Welcome to Vilcabamba


The area’s beautiful scenery, mild weather and laid-back vibe attract waves of visitors: backpackers as well as North American and European retirees. Hiking, horseback riding and meditation are popular activities. The hills are dotted with big new houses, and the town plaza with expat-owned businesses. Gringo-ization has created tension about the cost of land and living, but the flip side is that jobs in tourism and construction are more plentiful than ever, and Vilcabamba is the rare Ecuadorian pueblo where young people have little ambition to leave for the big city.


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Pampachiri Stone Forest and Smurfs House

Day 1 : Chonta Condor Canyon and Cconoc07:00 – 13:00 : Pick up – Transportation to Chonta Condor Canyon – HikingWe depart for the adventure at 7am from your hotel in Cusco. We drive to the town of Limatambo and along the way we will stop at viewpoints to take photos of the amazing Andes, and Salkantay mountain.We then continue driving through beautiful mountain scenery. We will continue our tour driving uphill on the dirt road towards to the community of Chonta.Upon arrival we hike 1 ½ hours (moderate difficulty) reaching the lookout of Hahuacco, which boasts great views of the Apurimac canyon and Vilcabamba mountain range. With a little bit of luck we will enjoy our Condor sighting activity; it is common to see the majestic condors soaring in their natural habitat and flying over the Chonta canyon.13:00 – 19:00 : Lunch – Cconoc hot springs – Transportation to Abancay – DinnerIn the afternoon we walk back down to Chonta for 1 ½ hours then we will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch.After lunch, we will catch our private van and continue to Cconoc hot springs and we can relax and enjoy the hot water. After that we continue to Abancay City for dinner and sleep in a Hotel.Day 2 : Pampachiri Smurf Village and Rock Forest06:00 – 13:00 : Breakfast – Transportation to Pampachiri – Smurfs House and Stone ForestWe will wake up early (about 6:00am) and after breakfast in the hotel, we drive to Pampachiri through beautiful scenery, on this way is possible to see wildlife (animals like vizcachas, vicuñas, wild horses, etc).After 3 hours driving we will arrive to the Smurfs House, and meet a local family who lives there and learn more about their lifestyle. This place is a rocky formation that resembles those mushroom-shaped houses. After being about 40 minutes there, we continue 20 minutes driving to Pampachiri Stone Forest (Bosque de Piedras) which is a formation of hundreds of stones in the shape of cones by the eruption of two volcanoes giving a natural volcanic formation where we will have the guided tour for 2 hours guided tour, and a short trekking.13:00 – 20:00 : Lunch – Transportation to Abancay – CuscoWe will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch. After lunch, we will catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel or Regocijo Plaza around 16:00 – 17:00 

$529 Kid Friendly

Trekking to Choquequirao the Sacred Inca City,4 Days tour from Cusco (Camping)

ItineraryDay 1: Cusco - Wanqacalle - Santa Rosa CampingStop At: CuscoWe leave Cusco at 5:30 in the morning, we travel in our tourist transport for 4 hours until we reach San Pedro de Cachora place to stop for breakfast, after 30 more minutes of travel, we will arrive at HUANQACALLE (place of beginning of the walk). Once the walk begins in a few minutes we will arrive at the Capuliyoc viewpoint (3006 masl), from this place we can contemplate the valley of the Apurimac River and the mountains of Vilcabamba, most of them exceed 6000 meters. From this point, we will begin to descend through a landscape with little vegetation, as we go down the temperature increases as also increases the presence of mosquitoes, we will arrive for lunch at CHIQUISQA At 1880 masl (a small village with fresh water and can be buy mineral water). Another hour's walk away is the Rosalina beach (1460 masl), where we will cross the Apurimac river and then start climbing up to SANTA ROSA (2000 meters above sea level) where we will spend the night.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Night in camping (tents: Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light /4.5 kg)Day 2: Santa Rosa Campsite - ChoquequiraoStop At: CuscoAfter a consistent breakfast prepared by our Andean chef, today we will begin to walk uphill until we reach MARANPATA (2842 masl), passing the challenging stretch of the 18 curves. After a short and well-deserved rest, we will head towards the Inca city of CHOQUEQUIRAO. Along the way the vegetation will change from a dry forest to a subtropical mountain forest, the temperature is already cooler, we will already see Inca terraces very close to the cliffs and we will arrive at the CHOQUEQUIRAO camp for lunch. After lunch we will go to explore the city of Choquequirao throughout the afternoon. We will visit the royal palace, the llama sector and we will also have the opportunity to experience the sunset in Choquequirao. We will return to the camp and spend the night.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Night in camping (tents: Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light /4.5 kg)Day 3: Choquequirao - Chiquiska campsiteStop At: CuscoAfter another night in the heart of the Andes, we will visit the CASA CAIDA DE AGUAS sector. Finally we will undertake our return. At noon we will have lunch at SANTA ROSA prepared by our swift Andean chef. In the afternoon we will continue descending to the ROSALINA beach, where we will cross the powerful APURIMAC river, and then start climbing until we reach the CHIQUISQA camp and spend our last night in the mountains.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Night in Camping (tents: Doite, model Kailas 3, extra light /4.5 kg)Day 4: Chikiska campsite - Huancacalle - CuscoStop At: CuscoWe will walk the last leg of return. After a fortifying breakfast, very early we will start climbing the slope with the aim of reaching our final destination, CAPULIYOC, always enjoying the rocky landscape and dwarf forests. When we get to CAPULIYOC we will taste our last lunch and board our minibus to return, we will arrive approximately 4 in the afternoon to the city of CUSCO. END OF OUR TRIP.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$339 Cultural & Theme Tours

