Vilcabamba & Machupicchu 13 days

Vilcabamba & Machupicchu with « Explorandino »

The last Inca capital was built in the region of Vilcabamba, northwest of Cusco, in the province of Convención, in the heart of the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. This territory has an infinite number of microclimates, and is located between snow-capped peaks at over 6000 meters altitude and high jungle, through the Andean highlands drowned in a sea of clouds. 

Vilcabamba was dominated by Manco Inca and his successors after the Spanish invasion. There were several administrative centers built in honor of the emperors of the last Incas dynasty, from Manco Inca to Tupac Amaru. They created a neo-imperial state in order to preserve religious and astronomical knowledge while respecting the knowledge and traditions of other pre-Incan cultures.

Do not miss

  • A complete and varied stay that will allow you to visit exceptional archaeological sites and citadels Inca.
  • Discover cinematographic landscapes, and meet Andean families and live micro-climates conducive to
    the development of a flora and fauna of beauty.
  • Explore the canyons of Apurima and Vilcanota, which will leave you speechless by their grandeur.


  • Altitude: 1500 – 4600 meters
  • High season: May - November
  • Duration: 13 days - 12 nights
  • Difficulty level: Difficult

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Day 1: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco at 5:30 in the morning. First we will go to the pretty village of Cachora (2850m) surrounded by mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m). Here we also meet the team of muleteers who will accompany us throughout this unforgettable trip. After crossing the village of Capuliyoc (2800m), we continue the descent to our camp, Chiquisca (1930m).

Time of walking : 6 hours
Climate : hot
Elevation : Cusco (3400 m) - Cachora (2850 m) - Chiquisca (1930 m)

Day 2: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina - Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will start our tour to Playa Rosalína (1550m) and then we will go up the village of Marampata (2850m). From here we will have a beautiful view of the archaeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m). If we are lucky, we will see condors. Our camp is located in Choquequirao, about 20 minutes from the ruins.

Time of walking : 7 hours
Climate : hot and cold
Elevation : Chiquisca (1930 m) - Playa Rosalina (1550 m) - Marampata (2850 m) - Choquequirao (3030 m)

Day 3: Choquequirao – Choquequirao pass - Río Silvestre

Early in the morning we will visit the citadel of Choquequirao, "Cuna de Oro" (the golden cradle) to enjoy the silence. We will explore the archaeological site, of which only 30% has been restored. We will visit the palace section, the fountains, the temple, the lamas section and the Usnu. Then we will continue our ascending path to the Choquequirao pass (3270m) and we will pass by the archaeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m). Finally, we will arrive at the deepest point of the ravine, Río Blanco, or Río Silvestre (1900m), where we will spend the night.

Time of walking: 6 hours
Climate : hot with mosquitos
Elevation : Choquequirao (3030 m) – Choquequirao pass (3270 m) - Rio Silvestre (1900 m)

Day 4: Río Silvestre – Maizal

After a full breakfast, we will begin the climb in the middle of the rainforest. This part of the road is relatively difficult and we will spend the night in the community of Maizal (3000m). Maizal is a recommended place to observe spectacular glaciers such as the Qori wayrachina (5512m).

Time of walking: 5 hours
Climate : Hot and cold with mosquitos
Elevation: Río Silvestre (1900 m) - Maizal (3000 m)

Day 5: Maizal – San Juan pass – Yanama

Our tour continues following the famous Inca Trail, which is unfortunately a bit damaged due to erosion. First we will climb to the San Juan pass (4170m). From here we will have a beautiful view of the valleys, mountains and glaciers. The ecosystem is constantly changing, so the Vilcabamba Mountains are located in one of the most unique areas of Peru. Our campsite will be in the small village of Yanama (3530m).

Time of walking : 6 hours
Climate : cold
Elevation : Maizal (3000 m) - San Juan pass (4170 m) - Yanama (3530 m)

Day 6: Yanama – Yutupa – Lazuna pampa

In Yanama we will experience the Andean life, the traditions and customs of the locals. Our path will go up and down among the tropical forest of Urpipata, Yutupata (3300m) and Tucarhuay, and will lead us to the Quellccamachay cave. Our camp is at Lazuna Pampa (3800m).

