Vilcabamba Perú Trek








Vilcabamba is an ancient Inca city considered the last refuge of the majestic Inca empire before it fell to the Spanish in 1572. In this archaeological site you can find huge stone structures with a knob, as well as other Inca sites such as Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman and Coricancha.

The city of Vilcabamba was lost and was found in 1892, identified at that time as «old or old Vilcabamba».


Vilcabamba comprises a geographical area of ??15 hectares where there are traces of buildings, channels, terraces, platforms and even Inca temples with some colonial influences.

There are some covers in good condition. The granite stone walls were not polished to the perfection of other sites such as Machu Picchu or Coricancha. There are also remains of an andenería system as well as roads that connect Vilcabamba with other nearby places.

In Vilcabamba Inca remains such as ceramics, textiles and tools were found. In addition, Spanish elements such as tiles were found, which would explain the fusion of both cultures during the wars of the rebel Incas.

Evidence of a fire was found in Vilcabamba, which would prove the damage caused by the Spanish when they conquered this refuge of rebel Incas. Today, there are still spaces covered by the wild vegetation of the Cusco jungle.

The important discovery of Vilcabamba

In 1911, the American explorer Hiram Bingham (in his search for Vilcabamba), arrived at Espiritu Pampa where he carried out some superficial studies. Because he did not find any significant find, he returned his march to Machu Picchu, which he believed "the lost City of the Incas."

The significant finds in Vilcabamba were made from 1964 when the American explorer Gene Savoy arrived at Espiritu Pampa and showed that it was actually the last refuge of the rebel Incas.

Archaeological work continued slowly in Vilcabamba. Thus, the Inca sites of Vitcos, Yurak Rumi and more were excavated from the rugged vegetation.

In 2011, the last significant find was made in Vilcabamba. Several funerary tombs of Wari origin (a civilization that preceded the Incas) were found. The main tomb (which includes gold and silver objects) was named ‘The Lord of Wari’ and shows that Vilcabamba was inhabited by another civilization prior to the Incas.

The mystery of Vilcabamba

How did the Incas make these incredible stone structures? The same mystery is presented for other Inca structures such as Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu or Coricancha.

Many agree that it would be a technology prior to the Incas. In Vilcabamba you can see huge polished stones with great technique. Even today the tools used for the transfer and assembly of the stones are not known for sure.

How to get to Vilcabamba?

You can go to Vilcabamba on your own or through an organized tour. Most tourists prefer to do it through a tourism agency that includes transportation, food, camping and more.

If you want to travel on your own, you must take a long bus ride to the town of Vilcabamba. Then a long walk must be undertaken to the Inca archaeological site.

If you want to travel with a tourism agency, it is recommended to get a tour that includes a visit to the Inca City of Machu Picchu during the return to Cusco. You can get a tour online or directly at an agency located in the Historic Center of Cusco.

Vilcabamba Perú Tour

Vilcabamba Perú Tour to Machu Picchu is a hidden treasure for more than 500 years, since this route was not affected by civilization and tourism, this trek covers many kilometers of original and very well preserved Inca trail, landscapes, nature, snow-capped mountains, peculiar flora and fauna, it will make like 500 years back.

This walk connects Vilcabamba (the last Inca refuge) with Machu Picchu, throughout the walk you will visit the archaeological remains of Vilcabamba and its surroundings, where you can better understand the Inca and Pre-Inca Culture.

This Vilcabamba Perú Tour is designed for lovers of walking and culture, without a doubt it will be the experience of a lifetime, especially if you do not want to meet many tourists along the way, Inkas Destination recommends taking this new route to reach the new one. wonder of the world Machu Picchu.

We will pick you up very early in the morning at 3:00 am and we will have a tour in our private transport for around 6 hours until we reach the town of Huanca Calle, on the way we will pass through the Sacred Valley and a small stop at Malaga at 4316m or 14160 ft. To continue with the descent to the Lucumayo valley to the town of Santa María at 1200m, 3936ft. We will have a delicious breakfast and then we will continue driving for two more hours to the town of Huanca calle 3350m 10988ft, in this place we will meet our muleteers and horses and we will prepare everything to start the walk.

We will visit the archaeological remains of Vilcabamba, Vitcos and the waca (energetic place) of Ñustahispana after this visit we will begin our walk to the Collpa camp, at 3900m, 12792ft.

This second day in the morning (6:00 am), after an energetic breakfast, we will begin our walk, this day the walk will be 90% of the Original Inca Trail and very well preserved from 3900 masl (12792 ft) to 4600 masl (15088 ft) that is the Choquetacarpo pass, from this point we will have a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains, and then begin to descend to the place of lunch, then continue for about 3 hours to our camp at Lazunapampa 3940 masl (1923ft).

After a delicious breakfast we will begin our walk (6:00 am), this day we change the landscapes of the Puna for forests, throughout the walk we will continue to see different snow-capped mountains of the Vilcabamba mountain range, in addition to several waterfalls.

Arriving at Yanama (3850 masl or 12628ft) we will be able to see different types of birds, especially parrots. In this place we will have our lunch and our transportation to the town of Santa Teresa (1600msnm or 5248ft). In 2 hours we will arrive at the camp, and then visit the thermal baths of Qocalmayo and relax for a good time.

After breakfast at 7:00 am, the walk of approximately 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant begins, where we will have lunch, after lunch we will continue the walk to the town of Aguas Calientes. Dinner and overnight.

