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Following the Inca trail towards the Vilcabamba mountain range, the Incas, lead by Manco Inca II, saught refuge from the eastern invasion of this area. The resistance lasted approximately 40 years, with the fall of the Inca Empire taking place in 1572.

The last capital of the Incas in resistance, known to them as Vilcabamba, was named Espiritu Pampa by the Spanish.

We will enjoy an adventure which will take us along historic trails used by the rebel Incas, as well as their pursuers. They have been used in the same way by adventurers and explorers such as Hiram Bingham, Gene Savoy, Peter Frost, Vincent Lee, among a few others. The geography is spectacular, trekking through ecological levels of Quechua, suni, puna and rupa rupa, reaching a minimum altitude of 500m/1.640ft and a maximum altitude of 3.860m/12.664ft.

As far as temperatures go, we will only have one “cold” night, the other nights will be warmer and fresher. During the day we should expect warm temperatures and a high level of humidity, characteristic of the high jungle. We have just one high pass of 3.860m/12.664ft, in the puna level, where we might feel the cold. Since it is a jungle area, we might expect some rains as well.

Day 1: Cuzco – Abra Malaga – Santa María – Huancacalle

We leave the city of Cusco very early in the morning to travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, up to abra Malaga (4.300m/14.108ft), 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. We arrive at Santa Maria, a small town where we will have a short rest.  We continue 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 (2.995m/9.826ft), we have lunch and rest before our walk in the afternoon.
We begin our trek taking a trail which leads us to the archaeological site of Rosaspata-Vitcos. This important ritual site, is where the leader Manco Inca II was killed. Next we visit the site of Vitcos with its ceremonial rocks, on the way to Ñusta Hispana. Here we 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. We return to Huancacalle following an original Inca trail, to have dinner and spend the night.

Maximum Altitude: 3.041 m – 9.977 ft / Minimum Altitude: 2.995 m – 9.826 ft
Distance Travelled: 6.5 km – 4 ml (aprox.). / Approximate Walking Time: 3 hr

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

We leave Huancacalle for the town of New Vilcabamba, founded by the Spanish. We follow the path uphill, crossing the ecological levels Quechua and suni to the Collpajasa pass, the highest point on our trek. We begin our descent, finding on our way an ancient crossroads, sadly destroyed by the road. We follow a beautiful path along the banks of the Pampacona River, entering the high jungle. We arrive at the site named Ututo, where we will spend the night after a long day walk…

Maximum Altitude: 3.860 m – 12.664 ft / Minimum Altitude: 2.960 m – 9.711 ft
Distance Travelled: 21.65 km – 13.45 ml (aprox.). / Approximate Walking Time: 10 hr

Day 3: Ututo – Huayna Pukara – Vista Alegre

We leave our campsite 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. Our trail finally leads us to the school of Vista Alegre, where we have dinner and spend the night.

Maximum Altitude: 2.960 m – 9.711 ft / Minimum Altitude: 2.017 m – 6.617 ft
Distance Travelled: 14.25 km – 8.85 ml (aprox.). / Approximate Walking Time: 7 hr

Day 4: Vista Alegre – Concebidayoq

We continue our path following the legendary route of the last rebel Inkas fleeing the Spanish invasion. We will enjoy this Inka Trail passing a fascinating rainforest on where flora and fauna join the history to complete this hike. We will get our campsite in Concebidayoq on where we will dinner and camp.

Maximum Altitude: 2.017 m – 6.617 ft / Minimum Altitude: 1.498 m – 4.915 ft
Distance Travelled: 16.42 km – 10.20 ml (aprox.). / Approximate Walking Time: 7 hr

Day 5: Concebidayoq – Espiritu Pampa

A short walk today to the campsite of Vilcabamba (Espiritu Pampa). We leave our campsite to follow the trail towards Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Tawantinsuyo. We walk the “Thousand Steps”, an Inca trail leading to Vilcabamba. Arriving at the campsite, we set up camp and begin our tour of the archaeological complex, visiting all the sectors open to tourists. We will stop to eat and then continue our tour, later we return to the campsite, have dinner and spend the night.

Maximum Altitude: 1.498 m – 4.914 ft / Minimum Altitude: 1.449 m – 4.753 ft
Distance Travelled: 4.46 km – 2.77 ml (aprox.). / Approximate Walking Time: 2 hr

Day 6: Espiritupampa – Kiteni

A mixed trip today. Leaving our campsite at Vilcabamba, we walk towards Azulmayo, where our private transport is waiting to take us to the town of Kiteni, where we have lunch, dinner and spend the night. From Azulmayo to Kiteni we will take a private transport.

Maximum Altitude: 1.449 m – 4.753 ft / Minimum Altitude: 593 m – 1.945 ft
Distance Travelled: 8 km – 4.97 ml (aprox.). / Approximate Walking Time: 3 hr

Day 7: Kiteni – Quillabamba – Cuzco

We enjoy a visit to “Siete Tinajas”, water falls with many small pools. We leave in our private transport for the city of Cusco, where we arrive at night.

Included:

  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Transfer from Cusco Hotel, to Huancacalle.
  • Transfer from Azulmayo to Cusco Hotel.
  • 6 nights in spacious personal tents and inflatable mattress.
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes while hiking.
  • Excellent Meals (8 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 6 Dinner).
  • Food includes pancakes, omelettes, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking.
  • Horsemen with packhorse or mules(for carring camping equipment and up to 8kg of your personal belongings).
  • Dinning tent.
  • sanitary services.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.

We recommend you bring:

  • Original passport
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required)
  • Sleeping bag (also can be rented from us)
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or higher recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with previously-boiled drinking water throughout the trek)
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles)