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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu is an off the beaten path trek. It takes you to the last capital of the Inca empire, Vilcabamba. The modern name is Espiritu Pampa. This is another lost city of Incas.
Although the trek is not as popular as Salkantay Trek or Inca Trail, it offers a rewarding experience. Infact, this is the best alternative to the Inca Trail. Only a few travel companies operate this tour, so you will seldom come across any other trekker. You will have the archaeological sites to yourself. Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu is one of those treks where you can immerse in the beauty of nature on your way to Machu Picchu from Cusco.
Vilcabamba Trail is somewhat challenging. There are plenty of uphill and downhill hikes. We highly recommend you to spend some time in Cusco acclimatising before the trek.
After winning the battle of Ollantaytambo in 1537, the Incas were certain of a following attack. This was mainly because of Ollantaytambo’s close proximity to Cusco. Fearing this, Manco Inca fled to the jungle to Victos – Rosaspata. He eventually moved to Vilcabamba. In 1539 he called it as the capital of Neo-Inca state. It was the capital from 1539 to 1572. Upon Spanish conquest, the Incas abandoned the city.
When Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911, he thought he discovered Vilcabamba. It was brought to a wider attention by Vincent Lee through his book Forgotten Vilcabamba.
Treks in Cusco is an outdoor company based in Cusco. We are a fully locally owned tour operator. We take pride in working with a team of locals. Also, we offer high altitude eco tourism. Our team comprises of passionate hikers, climbers, trekkers who breathe and live the outdoor adventure life. Our guides use their extensive trekking and mountaineering skills to safely lead our groups on high altitude treks. All our team members have an ample of training on first aid and use of Oxygen cans in case you have altitude sickness.