Time of walking : 6 hours
Climate : cold
Elevation : Yanama (3530 m) - Yutupa (3300 m) - Lazuna pampa (3800 m)

Day 7: Lazuna pampa – Choquetacarpu pass – Huancacalle - Pillaupata

After our breakfast we start our ascent to the Choquetacarpu pass (4600m). Here we will take a short break to savor and explore the places. Then we will descend again to the village of Pillaupata (3200m), where our camp is located.

Time of walking: 8 hours
Climate : cold
Elevation : Lazuna pampa (3800 m) - Choquetacarpu pass (4600 m) - Huancacalle (3000 m) - Pillaupata (3200 m)

Day 8: Pillaupata – Vitcos, Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) – Azutina pass – Inka Wasi

It is a delight to visit the archaeological sites of Vitcos Rosasapata (3080m) and Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) (3050m). After the visit, we will climb to the Azutina pass (4000m), then descend to our camping site, Inca Wasi (3600m).

Time of walking : 7 hours
Climate : hot and cold with mosquitos
Elevation : Pillaupata (3200 m) - Vitcos, Ñustahispana (3080 m) – Azutina pass (4000 m) - Inka Wasi (3600 m)

Day 9: Inka Wasi – Raccachaca - Hatún Pampa

During this day we will find the remains of Inca Trail, which will take us to the Raccachaca community (3700m), where we will have lunch. This small village is very welcoming, people will come out to meet us to encourage us in this beautiful adventure. Our camp is at Hatum Pampa (4000m).

Time of walking: 5 hours
Climate : cold
Elevation : Inka Wasi (3600 m) - Raccachaca (3700 m) - Hatún Pampa (4000 m)

Day 10: Hatún Pampa – Yanacocha pass – Mojón pass – Mutuypata

This day will be both the most arduous and the most beautiful part of our adventure. We will pass the passes Yanacocha (4420m), Tullu Tacana (4500m) and Mojón (4500m). Then we will descend to the Laco Cocha Lagoon (3600m). Our camp will be in Mutuypata cloud forest (3250m), the habitat of the Andean bear, called the spectacled bear.

Time of walking: 9 hours
Climate : hot and cold with mosquitos
Elevation: Hatún Pampa (4000 m) – Yanacocha pass (4420 m) – Mojón pass (4500 m) - Mutuypata (3250 m)

Day 11: Mutuypata – Yanatile – Santa Teresa

In the morning, we will enjoy the biodiversity of orchids, bromeliaceae and other plants of the region. We will also see coffee, avocado and papaya plantations. In Yanatile (2100m) we will take a transport to go to Santa Teresa (1850m). We will spend the night in a family hotel. You can enjoy the hot water pools if you wish.

Time of walking: 5 hours
Climate : hot with mosquitos
Elevation : Mutuypata (3250 m) - Yanatile (2100 m) - Santa Teresa (1850 m)

Day 12: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

From Santa Teresa, we will walk to the Hidreléctrica station. On the way we will pass the waterfall of Mayubamba and the mountain of Machu Picchu. Arrived at Hidroeléctrica, we will have lunch, then we will take a train to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

Time of walking: 5 hours
Climate : hot with mosquitos
Elevation : Santa Teresa (1850 m) - Hidroeléctrica (1950 m) - Aguas Calientes (2005 m)

Day 13: 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. While waiting for the train, you will have the time to have lunch in one of the restaurants of the city. In addition, you can enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax before your departure.

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 19h, to be confirmed when booking
  • Private transportation from the hotel to the village of Cachora
  • Transport from Yanatile village to Santa Teresa (day 11)
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa to Hidroeléctrica for camping gear and personal belongings of the
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu roundtrip
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Choquequirao
  • Entrance to Vitcos Rosaspata and Ñustahispana
  • Entrance to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Basic Hotel Santa Teresa
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes (day 12)
  • Bilingual Spanish-English professional guide (for a French-speaking guide, contact us in advance! With additional charge)
  • High quality camping equipment (Eureka! Timberline 4 professional tents, for two people, floor mats, tent with tables and chairs, toilet tent)
  • Food during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack / Vegetarian option on request)
  • Cook and assistant and all kitchen equipment
  • Muleteers in charge of all the camping equipment and your personal belongings (maximum of 7 kilos per person)
  • A rescue horse
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • Thermal baths in Santa Teresa (optional: 10 Soles)
  • Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional: 10 Soles)
  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have one, possibility to rent one at our agency)


  • 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 and long sleeve 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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