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Vilcabamba Trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru 5D: Much less Crowded Path


Detailed Trekking Itinerary

Informative assembly earlier than the stroll:

You should have an in-depth briefing together with your information 1 or 2 days earlier than your hike. Your information will meet you in your lodge or in our workplace in Cusco and you’ll take this chance to ask questions and make last preparations.

DAY 1: Journey by automobile from Cusco to “Huancacalle” Then hike 4Hrs. to “Pillaupata” camp:

Our employees will choose you up out of your lodge in Cusco at 4:30am or from the sacred of the Valley at 6:00am. We go away the town of Cusco in our non-public van and journey for about 6–7 hours. Alongside the journey we’ll cease a number of occasions for footage, bathrooms and benefit from the views and in addition get your breakfast. The journey move by way of the city of Ollantaytambo (2800m), from the place we drive as much as “Abra Malaga move 4,660m”; from right here we descent in to the tropical zone passing small however picturesque villages till the city of “Chaullay” (1,890m / 6,200ft); Till right here the route is properly paved; from right here it’s a dust highway, particularly within the dry season.

As soon as we arrive to “Huancacalle” (3100m), our chef will put together the lunch when you relaxation. Within the subsequent 45minutes lunch will prepared. After Lunch recommence trekking and one hour later, we’ll arrive to the Inca settlement of “Vitcos”, right here you’ll have an informative tour concerning the website and the Incas. After the excursions we’ll proceed one other hour stroll to the Inca website referred to as “Nusta Hispana”, which we’ll discover and be taught the historical past of the Incas.

Lastly, we’ve a brief stroll to our tenting website within the zone of “Pillaupata” (3,630 m / 11,909) which is situated alongside part of the unique Inca path. We arrange camp and share a nutritious sizzling meal.


Lunch can be served on the best way or upon arrival to Huancacalle and dinner at our camp at night time.


Tent at a campsite within the small city of Pillaupata. The night time temperature is normally round 10 ° C / 50 ° F.

Different info:

A lot of the day can be spent touring by bus to the start line of the trek. The go to to the Inca websites of “Vitcos” – “Rosaspata” and “Nusta Hispana” would be the spotlight of our lengthy day. The historic significance of those locations is probably one of the fascinating components of all Inca historical past.

  • Switch From Cusco to Huancacalle: 6 to 7 hours.
  • Mountain climbing distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles
  • Strolling time: about 4 hours.
  • Issue ranges: Simple
  • Local weather: sizzling through the day and heat at night time.
  • Lodging: Tenting tents / 2-persons per tent.
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner (plus snacks and afternoon snack)
  • Most altitude: 3630 masl / 11909 ft.

Day 2: Trek from Pillaupata – Hasuntina move (4,500m/14,763ft) and camp at Racachaca Village

At present we’ll have 7 – 8 hours of trekking rated from moderated to problem; it’s topic to your properly acclimatization. Your day will begin with a sizzling cup of tea in your tent served by your information. When you open the door of your tent you’ll be welcomed by magnificent views. Put together your duffle bag for the horses and head to the dining-room tent for a superb breakfast. After Breakfast you’ll obtain your snack for the day and begin our trekking with a gradual up for roughly 5-hour ascending by way of the spectacular Andes, passing by way of lush vegetation and wildlife till we attain the “Hasuntina Go” (4,500 m). Right here we relaxation, benefit from the spectacular view of the snowy peaks and crystal-clear rivers; Our Lunch can be served close to the Go the place you can even refill your water bottle.

From the move and after we take footage, we descend for 3 hours following the superbly preserved Inca Path to our subsequent campsite within the picturesque neighborhood of Racahaca (3,570m / 11,712ft). At present we may have loads of lovely views of the mountains and an opportunity to see many animals.


Breakfast on the camp, lunch on the trek and dinner on the Rakachaka camp within the night.


Tenting in tents in Rakachaka 3600m / 11811ft.

Different info:

The Vilcabamba Trekking to Machu Picchu is a novel expertise. This is without doubt one of the finest “off the crushed monitor” routes in Cusco. Typically we would be the solely ones to stroll by way of these mountains and jungles.

  • Trekking Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
  • Strolling time: 7 to eight hours.
  • Issue ranges: Difficult
  • Local weather: very variable (Chilly – heat – sizzling – windy and provably rain)
  • Lodging: Tenting tents / 2-persons per tent.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (plus snacks and afternoon tea)
  • Most altitude: 4500 masl / 14763 ft.
  • Minimal altitude: 2750 masl / 9022 ft.

