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Vilcabamba Trek, 7-day alternative route to Machu Picchu

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

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration7 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • 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.

Description

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.

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Accommodation

Hostel in Huancacalle, Santa Teresa and the town of Aguas Calientes.

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Itinerary

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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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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