ALL INCLUSIVE - 4 DAY INCA JUNGLE TO MACHU PICCHU WITH BIKING, RAFTING & ZIPLINE

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 1.- CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARIA (BIKING AND RAFTING).Stop At: Ábra MálagaThis amazing adventure starts at 6 am. We leave in our private transport to Ollantaytambo for breakfast, then we drive by bus uphill to reach Malaga pass, (4,350m/14,357ft), where we have a few minutes to prepare our biking equipment and ourselves before we start our 3-hour journey, cycling downhill towards Santa Maria (1,500m/4,950ft). You will enjoy the different microclimates such as the highland, cloud forest, rain forest and the two stunning archaeological sites of Incatambo and Wamanmarca. In the afternoon, we will be able to raft in the Urubamba River for two hours, then back to our countryside lodge for tea and dinner.Meals: Lunch- Afternoon Tea – DinnerMinimum Altitude: 1500m/4,950ftMaximum Altitude: 4,350m/14,357ftDifficulty: Moderate/Challenge.Accommodation: countryside lodge.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Buffet Lunch. • Dinner: Buffet dinner.Accommodation included: Accommodation: countryside lodge.Day 2: DAY 2.- SANTA MARIA – COCALMAYU – SANTA TERESA (TREKKING).Stop At: Santa Teresa, PeruToday after an early breakfast, we walk for seven hours through the rainforest, enjoying a myriad of fruit plantations such as avocados, maniocs, oranges, mangoes, cacao, coffee and coca shrubs. Then we will stop in a family house where we will rest for a few minutes and supply ourselves with more water and some regional tropical fruit. After resting for a bit, we will cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machupicchu with the city of Vilcabamba.After that we will arriving to Quellomayu for lunch with local family. Then we walk up a moderate hill through the vegetation towards the hot springs of Cocalmayu. Once we arrive, we will enjoy the medicinal hot springs and relaxing after our long walk. Afterwards we take the bus to Santa Teresa where we spend the night.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerMinimum Altitude: 1500m/4950ftMaximum Altitude: 1,900m/6,270ftDistance: 14kms approximatelyDifficulty: ModerateAccommodation: Countryside lodgeDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast. • Lunch: Buffet lunch. • Dinner: Buffet dinner.Accommodation included: Accommodation: countryside lodge.Day 3: DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES (TREKKING & ZIP LINE).Stop At: Hotel aguas calientesAfter breakfast our adventure and journey will start in Santa Teresa with the zip line (and later this group will be taken by bus to the area known as the hydroelectric), after that, we will have a typical lunch and after an other 3 hours hike we will get Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu town. Then we’ll have a family dinner and your guides will deliver the plan for the next morning. A much deserved rest so we’re recharged and ready for Machu Picchu the next day.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerMaximum altitude: 2,040 masl / 6,692 ft.Minimum altitude: 1,600 masl / 5,249 ft.Distance: approx. 16 kmLodging: Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** o similars.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast. • Lunch: Buffet lunch. • DinnerAccommodation included: Lodging: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu.Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** o similars.Day 4: DAY 4: PRIVATE TOUR OF MACHUPICCHU.Stop At: Machu PicchuAfter a delicious breakfast at the hotel your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machupicchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before an afternoon at your leisure. You can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.We will coordinate the time to meet in Aguas Calientes to board our train back to Ollantaytambo and then we will transfer you in our private bus or van back to Cusco to your hotel, so with this experiences we have completed our service to Machupicchu and the Sacred Valley of The Incas.Meals: BreakfastMinimum Altitude: 2,040m/6,727ftMaximum Altitude: 2,440m/8,052ftDifficulty: EasyOptional:The trek to the peak of Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $35 per person to hike. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity.Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.The trek to Machu Picchu Mountain: It has the most spectacular view, It is a 1.5 hours hike to the top. Located to the southwest of the citadel of Machu Picchu with a height of 3,050 m (10,007 ft.), This trek offers unparalleled views of the famous Inca sanctuary and also panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. The cost is $35 per person to hike.Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$330 Private & Custom Tours

