Vilcabamba to Espiritupampa Trek: The last capital of the Incan resistance; known by them as Vilcabamba, it was named Espiritu Pampa by the Spanish. Manco Inca retreated from Ollantaytambo to Vitcos; and finally to Vilcabamba. Manco Inca brought together all those of the royal blood he could find; men and women alike, and retired to the wild forest of the Antis; to a place called Villcapampa where he lived in exile and solitude as one can imagine a dispossessed and disinherited prince would live. Until one day he was slain by a Spaniard whom he had sheltered and protected from enemies who had sought his death.
Enjoy an adventure taking you along historic trails used by the rebel Incas, as well as their pursuers.
This is the ultimate Machu Picchu Alternative trek. The route typically traverses South to North; to Espiritu Pampa and onto Chaunquiri (approx. 11-12 days trekking).
From here trekkers are transported by vehicle to Quillabamba where you can overnight should you wish to head to Machu Picchu on the final day. So then; the following day, you’ll take a bus to the Hydroelectric Station via Santa Theresa; and onto Aguas Calientes before heading up to the Incan Citadel.
Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 7
Dinner x 6
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
High Mountain Cook
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Trekking poles)
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Any additional extras
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2021 we’re offfering a 25% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|
Leaving the city of Cusco very early in the morning to travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, up to abra Malaga (4300 masl / 14108 ft), from where begin our steep descent into the high jungle of the southern Andes. We cross fields of fruit trees, coca, tea, coffee etc., in a warm climate. Arriving at Santa Maria, a small town where you’ll have a short rest, then continuing our journey passing by Chaullay, a turning in the road which leads to the warm and friendly city of Quillabamba.
Arriving in the town of Huancacalle (2995 masl / 9826 ft), time for lunch and rest before your trek in the afternoon. Starting this trek takes a trail which leads you to the archaeological site of Rosaspata – Vitcos. This important ritual site, is where the leader Manco Inca II was killed. Next visiting the site of Vitcos with its ceremonial rocks, on the way to Ñusta Hispana. Here you’ll find water channels, some ruined buildings, and the White Rock or Yurac Rumi: an amazing carved stone with a representation of the Chakana or Inca Cross, as well as other carvings.
Returning to Huancacalle by following an original Inca trail, to have dinner and spend the night.
Leaving Huancacalle for the town of New Vilcabamba, founded by the Spanish. You’ll follow the path uphill, crossing the ecological levels Quechua and Suni to the Collpajasa pass, the highest point on our trek. You will begin your descent, finding along your way ancient crossroads that have sadly been destroyed by the road. Following a beautiful path along the banks of the Pampacona River, entering the high jungle. Arriving at the site named Ututo, where you’ll spend the night after a long day walk…
You’ll leave camp to descend to the Huayna Pukara sector, the last point of resistance by the Inca army. A spectacular location for this last stand through an ambush, which was betrayed with the previous Spanish victory. The trek is through a semi-tropical forest. The trail finally leads us to the school of Vista Alegre, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Continuing your path by following the legendary route where the last rebel Incas fleed the Spanish invasion. You’ll enjoy this Inca Trail as it passes a fascinating rainforest where the flora and fauna join the historical stories associated with this hike. Arriving at camp in Concebidayoq, you’ll take dinner and camp for the night.
Today is a short walk to the campsite of Vilcabamba (Espiritu Pampa). You’ll leave the campsite to follow the trail towards Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Tawantinsuyo. Walking the “Thousand Steps”, an Inca trail that leads to Vilcabamba. Arriving at site, the camp is set up and you begin your tour of the archaeological complex, visiting all the sectors that are open. Here you’ll stop to eat, then continue touring. Later on returning to camp, where you’ll enjoy a good dinner, followed by a good rest.
Leaving your campsite at Vilcabamba, you’ll walk towards Azulmayo, private transport will be waiting to take you to the town of Kiteni, where you’ll have lunch, dinner and camp down for the night.
Enjoying a visit to “Siete Tinajas”, a series of waterfalls with many small pools. Leaving in private transport for the city of Cusco, where you’ll arrive to check-in to your hotel for the night.