4D/3N GREAT INCA TRAIL TO VITCOS

4D/3N Great Inca Trail to Victos

Level: Moderate difficult hiking - No need experience
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Location: Vilcabamba Valley
Season: March – December
Departures: Every day, upon request

 

Itinerary description

Day 1: AGUAS CALIENTES TO YANAMA.-
Now you have ticked Machu Picchu off the bucket list, it is time to experience, first-hand, another of the Incas’ greatest engineering feats. After a short train ride down the Urubamba River Valley, you will venture well off the beaten path on a 4-hour land transfer to the town of Yanama (3569 m.a.s.l. / 11709 feet); a remote outpost of about 60 families. This will be your camp for tonight, and your first taste of Vilcabamba: The Last Refuge of the Incas. Enjoy the afternoon getting accustomed to camp life, and the evening marveling at the symphony of stars out here on the perimeter.

Distances:
Distance from Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes town) - Hydroelectric: 10 km (On train)
Distance from Hydroelectric – Santa Teresa: 10 km (On vehicle)
Distance from Santa Teresa - Yanama: 70 km (On vehicle)
Lowest elevation: Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes town) 2040 m.a.s.l. / 6693 feet
Highest elevation: Yanama 3569 m.a.s.l. / 11709 feet
Distance to walk: 0 km
Average on train Time: 31 min.
Average on vehicle Time: 4hrs.
(Lunch/ dinner)

 

Day 2: YANAMA TO QUELCAMACHAY.-
Wake early for a hot and hearty breakfast, followed closely by your first experience of the Great Inca Trail. The trail from the Yanama River ascends 3,000 feet up the Choquetecarpo Valley, transporting you into an Andean wonderland. Once you rise above 11,000 feet, you’ll walk on pristine Inca Road, passing Inca tambos (way stations) and water temples (one, called Unusaminchana, features canals and a twosided bath beneath a natural spring) along the way. After walking for most of the day, you will arrive at
your camp for the night: a place called Qelqamachay (3907 m.a.s.l./12818 feet) that is surrounded by your camp for the night: a place called Qelqamachay (3907 m.a.s.l./12818 feet) that is surrounded by native Quenua forest, which creeps up into the seams of the cliffs. Be sure to get some rest, because tomorrow you will be summitting the 15,000-feet Choquetecarpo Pass.

Distances:
Distance from Yanama – Abra LLutupampa: 6.16 km
Distance from Abra LLutupampa - Quelcamachay: 7.98 km
Lowest elevation: Yanama 3569 m.a.s.l. / 11709 feet
Highest elevation: Quelcamachay 3907 m.a.s.l. / 12818 feet
Distance to walk: 14.14 km
Average walking Time: 6hrs. to 7hrs.
(Breakfast/ Lunch/ dinner)

 

Day 3: QUELCAMACHAY TO HUANCACALLE.-
Make sure you have a good breakfast: today’s 5-hour hike traverses some of most spectacular Inca road (not to mention rugged terrain) on the planet. From the outset, you will hike on Inca steps towards the snowy 15,000-feet pass, the curves of the Inca Road softening the intensity of the ascent. After
walking up and down the Choquetecarpo Pass on thousands of Inca steps that cover more than 2,000 feet of elevation on each side, you will make your way to Huancacalle – a 500-person town that is your camp for the night – right below the Inca citadel of Vitcos. This is the end of your time on the Great Inca Trail…and the beginning of an archeological adventure that very few human beings ever get to experience.

Distances:
Distance from Quelcamachay – Abra Choquetacarpo: 4.65 km
Distance from Choquetacarpo – Kollpa: 3.75 km
Distance from Kollpa – Huancacalle: 11.4 km (on vehicle)
Lowest elevation: Huancacalle 2951 m.a.s.l. / 9682 feet
Highest elevation: Abra choquetacarpu 4793 m.a.s.l./15725 feet
Distance to walk: 8.4 km
Average walking Time: 6 hrs. to 7hrs.
(Breakfast/ Lunch/ dinner)

 

Day 4: HUANCACALLE -VITCOS & RETURN TO CUZCO.-
Passing between the massive polished stones, which mark the site’s most important entryways, you will visit Vitcos (3003 m.a.s.l. / 9852 feet), the center of the exiled neo-Inca state in Vilcabamba and a place very few outsiders ever visit. On a guided tour of the city, which served as the Inca capital for seven years from 1537 onwards, you will explore the important religious temple of Yuraq Rumi, a massive carved rock from which a spring emanates, not to mention a series of Inca terraces and a main plaza, which looks down upon the breathtaking Vilcabamba River. After your tour of Vitcos, you will embark on the drive back to Cuzco, where a proper bed and a hot shower await.

Distances:
Distance from Huancacalle – Ñustahispana: 1.5 km
Distance from Ñustahispana – Vitcos: 1.6 km
Highest elevation: Vitcos 3003 m.a.s.l/9852 feet
Distance to walk: 5.53 km
Average walking Time: 3 hrs. to 4hrs.
(Breakfast/ Lunch)

 

Price includes:

  • Orientation meeting or phone call a day before to departure date.
  • Private Transportation: Hidrolectrica - Yanama.
  • Local Transportation: Kollpa - Huancacalle.
  • Private transportation: Huancacalle – Cusco.
  • Professional bilingual guide (English - Spanish).
  • 1 assistant guide for groups over 9 people.
  • All balanced meals during the trekking (from snack on day 1 to lunch on day 4), preparing by our expert cooking team, using organic and Andean superfood products ( optional diets for vegans, vegetarians and so on upon request).
  • Filtered and boiled water recharges available every day at breakfast and lunchtime.
  • Vitcos entrance fee.
  • Horses, mules and muleteers for the completely camping equipment including 7 kilograms for passenger’s personal luggage (duffle bag with clothes, sleeping bag and personal items).
  • Saddle horses.
  • All common camping gear: Two men mountain tent, inflatable mattress, kitchen dishes, kitchen tent, dinner tent, toilet tent, table, chairs.
  • First aid kit with oxygen bottle.
  • Short wave radios.
  • Sanitation care (disinfected dishes, filtered water, etc.).
  • Environmental care (all the garbage goes back to Cusco, portable toilet treatment).
  • Train service: Aguas Calientes - Hidroelectrica (1st day)

Price does not include:

  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals or services in Aguas Calientes.
  • Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and extra expenses.
  • Single supplement .
  • Extra Saddle horse
  • Sleeping bag
  • A pair of walking sticks

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Net rates per pax, non-commissionable and expressed in US dollars

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4D/3N GREAT INCA TRAIL TO VITCOS 3289.80 1749.00 1329.20 1049.00 995.80 918.30 905.00 890.60 869.50 846.30 843.00 797.50 788.70 773.20 736.60