Espiritu Pampa Trekking Expedition 8 Day

US$ 1340* per person

The Spanish forces of Francisco Pizarro inflicted their first major victories over the Inca Empire in the early 1530’s, capturing the Inca capital of Cusco and executing the Inca Atahualpa. However the Incas as a people were not easily cowed. Under the command of Atahualpa’s half brother, Manco Inca, the Indigenous peoples of the region began a ‘guerrilla’ war against their European conquerors that lasted 36 years.

Manco and his successors fought from bases in the Vilcabamba Mountains, an area of tortuous river canyons, snowy peaks rising to more than 6000m and dense jungled slopes. On this trek we explore this last stronghold of the Inca Empire, Manco Inca’s magnificent palace at Vitcos, the sculpted ‘White Rock’, the Yurac Rumi, beautifully carved and the location of many of the Incas most important rituals.


Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco to Huancacalle.

Picked up early for the bus ride to our Espiritu Pampa Trekking Expeditionbase deep within the Vilcabamba Mountains. We stop for lunch and a stretch of our legs in the small village of Chaullay, before continuing to our basic but friendly hostel in the pleasant agricultural town of Huancacalle. About a 10 hour journey in total. (L.D.)

Day 2: Huancacalle.

Using our base at Huancacalle we hike to the archaeological sites of the Yurac Rumi and Vitcos. The Yurac Rumi, the ‘White Rock’ was a famed ceremonial site, huge and intricately carved with sculpted baths beneath the rock is around 8 m high at 20 m across. Visiting Vitcos we admire the finely carved stonework at Mancos Palace, beautifully located with views stretching densely forested valleys to the snow capped peaks in the heights of the Vilcabamba range. (B.L.D.)

Day 3: Huancacalle to Rio Chalcha.

Today we begin our trek towards Espiritu Pampa. Hiking through agricultural land and sections of lush cloud forest we reach the summit of Colpapasa Pass at 4000m. From here there are awe-inspiring views of the peaks of Salkantay and Pumasillo. Descending on remnant of ancient Inca trails and steps we reach our campsite after around 8 hours of trekking, near the Rio Chalcha. (B.L.D.)

Day 4: Rio Chalcha to Vista Alegre.

Trek into an area of deep and sparsely populated cloud forest, following the course of the roaring Rio Concevidayoc. We pass more sections of Inca roads and stairs, arriving finally at the community of Vista Alegre where we camp for the night. (B.L.D.)

Day 5: Vista Alegre to Concevidayoc.

Today’s hike takes us through an area of dense forest more typical of the tropical Amazon lowlands. We pass a few widely dispersed settlements of local families but otherwise remain in a wild and untamed landscape. Emerging from the forest we set our Espiritu Pampa Trekking Expedition camp at the community of Concevidayoc. (B.L.D.)

Day 6: Concevidayoc to Espiritu Pampa.

A few more hours walking take us to Espiritu Pampa, the ‘Plain of Ghosts’ and the ruins of Vilcabamba Viejo – the Incas last refuge. The ruins lie in a densely forested valley, some sections of which have been cleared, while other buildings remain clothed in thick vegetation. The remainder of the day is free to explore this unique site on the very edge of the Inca world. (B.L.D.)

Day 7: Espiritu Pampa to Quillabamba.

Leaving Espiritu Pampa in the morning heading north, passing through a relatively densely populated agricultural land then a steep forested canyon before climbing steeply to Chanquiri. From this point we take a bus for the long journey to Quillabamba. (B.L.D.)

Day 8: Quillabamba to Cusco.

Quillabamba is a warm, pleasant market town and an entry point into the Amazon Basin in this section of Peru. After enjoying breakfast and the morning exploring Quillabamba we take the bus back to Cusco – a long (8 hours) but beautiful road trip, especially in the area of Abra Malaga Pass, just below the glaciated peak of Veronica. (B.L.). End of our Espiritu Pampa Trekking Expedition service.

