Espiritu Pampa - Sr de Vilcabamba
To celebrate the 100th year of the discovery of Machu Picchu and the latest findings in Quillabamba we are offering you the opportunity to visit the Sr de Vilcabamba for the price of $800US per person. See below for further details.
El Sr de Vilcabamba was discovered last year 2010 by the INC team headed by Jose Fonseco Santa Cruz in the Espiritu Pampa site located north of Cusco. The discovery was presented in the Casa Garlisao in Cusco on the 24th of February 2011.
The discovery changes what we have believed of both the Inca and Wari empires. Our trip will take you through the history of these wonderful places. Ending in Cusco with a visit to the local Museum to see the relics left in the tomb.
Espiritu Pampa - Sr de Vilcabamba
Day 1. Departing Cusco
Packed for our expedition we depart Cusco in a northerly direction over the Abra de Malaga pass to the jungle town of Quillabamba where we will buy the last of our provisions. From here we head to the village of Huancacalle and the beginning of our trek.
Day 2. The White Rock
After breakfast we make our way to The White Rock and Vitcos. Both impressive sights here in the Vilcabamba mountain range. We spend out morning walking in the area where a local Inti Raymi is held every year.
We have a light lunch before starting our trek towards Espiritu Pampa and the Last Refuge of the Incas. Our first day of trekking is moderately difficult with the highest pass of Colpacasa.
Day 3. Hummingbirds and Coffee
Our walk to Vista Alegre (Happy View) brings a dramatic change to the flora and fauna of the area. Today we trek with the cheep of the hummingbirds and the sound of the river stopping to have lunch beside the river on our way.
Day 4. Welcome to the Jungle
We descend further today into the Peruvian jungle following the tracks of the Incas past effervescent waterfalls and the continous hum of the river.
The vegetation is much lusher here, walking in vines, moss, tree and bushes whilst listening out for monkeys, toucans, cock of the rocks among others.
|Hiking time||7 hours|
Day 5. Espiritu Pampa
A 4km trek takes us to the Royal Entrance way of Espiritu Pampa and the look out point of TuquiRikuy (The Watcher). here we begin our descent to the mammoth site and the home of El Sr de Vilcabamba.
After registering we begin our tour of the Archaeological site listening to the ever present Cock of the Rock and exploring the rain forest covered site.
|Hiking time||All day|
Day 6. Back to Civilisation
After a short walk we arrive to our transport that will return us to Quillabamba. We will depart along the jungle road to the town of Ivochote to make use of the modern swimming pool before returning to Quilla and a night in a small local hotel.
This day can also add in with the Pongo de Mainique by taking our transport on to Ivochote and the local pier.
Day 7. Detour - Machu Picchu or Cusco
Today we take our transport Southwards to either Santa Teresa and the train to Machu Picchu or back through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Cusco.
Starting at: US$ 800.00
- High quality English and Spanish speaking guides with Wilderness Medicine.
- Gourmet Chef.
- Private transport with responsible driver.
- Horse wranglers and horses.
- Meals as stated.
- Camping Equipment (based on 2 sharing)
- Comprehensive First aid kit.
- Oxygen bottle.
- Spare horse.
- Mattress for camping.
- Hotels as stated.
- Entrance fees.
- Zip Lock Bags.
- Our homemade biodegradable soap and shampoo.
- Sleeping bag - can be hired here for $5US per day.