From the time of the conquest until 1572, the remnant of the Inca civilisation inhabited the area now known as Vilcabamba, an inhospitable region of mountains and jungle between the Urubamba and Peru White Water Rafting. In 1539, the first capital of this region, Vitcos, was abandoned by Tito Cusi Yupanqui after the death of his father Manco Inca. He moved his people deeper into the forest where he founded a new capital which came to be known as Vilcabamba la Vieja. This last refuge was finally captured by the Spanish in 1572, when it was depopulated and abandoned. By the beginning of the 20th century, Vilcabamba's original location had been forgotten and its very existence was doubted. Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu Gateway 4D/3N, the discoverer of Machu Picchu and Vitcos, made a brief visit to the site in 1911, found a few ruins among the dense vegetation and declared the site of little importance. He believed that he had already discovered the site of Vilcabamba Ia Vieja at Machu Picchu.
By the turn of this century, its location was forgotten and its existence was open to question. So far as is known, the first non-Indian to visit the site, now called Espiritu Pampa (Plain of Ghosts)was Hiram Bingham, the American discoverer of Machu Picchu and Vitcos. He paid a brief visit in 1911, found few ruins due to the thick vegetation, and declared the site unimportant. He believed that at Machu Picchu, the Old Vilcabamba had finally been found.
This is a unique expedition, off the beaten path into the Vilcabamba range, visiting the last Capital of the Incas during the Conquest, Espíritu Pampa (plain of spirits) in the heart of the jungle.
This area has a tremendous scenic variety, with snow-capped mountains and a high jungle. There are many archaeological sites to visit on the way such as; Ñusta Hispana, a classic ceremonial plaza lined with massive Inca stone work. Vitcos, is the residence of the last Inca Manco Inca, and this is the place where the Spaniards murdered him. From this point, we enjoy a great panoramic view of the Vilcabamba valley.
Vilcabamba is a ruined city and a Valley, in which it can be found. Today, only a few stones have remained of this city, not an impressive attractions for tourists.
Day 01: CUSCO - CHAULLAY - HUANCACALLE
We start in the morning with a scenic bus ride down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing by Ollantaytambo and then driving up to the Malaga Pass (4200 mts.). From here we descend to the Valley of Huyro and pass by the villages of Maranura and Chaullay. In the afternoon we arrive at Huancacalle where we have our first camp. (L/D)
Day 02: HUANCACALLE - VITCOS - ÑUSTA HISP'ANAN - COLPACASA
After breakfast, we start our expedition with the visit of the archaeological sites of Vitcos and Rosaspata, followed by the visit of the impressive carved rock formations of Nusta Hispana. From all sites we can enjoy breathtaking views onto the majestic Pumasillo mountain. After lunch we continue our hike towards Colpacasa pass, then down into the high jungle where our first camp is already prepared. (B/L/D)
Day 03: COLPACASA - UTUTO
During the morning we hike towards the Maukachaka area, descending to Concevidayoc in the afternoon, where we camp and can relax while we try to catch some fish. (B/L/D)
Day 04: UTUTO - VISTA ALEGRE
After breakfast, we start our descent. We can appreciate lusher more tropical vegetation and climate. Arriving at the Pampaconas River we enjoy lunch and have some time to refresh at the river shore before we start our hike again. In the afternoon we arrive at the camp at Vista Alegre where you will enjoy teatime in a semi-tropical ambiance, followed by a delicious dinner and a deserved rest. (B/L/D)
Day 05: VISTA ALEGRE - CONCEBIDAYOC
Today we enter into an even warmer tropical Vilcabamba Valley. During our hike we can enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the area with its famous "Cock of the Rock" (national bird of Peru). In the afternoon we arrive at our already set camp at Concebidayoc. (B/L/D)
Day 06: CONCEBIDAYOC - ESPIRITU PAMPA - CHONTABAMBA
Today we walk towards the Pampaconas River that drives us to Espiritu Pampa. We will have ample time to explore this fantastic area with its constructions and terraces. In the afternoon we continue hiking to our camp at Chontabamba. (B/L/D)
Day 07: CHONTABAMBA - CHIWANKIRI
Today is our final day of trekking in the tropical climate of the Espiritu Pampa Valley. Enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the area we will arrive to the camp at Chiwankiri in the afternoon ready to have a last night out in the "wild" with a very civilized tea time and exquisite dinner. (B/L/D)
Day 08: CHIWANKIRI - KITENI - CUSCO
Today we say goodbye to our team of wranglers and horses and return by bus across the village of Kiteni ther town of Quillabamba and the Malaga Pass towards Cusco or a night stop at Ollantaytambo for an extension trip to MachuPicchu. (B/L)
TIME OF THE YEAR:
- Transportations to the head of the trail and back.
- Mule wranglers cook and saddled horses when needed.
- English speaking guide
- All the camping equipment
- Double occupancy tents
- All the meals while on the trek
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Local or International fares
- Meals while on the cities
- Laundry or tips
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