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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : We depart almost any day with 2 people. Not available Dec-Mar.
Huancacalle
Espiritu Pampa
Difficulty : ★★★★ Challenging
Adventure : ★★★★ Very adventurous
Solitude : ★★★★ Remote
Min Age : 10
Max People : 12
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Description

Follow in the footsteps of modern-day explorer Vincent Lee! This Vilcabamba trek takes you to the little known ruin of Puncuyoc and then crosses through un-trekked wilderness to an ancient Inca trail that leads to the last capital of the Incas, Espiritu Pampa. Feel the thrill of exploration as you arrive at the wonderfully constructed stone steps that lead to Espiritu Pampa, once the home of Tupac Amaru II. If you’re an Incan history buff looking for a unique, off-the-beaten-path adventure, then this Vilcabamba trek is for you!

Complete the circuit and start by doing our 8D Choquequirao to Vitcos hike!

This Vilcabamba trek does not include Machu Picchu. Consider adding a Machu Picchu Extension!

What to Expect on the 8D Vilcabamba Trek to Espiritu Pampa

The highlight of this Vilcabamba trek is the plethora of ancient Incan history and magnificent archaeological ruins. You’ll also trek through some incredibly varied scenery, as well as the opportunity to spot wildlife such as the Peruvian tunki bird.

Please note that it is a long drive to reach the trailhead. This 8-day journey includes 3 days travelling by car or bus, 4 1/2 days of hiking – including some very long days (9-11 hours per day) – and 1 day to visit the site of Espiritu Pampa.

 

Price
Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

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What is Included?

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of the Vilcabamba Trek to Espiritu Pampa departure
  • Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead and return at the end of the trek
  • Entry fee to Choquequirao & Vitcos
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, plus an assistant guide for groups over 8
  • Tent: 2 people in a 4-person tent, allowing for greater comfort and backpack storage!
  • Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can rent you an inflatable mattress. See Optional Extras & Upgrades below.
  • Cook and cooking equipment, plus assistants for larger groups.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Our professional cooks prepare a combination of traditional Peruvian and Western cuisine. Talk to your guide if you have certain preferences! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. When served, salads are washed in boiled water.
  • Toilet tent
  • Horses and horsemen, who carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7kg/15lbs per person).
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if you are a little slower
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs, and kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses for our staff to sleep in, plus a budget for their meals
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Entrance to the Aguas Calientes hot springs, if you choose the Machu Picchu Extension
  • Entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, if you choose the Machu Picchu Extension. This must be requested at time of booking as spaces are limited.
  • Sleeping bags. Available for rent if you don’t have one with you.
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters
  • Additional horses for your personal luggage

You Should Bring

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

    • Extra horse to carry luggage exceeding the allowed 7kg (15lbs) per person
    • Extra horse for you to ride, and horseman to lead it
    • Sleeping Bag suitable for -5˚C
    • Deluxe sleeping bag suitable for -15˚C
    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Thermarest inflatable mattress
    • Thermarest inflatable pillow
    • Single-occupancy tent supplement
    • Comfort Camping Upgrade
    • Combine with a Machu Picchu Trek Extension

    Important!

    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • Students: USD $30 off. A valid student card which clearly shows the expiry date must be presented upon booking.
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this Vilcabamba Trek itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots and campsites, depending on the progress of the group.
  • Trek conditions vary according to the season. In the dry season the trail can be dusty; in the wet season it can be slippery and muddy. Apus Peru takes no responsibility for trail conditions, as it is directly related to the weather.
  • We do not recommend this trek during Dec-Mar, inclusive, though this recommendation depends on the actual weather conditions.
  • This is a true adventure and things may not go exactly according to plan! Keep an open mind and let yourself enjoy the cultural differences you may experience. There is always an opportunity to learn something!

Ready to Book?

    Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco – Huarina

    Rise and shine! We pick up from your hotel in Cusco in the early morning (4am) today to start your Vilcabamba Trek to Espiritu Pampa. After driving about 8h by private car to Yupanqa, we continue about 4h on foot until we reach Huarina (3900m / 12,795 ft) where we camp for the night.

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Day 2Huarina – Puncuyoc – Huarina

    After a delicious breakfast this morning, we hike up to Puncuyoc to visit the intriguing site of Incahuasi, returning to Huarina at the end of the day in about 7h total hiking time. We camp again tonight at Huarina.

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Day 3Huarina – Qollpaqasa

    Today is the most adventurous day of the Vilcabamba Trek to Espiritu Pampa as we hike for about 9h along the mountain ridge, passing beautiful lakes and traditional Andean communities along the way. We will camp in Qollpaqasa or perhaps a little beyond, depending on how the day goes.

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Day 4Qollpaqasa – Ututo – Vista Alegre

    We must be well-rested today in order to face a long day of hiking. We will hike about 11h in total as we journey from Qollpaqasa to Ututo (5h) and then continue on to Vista Alegre, where we will camp for the night.

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Day 5Vista Alegre – Concevidayoc

    Today’s journey will take us through Andean jungle from Vista Alegre to Concevidayoc. We will cross Inca trails and will have the opportunity to see the tunki bird, which is a relative of the famous Peruvian “gallito de las rocas”. We will overnight in Concevidayoc.

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Day 6Concevidayoc – Espiritu Pampa

    After two really long, intense days of hiking we get a well-deserved break! From Concevidayoc we will hike for about 3 hours until we reach Espiritu Pampa. Here we can admire the remains of the archeological site of Espiritu Pampa, the last Inca Capital. We will camp at Espiritu Pampa and spend most of the day here. Espiritu Pampa is an especially intriguing site as most of it remains shrouded in vegetation, adding to its mystique.

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Day 7Espiritu Pampa – Kiteni – Quillabamba

    Today we start the journey back by bus, passing through Kiteni on our way to Quillabamba where we will spend the night in a hotel. In total, it is about an 8 or 9 hour journey.

Day 8Quillabamba – Cusco

    Leaving Quillabamba around 8am, we will take public transport for the final leg of the return journey to Cusco, arriving around 2pm.

    For even more adventure and a chance to see Machu Picchu, don’t forget about our Machu Picchu Extension!