Day 3: Trekking from Racachaca Village – over Mojon move (4,500 m/14,763 ft.) till Mutuypatacamp

At present we’ll start our trekking very early; It is going to be essentially the most troublesome day. Because the earlier your information offers you the wake-up name with a cup of tea or espresso. After that you simply’ll want to arrange your duffle bag for the horses after which get your breakfast within the dining-room tent. After breakfast we’ll proceed trekking by way of “Hatum Pampa” (3,860 m / 12,664 ft) and as much as the primary move, “Yanococha” (4,420 m / 14,501 ft). The path then descends to Lake Yanococha earlier than persevering with to the second move, “Tullu Tacanca” (4,500m / 14,760ft). From there proceed to the best move referred to as “Mojon Go” (4,500m / 14,763ft). From the place it’s doable to have the primary views of the magical Machu Picchu and the “Urubamba” mountain vary (If the climate permits). Right here you’ll have loads of time to relaxation and take footage of the higest snow-caped mountains of “Pumasillo” (6,012 m / 19,724 ft) and “Sacsarayoc” (6,026 m / 19,770 ft).

From “Mojun Go”, you’ll descend to Mutuypata camp (3,000m / 9,840ft) by way of the small cities of “S’aqra Cocha” and “Laccococha”. The path within the second half of this hike could be very muddy, particularly through the months of October to April. We extremely advocate that you simply carry leggings.


Breakfast at our camp within the morning, lunch on the best way after the third step, and dinner at our camp within the night.


Tenting in Mutuypata at 3,200 m / 10,498 ft.

Different info:

The third day is essentially the most troublesome of this hike. We advocate that you simply hire a horse to the villagers on at the present time. That is one of the simplest ways that will help you cross these mountains whereas contributing on to the native economic system.

  • Trekking Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
  • Mountain climbing time: round 9-10 hours.
  • Issue ranges: Difficult
  • Local weather: (Chilly – heat – sizzling – windy and provably rain)
  • Lodging: Tenting tents / 2-persons per tent.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (plus snacks and afternoon tea)
  • Most altitude: 4500 masl / 14763 ft.
  • Minimal altitude: 3200 masl / 10498 ft.

Day 4: Matuypata to Yantile after which automobile to Hydroelectric Station. Then hike / prepare to Aguas Calientes (6-7 hours mountaineering, 1 hour drive)

At present we welcome the day with recent mountain air, breathtaking views, and naturally a scrumptious breakfast. We begin with 4 -5 hours stroll downhill to the gorgeous city of “Yanatile”, passing espresso and fruit plantations. From right here, we take a automobile that takes about 3 hours to the prepare station at “Hidroelectrica”, then we persevering with the stroll alongside the trail parallel to the railroad to the city of Aguas Calientes (2-hour stroll).

In case you are exhausted from this step, you possibly can take a prepare from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes, however it can price you $ 25 for a 45-minute journey.

You’ll spend the night time in a lodge or hostel right here, and we advocate that you simply take the chance to wash within the metropolis’s well-known sizzling springs (don’t overlook to carry a showering swimsuit)!


Breakfast at our camp within the morning, lunch through the trek in “Yanatile” and dinner within the city of Aguas Calientes in one of many eating places.


Hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Different info:

In Aguas Calientes you possibly can benefit from the sizzling springs of the town (entry ten soles), it’s a actual pleasure as soon as the stroll is completed.

  • Distance of Trekking: 10 km. / 6.2 thousandths
  • Strolling time: roughly 5 to six hours.
  • Issue ranges: Simple to average
  • Local weather: heat tropical.
  • Lodging: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (plus snacks)
  • Most altitude: 3200 masl / 10498 ft.
  • Minimal altitude: 2000 masl / 6561 ft.

DAY 5: Bus from Aguas Calientes city to Machu Picchu discover it and again to Cusco

At present is one other essential day as a result of we’ll discover the sacred Inca citadel of Machu Picchu! You’ll first have your breakfast within the lodge at 4;45am after which head to the bus station. We took the 5.30am bus by way of the picturesque winding mountains simply in time to see the right picture of the dawn over Machu Picchu.

As soon as there, we’ll start a 2-hour informative tour with our skilled native information. This fascinating tour will carry Machu Picchu to life. You’ll go to the various essential websites of the citadel, whereas studying about Inca tradition and historical past.
Then we’ll descend again to Aguas Calientes by bus and board the expedition prepare to the city of Ollantaytambo. A member of the “Dawn Peru Trek” workforce will await your arrival and take you again to your lodge in Cusco by non-public minibus, arriving between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (relying in your prepare ticket).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Most altitude: 2,440 m / 8,052 ft

We advocate taking for this Trek:

Your will put the vast majority of your belongings within the duffle bag that we’ll present, together with the sleeping bag and mattress. You’ll stroll with small bag pack the place you’ll carry the gadgets that you simply’ll use through the day like: water, snacks, raingear, repellent, sunblock, digicam and one jacket.

