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)
|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 2022 we’re offering a 15% 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.|