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Vilcabamba - Espiritupampa
8 Days / 7 Nights


  • Activity: Adventure
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Operates: All year round
  • Leaves: Daily
  • Minimum Number of People: 2
  • Location: Vilcabamba


Vilcabamba (from Quechua: Willkapampa, "sacred plain") was a city founded by Manco Inca in 1539 and was the last refuge of the Inca Empire until it fell to the Spaniards in 1572, signaling the end of Inca resistance to Spanish rule.

After the Incan empire fell, the city was burned and the area swiftly became a remote, secluded spot lost to Peru. The location of Vilcabamba was forgotten.

The first outsiders in modern times to stumble across the remote forest site that has since been identified as Vilcabamba la Vieja were three Cuzqueños:

Manuel Ugarte, Manuel Lopez Torres, and Juan Cancio Saavedra, in 1892. The city ruins were later rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 within the remote forest, 130 km (81 miles) west of Cusco, named Espíritu Pampa, and are written of in his classic Lost City of the Incas. Yet, he failed to realise its significance, preferring to believe that Machu Picchu, which he also rediscovered, was the fabled "Vilcabamba," lost city and last refuge of the Incas. It wasn't until the explorations and discoveries of Antonio Santander Casselli, and Gene Savoy in the 1960s however, that many came to see this site at Espíritu Pampa as the real Vilcabamba of legend. It was the reporting of the finds of Savoy and his 1970 book, Antisuyo, which brought the site to wider attention. Researcher and author John Hemming provided additional confirmation as to Espíritu Pampa's significance in his 1970 The Conquest of the Incas.

Join Raptravel as we journey into the past and follow the historic trails used by the rebel Incas, as well as their pursuers. In later years, adventurers and explorers such as Hiram Bingham, Gene Savoy, Peter Frost and Vincent Lee have all made significant discoveries utilising the paths blazed by the Incas. The geography is spectacular, we trek through ecological areas of Quechua, Suni, Puna and Rupa Rupa. Reaching a minimum altitude of 500m (1640 ft.) and a maximum altitude of 3860m (12664 ft.) the diversity of this significant region will have a lasting impression.

Day 01: Cusco - Chaullay - Wankakalli

We collect you from your hotel in our private bus and journey via Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, continuing until the passage of Abra Malaga 4,300m (14,108 ft.). From here we continue into the valleys and high jungle of Huyro and Maranura passing through Chaullay. In the evening, we will arrive at Wankakalli where we will camp for the night.

Day 02: Wankakalli - Vitcus - Ñusta Hisp'anan - Qollpaq'asa

We will begin our day, traveling to the archaeological center of Rosaspata/Vitcos. From Wankakalli we will have excellent views of the snow-covered tips of Pumasillo.

As we travel around the perimeter of Wankakalli we will visit the stone of the Ñusta Hisp' then Anan. In both areas we will enjoy impressive panoramic views of the valley.

Moving on, we will make camp at Qollpaq´asa.

Day 03: Qollpaq'asa - Ututo

We will pass through and visit the small village of Maukachaka on our way to Abra of Pampaconas. Later we descend to Ututo where we will camp for the night. At our campsite we will have the opportunity to go fishing, but don’t worry, a hearty meal will be provided if the river doesn’t produce a bounty of fish!

Day 04: Ututo - Vista Alegre

Today you will feel the climate change, getting warmer as we descend into the tropical cloud forest of the region.

We continue our path following the legendary route of the last rebel Incas fleeing the Spanish invasion.

We will enjoy a scrumptious lunch near the banks of the Pampaconas River. After a brief rest, we will continue walking until we arrive at Vista Alegre, where we will make camp and spend the night.

Day 05: Vista Alegre - Concevidayoc

After breakfast we have a short walk to the campsite of Vilcabamba.

During the day we will experience more of the wonderful tropical climate and visit the area of Q'asa Cross where we will see the region's abundance of flora and fauna - for example the Rupicola Peruviana (Cock-of-the-Rock).

We will hike onward to Tunkimayu and then Concebidayoc, where we will camp for the night.

Day 06: Concevidayoc - Espiritu Pampa

We will hike east, toward the Pampaconas River and on to Espiritu Pampa. The landscape here is astonishing and provides the perfect vantage point to observe how the plateau was formed between the Pampaconas River, Chomtabamba, and the base of the mountain.

We will visit the Espiritu Pampa archaeological group, including a number of Incan agricultural terraces and the famous Rumichaca Bridge (ancient stone bridge). After the guided tour, we will continue to the Chotabamba campsite.

Day 07: Chontabamba - Chiwankiri

We continue trekking whilst being accompanied by the wonderful tropical climate of the region. Here, in the valley of Espiritu Pampa, our tour group will benefit from the many impressive examples of the local flora and fauna on display.

We will camp the night in Chiwankiri.

Day 08: Chiwankiri - Kiteni - Cusco

For our final day we board the bus and journey through the city of Kiteni, adjacent to the valley of Malaga, and pass through Amparaes and Granary.

We will arrive back in Cusco around 10:00 p.m.


  • Group Meeting and Trekking Information Night (1 Day Before the Trek)
  • Transportation from Cusco to the start of the trek and return to Cusco on your last day.
  • Professional Trekking Guides (1 guide per 7 trekkers)
  •  Meals Per Day including Snacks (Prepared by expert trekking cooks)
  • One Pack Animal (Mule or Horse) per group of three people to carry personal items
  • All Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping Mats, Cooks and Porters
  • Professional safety and medical equipment including oxygen supply
  • Emergency Communications Equipment (Satellite Telephone)
  • Extra services outside of our trekking program


  • Breakfast  first day
  • Sleeping bag
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