Vilcabamba - Machu Picchu

5 days / 4 nights
Trek from the last Capital of the Incas to the lost city of the Incas!
Vilcabamba - Machu Picchu


The Vilcabamba Trek takes you right off the beaten path to the area of Cusco where the Incas made their last stand. Following the Spanish conquest the Inca withdrew far in to the jungle from where they continued to resist the occupation. Vilcabamba was the last Inca city and this trek takes you to some of the last domains of this once great empire. With beautiful scenery, Inca sites and a wide variety of flora and fauna the Vilcabamba Trek is a great option.

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Useful Information

  • Starting Altitude - 2911m / 9550ft.
  • Highest Altitude - 3915m / 12,844ft.
  • Walking Distance - ?km / ? miles
  • Longest Day - Day ?, approximately ?km / ? miles
  • Overall Difficulty - Difficult



Very Important: Campsites may vary depending on booking time, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

Day 1: Santa Maria - Huancacalle - Pilaupata

The first day of our trip is dedicated to getting us out to the trailhead. The Vilcabamba Trek is so remote that just getting to where we can begin the trek is a mission in itself. Leaving at 03:00 am our bus will take you over the Abra de Malaga Pass (4,650m) and down to the coffee area of Santa Maria at 1,100 metres above the sea level!

The journey isn't over yet and after spending some time touring a local farm we'll carry on by bus to Huancacalle where our trek will begin. The area around Huancacalle is rich in Inca sites including the White Rock (a large rock with elaborate carvings) and Vitcos one of the summer residences of the Inca emperor.

 

Our tour of the area will last around 3 hours after which we will carry on to our campsite at Pilaupata (3630m / 11909 ft.) along an original Inca Trail.

Day 2: Pilaupata - Rak'achaca

Leaving our campsite at Pilaupata we will set out for the high pass. The path winds its way up through lush vegetation for about 3 and a half hours during which you'll get to learn about the many native plants and flowers that thrive in this area. From the pass we'll begin our descent to our campsite at Rak'achaca (3570m / 11712 ft.) following original Inca pathways.

 

The scenery today is beautiful, with fantastic views of high snow-capped peaks, crystal clear rivers and lush vegetation all around it is a spectacular day through and through.

Day 3: Rak'achaca - Mutuypata

Today once again has spectacular scenery. As we carry on towards Machu Picchu we cross three high passes, the highest of which is 3860m / 12664 ft. and have fantastic views of snow-capped peaks throughout the day.

 

Walking today can be quite taxing (it's definitely the hardest day of the trek) as we spend long periods at high altitude and have several passes to cross, however with such great views it is easy to lose yourself in the moment so you hardly notice how tired you are until you lie down at the end of the day.

Day 4: Mutuypata - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

Today is the last leg of our journey; we have a 4 hour trek from our campsite to the village of Xanatile during which we'll pass by a canyon filled with roaring water and through an area full of plantations producing a variety of fruits as well as coffee beans.

 

On arrival to Xanatile we'll take a bus (1 hour) on to Santa Teresa and then continue walking following the course of the river until we arrive to the Hydro Electric station where we'll take a train on to Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machu Picchu!

Waking up early we'll take the first bus back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. We'll have a 2 hour guided tour of the site during which you'll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will carry on by bus back to Cusco.

Includes

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Chef
  • Mules to carry cooking and camping equipment
  • Mules to carry 7kg of personal items
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to Santa Teresa, bus from Xanatile to Santa Maria and train from Hydroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Return transportation by train and bus to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first 4 hours of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Afternoon Snacks and 3 Dinners. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers
  • 3 star hotel for final night
  • Sleeping mattress (you need to carry this unless you hire a personal porter)
  • Oxygen bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Does Not Include

  • Sleeping Bag (Can be hired from us)
  • Lunch on Day 4 and lunch and dinner on Day 5
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance - you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What you need to take

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries

Prices 2019

    • 2 people    US$1100 per person
    • 3 people    US$950 per person
    • 4 people    US$875 per person
    • 5 people    US$845 per person
    • 6 people    US$775 per person
    • 7 people    US$745 per person
    • 8+ people  US$725 per person

  • Important: Price includes up to 9 kilos of your personal belongings to be carried by the mules (NO need of extra Porter hire!).
  • IMPORTANT Prices Include VISTADOME train on the way back to Cusco.

