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Vilcabamba Trek to Espiritu Pampa (7 Days) 2020

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If you are inquisitive to discover more about Incas history, then you can’t skip Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa Trek. This is truly an off the beaten track trekking experience. It takes you to the last capital of Incas. Vilcabamba in Quechua means “sacred plain”, it’s modern name is Espiritu Pampa – plain of the spirits. 

Under the leadership of Manco Inca, the Incas won the battle of Ollantaytambo in 1537 against Spanish intruders. This however was not a complete victory over the Spanish colonisation. 

Due to Ollantaytambo’s close proximity with Cusco, Manco Inca was certain that the Spanish troops would return with much force and would defeat Incas. 

With this fear, he moved to Vitcos Rosaspata. Far away from their reach and eventually to Vilcabamba. In 1539, he declared it as the capital of Neo-Inca state. It remained as their capital until 1572. 

On 24th of June 1572, Spanish troops led by Francisco Toledo invaded Vilcabamba. They captured Tupac Amaru, the last Inca monarch. On 24th of September, 1572 at the main square of Cusco, they beheaded him. 

This marked the end of the Inca empire. After the Spanish conquest, the Incas abandoned Vilcabamba. 

Discovery of Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa:

It was in 1911, Hiram Bingham III travelled around searching for Vilcabamba. He unintentionally stumbled upon Incan ruins of Machu Picchu and assumed that it was Vilcabamba. However, in 1964, another American explorer, Gene Savoy reached Vilcabamba and wrote a book named Antisuyo

Vincent Lee, later brought wider world attention to the Inca ruins through his book Forgotten Vilcabamba

On this seven days trek from Cusco, our local expert will give you an experience of a lifetime. You will be retracing the last footsteps of Incas to their final stronghold- Espíritu Pampa. We will also be visiting other ruins on our way. 

Please Note: The trek involves some high altitude mountain passes. It is highly recommended that you spend at least three days in Cusco and acclimatize before the trek. 

Cumulate your Trek at Machu Picchu on our 5 Days Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0430 AM

Price Includes

  • Private transportation Cuzco - Huancacalle
  • Guide service in Spanish/ English
  • Sleeping liner
  • Pillow
  • Cook and assistant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Food (7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 6 dinner)
  • Dining equipment including chairs and tables
  • Cooking, eating and bathroom tents
  • Vegetarian menu at no extra cost
  • Two person tents (3-people capacity tent – 4 seasons)
  • Mule and Muleteers
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen bottle
  • Private Transportation Kiteni – Cuzco

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Day 7 lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the crew (muleteers, chef and guide)
  • Hiking poles (can be rented from us)

Recommended To Carry

  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Walking stick ( Highly Recommended)
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Toiletries/ Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.

Day 1Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa María – Huancacalle

Early in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will embark on a drive to the cloud forest. Driving through the Sacred Valley of Incas we will reach Abra Malaga Pass (4300 m | 14108 ft). 

From here you will have a captivating view of the valley and Andes. After enjoying the sight, we will start descending through the high jungle. On this route, we will be witnessing different tropical fruit plantations and coffee, tea plantations too.

Passing the village of Chaullay, we will reach Huancacalle (2995 masl | 9826 ft). Here we will stop for lunch before starting the Espiritu Pampa Vilcabamba Trek in the afternoon.

We will begin the trek to Vitcos – Rosaspata. This is an important site in Incan mythology. Renowned Incan ruler, Manco Inca II was assassinated here. Our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the Inca Sites. 

We will also be visiting Ñusta Hispana. It is a massive white ceremonial white rock which was sacred to Incas.

After the tour, we will be heading to the campsite in Huancacalle where we will be spending the night.

  • Cusco to Huancacalle: 7 hours approximately.
  • Hiking distance: 6 kms / 3.7 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 hours approximately.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
  • Maximum Altitude: 3630 metres / 11909 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2954 metres / 9694 ft.

