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6-Day Vilcabamba Trek: The Search for the Lost City of the Incas

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Day 1 : Drive to Huancacalle, hike to Vitcos, camp overnight at Huancacalle.

Visiting: Cusco, Huancacalle

We leave from Cusco at 5:00 a.m. in our private bus during this way we will pass by Chincheros, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, from where the enormous blocks of snow can be seen following our route we will ascend until reaching the open of Malaga that is at 4330 m.s.n.m (14,202 feet), a zone of intense cold. Then we will descend towards the province of La Convención and we will pass by the villages of Alfamayu, Amaybamba, Huyro, Huayopata, Quintalpata, finally we arrive to Santa Teresa. Then we cross the Urubamba river towards Chaullay. Chaullay is the point of confluence of the rivers Vilcabamba and Urubamba to 1890 m.s.n.m. From this point begins the ascending path that leads to Lúcuma, capital of the district of Vilcabamba. Later we will arrive to Huancacalle where we will rest. We will have a box lunch. While the crew sets up the campsite, a 30 minute walk from Huancacalle will take us to Vitcos, an important archaeological Center in the Vilcabamba region, one of the hidden treasures of the Incas. Back to campsite and enjoy dinner and overnight in our comfortable tents.

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 2 : Hike to Racachaqa, camp overnight.

Visiting: Huancacalle, Raqachaca

Starting with a healthy breakfast, we are going to want to start the trek early enough today. The ancient Inca trail, which has been beautifully preserved, we walk through the mountainous terrain, passing through a great variety of flora and fauna along the road. We drive towards Totora Huayco which is about 4 hours of hiking, we ascend to Jasutina Pass (13,448 feet), in an average of 1 hour where they will be given lunch and there we will rest for the day you can enjoy the view of the immense snowy Pumasillo,. In the afternoon, we will continue our journey an average of 3 hours to the destination at Racachaqa (11,808 feet). That is where the camp is set up and prepare the dinner. Camp overnight.

Trekking time: approximately 9 hours

Trekking distance: 14 km

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 3 : Hike to Lacoqocha, camp overnight.

Visiting: Raqachaca, Lacoqocha

At 7:00 am, we will start the hike, in our tour we will appreciate flora and fauna of the region. On the way we will see some portions of Machupicchu, hidden away in the distance. When we reach the Azulcocha Lake (14,628 feet), we will have a rest and lunch and then continue until we reach the Mojón Pass (14,694 feet), that is the highest spot of the whole route and from this place we observe the snowy Veronica and Salkantay. Then we will descend to Lacoqocha, an approximate 3 1/2 hours, arriving at 5:00 p.m. (approximately) to our camp. Camp overnight.

Trekking time: 7 hours approximately

Trekking distance: 10 km

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 4 : Hike to Santa Teresa, camp overnight at Cola de Mono Adventure Center

Visiting: Lacoqocha, Santa Teresa, camp overnight

We get up early in the morning, after breakfast, we will continue on the descent to Chaupichaca. Across the Yanatile River from there, we will visit the archaeological remains of Inca Wasi, in the middle of the subtropical jungle. That is where we will have lunch, before continuing, along the ancient Inca road, which has remained intact for so many years. When we finally arrived at the village of Yanatile, we continued with the bus trip to our destination of Santa Teresa (3,772 feet), where the camp is established to spend the night at the Cola de Mono Adventure Center. We can have an optional visit the baths of Qoqalmayo. Camp overnight.

Trekking time:8 hours aproximately

Trekking distance: 15 km

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Campsite

Day 5 : Hike to Llaqtapata ruins and on to Hidroelectrica, or zip line and drive to Hidroelectrica, train to Aguas Calientes, overnight.

Visiting: Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes

Awakening in the middle of the jungle on day five is a memorable experience . We go by bus to lucmabamba (approximate 01 hour time) then we start the trek through the forest thicket will take us to coffee, banana, avocado and pineapple plantations, as well as the most interesting of all: coca...the sacred herb of the Incas, and we will see the archaeological remains of llactapata, at this point we have lunch in the restaurant of the same name (this walk lasts approximately 5 1/2 hours) and later. We will arrive to the place called Hidroeléctrica, we continue the trip by train that will take us to Aguas Calientes in a picturesque walk of 30 minutes. We will spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Trekking time:4 hours approximately

Trekking distance: 09 km

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: El Presidente Hotel or similar 3 star

Day 6 : Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu, afternoon return to Cusco.

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

This day is dedicated completely to the visit of the archaeological remains of Machupicchu. After a very early breakfast, we will take the bus to Machupicchu. Afterwards, we will take a walk along the site with our guide, as it teaches you about the incredible history of the mystic place. You will have an option to climb Huayna Picchu at 10 a.m. (not included in the pricing; must be ordered in advance). In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes where we will have lunch and then have a brief tour of the city and then recover your things from the hotel and take the Expedition train back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. End trek.

  • Meals: BL

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