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.
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
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.
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.
Just walking into the hotel gardens you can spot a variety of different birds, so far we've counted 72 diferent species. Because of the topography and waterways of the surroundings, birds and butterflies are attracted to the grounds. Among 560 other species, the very rare Andean toucan has its habitat in the Podocarpus national park.
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.