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Vilcabamba Trek, 7-day alternative route to Machu Picchu

Vilcabamba Trek, 7-day alternative route to Machu Picchu | Peru

Trek along a breathtaking route from Vilcabamba to the world-renowned Machu Picchu on a 7-day adventure with a local certified guide from our team.



7 Days

May - Nov




* Conquer the high mountains of the Peruvian Andes.

* Capture the stunning scenery from the historic Machu Picchu.

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


Hiding in the high mountain Andes is the old imperial city of Vilcabamba, which served as the capital of the Neo-Inca State.

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, Vilcabamba was the final refuge of the regional imperial state before it was destroyed and later abandoned by the Spanish colonialists.

It was deemed lost forever until 1911 when it was rediscovered after archaeological visits, and has been nicknamed the Lost City of the Incas.

The region is sandwiched between two deep canyons, Apurímas to the left and Willcamayu to the right.

Fast-flowing rivers gush through the middle and has carved its way through the high Andean mountains.

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 maize-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 7-day trekking adventure to Machu Picchu from the village of Vilcabamba.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees


Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Malaga Pass – Chaullay – Vilcabamba (HunancacallVilcabamba Landscapee)

Day 2: Vilcabamba (Huancacalle) – Vitcos Rosaspata – Abra Puma Chaca or Azutina - IVilcabamba Vitkosnka Wasi

Day 3: Inca Wasi – Racachaca – Hatún Pampa

Day 4: Hatún Pampa – Mojón pass – Mutuy pata

Day 5: Mutuy pata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa

Day 6: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes

Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco


About the guide

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Guide Agency

Peru Expeditions is a Guide Agency and Tour Operator based in Huaraz, Peru.

It's a family-owned travel agency, which was founded more than 35 years ago, and is now managed by IFMGA-guide Juventino and his son, Eric.

We organize trekkings and mountain expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, and all around Peru.


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What people are saying about Peru



The hike was canceled. We didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t even get into the country.



The agency gave me a guide Darwin, not Juventino. Climb was good, easy just walking. There is one dangerous section near the moraine area with very loose gravel. So make sure you don't slip there or you are dead. I stayed in refugio at the base camp which was much more comfy than camping. Darwin was good but give clients some breaks once in a while, not rush too much. It's a high altitude climbing after all.



William was such a knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient guide! He brought books and support materials to further explain the history of the sites we were seeing, was always ready with an answer to any questions, and had great suggestions of where to take photos. He chose a truly remarkable cook for our trek, who kept us well fed with a huge variety of foods (and an ample supply of it!) and filled with hot beverages at all hours of the day and night. He allowed us to set the pace each day, and was cheerful and helpful and relaxed throughout-he absolutely enhanced a wonderful experience! Many thanks to you, William!



Eric from Peru Expeditions is a fabulous, safe, and conscientious Tour Operator. He chose an incredible guide for us (Darwin) who was highly esteemed by every guide we met at every point along the journey-the respect of one’s peers speaks for itself! We were very well supported, always had perfect timing with seeing sunrises, beating “the crowd” to our destinations, and had ample food. The Peruvian mountains are stunningly beautiful- I’m ready to go back again already! Book with Eric - he’s going to take good care of you.



Great service and trip!

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