Trek of Vilcabamba & Machupicchu 5 days

Trek of Vilcabamba & Machupicchu with « Explorandino »

This option to travel the Inca Trail in Peru is a private service - not in group - with more comfort, in VIP, for a stay made to remember. You will do this hike in a limited time with a private guide who will make you discover all the secrets and Inca legends.

The first day is a hike in the footsteps of the Incas, with archaeological sites and the discovery of Peruvian flora and fauna. The second day will be spent visiting the incredible Sanctuary of Machu Picchu which you can enjoy at sunrise.

Do not miss

  • Enjoy a trek in magnificent landscapes in the heart of ancient Inca fortresses, with an exotic Andean flora.
  • Meet a local community and learn about their customs, agriculture and crafts
  • Visit Machu Picchu, a legendary archaeological site ranked among the 7 wonders of the world.
  • Enjoy local cuisine in breathtaking landscapes, but not the appetite.


  • Altitude: 1850 – 4500 meters
  • High season: May – November
  • Duration: 5 days – 4 nights
  • Difficulty level: Medium

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Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Malaga pass – Chaullay – Vilcabamba (Huancacalle)

Our day will start early in the morning. We will go by bus to the northwest of Cusco and we will pass villages like Chinchero (3760m) and Ollantaytambo (2800m), located in a very fertile area where corn is grown. Then, the trail will take us to the highest point of the region: the Malaga Pass (4400m). During our descent through the Amaybamba Valley, we will enjoy the superb view of snow-capped mountains and cloud forests. We will then pass the Chaullay pass (1200m) and we will head to Huancacalle (3000m), where we will spend the night in a local hotel.

Time of walking: 8 hours
Climate : hot and cold
Elevation : Cusco (3400 m) - Ollantaytambo (2800 m) – Malaga pass (4400 m) - Chaullay (2950 m) - Vilcabamba (Huancacalle, 3000 m)

Day 2: Vilcabamba – Vitcos Rosaspata – Abra Pumachaca or Azutina - Raccachaca

During this day, we will visit the archaeological sites of Vitcos Rosasapata (3080m) and Ñustahispana (3050m). Our tour will take us through beautiful vegetation to the mountain passes Pumachaca (3900m) and Azutina (4000m). We will spend the night in our camp, mounted in the community of Raccachaca (3700m).

Time of walking: 8 hours
Climate : warm and cold with mosquitos
Elevation : Vilcabamba (3000 m) - Vitcos Rosaspata (3080 m) - Abra Pumachaca (3900 m) / Azutina (4000 m) - Racachaca (3700 m)

Day 3: Raccachaca – HatúnPampa – Mojon pass – Laccococha

During the day, some locals will tell us the traditions and customs of their region. Then we will pass the passes Yanacocha (4420m), Tullu Tacana (4500m) and Mojon (4500m). From here we will have a great view of the Salkantay mountain. After lunch, we will go down to Laccococha (3600m), our place of encampment.

Time of walking: 7 hours
Climate : cold
Elevation : Raccachaca (3700 m) - HatúnPampa (4000 m) – Mojon pass (4500 m) - Laccococha (3600 m)

Day 4: Laccococha - Mutuypata – Yanatile – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

Our day will begin with a breakfast with a magnificent view of the mountains. While crossing Mutuypata forest (3250m), we will admire the vegetation of the region. We will also see coffee plantations and tropical fruits. In the small village of Yanatile (2200m), we will take a bus to Hydroelectrica, then we will take a train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Time of walking: 7 hours
Climate : hot and cold with mosquitos
Elevation : Laccococha (3600 m) - Mutuypata (3250 m) - Yanatile (2200 m) - Hidroeléctrica (1950 m) - Aguas Calientes (2005 m)

Day 5: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will leave the hotel after breakfast at 5:30 and we will ride to Machu Picchu (2400m) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 06:00. After a guided tour of the archaeological site (including information about life and culture of the Incas), you will have time to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace, as well as the Huayna Picchu if you wish. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train at 14h55 or 18h20, until Ollantaytambo, then a bus will take you to your hotel in Cusco.

NB : If you wish to climb the Hayna Picchu, please book your entry at the same time as you book for Machu Picchu, (at least 3 months in advance) as the number of entries to Huayna Picchu is limited by Ministry of Culture.

Time of transport : 4h30
Time of visiting : 2 hours
Climate : hot
Elevation : Aguas Calientes (2005 m) - Machu Picchu (2400 m) - Cusco (3400 m)


Included :

  • Information meeting in our offices with your guide 1 or 2 days before the start of the trek at 18h or 19h, to be confirmed when booking
  • Transport from your hotel in Cusco to the village of Huancacalle
  • Public transport from Yanatile to Hidroelectrica
  • Hidroeléctrica train to the village of Aguas Calientes
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Family hotel in Huancacalle
  • Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
  • Hotel in the village of Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu
  • Spanish-English bilingual professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us)
  • Professional camping equipment (Professional Tents Eureka! Timberline 4, used for two persons, floor
    mats, tent with tables and chairs, tent-toilet)
  • Food during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack / vegetarian option on request).
  • A cook and an assistant
  • Muleteers for all our camping equipment and personal belongings of customers (maximum of 7 kilos
    per person)
  • A rescue horse
  • A first aid kit, oxygen

Not included:

  • Breakfast of the 1st day and lunch of the last day in Aguas Calientes
  • Sleeping bag (If you do not have one, you can rent one in Cusco)


  • Backpack with a rain poncho
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for hot and cold weather
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals or flip-flops (for showers and thermal baths)
  • wool or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Short-sleeved T-shirt
  • Rain poncho and hat or cap
  • Swimsuit and towel (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
  • Sun protection, mosquito repellent, hand sanitizing gel, water bottle and purifying tablets, toilet paper
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), flashlight and spare batteries
  • Bars of cereals, chocolate, dried fruits, etc.
  • Original passport and student card "ISIC" (for entrance to Machu Picchu) extra money in Soles
  • The climate can be quite cold and wet, in which case your wet clothes will not have time to dry. Take some extra clothes.



Waman Hotel Machupicchu


During the high season (May to August), we are subject to restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture, which provides us with passes for Mach Picchu, so the trek departure dates could be changed to one or two days past, we will then adapt the program so that you can make the most of it.

(1) Huayna Picchu mountain tour or Machu Picchu: To climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, this requires a good time in advance. We take care of the booking and guarantee your entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu. With, of course, an additional charge of $ 70.00 in addition to the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, according to the regulation of the Ministry of Culture (this new law came into force on July 18, 2011).

(2) Additional carrier : According to the law (26702) of the Ministry of Employment, the collaboration of an additional bearer will be granted at the request of the customer. However, the customer's luggage must not exceed 12 kilograms. The service costs USD 140 and includes transportation, entrance to the Inca Trail, food and camping equipment.

(3) Gratuities : For guides (and possible porters) are always welcome.

(4) Student card : To qualify for the $ 20.00 student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when booking - not just when you arrive in Cusco! The validity must correspond to the whole year in progress. When booking, we will need a copy of your card. The Ministry of Culture is strict when regulating student cards.

(5) CANCELLATION : For any last minute cancellation, the expenses already made by the agency will be at your expense. (See the terms and conditions)

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