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$1,900 per person

VILCABAMBA-5 DAYS

This tour of the Vilcabamba range is specially designed for trekkers who prefer the trail less traveled. The spectacular scenery constantly changes, with high jungle set against a dramatic backdrop of snowcapped peaks. There are many fascinating archaeological sites to explore on the way to Machu Picchu, such as Vilcabamba, the ruins of the last Inca capital; Vitcos, the residence of the last Manco Inca; and Ñusta Hispana, a classic ceremonial plaza lined with massive Inca stonework.

Dificulty
:Challanging
Tour Code
:VIL5
Activities
: Camping and hiking
Group Tour
:$790 minimum of 6 Person
Departures
:Every other Monday
Private
: 1 person: $1,900, 2 persons: $1237, 3 persons: $935, 4 persons:$829, 5 persons: $758, 6-10 persons: $711.
Seasson
:April-December
Start – End
: Cusco Includes Machu Picchu and backpackers train back to Cusco.

Day 1: Cusco – Huancalle – Vitcos

We leave Cusco at 4:00 a.m. in our private bus passing small rural villages such as Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo. We’ll hike near the glistening snowcaps, where gigantic boulders tower over us, until we catch our breath at Abra Malaga (4,170 mt/13,682ft). We will descend to La Convencion, passing through Alfamayu, Amaybamba, Huyro, Huayopata, Quintalpata, and Santa Teresa. We’ll have a relaxing lunch in Huancacalle around 3:00 p.m. Just 30 minutes away, we’ll find the extensive archaeological site of Vitcos (Rosaspata), where we take a guided tour. We will make camp at Ñustahispana. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 2: Huancalle – Jasutina – Racachaca

After an early breakfast, we begin our expedition by walking on an historic path that was part of the Qhapaq Ñan, the network of Inca trails that crisscrossed their mighty empire. After 4 hours, we arrive at Totora Huayco (1,890 mt/6,200ft). Our 1-hour ascent to the Jasutina Pass, where we’ll have lunch, is a spectacular walk on the banks of crystal clear streams as we leave the high jungle and arrive in the Andes. We then descend 3 hours till we arrive in Racachaca where we’ll make camp with a wonderful view of the Lasoma peak. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 3: Racachaca – Pumaccasa Abra Mojon – Mutuypata

Today we climb Pumaccasa Pass, where we can see Yanacocha Lagoon from heady altitudes of more than 4,000 mt/13,123ft, and pass over three consecutive passes that are often snow-covered. We descend to Soyrococha Lagoon to enjoy lunch and continue on to Mojon Pass, the highest pass on our trek. From this vantage point we can see the snowy peaks of famous Verónica, Salkantay, and Huayna Picchu. We descend for almost 4 hours until arriving at Mutuypata, where we will retire for the night. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 4: Mutuypata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

We break camp at 7:00 a.m. to descend to the town of Yanatile. Our hike is all downhill as we again enter the high jungle with its pleasant climate. We pass a canyon roaring with whitewater and stroll through frangrant coffee and fruit plantations before arriving at the village of Yanatile. We’ll take the bus to Santa Teresa, walk across the suspension bridge to La Oroya, then take a local bus to Hidroeléctrica de Machu Picchu where we rest and have lunch. We’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have dinner at a nice restaurant and stay the night in a hotel. Accommodations are based on DWB or TWB. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco

To reach Machu Picchu at the ideal time of day, our wake-up call is at 5:30 a.m. We will eat a hearty breakfast, store our luggage at the hotel, then catch the tourist bus to Machu Picchu. Arriving by 7:00 a.m., the site is not as crowded as later in the day, so we will have the best opportunity to experience its otherworldly magic. After a 2-½ hour guided tour, we will have approximately 3 hours to explore the whole site by ourselves. There will be time to climb Huayna Picchu to get a fantastic view of Machu Picchu, or you may choose instead to go to the Temple of the Moon, located behind Huayna Picchu. We then return to Cusco via Aguas Calientes. Meals: B

PRICING

Group Service: $790 minimum of 6 persons

Private Service: 1 person: $1,900, 2 persons: $1237, 3 persons: $935,

4 persons: $829, 5 persons: $758, 6-10 persons: $711.

Included:

  • Private transport from Cusco to Huancacalle
  • Train Hydroelectric Dam – Machu Picchu
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (3-star)
  • Entrance ticket and tour to Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip bus Machu Picchu\
  • Return train from Aguas Calientes – Cusco, Backpacker service
  • Transfer train station to hotel in Cusco
  • Entrance ticket to Vilcabamba ruins
  • Large, double-occupancy tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, latrine tent
  • Sleeping bag and mat ($30 refundable deposit)
  • Horses to carry all equipment
  • 1 extra horse
  • Meals as in itinerary: 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Oxygen tank>

Not Included

  • Breakfast 1st Day/Dinner last day
  • Taxes, tips, international airfare and personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodations in the city

Gear list

  • Passport
  • Backpack or duffle bag
  • Warm clothing/thermals
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled water
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, film and batteries
  • Change of clothes/shorts, T-shirts, pants, long sleeve shirts, socks andunderwear.

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