Lama Treck Chinchero Huchuy Qosqo Lamay 2 days

Lama Treck Chinchero  Huchuy Qosqo Lamay 2 days A journey to discover the Andean villages and their traditions, customs, beliefs and costumes. The villagers will allow us to experience unforgettable moments as they do their daily work in each place in the region of Cusco, and at the same time, make sure we get to know attractive cultural, religious and natural places. Day 1: TAUCCA (3700m/12,139ft) HUCHUY QOSQO (3.200m / 10,498ft).Today, the journey starts at your hotel where a private minibus will pick you up to bring you to the community of Taucca, situated in the surroundings of the village of Chinchero. There, we meet with our team of porters and lamas. To start our hike, with help of the porters, we first have to pack our personal belongings on the lamas. Everyone can bring approximately 5 kg. Then we start our climb through the typical Andean valleys rich in cabena, quinoa, tarwi and Andean tubers. In the middle of our climb as we reach the pass (4,250m / 13,943ft), the environment starts to change drastically into Andean highlands or ‘puna’, with indiginous vegetation such as Andean grass (ichu). The views of the peaks of the Vilcabamba mountain chain are spectacular. After the pass, you will begin your descent to the settlement of Huchuy Qosqo, walking along a path that leads to the ravine of Puca Marka (red village) which is called that way because of the red colors of the mountain. There, we’ll find the Inca Trail that comes from Tambomachay, and that will lead us to a small canyon called Puma Punku, with the remnants of an Inca bridge, paths and impressive geological formations. Next, we will arrive at Huchuy Qosqo, where we pass by a balcony with an impressive panoramic view of the valley (3.200m / 10,498ft).Huchuy Qosqo lies in a plateau, surrounded by agricultural terraces, and offers incomparable views of the Vilcabamba mountain chain and the river. The total length of your journey today will be approximately 10 km (6.2 miles), which is 6 to 7 hours walking. As we arrive, we will visit the Inca city of Huchuy Qosqo and then go to the inhabited house, where we will have a traditional dinner with the local family. Day 2 – HUCHUY QOSQO – LAMAY-CUSCOAfter breakfast, the family will offer us a small demonstration of Andean instruments. Our day then begins with a strong descent to the Sacred Valley of Lamay (2,800 m). We continue our route by private transport along the “Sacred River”. We pass by several towns and villages that continue to Cusco 

$135 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cuenca - Saraguro - Vilcabamba or Vilcabamba - Saraguro - Cuenca

OPTION 1:Early in the morning we will leave from Cuenca to the town of Saraguro; One of the most important ethnic groups Ecuador has, here we can appreciate and know about its culture, its medicinal gardens, one of its taitas will tell us about the Andean cosmovision and we can enjoy the beautiful landscape and typical clothing of the Saraguros. We will enjoy a typical lunch prepared by saraguro women. After the lunch we will go to Vilcabamba town, called "The Valley of Longevity", with a very pleasant climate and wonderful people. We guarantee that it will be an unforgettable experience for you to be in contact with Saraguro people knowing up close about this important and wonderful culture of the south of Ecuador. In Vilcabamba end of services. OPTION 2:Early in the morning we will leave from Vilcabamba to the town of Saraguro; One of the most important ethnic groups Ecuador has, here we can appreciate and know about its culture, its medicinal gardens, one of its taitas will tell us about the Andean cosmovision and we can enjoy the beautiful landscape and typical clothing of the Saraguros. We will enjoy a typical lunch prepared by saraguro women. After the lunch we will go to Cuenca, considered one of the most beautiful cities of Ecuador, with a nice architecture and wonderful people. We guarantee that it will be an unforgettable experience for you to be in contact with Saraguro people knowing up close about this important and wonderful culture of the south of Ecuador. In Cuenca end of services. TOUR DETAILS : • Length: 8 hours approx. • Start / Finish: Cuenca / Vilcabamba • Activity Level: Easygoing to Moderate