at Machu Picchu
DAY 1: CUSCO-HUANCACALLE
DAY 2: HUANCACALLE-RACACHACA
DAY 3: RACACHACA-MUJUN
DAY 4: MUJUN-YANATILE-SANTA TERESA
DAY 5: SANTA TERESA-AGUAS CALIENTES
A we take a short bus ride to the trailhead at a royal Inca road, which we follow uphill. At the pass there is an excellent view of the city of Machu Picchu, and just downhill is the archaeological site of Llactapata. Unlike Machu Picchu, the site is still mostly covered with vegetation, giving you an excellent idea of what Machu Picchu must have looked like when Hiram Bingham first saw it. After exploring the site, we walk downhill for about 3 hours and then catch the afternoon train for Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in a hotel. 6 hours walking, 1550-2550-1900m
Walking from Hidroelectrica
This is a good option if the weather is adverse or the group does not want to climb anymore hills. We take a bus to Hidroelectrica and walk the flat trail from there to Aguas Calientes. 3 hours walking, 1900-1900m
DAY 6: AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHU PICCHU-CUSCO
-(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 20.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
-(2) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Licensed guide fluent in English, Spanish, and Quechua, plus an assistant guide for large groups.
- Support staff including professional cooks and wranglers for the mules and horses.
- Horses and mules to carry group gear as well as large duffels bags, provided at the briefing, for personal items. (No weight limit)
- All meals on trek, which incorporate traditional Peruvian dishes as well as modern fusion cuisine and special dietary needs.
- Drinking water and snacks.
- Dining tent with table, stools, and all dining implements, toilet tent, and kitchen tent
- Sleeping tents, foam pads, and Thermarest. Three-person tents are provided for single occupancy and four-person tents for double occupancy to allow plenty of room for personal gear.
- One riding horse for emergencies. Additional riding horses can be provided for an additional charge.
- First aid kit, including oxygen.
- Pre-trek briefing.
- All group entrance fees, including Machupicchu.
- Optional climb to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain!
- Hotel in Aguas Caliente.s (3 star hotel)
- Train. (Expedition Train Service)
- All transfers, including private van from your hotel in Cusco to Huancacalle, to Santa Teresa and Aguas
- Calientes, bus to and from Machu Picchu, and private transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
What is Not Included?
- Dinner on the 5th day at Aguas Calientes. Lunch and dinner on the 6th day.
- Personal hiking gear including backpacks, trekking poles, and sleeping bags. Poles and sleeping bags may be hired.
- Tips for guides, cooks, and wranglers.
- Entrance to hot springs or other entertainments in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal riding horse. Additional horses may be hired according to the needs of the individual and group.
Group Service Prices
Price per person : This will depend on the amount of people coming to the trek and to the kind of accommodation
- Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
- Under 18’s Discount: US$20
- Sleeping Bag US$30
- Walking Pole US$15
- Single Tent Supplement US$35
OUR BOOKING POLICIESNon-Refundable, Non-Transferable Deposits for TREKS and Short Tours
There is a $200 per person deposit needed to your trek/tour with Haku Travel. The deposit can be made through PayPal, which will incur a 5.5% PayPal merchant fee paid by the traveler or by a wire directly to our bank (Bank of America or Citibank) for free if you are a fellow account holder. All deposits are fully non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you need to cancel your trip, cancellation fees will be assessed as outlined below under Cancellation Policy. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another person’s trek if cancelling, they will need to send in their own deposit.
If you are booking a full itinerary, including hotels, with Haku Travel, we will require 50% of the total value as a deposit. If you must CANCEL, refunds other than the non-refundable $200 deposit required for all tours, will be returned if your start date is more than 60 days away. Once you are within 60 days of your tour beginning, money will no longer be refundable.
Final Payment Terms
For all treks and small tours, final payment is due at least three days before your tour begins with Hatu Travel. This is normally paid directly in our office, but can be paid in advance by PayPal with a 5.5% fee or wire to Citibank. In the office we accept both US and Peruvian currency, any denomination but NO torn bills.
Cancellation Policy for Treks and Small Tours
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to email@example.com. If you are within 8 weeks of your tour start date, further payment is needed as follows:
- If you cancel 8 weeks or more days before departure: Cancellation fees equal the amount of your deposit.
- 8 weeks to 4 weeks before departure: 60% of the total tour price is due.
- 4 weeks to 5 days before departure: 80% of the total tour price is due.
- 5 days to 36 hours: 90% of the total tour price is due.
- 36 hours or less before departure: 100% of the total price is due.
Inca Trail Permits
Inca Trail permits are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Permits are issued in the name and with the passport number of the trekker and cannot be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances.