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Vilcabamba Trek, Espiritu Pampa and Machu Picchu 15 Days

Vilcabamba - Espiritu Pampa

After the conquest by the Spanish, Manco Inca and his successors dominated the region of Vilcabamba. It included several centres and settlements built to honor the last dynasty of the Inca: Manco Inca, Sayre Tupac, Titu Cusi Yapanqui and Tupac Amaru I. According to customs and traditions of other pre-Incan cultures, a Neo Imperial state was created to preserve all knowledge in religion and astronomy.

Vilcabamba is located northwest of Cusco, in the province 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. The region is bounded 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, Espiritu Pampa and Machu Picchu 15 Days - Overview:

Altitude: 1500 - 4600m. / 4921 - 15092 f.
High Season: May - November
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Level of Difficulty: Moderate / Challenge

Vilcabamba Trek, Espiritu Pampa and Machu Picchu 15 Days - Itinerary:

Vilcabamba Trek1st Day: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

We will leave Cusco early in the morning at about 5:30 am. First we will head for the little village Cachora (2850m/9350f), a nice place surrounded by beautiful mountains and the majestic glacier Padreyoc (5571m/18278f). Here we will also meet our horsemen who will accompany us during the trip. After having passed the village Capuliyoc (2800m/9186f), we will continue descending to our camping site called Chiquisca (1930m/6332f).

Climate: warm
Hiking time: Approximately 6 hours

2nd Day: Chiquisca – Playa Rosalina – Marampata – Choquequirao

After breakfast, we will first descend to La Playa Rosalina (1550m/4921f) and then climb up to the village of Marampata (2850m/9350f). From here we will have a nice view of the archeological complex of Choquequirao (3033m/9951f). If we are lucky we will even see a condor flying at nightfall. Our camping site in Choquequirao is about 25 minutes from the ruins at 2950m/9678f.

Climate: both warm and cold
Hiking time: 7 hours

Choquequirao3rd Day: Choquequirao – Choquequirao pass – Pinchaunuyoc

At dawn, we will first head for the citadel of Choquequirao called “Cuna de Oro” - the ‘Cradle of Gold’ - and enjoy the quietness at this place. Beyond, we will explore this archeological site, of which only 30 % is restored, in more detail: we will visit the section of the palaces, the liturgics fountains, the temple of the high priest, the section of the llamas and the Ushnu. Thereafter, our trek continues towards the pass of Choquequirao (3270m/10728f) and finally we will head down for making our camp site nearby the archeological site of Pinchaunuyoc (2450m/8038f).

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 6 hours

4th Day: Pinchaunuyoc - Silvestre river – Maizal

After breakfast, we will pass down to the deepest point of the small canyon known as Silvestre river (1900m/6234f). Thereafter we will begin the difficult ascent towards the tropical forest of Maizal (3000m/9843f). After four hours, we will arrive in the community of Maizal where we will spend the night. Maizal is a nice place to enjoy a spectacular view of mountains and glaciers, such as the Qori Wayrachina (5512m/18084f).

Climate: warm and cold with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 5 hours

Vilcabamba Trek5th Day: Maizal – San Juan pass – Yanama

Our journey continues following the Inca Trail. Due to erusions, the road is not in good conditions, so watch your steps carefully. First, we will ascend to the top of the San Juan pass (4170m/13681f). From here, we will have a beautiful view of the valleys, mountains and glaciers, from which some peaks are more than 5000m/16404f. Due to the ecosystem’s constant changes, the mountain range of Vilcabamba is without any doubt one of the most complex regions. Our camping place will be in the little village of Yanama (3530m/11581f).

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 6 hours

6th Day: Yanama – Yutupata – Lazuna pampa

In Yanama we will experience the Andean life, its traditions and costumes. Our trek continues up and down through tropical forests such as Urpipata, Yutupata (3300m/10827f) and Tucarhuay and leads to the cave of Quellccamachay. Our camping site is called Lazuna pampa (3800m/12467f).

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 7 hours

Vilcabamba Trek7th Day: Lazuna pampa – Choquetacarpu pass - Huancacalle

After breakfast, we will walk up for a while until we get to the Choquetacarpu pass (4600m/15092f). Here we will have a short break and explore the area of the Andean hills. If we are lucky we will also see a Condor flying. After our break, we will descend to Huancacalle (3100m/10170f), where we’ll spend the night in basic accommodation.

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 8 hours 

8th Day: Huancacalle – Vitcos, Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) – Colpacasa pass – Utullo cocha

In the morning, we will visit the archeological sites of Vitcos Rosaspata (3080m/10105f), Ñustahispana (Yurac Rumi) (3050m/10007f) and recent excavations. Thereafter, we’ll go on the road again in direction to the village of New Vilcabamba (3450m) after that we’ll have a stop for lunch while observing the black hills of Huamanapi, Sillarumi and Yanantin that are over 5000 meters high.
Later on we’ll be in the highest pass we’ll cross a pass called Colpacasa (3700m).This is an excellent place to observe the mountain chain of snowed Vilcabamba. Finally we’ll go down to the first campsite of Utullococha at 3400m.

Climate: tempered and cold with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 7 hours

Vilcabamba Trek9th Day: Utullococha – Cedrochaca (3400 – 3000m)

This day we’ll hike down, crossing different communities and rivers as can be found in these beginnings of the jungle or Cloud Forests. Very soon we’ll arrive at the Pampaconas community (an Inca ethnic where living around 100 indigene). We’ll hike through a valley and cross  the river Chalca to arrive at Ututopampa later on. Continuing on this trek we’ll walk downwards taking an original Inca Trail halfway the Lorofindiyoc Valley down to the campsite of Cedrochaca (3000m).

Climate: cold
Hiking time: 5 hours 

10th Day: Cedrochaca – Urpipata (3000 – 2800m)

At dawn our campsite will be surrounded by misty clouds known as the cloud forest. This is nature at his best with enchanting views. During the day we’ll be hiking down and up through different climates. Finally we’ll be able to see here these typical bridges of this zone, built by the peasants who used slices of wood brought to them by the River Zapatero.
We’ll stay a while in the community of San Fernando Vista Alegre (2600m). After one hour we’ll hit the road again and cross rivers coming from Vista Alegre and Sucsochicana. Later on we’ll take the pass to the community of San Guillermo and the Corcu moco coffee plantation which is the beginning of a steep road until we arrive at the campsite of Urpipata (2800m).

Climate: tempered with some mosquitoes
Hiking time: 8 hours

Vilcabamba Trek11th Day: Urpipata – Espiritu Pampa (2800 – 1511m)

Continuing our trek we’ll begin by hiking down and come upon one of the rivers that during the raining season give great difficulties and problems, as well to the peasants as whatever adventurer that wants to use this campsite nearby the rivers Palomayuc or Locomayuc. We’ll continue hiking upwards 'till the highest point for this day which is called the pass of Cedrocasa. We’ll walk through a rocky landscape from where we'll take a flat road until we come upon a river called Concevidayoc where we'll have lunch.
Continuing on this road we’ll arrive at an area called Pajonal and later on at the pass of Espiritu Pampa. Around there you’ll be able to see wooded and jungle-like landscapes in its whole natural splendor. Our goal will be to hike down to the community of Espiritu Pampa which will be our campsite for the night and hike the next day from there up to the archeological complex of Espiritu Pampa which is situated 15 minutes higher (1511m).

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 8 hours

12th Day: Espiritu Pampa – Chihuanquiry (1511 – 950 – 1050m)

We'll enter to the complex of Espiritu Pampa where we’ll have a guided tour with possibility to buy some textile pieces of local people. Thereafter we’ll continue hiking through a warmer climate, crossing bridges like Espiritu Pampa, Lechemayoc and Villa Carmen as final goal for this trek the place of Chihuanquiry (950m) where we’ll spend the night in tents or basic accommodation.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes
Hiking time: 4 hours

13th Day: Chihuanquiry - Quillabamba

After breakfast we’ll have a public transport: along the way we’ll pass by some village like Quiteny, where we’ll be able to take another kind of bus until Quillabamba village (1050m). We’ll have an overnight in hotel.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes;
Transport time: 7 hours approximately.

14th Day: Quillabamba – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

After relaxing in the morning we’ll take the bus to the Hydroelectric power plant. We will be passing many waterfalls and especially one falling down from 45m. approx., where we can stop for a while after that, we will arrive to the hydroelectric power plant to rest and have lunch. Then we walk for 3 hours to reach the Mandor Park and finally get to Aguas Calientes town (2050m). Here we will have our hostel and dinner, and then we’ll have the briefing for Machu Picchu for the next day.

