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Cusco Tours - Tours in Cusco
Vilcabamba is located northwest of Cusco, in the province de la Convención, in the eastern mountain range of the Andes; it has a chain of snow-covered peaks and high forest mountains with constant climatologic changes. It is demarcated by two very deep canyons, the canyon of Apurímac on the left and Willcamayu on the right. Through both run very fast-flowing rivers which have carved and still carve one of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes of our Andean region.
Vilcabamba Trek Trail
Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu
Early in the morning we will leave the hotel to head northwest of Cusco. On the way we will observe the ancestral town of Chinchero (3760m / 12336f) and Ollantaytambo where will be the place to have a short rest. Continuing our transport we will arrive at the highest point of the trip called Málaga pass (4315m/ 14157f), and after this we will descend through the valley of Amaybamba, with an impressive view of snow-caped mountains and cloudy forests to Chaullay (1200m / 3937f) there, we will change our direction to drive up for about 3 hours to Huancacalle (3000m / 9843f). We spend the night in the familiar hostel of Huancacalle
Traveling time: 8 hours.
Today we visit the settlements of Vitcos Rosaspata (3080m / 10105f) and Ñustahispana (3050m / 10007f) in spite of we will explore the resent excavations that are being restored. The superb of stone highway is visible between the vegetation and in all directions runs within Vilcabamba ´the last dynasty of the Incas´. We will take the pass of the day, which is Azutina (3900m / 12795f). After this we will go down to Inca Wasi (3600m / 11811f) where our camp will be.
Hiking time: 7 hours
Climate: Mild, cold climate and mosquitoes.
During this day we will again be seeing a part of the Inca Trail that leads to the community of Racachaca (3700m / 12139f). We will also have a magnificent view on the snowed peaks of Lazuna (5470m / 17946f) and part of the chain of Sacsarayoc. The population of Racachaca is generally very nice and will welcome us and share their knowledge with us about the customs and traditions. Our camp will be in Hatumpampa (4000m / 13123f).
Hiking time: 5 hours
Today will be the most arduous and wonderful landscape because of the challenge ecosystem will go through, the passes of Yanacocha (4420m / 14501f), Tullu tacana (4500m / 14436f) and Mojón (4500m / 14763f), with an excellent view on the snow-peak Salkantay (6264m / 20551f).
We will descend observing the trail that is not very well, because of the rain season and the erosion of the mountains. This region is solely of the farmers, where groups of tourists sporadically are to be found. Continuing, we pass by Soyro Cocha (3600m / 11811f) and the dimmed forest of Mutuypata (3250m / 10663f), where we will be camping.
Hiking time: 9 hours
Climate: cold and warm with mosquitoes.
Going through the valley of Mutuypata, we will get to see a great sight of flora and fauna, having the course down the river Sacsara and we go to the town of Yanatile (2000m / 6562f). Here we have the possibility of continuing to Santa Teresa (1850m / 6070f) in a public transport ´truck´. In the town of Santa Teresa we will spend the night in familiar hostel and we will have the possibility of visiting the thermal baths.
Hiking time: 5 hours
Climate: warm climate with mosquitoes.
In the morning we will have a long walk by the edge of the Willcamayu river. We take a typical transport of this region called cable car “Oroya” which will bring us to the other side of the river. During this trail you can also see the Mayubamba waterfall and the mountain of Machu Picchu. Arriving at the hydroelectric station (1950m / 6398f), the train will be ready to go to Aguas Calientes (2050m / 6762f), where we will spend the night.
Hiking time: 4 hours
Climate: in a warm climate with mosquitoes.
It is recommendable to visit the lost city of the Incas early in the morning; we will go by tourist bus to Machu Picchu (2400m / 7874f), where we are going to rediscover the policy and ancestral technique in agriculture, astronomy and religious center in harmony whit nature. After this the participants have enough time to walk through Machu Picchu themselves before returning to the village of Aguas Calientes and taking the train back to Cusco. The climate in Machu Picchu is warm with mosquitoes.
What one needs to bring
Backpack, sleeping bag, clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, sweater, trekking shoes and trousers, polo’s/ t-shirts, rain poncho, hat, sun block cream, insect repellent and disinfecting alcohol and gel, bottle of water and sterilizing tablet, camera (wrapped in plastic bag), flash light and batteries, some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit, original passport, ´ISIC´-student card and extra money in soles.
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Breakfast on the first excursion day
Lunch in Aguas Calientes
Sleeping bag (If you don’t have this, we can offer it).
Private transport from the hotel to Huancacalle
High quality camping equipment (We use professional tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light / 4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light / 4.5kgs, both for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent).
Meals during the excursion (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks / Option vegetarian).
Professional bilingual guide
Cook and assistant
Horseman and mules, for all our camping and personal equipment of customer
Transport from Yanatile to Santa Teresa
Transport from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric station
Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and Cusco by bus
Familiar hostel in Huancacalle
Familiar hostel in Santa Teresa
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Bus 2 ways, from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu, continental or similar)
First-aid kit, oxygen bottle and safety rope
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