Programs in Cusco
THE LAST REFUGE OF THE INKAS – VILCABAMBA
EXPEDITION TO CHOQEKIRAO – ESPIRITU PAMPA (11
DAYS - 10 NIGHTS)
was the last stronghold of the Inkas, a place of
mystery abandoned in the middle of the jungle
Vilcabamba means Sacred Plaines; it was
rediscovered by the Savoy expeditions of 1964.
There you will experience some of the most
beautiful countryside you will ever see. The
people who live there are warm and hospitable.
You will also see the snow-capped mountains.
Espiritu pampa is still mostly covered by thick
overgrowth, and has many bird species such as
the famous “cock of the rock” (Rupicola
peruviana) and also many species of orchids you
can be found here.
DAY 1.- CUSCO – CACHORA – SANTA ROSA.- We
are leaving from Cusco at 5:00 am by bus to the
town of Cachora. Here we will meet with our mule
handlers. Around 9:00 am we are going to start
hiking and approximately at midday we will be on
the first pass, a great viewpoint for seeing
Choqekirao in a distance (Kapuliyoq 3,250 m).
After lunch we go down to the bottom of the
Apurimac Canyon. Later we are going to climb
Santa Rosa, which is our campsite.
DAY 2. - SANTA ROSA - CHOQEKIRAO –
PINCHAUNUYOQ. - We continue our hike going up to
Choqekirao which we reach around 11:00 am. We
will stay there to enjoy this amazing place and
explore its different levels and districts:
agricultural terraces, plazas, store houses,
fountains, aqueducts, religious sites and living
rooms. Before 3:00 pm we will go towards our
next campsite Pinchaunuyoq.
DAY 3.- PINCHAUNUYOQ – MINAS VICTORIA –
LLUTHUPATA.- We descend to Rio Blanco (1,800 m).
Later we start to climb to maizal and minas
Victoria (4,500 m). From here you can see the
snow-capped mountains: Salkantay, Umantay and
Qoriwayrachina. We walk through the Yanama
community and the valley to the campsite at
DAY 4.- LLUTHUPATA – INKARAQAY.- Today we
will walk through the cloud forest as well as
the part of the trail with no vegetation because
we are going higher now, the highest pass on
this trip is Choqetakarpo (4,720 m). You can
also see part of the Vilcabamba range. Later we
descend towards the camp.
DAY 5.- INKARAQAY – ROSASPATA – VITCOS –
WANKAKALLE. We will be going down hill for
approximately 3 hrs. and later we are going to
visit the archeological complex of Rosaspata -
Ñustahisp´ana. Part of the afternoon will be
free for resting and recovery, because we are
now half way to the Espiritu pampa.
DAY 6. - WANKAKALLE – UTUTU.- We are
going to climb to the Qollpaq´asa pass. On the
way we will see some small villages such as
Vilcabamba la Nueva and the colonial church
there. We will enjoy the spectacular views in
boths valleys while descending and observing the
landscape to Ututu.
DAY 7. - UTUTU - VISTA ALEGRE. - We
continue descending and walk into the cloud
forest following the Pampaconas River. After
lunch we go to Vista Alegre camp.
DAY 8. - VISTA ALEGRE - CONCEVIDAYOQ. -
The trail goes through the Concevidayoq valley
where you can see incredible orchids and fauna,
specifically the cock of the rock (Rupicola
DAY 9. - CONCEVIDAYOQ – ESPIRITU PAMPA. –
Today we only walk two hours from Concevidayoq
so that later we will have enough time to
explore the Last Refuge of the Inkas. There you
can see the Inka stone bridge, terraces as well
as other ruins.
DAY 10. - ESPIRITU PAMPA CHIWANKIRI. -
Today is a day to relax. We will take a walk in
DAY 11. - CHIWANKIRI – KITENI – CUSCO. -
All day trip back to Cusco.
Private Bus from Cusco to Cachora town.
Mule handlers. (horses and mules)
First aid kid.
What´ S NOT INCLUDED
Meal day 1, 11