  • A small backpack of 25l. which you’ll carry each day with the gadgets that you simply’ll use through the day.
  • Unique passport (you probably have acquired a brand new one after you made your reserving, carry each).
  • Down or artificial feather sleeping bag (might be rented from us).
  • Garments (trekking boots, heat fleece jacket, tops, just a few t-shirts (3-4), socks, solar hat, thermal underwear, gentle lengthy pants, gloves, poncho or rain jacket).
  • Toiletries (rest room paper, moist wipes, private towel).
  • Solar block, issue 35+ really useful.
  • Head lamp.
  • Sun shades and solar hat.
  • Digital camera with spare batteries – batteries run down quicker at excessive altitudes.
  • Binoculars.
  • Guide to learn (you should have a while at each camp to learn your favourite guide).
  • Trekking poles (really useful particularly for the steep descents, might be rented from us).
  • Insect repellen.

Important Info

Arrival in Cusco

Our “Vilcabamba Trekking Tour” begins within the metropolis of Cusco so, you’ll have to arrive in Cusco. Cusco Airport is presently reserved for home flights, so all worldwide vacationers by air should disembark in Lima (The capital of Peru) and undergo customs. Even when your flight to Cusco is made on the identical day by the identical airline, you have to acquire your baggage in Lima after which re-check it.

The easiest way to reach in Cusco is by aircraft, and there are a number of choices on airways. LAN tends to be the most costly, however has essentially the most flight choices. However flight delays or cancellations attributable to Cusco’s excessive altitude tends to be troublesome to land, and any climate will cease air visitors.

Bus journey is all the time obtainable, and though the journey might be lengthy, particularly from Lima, buses in Peru are very properly maintained and cozy. This selection is very really useful if you’re coming from a metropolis nearer to Cusco, reminiscent of Puno or Arequipa. Buses from Lima will take round 22 hours to reach in Cusco.

Retailer your Baggage whereas on the Trek

Any extra baggage you have got with you might be safely left in Cusco in your lodge, when you do your Vilcabamba Trekking; you possibly can retailer your baggage on the morning of your trek and return it to you if you return to Cusco. Make certain your luggage have tags in order that they’re straightforward to search out it.

A typical day on the Vilcabamba Trekking to Machu Picchu

You’ll be wakeup with a cup of tea dropped at your tent round 6:00am, adopted by a small bowl of heat water for laundry. Earlier than breakfast you pack your gear into your duffle bag which is then taken by the pack‑animals and won’t be obtainable to you till you attain the subsequent camp that afternoon. After a healthful breakfast we’re normally at round 7:00 am; relying upon the length and nature of the day’s stroll. We are going to stroll for round 4-5 hours after which usually break for lunch for about 1:30 hours.

A few of our employees will stroll forward and choose an appropriate place to cease. The afternoon stroll is mostly somewhat shorter and camp is normally reached by round 4:30 pm. As soon as we’ve reached camp and the kitchen is ready up, afternoon tea can be ready. From then till dinner there may be time to relaxation or discover the encircling space.

Dinner is normally served between 6‑7 pm. Keep in mind to carry your headlamp and your water bottles to the eating tent to allow them to be full of boiling water. Trekking evenings afford among the finest recollections of your trek, whether or not it’s speaking, taking part in playing cards, chatting with the crew or becoming a member of in some singing and dancing with the native individuals. A lot of the enjoyment of an expedition is within the journey itself.

What you carry through the Trekking?

In your daypack you will want to hold further heat clothes (relying on the altitude, location
and climate), a rain jacket, water bottle, digicam gear, valuables and private gadgets reminiscent of
sunscreen, lip‑eze and many others. mules carry all group gear and your Tenting tools.

Acute Mountain Illness:

Once we ascend above 2500 meters our our bodies should acclimatize to the lowering quantity
of the oxygen obtainable. To permit our our bodies to regulate we’ve structured our trek so that you simply
ascend slowly, permitting acclimatization to happen. Nonetheless, through the acclimatization course of,
you could expertise among the following signs:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Lack of urge for food/nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Palpitation
  • Swelling of the arms and face.

People acclimatize at totally different charges. Your finest technique is to take your time and drink a lot
of water. These signs could not point out the onset of A.M.S. and in the event you expertise them it
doesn’t essentially imply that you shouldn’t proceed. All our group leaders have in depth
first help coaching and we urge you to speak with the group chief always must you
imagine you have got any signs so that we will successfully monitor your signs. The
solely remedy for Acute Mountain Illness is to descend.

Please word that your group chief has final duty and will ask you to descend if
signs persist.

First help.

Each SUNRISE PERU TREK information has obtained first help coaching from a health care provider. We arrange obligatory coaching yearly in February, and all of our guides attend, once they information you, they may have with them a primary help equipment for primary medical conditions (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scratches, and many others.) and oxygen. They’ll take excellent care of you.

If one thing sudden occurs and you are feeling like you possibly can’t full the hike anymore, you can find the most secure and quickest solution to get off the path and enter a clinic. They’ll by no means go away you alone; A workforce member will accompany you each step of the best way till you’re secure with a health care provider. Everytime you need, we’ll just remember to all the time have the chance to go to Machu Picchu and reconnect together with your group and so you possibly can finish your prepare journey in consolation.
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