Climate: warm with mosquitoes;
Hiking time: 3 hours
Transport time: 3 hours approximately

15th Day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - CuscoMachu Picchu

We will leave our hotel after breakfast at 5:30 am and head for Machu Picchu (2400m/7874f) by tourist bus. We will arrive at the citadel around 6:00 am. After a guided tour around the archeological site, including information about life and culture of the Incas, you will have enough time to enjoy Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu (2750m/9022f) on your own. We will leave Aguas Calientes by train either at 2:55 pm or at 6:40 pm. Until then, you will have time to have lunch in one of the nice restaurants. Moreover, you can visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes to relax a bit.

Hiking time: 02 hours

Trek to Choquequirao, Espiritu Pampa and Machu Picchu 15 Days (Private)


  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Cachora
  • Transport from Yanatile to Santa Teresa (11th day)
  • Transport from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric station
  • Train from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
  • Bus up and down (between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu)
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco or train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and to Cusco by bus
  • Entrance fees to Choquequirao
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Basic hotel in Santa Teresa
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu, Continental or similar)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • High quality camping equipment (We use professional 2-persons tents, Doite, Model Kailas 3, extra light/4.5kgs and Doite, Model Himalaya, extra light/4.5kgs, both are for 2 persons. Mattresses, eating tent with table and chairs, bathroom tent)
  • Meals during the excursion (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • Horseman and mules, for our camping and personal equipment of customer
  • Emergency horse
  • First-aid kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag (If you don´t have a sleeping bag, there is the possibility of lending one)


(1) From the first to the twelfth day (from Cachora to Chuhuanquiry) we are accompanied by horsemen and mules that will carry all camping equipment and the customer’s private luggage (up to 16 kg). Thereafter all luggage will be transferred to Aguas Calientes town by car and train.

(2) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 15.00  and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law  began since the 18th of July, 2011).

(3) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Sleeping back.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socksand a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.

Conditions & Terms:

1) We require an immediate deposit of US $ 150 for all bookings

2) For all tours and treks the balance can be paid up to 48 hours prior to the start of the program. In case of paying the balance in the office of XTreme Tourbulencia we only accept cash payment. Failure to pay the trek balance will result in tour cancellation.

3) If a participant decides to cancel during the breefing 2 days prior to departure, he or she has to pay the full amount of the trek. XTreme Tourbulencia however, will cover the expenses (hotel and train ticket) made by that participant to visit Machu Picchu. This offer of ours must be confirmed at the breefing itself.

4) The Client may cancel the Package booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day written notification is received by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All reservations cancelled less than 15 days prior to the departure date of the tour are subject to a cancellation fee:

Period before departure written notification is received

Cancellation fee as a percentage of the holiday price

15-10 days


9-7 days


6 days or less







5) The Vilcabamba Trek is non-transferable, non-reimbursable and the participant cannot change the date of departure

6) If during the length of the program the traveler abandons the excursion as a decision made by him- or herself, no reimbursement will be made and no claim will be accepted. XTreme Tourbulencia does not cover the expenses made by the traveler for a hotel and the transport back to Cusco or to Aguas Calientes, as well as a hotel in Aguas Calientes. Also, the traveler will be accompanied by a co-worker of XTreme Tourbulencia back to the train station.

7) Certain Services might be interrupted or even cancelled due to weather conditions, natural disasters or other disturbances. These are out of the control of hotels, Service suppliers, XTreme Tourbulencia or its partners and therefore, no refund will be given.

8) For the student discount of $ 20 UDS we require a copy of a university student card with valid expiration date and picture on it. It is very important bring with you your original student card  to valid the discount. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.

9) If XTreme Tourbulencia doesn't confirm the reservation, the deposit will be refunded

10) In case of force majeur, when a trek cannot start or completed, XTreme Tourbulencia will find an alternative to go to Machu Picchu. If this alternative is of lower value than the originally booked excursion, XTreme Tourbulencia will refund the difference.

11) It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accidents, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. XTreme Tourbulencia cannot be considered responsible for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her acts

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