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Vilcabamba to Quillabamba: Last Stand of the Incas - 7 Days

Spend a week trekking to the last capital of the Inca resistance at Vilcabamba, renamed Espiritu Pampa by the Spanish. This 7-day adventure takes in ruins along historic trails, over high Andean passes, through cloud forest and remote indigenous towns.

Peru is full of fascinating historic trails that are less widely known and less crowded than the classic Inca Trail. This week-long itinerary follows the path used by the Inca before their final defeat by the Spanish in Vilcabamba in 1572, some 40 years after the first invasion.

Historic highlights include the sites Rosaspata, Vitcos, and Ñusta Hispana. You’ll travel through wonderful Andean scenery, over mountain passes and through cloud forest to arrive deeper in the jungle where the Incas retreated from the advancing Spanish. The tour culminates in a full day exploring the ruins at Vilcabamba, the last Inca capital.

Day 1 : Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa María – Huancacalle
You’ll leave Cusco very early to journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, up to the high mountain pass of Abra Malaga (4300 m). From here, begin a steep descent into the cloud forest of the Andes. You’ll cross fields of fruit, cocoa, tea and coffee. After a short rest in the small town of Santa Maria, you’ll continue to the warm climate of Quillabamba. You’ll have lunch in Huancacalle (2995 m), and rest before the trek in the afternoon. The trek takes a trail leading to the archaeological site of Rosaspata, where the leader Manco Inca II was killed. Next, you’ll visit the site of Vitcos with its ceremonial rocks, on the way to Ñusta Hispana. Highlights include water channels, ruins, and the White Rock or Yurac Rumi: a carved stone with a representation of the Chakana or Inca Cross. You return to Huancacalle by following an original Inca trail for dinner and to spend the night. Maximum Altitude: 3041 m (9977 ft) Minimum Altitude: 2995 m (9826 ft) Distance Travelled: 4 miles (6.5 km) Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Huancacalle – Vilcabamba La Nueva – Abra Collpajasa – Ututo
You’ll leave Huancacalle and head to New Vilcabamba, founded by the Spanish. Following the path uphill, you’ll cross the ecological levels Quechua and Suni to reach the Collpajasa Pass, the highest point on the trek. Your descent takes you along ancient crossroads and follows a beautiful path along the banks of the Pampacona River to reach the cloud forest. You’ll arrive at the site of Ututo to spend the night after a long day’s walk. Maximum Altitude: 3860 m (12,664 ft) Minimum Altitude: 2960 m (9711 ft) Distance Travelled: 13.5 miles (21.5 km) Approximate Walking Time: 10 hours
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Ututo – Huayna Pukara – Vista Alegre
Leaving camp, you’ll descend to the Huayna Pukara sector, a spectacular location and the last place of resistance by the Inca army. The trek takes you through a semi-tropical forest, leading to the school of Vista Alegre, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night. Maximum Altitude: 2960 m (9711 ft) Minimum Altitude: 2017 m (6617 ft) Distance Travelled: 8.8 miles (14.25 km) Approximate Walking Time: 7 hours
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Vista Alegre – Concebidayoq
You’ll continue the journey along the legendary route where the last rebel Incas fleed the Spanish invasion. You’ll enjoy this Inca Trail as it passes a fascinating rainforest where the flora and fauna join the historical stories linked to this hike. Arriving at camp in Concebidayoq, you’ll have dinner and camp for the night. Maximum Altitude: 2017 masl / 6617 ft Minimum Altitude: 1498 masl / 4915 ft Distance Travelled: 16.42 km / 10.20 ml Approximate Walking Time: 7 hr
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Concebidayoq – Espiritupampa
Today you’ll take a short walk to the campsite of Vilcabamba (Espiritu Pampa), then follow the trail, walking the “Thousand Steps”, an Inca trail that leads to Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Tawantinsuyo. After setting up camp, you’ll tour the archaeological complex in detail for the rest of the day. Then return to camp for dinner and a good rest. Maximum Altitude: 1498 m (4914 ft) Minimum Altitude: 1449 m (4753 ft) Distance Travelled: 2.7 miles (4.4 km) Approximate Walking Time: 2 hours
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Espiritupampa – Kiteni
Leaving your campsite at Vilcabamba, you hike towards Azulmayo, from where private transport takes you to the town of Kiteni for lunch, dinner and camp for the night. Maximum Altitude: 1449 m (4753 ft) Minimum Altitude: 593 m (1945 ft) Distance Travelled: 5 miles (8 km) Approximate Walking Time: 3 hours From Azulmayo to Kiteni (Private Transport) Distance: 13 miles (21 km) Duration: 4 – 5 hours
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Kiteni – Quillabamba – Cusco
You’ll spend the final day enjoying a visit to Siete Tinajas, a series of waterfalls with small pools. You’ll then take private transport back to the city of Cusco to check in to your hotel for the night. Enjoy a celebratory drink in this historic town to mark the end of your challenging Peruvian adventure.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Collection from any hotel in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley

Extra food
Optional tip for field staff
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