Culture & Nature
Unique trek, a real adventure!
For experienced hikers!
The Vilcabamba is a stunning hike that takes you to new and fascinating sights and places every day! While you hike, you will see spectacular mountains and have great views of both mountains and lowland sceneries. The combination of amazing nature and culture makes the Vilcabamba hike incomparable to any other Machu Picchu trek. The Vilcabamba trek is for experienced off the beaten track hikers that are looking for a unique hiking experience in Peru.
Experience is needed for this hike
Plan carefully or book a private tour (not many people do this hike)
Most of this trek takes place at a lower altitude
A truly unique trek
(this is a sample itinerary of the two-day trek; there are small differences between the different trek operators in Cusco)
We leave with a night bus on day One, and we arrive early on the morning in Huacacalle where we visit two archaeological sites: Vitcos -Rosaspatas and Ñusta Hispana. After lunch, we start the hike to Vilcabamba, where we will sleep for the night. Vilcabamba is situated at an altitude of 3250 meters above sea level.
During the following three days, we will hike to Ututo (2800 mtrs above sea level), where we begin to descend into the jungle. There are wonderful landscapes and an enormous diversity of flora and fauna. From Ututo, we hike further down to Vista Alegra (1550 mtrs above sea level) and Concevidayoc (1420 mtrs above sea level).
During the last part of this section of the Vilcabamba hike, we cross more evidence of old Inca trails. We also have the opportunity to see the Tunki bird, that is related to the "Gallito de las Rocas" (Cock of the Rock – Peru’s National Bird).
One of the highlights of this trek is the trail and visit of the site Espiritu Pampa (1200 mtrs above sea level), one of the most important archaeological sites of the trail and the last capital of the Inca Empire. On day 7, we will hike to Chinguanguire, via the enormous and impressive Seven Tinajas (the Sven Waterfalls) until we arrive in the tropical city of Quillabamba. Next day, we travel back to Cusco by car.