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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu

Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu: A Journey Through Time and Nature

Discover a path less traveled on the Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu. This unique route takes you deep into the heart of history, to the very grounds where the resilient Incas staged their final stand against the Spanish Conquistadors. But this journey is not just about the echoes of a tumultuous past; it’s a deep dive into the region’s stunning biodiversity.

From the towering peaks of the high Andes, you’ll descend into the verdant embrace of tropical forests, a tapestry of green alive with the songs of birds and a symphony of nature. Along the way, witness the awe-inspiring beauty of snow-capped mountains reflecting in multi-hued lagoons and wander through vast valleys that cradle the stories of civilizations long past.

Step onto the ancient stones of Inca remains, from the historic Rosaspata or Vitcus to the mysterious Ñusta Hispana. The trail, mostly veiled by flourishing vegetation, will lead you on paths once walked by the Incas. Experience the Qhapaq Ñan, the legendary Inca Trail, a network of paths that once connected the majesty of Machu Picchu to the bustling heart of Qosqo.

Your trek will take you through the untouched expanse of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. This region remains nearly as pristine and untouched as it was during the explorations of Hiram Bingham in the early 19th century.

If the call of the wild and the allure of history speak to your soul, if you yearn for an adventure without the company of crowds of tourists, and if you wish to immerse in nature’s pure embrace truly, then the Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu is the ultimate experience waiting just for you.

Join us on this unforgettable journey, where every step is a step back in time and into nature’s grandeur.

Highlights of the itinerary:

  • Views of Veronika Mountain’s tropical forest.
  • Visit plantations and farming villages en route to Huancacalle.
  • Exploration of the Inca archeological site, Rosaspata.
  • Morning ascent showcasing Vilcabamba Valley’s serene landscapes.
  • Views of peaks in the Vilcabamba mountain range.
  • Trek through green terrains to the Raccachaca community.
  • Reach Mojon Pass, the trek’s highest point, and descend to Lajoccocha camp.
  • Traverse the original Inca trail, transitioning from the Andes to tropical forest.
  • Reach Mutuypata and travel to Hidroelectrica train station.
  • Train journey to Aguas Calientes and hotel check-in.
  • Guided tour of the iconic Machu Picchu.
  • Train and private transport back to Cusco Hotel.


Our staff, led by our professional Guide, will pick you up from your hotel. After, you will drive for 1:45 hrs. To Ollantaytambo, here we will stop to have a quiet optional breakfast. After, we will continue our drive to Malaga. Here we will enjoy a view of the tropical Forest of Veronika Mountain or Huacaywillka

From this point, we will keep driving to Challway; on the way we will visit fruits, coffee, and coca leaves plantations and farming villages where we will have the opportunity to stop and learn about the jungle products. We will continue driving for another 3 hours to Huancacalle town, where we will have lunch. 

After lunch, we will start our adventure by visiting Rosaspata or Vitcus and Ñustahispana. Our Guide will explore this beautiful Archeological site, considered the last city of the Inca civilization, in a unique place in Cordillera Vilcabamba. After we explore the archeological site, we will trek for one hour to the camp Pillaopata.

Altitude. 3400 m. to 2700 m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3hrs. Driving time: 6 hours.


After a delicious breakfast, we will begin our ascent for four hours until Asutina passes 4000 m. This morning hike will be in lush green vegetation overlooking the Vilcabamba Valley’s beautiful quiet landscape until we reach the highlands, where we will see a few cow farms until Asutina. From this point, we will enjoy the views of several peaks around the Vilcabamba mountain range. After your spare time, we will descend for one hour for lunch. After lunch, we will continue trekking in the lush green vegetation overlooking beautiful green mountains for three hours. Until our camp Raccachaca, a small farming local community located at 3800 m.

Altitude: 2700 m. to 3800 m, Distance: 18 km, Time: 8 to 9 hrs.


Today is the longest and highest point in this journey. We will have an early start and a lovely breakfast in a silent environment with a few horses and cows grazing in these wild mountains. We may even see the spectacled bear in the highlands: we will marvel at the highlands fauna. Our climb will take us for five hours until Yanaccocha pass 4500. 

Another unique viewpoint to see the Cordillera Vilcabamba. After this point, we will gradually descend for one hour to Yanaccocha for lunch. After lunch, we will continue our gradual ascent to Mojon pass 4600 m. This is the highest point on this trek, with spectacular views of the snowed-capped mountain of Mojon and overlooking the Urubamba mountain range. Enjoying our free time, we will descend for three hours to Lajoccocha to our camp at 3700 m.

Altitude: 3800 m, to Lajoccocha 3700 m, Distance: 20 km, Time: 9 to 10 hours.


Today we have a wonderful morning hike with beautiful lush green vegetation. Most of the path is the original Inca trail connecting to Machu Picchu; today, you will experience the change of the ecosystem from the high Andes to the green tropical forest full of native flora and fauna from the area until Mutuypata. From here, we will take transportation to the Hidroelectrica train station, where we will have our last lunch and meet our trekking crew. After, we will take the train for 45 minutes to Aguas Calientes town, where we will stay in the hotel.

Altitude: 3700 m. to Aguas Calientes 2000 m, Distance: 12 km, Time: 4 to 5 hrs.


After Breakfast, your Guide will pick you up from your hotel for a short bus journey to the entrance of Machu Picchu; today, you will explore this magical Inca city of the Inca civilization and enjoy learning about it was built and discovered for 3 hours. You will then have leisure time to wander around, and if you get a Ticket for Wayna Picchu, you can climb. 

Note: There are just 400 visitors allowed per day. You must book the entrance with us in advance to ensure your permit.

In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes. We take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, depending on the space, and private transportation back to your Hotel Cusco.

Tour: Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu
Type: Alternative Treks, Best of Peru
Duration: 5D/4N
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Vilcabamba
Destinations: Andes, Cordillera Vilcabamba, Veronika Mountain, Huancacalle, Pillaopata, Raccachaca, Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo

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