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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu Briefing

Inkas Destination shows the world this new alternative Inca trail to reach Machu Picchu in 5d / 4n. Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu 5d / 4n is a hidden treasure for more than 500 years since this route has not been affected by civilization and tourism. This hike encompasses many miles of original Inca Trail and very well preserved, nature landscapes, snowy mountains, flora and fauna are like in movies and will take you back in time more than 500 years.
This walk connects Vilcabamba (the last Inca refuge) with Machu Picchu and along the walk you will visit the archaeological remains of Vilcabamba and surroundings where you can better understand the Inca and Pre-Inca culture.
This tour is designed for lovers of walking and culture, will undoubtedly be the experience of your life and especially if you do not want to meet with many tourists along the way, Inkas Destination recommends taking this new route to reach the new Wonder of the world Machu Picchu.
This tour is a perfect option of the Classic Inca trail to the spaces sell out in advance.

Highlights

🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or whatsapp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 04:00 A.M.

🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco at about 7:00 P.M.

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria – Huancacalle – Camp Collpa

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 10 km – 6.2ml.

🕗 Duration: 6 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4316m, 14160ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 3350m. – 10988ft.

⛺ Lodging: Collpa

We will pick you up very early in the morning, 3:00 am and we will start a tour in our private transport for about 5 hours until we reach the town of Huanca Calle. On the way we will pass through the Sacred Valley and we will do a small stop in the Pass Malaga at (4316m./14160ft.)
We will continue with the descent to the valley of the Lucumayo until the town of Santa Maria (1200m, 3936ft.), where we will take a delicious breakfast and then we will continue driving for two more hours  to the town of Huancacalle (3350m/10988ft.) In this place we will meet with our muleteers and horses and we will prepare everything to begin the trek.

We will start our trek walking for 20 minutes to the archeological remains of VilcabambaVitcos and the Wacas (energetic places) of Ñustahispana, our guide will show and explain about this important place, then we will continue walking by the Inca trail for about 2 hours until our lunch point, after the energetic lunch we will continue walking for other 3 hours to our camping site Collpa (3900m, 12792ft.), dinner, overnight.

Día 2: Collpa – Samarina – Choquetacarpo Pass – Qelcamachay

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 14 km – 9.6mi.

🕗 Duration: 9 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 4600m, 15088ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 3840m. – 12923ft.

⛺ Lodging: Qelcamachay

This second day early in the morning, after our breakfast at 6:00 am, we will begin our fantastic walk, by an original Inca Trail, very well conserved, from the 3900m. 12792ft. until the 4600m. 15088ft., step by step with panoramic and beautiful views we will arrive to Choquetacarpo high pass (4600m./15088ft.). On this point we will have a spectacular view of the Choquetacarpo snow mountain and others, if we are on lucky we will see Condor that is the bigger bird of the world flying over us, after a break and guide explanation we will begin to descend to the place of lunch point Copesco (3940m, 12923ft.), after our lunch we will continue walking down until Qelcamachay (3840m, 12592ft.) camping site, diner, overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

For this day it is highly recommended to use walking sticks.
Bring a bottle to refill the water.

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Day 3: Quelcamachay – Llutupampa – Yanama – Playa Sawayaco – Santa Teresa

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 12 km – 7.4mi.

🕗 Duration: 8 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 3550m, 11644ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1550m. – 5084ft.

⛺ Lodging: Santa Teresa

Early morning 5:00am we will wake up and we will have our delicious breakfast, then we will begin our fantastic walk. This day we will start in the highlands and we will walk down to the valley will see how the landscape is changing and the temperature, along the way will see different snowy mountains, waterfalls, orchids and the Vilcabamba mountain range in its maximum splendour also we will be able to see different types of birds especially parrots, after 5 hour walking we will arrive to Llutupampa (2900m/9512ft.) for our energetic lunch. After lunch we will continue walking downhill until the river and cross the bridge to start the hike uphill for 2 hours to Yanama (3550m./11644ft.) here we will take our transport with direction to the town of Santa Teresa (1550m, 5084ft.)for about 2 hours, we arrive at the campsite and then visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (optional) to relax. back to the campsite, dinner, overnight.

Day 4: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

🚶🏻‍♂️ Distance: 12 km. – 7.4 ml.

🕗 Duration: 3 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 1950m. – 6393ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1550m. – 5084ft.

🏠 Lodging: Aguas Calientes

After breakfast at 8:00 am, we will take our transportation for about 35 minutes to Hydroelectric (1,900m – 6,270 ft), in there we will continue the walking  the train track to the town of Aguas Calientes (1950m./6396ft.), this part of the hiking is 90% of the way  is flad, along the way will see some plantations of different fruits, the Urubamba river and a bit of Machu Picchu (2400m./7872 ft.). along the way the forest is different of the other parts of the trek, after 3 hour hiking we will arrive to Aguas Calientes and we will go to the hostel, dinner, overnight.

💡 To keep in mind

-Once in Hidroelecrica you have 2 options 1) To continue with the normal itinerary enjoying the last strech of the trek, enjoy with the flat hike along side of the train track to Machu Picchu town about 3 hours. or 2) if you are tired out after the trekking, you can opt to board a train to aguas Calientes (U$D.34.00).
-In hidroeléctrica you will receive your 5Kl of your stuff. that you have to carry this section of the walk, but if it is very uncomfortable or very heavy you may sending it by train (coordinate with the guide) this is not free it has an extra cost that depends of the weight of the luggage

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 6 km.

