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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu is an off the beaten track experience. This five days trek takes you through some of the prominent sites of Incas. It also offers enchanting views along the way. The views vary from the snow capped peaks to the verdant valleys at lower altitudes.
Vilcabamba was the last refuge of Incas. Manco Inca won the battle of Ollantaytambo in 1537. However, he was sure about the future attack from Spanish troops. This was because of its closer proximity to Cusco. He moved to Victos Rosaspata and then to Vilcabamba. In 1539 he named this as their new capital. From here, he ruled the Neo-Inca State for almost 40 years.
Upon Manco Incas death, Titu Cusi Yupanqui assumed the power. To smoothen the relation, he agreed to surrender in exchange for a crown pension. Infact, he even got baptised as a Roman Catholic. It was in 1571, when Tupac Amaru took over the throne, things changed.
The Spanish were unaware of the change in power. They sent two of their ambassadors to continue the negotiation. Tupac Amaru did not like this. He assassinated them. On 14th of April, 1572, the Spanish conquistadors decided to end the Incan rule. Renowned Spanish viceroy, Francisco de Toledo along with his troops invaded the last capital of Incas. They managed to captured Tupac Amaru. Who was later brutally assassinated in Cusco’s main square.
On Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu, we will visit Victos and other prominent sites like the White Rock. This is a history and nature oriented trek. It will give you an insight to the life of Incas. The last capital of Incas does have a lot of mystery hidden.
We recommend you to be acclimatised well before this high altitude trek. While you are acclimatising, you may visit Laguna Humantay. If you want to get an introduction to Incan history, then we recommend our Sacred Valley Tour or Cusco City Tour.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will be then travelling through Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here we will stop for breakfast. From here, we will drive up to Abra Malaga Pass.
We will then be driving down the hill to Chaullay and onward to Huancavalle (1700 metres above sea level). Here we will have lunch. After relishing on a local meal, we will give you a guided tour of Vicots Rosaspata and Ñustahispana. Later in the afternoon, we will trek to our campsite in Pillaupata.
We will start the hike after breakfast. Along the way, we will be crossing through many flora and fauna. Our guide will explain about each of these. We will then continue our up-hill hike to Asutina Pass. This pass nestles at 3915 metres above the sea level. From here you will have a captivating view of the valley below.
Continuing the trek, we will reach Hatunpampa, where we will camp for the night.
After breakfast, we will start our uphill hike for three hours. We will reach Yanacocha Pass at 4420 metres above sea level. After enjoying the panoramic view from here, we will start hiking down the hill. We will the do a uphill hike to Tullutacana at 3340 metres above sea level. We will have a couple of uphill and downhill hike till we will reach Abra Mujun Pass at 3340 metres.
This segement of the trek could be somewhat challenging. However the view is priceless. We will be passing along many mountains and lakes enjoying the constantly varying landscape. We will be then reaching our campsite at Mutuypata.
After breakfast, we will start our downhill hike to the cloud forest. We will be stopping in some farms along the way to the village of Yanatile. Here, we will meet our driver who will transfer us to Hidro Electric station.
Here, we will have a nice Peruvian meal for lunch. After lunch, we will trek start hiking along the railway lines to Aguas Calientes. This is the same route that the renowned American explorer, Hiram Bingham took, when he rediscovered Machu Picchu.
We will be accommodating you in a basic ensuite room in Aguas Calientes.
Later in the evening, we will meet for dinner.
We will take an early morning bus up to Machu Picchu citadel. Our guide will walk you through all the main sites of the citadel. The two and a half hours guided tour of Machu Picchu will give you a deeper understanding of the citadel and Incas history.
After the tour, if you have booked your hike to Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu do advise our guide. He or She can guide you to the access point.
Alternatively, you can walk to the Sun Gate. Sun Gate offers a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. Those on Inca Trail enjoy this view at dawn as they enter Machu Picchu from here.
At an agreed time, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. We will be taking a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
At Ollantaytambo, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to Cusco.