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Finally our trek brings us through these misty forested mountains to Vilcabamba Viejo, Manco’s last stronghold, the legendary ‘Lost City of the Incas’. This city, only now being excavated and explored, has been extracted from the dense jungle that had consumed it and sits on a plain known as ‘Espiritu Pampa’ – the plain of ghosts. This is perhaps an appropriate name for such mysterious location and brutal conflict that claimed so many lives here nearly 500 years ago.

As on all Our  tours, you´re taken care of from beginning to end – airport/dock transfers and domestic flights are included!

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  • Private airport pickup at the beginning of trip and drop off at end of the trip
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guide
  • Domestic flights – Lima-Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado-Cusco, Cuzco-Lima
  • Seven nights of 3 star hotel accommodation, three nights of camping (on the Inca Trail), two nights 3 star jungle lodge accommodation, one night family stay on Lake Titicaca
  • Four day Inca Trail excursion –  including bilingual guide, food, cooks, porters, tent, sleeping bag and mat
  • Guided tour between Cusco and Puno, including buffet lunch
  • Private two-day Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Three day rainforest lodge excursion
  • Six breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners while on Inca Trail, rainforest and Amantani Island excursions
  • Breakfast – included every morning with your hotel stay
  • The Cusco Visitor’s Ticket – which includes entrance to the ruins in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and many churches and museums in Cusco
  • Private Machu Picchu excursion – including bilingual guide, round trip train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary
  • Private Lima city tour
  • Private Cusco city tour
  • 24 hour customer support line while on tour

Travel Insurance is not included – a good policy covering all tour activities and possible health emergencies is
highly recommended and should be considered a priority.
International flights can be purchased independently or by consulting Machete Tours.
• Tipping is expected in Peru (although this is not essential).
• Airport Tax for international flights (currently $35).
• Meals not specified in the program
• Alcoholic beverages

  • Required documents

    All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.

    Required immunizations

    Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. The rainforest area of Peru (approx. 3500 ft. and below, east of the Andes) is a malarial and yellow fever zone. The yellow fever vaccination is reccomended and travelers may wish to take malarial prophylaxis. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

    Things to bring

    One should come prepared for outdoor activity at temperatures ranging from 35° to 85° Fahrenheit / 2° to 30° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. A recommended list of things to bring:Please note: We provide a sleeping bag, foam mat, and of course tent. While hiking the Inca Trail, porters will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds of personal items which will also be carried by the porters. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, a book, music, or other entertainment, etc. During the day we’ll be using a daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer or two for changing weather conditions. Most people also carry a camera.

    • Passport and, if necessary, visa
    • ATM card (notify your bank you will be travelling to Peru)
    • Airline ticket
    • Photocopies of airline ticket and documents
    • Wearable pouch for documents and money
    • Sturdy backpack or suitcase
    • Smaller, comfortable day pack
    • Hiking boots or sneakers, comfortable and worn-in
    • Sandals or flip-flops
    • Rain poncho or jacket
    • Waterproof pants
    • Sun hat
    • Hat for cold weather
    • Warm clothing for cold weather (think layers)
    • T-shirts
    • Socks (thin wool or biking socks are best), undergarments
    • Swimsuit for hot springs
    • Camelback or Nalgene refillable bottle (optional)
    • Flashlight and/or head lamp
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Insect repellent (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Lip balm
    • Earplugs
    • Alarm clock or watch
    • Sanitizing hand wipes or gel
    • Camera / Camera batteries
    • Binoculars
    • Reading material
    • Toiletries

    It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please bring all used batteries back home with you to recycle!


    For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 20 kilos (44 lbs) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.


    Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:

    Cusco and the Sacred Valley: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly in Cusco.
    Lake Titicaca: similar to Cusco but colder.
    Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
    Amazon basin: hot and humid year-round. We recommend light clothing (in weight and in color) that fully cover arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites.

    Money guide

    The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Cuzco. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older-looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it un-changeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$3-10 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30. Currency Converter

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