The Vilcabamba region is located northwest of Cusco, between the Apurí­mac and Urubamba Rivers. Salcantay (6,271mt-20,575ft) towers above the other peaks and turbulent rivers crash down granite gorges on their way to the rainforest at La Convención. The Vilcabamba range offers the unique opportunity to trek down from an environment of glaciers, into the Amazon basin in just a few days. For over forty years, this region of cloud forest served as a refuge and natural fortress for the 16th century Inca resistance movement trying to regain control of Tawantinsuyo (the Inca Empire) from the Spanish invaders.

The typical customs and clothing of the local people reflect a mixture of cultures. Their language and textiles, with Inca and pre-Inca motifs, give clear evidence of the Quechua influence. Vilcabamba is also the region where the largest concentration of pre-Colombian archeological treasures are to be found, including Choquequirau and the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. A network of Inca roads run through the region and connect Vitcos, Rosaspata and Espíritu Pampa: last of the Inca strongholds. Among the panoramic views are ice-capped peaks, sharp ridges, deep gorges, raging rivers, lush flora and the sub-tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife.

 

TYPE: Culture, Adventure
DURATION: 8 Days / 7 Nights
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate
TYPE OF TRIP: Standard and Private
DAYLE DEPARTURES: Everyday
RECOMMENDED DEPARTURES: April to December
INCLUDED: English speaking guide and trip briefing before departure.
Bus transportation
Meals from first to last day lunch (except in Quillabamba)
Mules / horses and handlers. Including back-up horse
All camping equipment

ITINERARY

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Day 1: CUSCO - CHUALLCAY - QUILLABAMBA

Bus transportation takes you to the semi tropical region La Convención. Here we will have breakfast and rest before continuing to the town of Huanca Street where we are going to camp.

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Day 2: HUANCA CALLE - VILCABAMBA

We begin our trek with visits to the archaeological groups; Nusta Hispaña and Rosaspata. We will observe a great diversity in the ecological zones and we will pass by the small typical towns of the zone. After getting in touch with our arrieros, the expedition continues until the town of Vilcabamba.

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Day 3: VILCABAMBA- CEDROCASA

Today begins with an ascent to the pass Coipaqasa 3,696mt-12,122ft, then descends to Cedrocasa. Here we can see the daily life of the town and the landscape of the Peruvian Amazon.

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Day 4: CEDROCASA- CONCEVIDAYOC

The walk continues along an irregular path parallel to the Concevidayoc River and other streams. You will see abundant vegetation and typical houses of the area of the place.

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Day 5: CEDROCASA- CONCEVIDAYOC

The walk continues along an irregular path parallel to the Concevidayoc River and other streams. You will see abundant vegetation and typical houses of the area of the place.

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Day 6: CONCEVIDAYOC - ESPIRITU PAMPA - CHIHUANQUIRI

This day is dedicated to reaching our goal, the archaeological group of Espiritu Pampa.

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Day 7: CHIHUANQUIRI - KITENI -QUILLABAMBA

Transport by truck to the city of Quillabamba. We will travel through the city and spend the night in an inn.

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Day 8: QUILLABAMBA - CUSCO

Free morning. In the afternoon we leave for Cuzco, arriving the next day. This program has the level of an adventure expedition and is flexible in campsites according to the physical condition of the group.

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