Discounts:

Student Discount: US$20 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
Under 18's Discount: US$20

 

Optional Extras:

Sleeping Bag US$30
Walking Pole US$15
Inflatable Mattress US$25
Single Tent Supplement US$35


Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing:  USD 35.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 35.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Extra Night in Aguas Calientes: Depends on the type of Hotel desired (Need to book in advance)

    How to book:

You can either book by emailing us or by using the Booking form provided on this site.

 

By e-mail:

 

Send us your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Llama Path to use either of these dates for your reservation. Llama Path within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.

 

Send us your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid ISIC card. It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real ISIC card upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).

 

Payment of deposit: For any of pour Adventure treks ending in Machu Picchu.

We request a non-refundable deposit per person along with personal details of each member participating in the trek:

  • Full name 
  • Passport number,
  • Gender,
  • Nationality,
  • DOB

 Payment of deposit amount is:

  • US$ 300 per person for the Vilcabamba Trek only Or
  • US$ 325 per person for the Vilcabamba Trek + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

    Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions:
  • 7 - 8am or
  • 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.

Please note, if you get the permits for the 7am start you will probably have to miss the Machu Picchu guided tour.

Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:

 

1) Paypal: NO Transaction Fees from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to www.paypal.com and if you have an account, enter your account
information (username and password).

Choose the option ´send money´ to: deposits@llamapath.com   (IMPORTANT:
please ensure you choose the option ‘purchase’ and ‘services’. Do not
choose the option ‘personal’).

About the Briefing:
The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.

 

The Local Payment (Final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (Soles or USA dollars) in our office at least 48 hours prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).

The Local Payment can be paid in cash and in US dollars or Peruvian soles.

 Cancellations:

  • Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
  • Llama Path must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
  • A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
  • Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).

Travel in Peru: Llama Path operates in regions where standards of accommodation, transport and services might not be those you would normally expect. However we strive, with all due care and skill, to provide the best services for our tourists. Travelling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humour and understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances beyond our control (Force Majeure - see below). By booking any of our tours you agree to Llama Path making necessary changes without liability.

 

FORCE MAJEURE: This is any event that Llama Path could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, Llama Path will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel the trip (this is the last option of course!).

 

Increments in Case of Protests, Strikes (FORCE MAJEURE): In the event of a protest / strike, which is not uncommon in Cusco, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred. 

 

Risks: By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba, Ausangate, Cachicata trek etc.) you assume the risks associated with them. For these Llama Path accepts no responsibility.

 

Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out travel insurance that covers accidents, medical expenses and emergency repatriation, including rescue and air ambulance. We also recommend that it covers cancellations and loss of luggage. Please forward a copy/ company name and policy number by email or bring the information when you come to our office.

 

Group Discounts or fee Sacred valley Tour: If there are at least 4 people in your group, you will automatically get either: A $20 per person group discount or a free Sacred Valley tour (a Must Do in Cusco). This discount or free tour is valid for the following adventure trips: Inca Trail 4/3 group service, Lares 4/3 and Salkantay 5/4. Please note that this discount does not apply to private treks or any other trek not mentioned here.

Note: discount does not apply if less than 4 people undertake the trek (if a group member cancels).

 

Holiday or Election Increments: An increment of *$35 per person is applicable for all treks (regardless of group / private option / size of group) leaving during these holidays: Christmas (Dec 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th) New Year (Dec 29th, 30th, 31st, Jan 1st).

An increment is also applicable in order to leave during election days (people are fined in Peru if they do not vote).

We use the increments to pay staff a bonus for leaving on their holiday or it is used to pay the fines.

 

Sending your main Departure date and back up date: By providing us with a main date and a back up date for your trek (classic Inca Trail, Lares, Salkantay, etc) you automatically authorize Llama Path to use either of these dates for your reservation. Llama Path within the next 48 hours (after you have sent us your booking form and confirm deposit was made) will send you an electronic receipt confirming your trek has been officially booked and also to confirm the exact departure date of your trek.

 

Sending your Personal Details for Booking: Your passport number and other information must be valid. Please advise if you change your passport number after booking the tour (especially for booking the classic Inca Trail as if we do not make a change in your official details, you may not be permitted to do the trek). Please Note changing passports' numbers requires an extra fee (we are able to change passports numbers easily on our receipt but its also extremely important that we make the changes with the Inca Trail authorities)

Student rate: In order to obtain this discount you must have a valid University student card (Maximum age 25 YO) . It is important you scan and e-mail this to us at the time of booking and that it is valid on the date you are booked on the Inca Trail/alternative trek (you will need to show the real University upon your arrival here in Cusco and in Machu Picchu).


