Vilcabamba-Quillabamba 9 Days
The Vilcabamba Trek takes you right off the beaten path to the area of Cusco where the Incas made their last stand. Following the Spanish conquest the Inca withdrew far in to the jungle from where they continued to resist the occupation. Vilcabamba was the last Inca city and this trek takes you to some of the last domains of this once great empire. With beautiful scenery, Inca sites and a wide variety of flora and fauna the Vilcabamba Trek is a great option.
- Things to bring
Vilcabamba-Quillabamba 9 Days
Day 1: Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Quillabamba
Morning departure from for an 8 hour drive following a dusty road from Ollantaytambo to Quillabamba. Stops are made along the way and overnight in a simple guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Day 2: Yuraq Rumi/Vilcabamba Qollpaqasa pass
Today hike will follow the trail of the last Incas of Vilcabamba, Bingham, Savoy and other pioneers. This moderate day of hiking takes you to the head of the Vilcabamba river and the Qollpaqasa pass at 12,400 ft.(the highest point in our trip). Here is the Andean countryside is incredibly beautiful – lush and green with snow visible on the glaciers above 18,000 ft. Camp tonight. (B,L,D).
Day 3: Quillabamba/Huancacalle Vitcos/Yuraq Rumi
Continue on a 4 hour drive to Huancacalle village where camp is set. In the afternoon, a short hike to reach Yuraq Rumi shrine, a big carved boulder discovered by Bingham in 1911. It was at his site that Manco Inca and Tito Cusi Yupanqui used to carry out religious ceremonies. Also visit Vitcos ruins. (B,L,D).
Day 4: To Vista Alegre
From the pass an easy trail takes you through potato fields all the way down to the Consevidayoq river. Along the way you will see evidence of the Inca in the trails, stone footpaths and fences. As you enter the cloudforest birds and an occasional monkey chattering high above will accompany you. Camp near Vista Alegre. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Vista Alegre/Espíritu Pampa
Today is an easy walk along the Consevidayoj river, arriving at Vilcabamba the Old late in the afternoon. Along with your guide take your first exploration of the various sites described by Hiram Bingham and Gene Savoy. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Espíritu Pampa
Explore this marvelous place exploring the many Inca buildings almost completely covered with vines and lush tropical growth, temples and old palaces all beneath a green canopy of tall trees a hundred feet overhead. As far as you can explore you will see that there are many more buildings, a complete city lost in the forest for hundred of years. In this lost city Tito Cusi Yupanqui, the son of Manco Inca, had lived for several years after the Spanish conquest around 1570
Day 7: Chiwangiri.
Six to seven hours of hiking across varied terrain, arriving at the last camp in the late afternoon. (B,L,D).
Day 8: Quillabamba
Depart today for ten long hours by truck on the dusty road to the tropical town of Quillabamba, where a shower welcomes trekkers to the hotel and stories of adventures may be shared. Overnight Hotel in Quillabamba. (B,L,D).
Day 9: Quillabamba/Cusco
Depart on a seven hour bus trip back to Cusco with a hotel drop off. The countryside is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The Inca trail passes wonderful and picturesque little farms scattered along the route. In this country of cold nights and hot days, follow the large and narrow valley of Consevidayoj (confluence with several side canyons) and go down into the jungle visiting Espíritu Pampa or Vilcabamba the Old and see for yourself the various sites as described by Bingham and more especially, Savoy.
All departure and arrival times are approximate.
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Transport Cusco - Quillabamba - Cusco.
- A local experienced English - Spanish tour guide.
- Entrance fees to tourist sites.
- Hot water every morning and evening after the trek for washing purposes + filtered and boiled water to fill up your water bottle every morning, night, and at lunch time if requested.
- Professional chef, Chefs helper, cooking equipment ( surgical steel )
- Horses to carry the camping equipment.
- Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more people).
- All meals included (breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner)
- Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
- Double or Single room with private bathroom
- First aid kid.
- Bio-degradable personal hand soaps and detergents.
- Drop-off at your hotel
What is not included
- Tips or gratuities for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
- Sleeping bag and walking sticks
Extensions and additional services
- Sleeping Bag: $25.00 per person
- Walking Pole: $20.00 per person
- Extra horse to carry extra 15kg of personal items:$50.00
Things to bring
- Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
- Sun cream (factor 35 recommended), lip salve, sun glasses.
- Money belt + emergency money
- Water bottle (mineral water can be bought throughout Peru)
- Camera + Batteries (Batteries can easily be bought in Peru and is of excellent quality).
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Original passport.
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs.
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.
- Sleeping bag.
- Backpack (65 litres should be quite sufficient).
- Clothes: long trousers (lightweight), T-shirts, short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirt, pair shorts, Underwear and socks (thermal underwear is highly recommended, being light, warm and makes good nightwear on cold nights), Fleece jacket.