You'll leave very early in the morning, taking the road to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Passing the town of Ollantaytambo, heading towards the Abra Málaga
(mountain pass) which you cross, and then descend through the Puna towards the high jungle. At this ecological level the principal activity is agriculture, mainly products such as tea, coca, coffee, cacao and fruits; and you'll see the crops.
Our first stop is at the archaeological site of Huamanmarca
, where there is an important Usnu or ritual platform and a precinct with four double jamb doorways facing the four cardinal points. Continuing to the settlement of Santa María
, where you can rest for a few minutes, to then continue on to Huancacalle
, the village where we will leave our motorized transport. The journey is long; but the reward is the solitude you enjoy as tourism is not very developed in this area. Here meeting our arrieros (mule-handlers) and mules which will accompany us on our walk.
Lunch time. After a short break, beginning your walk to visit the Rosaspata – Vitcos
sector of the Vilcabamba Archaeological Park, including a tour of the famous Ñusta Hispana
. It is suspected that the tomb of the rebel leader Manco Inka II
can be found in this area of the Vilcabamba cordillera. You'll also see the famous white rock. By dusk arriving at Casapata, which will be your campsite, where you'll enjoy dinner and rest.
- Maximum Altitude: 3060 masl / 10039 ft
- Minimum Altitude: 2950 masl / 9678 ft
- Distance Travelled: 5 km / 3.10 ml
- Approximate Walking Time: 3 hrs
- Meals included: Lunch, Dinner