Day 2Huancacalle - Vilcabamba La Nueva - Abra Collpajasa - Ututo

Early in the morning, we will wake you up to a hot cup of tea or coffee. This will be followed by a nutritious breakfast. We will then leave our campsite in Huancalle. We will start with a gradual uphill hike to the New Vilcabamba.

It came into existence during the Spanish era. Along the way we will cross the highest point of Espiritu Pampa Vilcabamba Trek, Collpajasa Pass at 3864 metres. 

From the pass, we will descend to an ancient road which was popular among Incas. This road is no longer active. We will then reach Pampacona River. Here we will be stopping for lunch.

After a nutritious lunch, we will continue the trek to Ututo. Here we will be camping for the night. 

  • Hiking distance: 20 km / 13.1 miles
  • Hiking time: 10 hours approximately.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
  • Maximum Altitude: 3860 metres / 12664 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2960 metres / 9711 ft.

Day 3Ututo - Huayna Pukara - Vista Alegre

After breakfast, we will start descending down to Huayna Pukara. This was the last site where the Incas fought with Spanish. Our guide will give you a detailed tour. 

You will discover many new things that you cannot find in guide books or online. Our local experts have a wealth of knowledge in history. 

We will then be crossing a wooden bridge that connects the town across river Locomayo and Chalca. Then we will trek through the jungle to Vista Alegre. We will be camping here for the night. 

  • Hiking distance: 14 kms / 8.7 miles
  • Hiking time: 7 hours approximately.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2960 metres / 9711 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2017 metres / 6617 ft.

Day 4Vista Alegre - Concebidayoq

After a hearty breakfast, we will start the trek retracing the footsteps of Incas. Following a lesser known path on Inca trail, we will reach a lush rainforest region. Here you will have the opportunity to see many native plants and birds. 

Gradually hiking through this beautiful setting, we will be reaching Concebidayoq. Here we will be camping for the night. 

  • Distance to walk: 16 Kms. / 10.2 miles
  • Hiking time: 7 hours approximately.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks)
  • Maximum Altitude: 2017 metres / 6617 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1498 metres / 4915 ft.

Day 5Concebidayoq - Espiritupampa

This is the most easiest day of the Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa Trek. After breakfast, we will hike for four hours to our campsite in Espiritu Pampa .

Once here, we will leave our things in the campsite and have a guided tour of the last capital of Incas, Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa archaeological site. 

After the tour, we will be returning to the campsite. 

  • Distance Travelled: 5 Kms. / 2.7 miles
  • Hiking time: 4 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks)
  • Maximum Altitude: 1498 metres / 4914 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1449 metres / 4753 ft.

Day 6Espiritupampa - Serranuyos

You will be waking up in the last capital of Incas to the sound of chirping birds. Our crew will have your breakfast ready. We will then hike for five hours to a remote village, Chihuankiry. 

Here we will have lunch. Then we will travel in a van on the Quillabamba road to Serranuyos. It is 10 minutes away from Quillabamba. We will be camping here for the night. 

  • Distance Travelled: 8 Kms. / 4.9 miles
  • Hiking time: 6 hours approximately.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Plus snacks)
  • Maximum Altitude: 1449 metres / 4753 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 593 metres / 1945 ft.

Day 7Serranuyos - Quillabamba - Cusco

Serranuyos is home to coffee plantations. After having breakfast, we will be touring some coffee and cocoa farms. Here you can savour freshly brewed coffee and/or hot chocolate. We will then stop by the Cuyapy river for lunch. 

While our crew will arrange the tables you can take a dip in the clear waters of the river. After lunch, we will return to Cusco. It will be a six hours drive. 

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Solo Traveller

Extremely grateful to Richard and his crew for this fun-filled informative trek. Learnt a lot about Incas and Spanish colonisation. It was a mix of all, adventure, history, trek, scenery, local life. Highly recommend this.

February 3, 2020