About Inca Trail Campsites:
 


Please note: Campsites may change (be different from those stated in the website) depending on booking time and availability, weather conditions or on restrictions undertaken for safety reasons by the Peruvian Goverment.

 

Making a Reservation and payment of deposit:

1. For the classic Inca Trails: 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 or 7 days (Group or Private Service) or for any of our Adventure treks to Machu Picchu. 

We request a $300 non-refundable deposit per person along with your personal details (full name, passport number, gender, nationality, DOB).

The deposit (Non-refundable) amount is:

Classic Inca Trails:


US$ 300 per person for any of our Classic Inca Trail (2 days, 4 days, 5 days, 7 days). Or
US$ 385 per person for any Classic Inca Trail + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

Please NOTE: If booking (USD 85.00 extra) a Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain climbing a 6% Pay Pal fee must be paid f or this (USD5.00). 

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; this is US$85.00 per person there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time.

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour. 

Alternative Inca Trails:

US$ 300 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ). Or
US$ 325 per person for any of our Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu (Huchuy Qosqo, Lares, Salkantay, Cachicata, etc ) + Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu climbing.

Please confirm if you want to climb Wayna Picchu (the 45 minute climb near Machu Picchu site) or Machu Picchu as they need to be booked well in advance too; there are 2 time sessions: 7 - 8am or 10 – 11am – this also needs to be specified although you need to be flexible to either time. 

 

Please note, if you get the permits for either extra climbings you will probably have to miss/skip the Machu Picchu guided tour.

Payment of the deposit can be made through any of the 2 following options:

 

1) Paypal:

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to www.PayPal.com and if you have an account, enter your account information (username and password).

Choose the option ´send money´ to: deposits@llamapath.com   (IMPORTANT: please ensure you choose the option ‘purchase’ and ‘services’. Do not
choose the option ‘personal’).

2) By VISA Card.

NO Transaction fees for Inca Trail and alternative treks tours from January 2nd, 2017 !!

Go to the homepage on our website (www.llamapath.com), click on ‘payment options’ and follow the instructions.

At the end of the transaction, you will have a screen with an order number. Please send an email confirming deposit and the order number you
have been given.

3. Payment for Peru itineraries of 1 to 3 weeks (Incas and Mountains, Peruvian Highlands, Diverse Peru etc). To secure a reservation of a tour package, it is necessary to make a pre-payment of: 50% of TOTAL package cost, the balance must be paid 2 weeks before your tour starts by PayPal.

About the Briefing: The night before your trek there will be a pre-trek talk (briefing) in our office at either 4:00pm or 5:00pm (exact time will be confirmed on your arrival or by email). Your duffle bag will be provided at this time if you have paid for an extra porter for your Inca Trail or if you are doing an alternative trek.

 
The Local Payment (Payment of Final Balance): We require you to pay your final balance in cash (Soles or USA dollars) in our office at least 48 hours prior to tour/trek departure (please advise if you have any delays on arrival).

The Local Payment must be paid in cash and in US dollars or Peruvian soles.


NOTE:
If paying in Peruvian Soles it will be applicable the Exchange Rate of the Day. ( Aprox. 3.40).

 

Cancellations:

  • Deposit sent for is Non-Refundable nor transferable to any other date, person or tour (According to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Regulations).
  • Llama Path must be notified of any changes or cancellations to your trip as soon as you are aware of them, via e-mail or fax so that we do not incur expenses not covered by deposit.
  • City Tours and Sacred Valley Tours can be cancelled with a 100% refund up to 15 days before the tour starts; 50% up to a week, 25% lose of deposit less than 5 days and 100% lose of deposit if cancellation is made with les than 48 of notice.
  • Once final balance has been paid, we will not be able to refund your trek payment in the case of cancellations. There will, however, be parts of your trip that you are able to use (Machu Picchu entrance fee, 1 train ticket, 1 bus ticket).
  • A claim letter for your insurance company can also be provided by us upon request.
  • Porter service hired can Not be cancelled (a fee is paid for booking this service).

 

VERY IMPORTANT (1): We strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 3000 metres - in Cusco or another high altitude city) for 3 to 4 days (minimum) before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and drinking coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Diamox can also be helpful - please ask your doctor about this.

 

VERY IMPORTANT (2): We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure as we may need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see Force Majeure above).

We hope you have a wonderful time with us !!


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