At 4:30 am we will start walking to the archaeological remains of Machu Picchu, we will have the guided tour for about 2 hours and then you will have free time to explore on your own. Return to Ollantaytambo by train and then in a transport to Cusco.


  • Private transportation from the hotel to Huancacalle.
  • Collective transportation from Yanatile to Hidroeléctrica train station
  • Tourist train from the Hidroeléctrica train station to Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu up and down.
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and collective tourist bus to the city.
  • Accommodation in Huancacalle (Basic accommodation) and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu, Continental or similar).
  • Ticket to enter Machu Picchu.
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
  • The high quality camping equipment (we use professional tents, Doite, Kailas Model 3, extra light / 4.5kgs and Doite, Himalaya Model, extra light / 4.5kgs, both for 2 people. Mattresses, dining tents with tables, chairs and sanitary facilities).
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner, optional vegetarian meal).
  • Cook and assistant.
  • Horses and mules, for all our camping and personal client equipment (up to 7 kilograms).
  • Emergency horse.
  • First aid kit and oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Breakfast during the first day.
  • Lunch the day before in Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu down.
  • Sleeping bag (If you don’t have a sleeping bag, we can rent one for you).

What to bring?

  • Backpack with rain protector.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Clothing for hot and cold weather such as a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • High mountain shoes for a long and difficult trip.
  • Shower sandals.
  • Wool or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Polo / Short sleeve T-shirts.
  • Rain poncho and a hat.
  • Short trusa (for the hot springs in the town of Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol sanitizer gel, tablets, toiletries, and toilet paper.
  • Photographic camera.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Chocolate bars and dried fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money for contingencies.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and humid, take extra clothes for change since it is difficult for them to dry out.
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Fernanda L
Fernanda L
Mariela es muy especial! Fue todo perfecto! Mariela es increíble y hizo todo para que nuestro viaje fuera inolvidable. La dedicación de Mariela por su trabajo y por su familia también son muy bonitas. Eso hace todo aún más especial.
Cusco Visitei Cusco em Junho/2023 e reservei todos os passeios com a Qorianka. Equipe muito atenciosa, todos os passeios foram ótimos e bem organizados.
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Da F
Perfeito!!!!! Quando fui planejar a viagem para Cusco pesquisei muito os locais que queria conhecer e as empresas que faziam os passeios, encontrei a Qorianka Tours entrei em contato e fui super bem atendida pela Mariele que esclareceu todas as minhas dúvidas. Quando estamos planejamento uma viagem sempre surgi o medo de não ser o que esperávamos, mas falo com vocês que foi melhor do que eu esperava, me surpreendeu o comprometimento, a atenção de toda a equipe que esteve comigo e com meu marido no período da viagem. Vou detalhar um pouco como foi, quando chegamos no aeroporto já tinha uma pessoa esperando para levar até o hotel, nos dias de buscar para os passeios foram todos extremamente pontuais, os guias sempre alegres e com toda atenção explicavam as histórias dos locais, os locais de café da manhã e almoço muito bom e agradáveis e no fim da viagem também nos buscaram no hotel e levaram até o aeroporto. Ficamos 9 dias em Cusco, foi uma viagem maravilhosa, um sonho realizado. Agradeço toda a equipe da Qorianka Tours que conseguiram transformar minha viagem em algo mais surpreendente do que eu espera. Se vc estiver planejando super indico a Qorianka Tours, não tem nenhum ponto negativo para reclamar. Podem confiar.
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Solange Puga
AGÊNCIA CONFIÁVEL!! A agencia é confiável, fiz a reserva pelo Brasil,só paguei uma pequena reserva,em um banco no Brasil,fiz o resto do pagamento diretamente com a Mariella em Cusco. Eles são honestos,mas meio informais. . No city tour,eles atrasaram, logo após 20'' de atraso eu liguei,esqueceram de nós,mas logo Mariella resolveu o problema e mandou um carro para nos levar até o grupo. Adoramos os guias de cada passeio,Aidê,Roni,Ivan e Mari,são eficientes,educados e divertidos . As Vans eram confortáveis. O hotel do pacote em Aguas Calientes,,era bom e bem localizado,foram nos buscar na estação.
Silvia P
Silvia P
7 lagunas con Diego Go!! La mejor experiencia!!! desde inicio hasta al final... cuentan con servicio de desayuno, almuerzo típico delicioso? Además de conocer y hacer amistades de otros países? y lo más importante el guía quién nos orienta e explica durante todo el trayecto.... totalmente agradecida y muy feliz Guía: Diego Suna Quispe
Rocio O
Rocio O
TOUR 7 LAGUNAS CON DIEGO GO! La mejor experiencia de la visita a las 7 lagunas además de contemplar su belleza natural fue que el guía Diego nos dejó tomarnos el tiempo necesario para captar las mejores fotografías y hacer videos, ya que estas imágenes quedarán guardadas por siempre para el recuerdo. También agradecer por la alimentación que estaba deliciosa con ingredientes propias de la zona. Un consejo para las personas que deseen aventurarse en este tour (o alguno otro, ya que el guía es experto en muchos tours) no se arrepentirán en tomarlo como guía a DIEGO GO! ( como lo bautizamos ???) su nombre real es DIEGO SUNA QUISPE
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Rafa Rodriguez
Todo el viaje valió la pena El viaje fue súper cansador pero llegar a la montaña de colores compensó todo el cansancio! Además con el guía Ronald aka Picasso hizo esta experiencia mucho más gratificante y hermosa!


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