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Classic 5-day Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu, from Cusco

Trek the classic route from Vilcabamba to the iconic Machu Picchu on a 5-day adventure with IFMGA-certified guide Juventino.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration5 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Discover the picturesque Peruvian Andes decorated with snow.

  • Capture the stunning history and allure of Machu Picchu.

  • Benefit from having a fully-qualified guide accompanying you along the way.


Tucked away in the mountains of the Andes is the old imperial city of Vilcabamba, also known as the Playground of the Inca.

As the name suggests, it has strong connections with the former royal families of the Inca Empire, who used the village as their own private retreat.

Founded in the 16th century by the Neo-Inca State, it was the final refuge of the regional imperial state before it was destroyed by the Spanish.

Located just north of the city of Cusco, the territory of Vilcabamba lies in the eastern cordillera of the Andes. It features a nice collection of snow-covered summits and high mountains carpeted in tropical forest.

The climate here cultivates a habitat for a large ecosystem that has variation. As you pass through the high plains of the Andes you’ll experience the rolling clouds that flood the valleys like a ghostly avalanche.

We begin in a corn-growing area before heading onto a trail taking us to the highest point in the region. We will pass through great historical sites as we continue through high mountain passes.

We cross a magnificent forest and trek by coffee plantations and rows of tropical fruit. Then we get to the classic Inca site, Machu Picchu, the 15th century citadel resting at 2,430 meters above sea level and hanging over the Sacred Valley.

Get in touch now to reserve your place on a classic 5-day trekking adventure to Machu Picchu from the village of Vilcabamba.



Family hotel in Huancacalle, family hotel in Santa Teresa, and a hotel in the village of Aguas Calientes.




Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Malaga Pass - Chaullay - Vilcabamba

Day 2: Vilcabamba - Vitcos Rosaspata - Abra Pumachaca or Azutina - Raacachaca

Day 3: Raccachaca - HatúnPampa - Mojon Pass - Laccococha

Day 4: Laccococha - Mutuypata - Yanatile - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide from Peru.

He was born in 1960 in Huaraz / Peru. With his 15th Age he learned the world of trekking and mountaineering know by he accompanied his father on trips with his clients.

To this day he is still working as a mountain guide and tour operator. For many years he was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the mountains, making it one of the most experienced certified mountain guides.

He runs a family travel agency based in Huaraz, which was founded by his father, and is now managed by Juventino and his son, Eric.

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