🕗 Duration: 1 hour 1/2

📈 Maximum elevation: 2400m. – 7872 ft.

📉Minimum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.

🚉 Train back: 1 hour 45 minutes

We will get up about 4:00am. and start the hike up to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu  (2400m./7872 ft.)  about 1h / 30m, at the control of Machu Picchu the whole group meets, will register showing your ticket and passport then the guide begins the guided tour for about 1h 1/2 hours and then you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu, will return to Aguas Calientes (1950m./6396ft.) (Machu Picchu town) catch your luggage of the hostel and take the train to Ollantaytambo where our transport awaits them to transfer them to Cusco.

💡 To keep in mind

– To go down from Machu Picchu to the town you can do it walking 1 hour 1/2 or take the bus down 25 minutes cost of 12.00 dollars.
– In Ollantaytambo train station our driver will wait for you with a sign with your name and he will return you to Cusco.

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What’s included

   ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
   ✔  Duffle bag to carry 5kl. on horses during the trekking
   ✔  Pick up form the Hotel in Cusco
   ✔  Van transportation from Cusco to Huancacalle
   ✔  Muleteers and mules to carry the equipment
   ✔  Professional chef and cooking equipment
   ✔  3 nights camping
   ✔  4 breakfasts / 4 lunches / 4 dinners
   ✔  Transportation from Playa Yanamayo to St. Teresa
   ✔  1 night acomodación in Aguas Calientes
   ✔  Machu Picchu Ticket Llaqta Machu Picchu Route (Circuit 1, 2, 3 or 4)
   ✔  Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
   ✔  Professional guide (English & Spanish-speaking)
   ✔  First aid kit and oxygen bottle
   ✔  Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not included

  ❌  First breakfast, last lunch
  ❌  Slepping bag (You can rent you if you do not have you own, cost is 15.00 dollars)
  ❌  Walking poles
  ❌  Ticket to the Humantay lake (20.00soles)

Group size

👁 From 2021 onwards the government introduced new circuits and schedules for this reason in case of unavailability of Llaqta Machu Picchu tickets compatible with the tour schedule, the booking will be processed with an alternative route subject to availability.

💡 Important to know

From 2021, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian Ministry of Culture) has created 4 types of official entrances to visit Machu Picchu those circuits were created in order to better organize the traffic of travelers inside Machu Picchu, reduce the risk of infection by Covid 19, preserve and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.

Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4)
This ticket includes the entrance Llaqta of Machu Picchu (all citadel) (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4) this ticket sellout fast.

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
This ticket is the only one that has re-entry and first the guiding tour to Machu Picchu from the bottom part and after the guiding tour you go up the Mountain.

Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain
With these tickets you will receive the guided through the lower part of Machu Picchu about 1hour 1/2 until the check point of Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu where you walk up the mountain on your free time.

The availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is very limited and it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Especially if you are traveling in high season.

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 96 hours before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of the total amount of the reservation except 50 USD per person (cost of the entrance to Machu Picchu). The entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are nominative and non-transferable. After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Extras: Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu / Entrance Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu / Entrance Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain are non-refundable.

 

What to bring for the Vilcabmaba Trek

   ➖  Sleeping bag (-15°C)
   ➖  Passport.
   ➖  Hiking shoes or boots
   ➖  Walking sticks
   ➖  Thermal clothes
   ➖  Light clothes
   ➖  Mosquito repellent
   ➖  Water bottle
   ➖  Waterproof jacket
   ➖  Cap or hat
   ➖  Small backpack
   ➖  Sunblock
   ➖  Sunglasses
   ➖  Flashlight
   ➖  Personal medication and personal higiene product 
   ➖  Chocolates, candies or another snacks
   ➖  Camera (optional).
   ➖  Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)

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🙋🏻‍♂️ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What is the Vilcabamba trek to Machu Piccchu?

The Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu trek is a new Inca trail that Inkas Destination design and is promoting for all everybody to love the adventure and hike, this tour combine original Inca Trail over 4000 meters (13120 ft.) combine culture, nature, adventure and the most important of this tour that is not crowded of a lot of groups or people provably you will be the only group on the trek.

How difficult and demanding the Vilcabamba trek to Machu Piccchu?

The Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu trek is a walk that goes through different ecological floors, this means going up and down to different valleys that makes it a tour for adventure and hiking lovers, to carry out this tour it is necessary that the visitor is in good physical condition In order for you to have fun, we do not require that you be an athlete or an expert only who has a routine of hiking, but if you think you need a little help, it would be excellent that at the time of booking you include an extra horse to be able to ride it in the moments that you lack energy.

When is the best itme to hike the Vilcabamba trek to MAchu Picchu?

The climate in Peru is changeable and especially in the Andes which has 2 well marked seasons, between the months of April to October is the dry season and the rains are rare, between the months of November to March it is the rainy season and it is more frequent that it rains 1 or 2 days of the tour and some moments it is niblado, the beauty of this season is that the landscape changes and is greener and more colorful.

What if I get altitude sickness?

For altitude sickness it is recommended to have 1 or 2 days as a minimum of acclimatization so as not to have altitude problems during the walk, we also recommend regularly drinking coca tea since this plant oxygenates the blood and helps against altitude sickness.

Rating the difficulties from 1 to 5, what score does this tour have?

This tour receives a 3.5, which classifies it as a normal to difficult tour, like the classic Inca trail and the Salkantay Trek or Choquequirao.

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