Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa Trek, from mountains to high jungle
Vilcabamba Espiritu Pampa trek, is wealth of flora, fauna, snow peaks, impressive valleys, archaeological sites in the middle of vegetation, in the most remote area in Cusco region, now is available to reach to Espiritu pampa, in an adventure tour, that will be leaded by our terrific local guides, who will take you to explore the Vilcabamba “the land of the incas”.
A trekking tour that brings you to see the charming villages, incredible Inca sites such as the white rock, vitcos and it’s fantastic ceremonial plaza, where the old Inca trails are still in use, the Qhapaq Ñan – or royal roads of the Incas are all over Peruvian territories.
The trek to espiritu pampa, is just magnificent; we will reach the yet “unknown territory”, crossing great mountains, an amazing expedition by the non-beaten path, that joints Vilcabamba la vieja and Espiritu pampa, land where we will see a tremendous ecosystems, scenic views, and the lush high jungle forest.
Visit the land, where the Inca civilization resisted to the Spaniards, for about 30 years, the land where the 99.9 percent of the battles were won by the Inca.
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Vilcabamba to Espiritu Pampa Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Cusco – Huancacalle: This fantastic hiking, starts with an early departure from cusco (05:00 am), then we will depart towards Huancacalle, along the road we will pass by some sites as: Ollantaytambo town in the sacred valley, Malaga pass at 4,600m, by switchbacks road, the summit offers a fantastic view of wakay willca glacier mountain, also the valley of la convection, then we descent to 1000 meters, in a humid tropical setting with coca plants and and fruit groves.
At noon we will arrive to Huancacalle 3400m, were we’ll meet up our muleteers and begin our trek after lunch. A gentle hike crossing a river will take us through vines and bushes to see the inca site of Vitcos, then we also can visit the white rock named by locals as “Nusta Hispana”. After an amazing tour we’ll be back to the campsite (3400m) that is owned by the community. Moderate trek. 4 km distance, 4 hours of walk).
Day 02: Huancacalle – Qollpaq´asa – Utullo Qocha: We start our hike through the valley banking a river towards the village of Vilcabamba la vieja, then we arrive in to a less populated village named Yupanqa, where we may lunch. After lunch the trail continues banking the Upamayo river, then after couple more hours we arrive to the Qollpaqasa pass at 3700 m, the summit offers a great view of snow mounts such as Pumasillu “puma thorns”, from the summit we can see the whole valley of the Concevidayoq, the trail turns in to downhill.
Finally we arrive in to a remote beautiful place named Utullo Qocha at 3400 m which is the our camp (lowest point), in the middle of nature. Hike difficulty: Medium Challenge, 14 km, 7 hours of walk.
Day 03: Utullo Qocha – Ututo: The sunrise if clear is amazing, the valley and its clouds are just hard to describe, after breakfast we descend in to the cloud forest, and we pass the Maukachaka (old bridge). We continued a pure nature almost unpopulated lands, we stop for lunch by concevidayoc river (this is the area from where an inca trail is leading to the pampaconas river.
From here, by hidden trail the old path, leads to the capital of the Incas refuge Vilcabamba), but our trail is to one of biggest town in Vilcabamba area “Espiritu pampa”.
After lunch we keep descending toward Ututo which is kind of wide area closer to a river, where if energy and time allows we can catch some native fish. Delicious dinner is served and finally we camp at about 1550m.
Difficulty: Medium difficulty, 15 km, 7 hours walk. Maximum elevation: 3600m).
Day 04: Ututu – Vista Alegre: The journey is quite interesting because from time to time we can pass by some kind of inca wall, and trails that not viewable if we not pay attention, the trail goes gentle uphill and downhills, the path continues in to more dense vegetation “cloud forest”, and little by little to the high jungle, the trail offers a wide amount of plant, the weather is warmer. We lunch then continue a gentle downhill by Challcha River (it is the same concevidayoc river that has the name of challcha at the higher point).
If the luck is with us, we are going to see the Peru’s national bird “rupicola peruviana” gallito de las rocas, the trail leads towards Vista alegre “the happy view), where we will camp in the middle of nature at around 1420m.
Trek overview: Gentle hike, 12 km distance, 7 hours of walk.
Day 05: Vista Alegre – Concevidayoc. A fresh warm weather welcome us to continue an unforgettable trip, nutritious breakfast and after that we re-start, we have got reached to the Vilcabamba Valley, the trail leads gentle uphill to Q’asa Cruz “cross of the pass”, an interesting day for nature lovers, an area full of trees, flowers, vines and chusqueas, if luck allows we will appreciate the national birth of Peru Rupicola peruviana known as tunki at Tunkimayu “coks of the rocks river”, the trail follows surrounded by dense vegetation and finally we arrive to the camp at Concebidayoc 1450m. (Trek Difficulty: Gentle. Total distance: 16 km. Estimated walking time: 7 hours.)
Day 6: Concevidayoc – Espiritu pampa – Chihuankiri. “This is the expected day”, early wake up is the best beginning, we walk towards the east, the area is lush and little by little we get closer to espiritu pampa, this area is considered a natural vantage point, you will appreciate the portion of the plateau which is formed by the triangle between Concevidayoc and Chintamayu River (Concevidayoc river, not Pampaconas, this is a misinterpretation of the chronic). Non we’re arrived to the archaeological group of Espiritu Pampa “1510m”.
The archaeological complex of espiritu pampa has been recently excavated, the archaeologist of ministry of culture from cusco has discovered many important objects, where the main treasure is the discovery is a burial that belongs to the lord of Wari with gold objects “Wari is an important culture before the incas) then of course the area has being coquetted by the incas who even kept using the area during Spanish invasion as place to resist Spanish) you will have a guide tour by the most important sectors of the area, then we’ll lunch.
After eating, we leave espiritu pampa, and walk towards Chihuankiri, by downhill trail, at arrival set up the camp dinner and spend the night in a small village named chihuankiri over 950m.
(Trek Difficulty: Gentle. Total distance: 12 km. walking time: seven hours).
Day 7: Chihuankiri – Quillabamba – Cusco. Breakfast and time to say god bay the hiking. We breakfast and take our private vehicle that will ride us through the jungle to the city of Quillabamba where we lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we have 06 hours of bus ride by an asphalted road, we arrive to Cusco and take you back to your hotel. Our fantastic expedition Vilcabamba to Espiritu pampa has successfully ended, for a long time it will be your history to tell.
(Lowest point: (950m). Bus Ride: 9 hours).
- Transfer from hotel to start point of trek (private transport)
- Complete meals during trek (Lunch, Dinner, snacks, tea time)
- Tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and keep backpacks. Our tents are 3-season, new, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
- Inflatable sleeping mattress.
- Dining tent with tables and chairs, Kitchen tent, Toilet ten
- English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups over 8 people)
- Cook: Expert in traditional, gourmet, vegetarian food and cooking assistant.
- cooking equipment. Clean and new
- Horses (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment) – days 1 to 6.
- Muleteers to manage equipment and horses.
- Emergency horse.
- Accommodation for our guides, cook and Muleteers.
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Fe for Vitcos and Espiritu Pampa.
- Return Transport From Chihuankiri to Cusco (Private Transport).
- Sleeping bag: (Available for hire at our office)..
- 1st day breakfast, Dinner on the last day.