Hiking

Izhcayluma Loop
Izhcayluma Loop

Vilcabamba offers excellent hiking opportunities. Everything from leisure walks to challenging treks into the national park is possible. Explore the waterfalls or many others of our self guided trails.
Detailed hiking maps are available for our guests at the reception desk.

Mandango mountain

The Mandango Trail, recommended only for experienced hikers  with sturdy shoes, will take about four hours. The breathtaking trail winds around the two peaks with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. For this stunning hike you need to be fearless of hights and you have to hire a native guide.

The coffee route

Tipical "Trapiche"

You´ll visit a typical regional coffee plantation where local farmers grow "Arabica", the highland coffee, in a ecological combination with other crops. You´ll get to know the whole process, from the bean into your cup. After that we´ll climb our bikes and tour through some far away little valleys and will stop at a traditional "Trapiche". It is a small factory where you´ll see the making of "Panela", it is raw sugar produced by cooking cane juice several times over open fire. During this tour also we will pass through some forgotten little andean villages, not visited very often by tourist. If the weather is nice, we have also the chance to swim in a beautiful river.

 

Horseback Riding

Horses at our parking lot

In cooperation with local guides we offer various trips on horseback that begin at the hotel parking lot. Among these tours are day trips lasting up to six hours, tours into the national park "Podocarpus" in combination with a little hike into the cloud forest and tours into the valley of Quinara.

Birding

Just walking into the hotel gardens you can spot a variety of different birds. Because of the topography and waterways of the surroundings, birds and butterflies are attracted to the grounds. Among other species, the very rare Andean toucan has its habitat in the Podocarpus national park.

Shaman Ceremony

The morning after

In Vilcabamba there are two shaman who work with the San Pedro cactus offering ancient traditional ceremonies of purification and healing. Find out more at www.sacredmedicinejourney.com.