Per Person $534

ESPIRITU PAMPA "The Plain of the Ghosts" – 8 DAYS

In 1911, Yale professor Hiram Bingham (possibly the model for the Indiana Jones character) came upon ruins that he assumed were part of an insignificant Inca settlement. Since then, further explorations reveal that Vilcabamba is the site of the true “Lost City of the Incas.” This was the last Inca capital, where the proud natives took their last stand against the Spanish conquistadors in the late 16th century.

This trek through breathtaking mountain landscapes takes us to these remarkable ruins. While we explore reconstructed edifices, our expert guide brings the rich civilization to life for us.

Tour Code
: Camping and hiking
Group Tour
:This is a private tour
:Every Weak
: From US$534 per person based on a group of 8-10 people.
: Febuary-December
Start – End
: Cusco

Day 1: Cusco – Huancacalle

Early in the morning we are picked up at our hotel in Cusco (“The Naval of the World”) for the 10-hour journey to Huancacalle. On the way, we take a break at the small settlement of Chaullay, where we have our picnic lunch. In late afternoon we check into a welcoming hostel in the colorful town of Huancacalle.

Day 2: Huancacalle

We spend the day visiting the nearby archaeological sites of Ñusta Ispañan place of the famed “White Stone” and Vitcos, for a short time capital of the Manco Inca. Here the ruler lost a bloody battle to the Spaniards before he fled into the jungle.

Day 3: Huancacalle – Ututu

After breakfast we begin our hike toward Espíritu Pampa, passing many wooden crosses along the way. On the banks of a river we walk in the footsteps of the Incas, on trails and steps they built to connect their empire. We pass the contemporary town of Vilcabamba the New. We experience Peru’s famous micro-climates as the vegetation transitions from green valley to misty cloud forest. Tonight we have a choice of campsites possibly close to Río Chalcha, the small ruin of Mollipunko, or, ideally, Ututu (total 8 hours).

Day 4: Ututu- Vista Alegre

After breakfast we hike from Ututu toward Vista Alegre. In the morning we cross many small streams and rivers by log bridges on our way through the jungle-like cloud forest with colorful mosses, beautiful bromeliads, and exotic birds. The walk is quite flat and nice with gorgeous and mysterious scenery. Upon arrival at the small community of Vista Alegre we set up camp on the flat football field next to the school.

Day 5: Vista Alegre – Concevidayoc

During this 6-hour hike, we once again cross small streams several times getting wet is unavoidable. After a short climb we arrive in the small farming village of Concevidayoc between the Pumachaca and Sarahuasi Rivers. The place used to house the indigenous village of Marcanay, where Padre Ortiz was sentenced to death by Tupac Amaru. We rest and enjoy the breathtaking views of imposing snow-covered peaks and deep, verdant valleys. We hope to see the Tunki bird and Puya Raymondi, the largest flower in the world. We make camp at Concevidayoc.

Day 6: Concevidayoc – Espíritu Pampa

After breakfast we hike 3 hours to our destination, Espíritu Pampa. We set up our camp, then walk 20 minutes to the probable site of Vilcabama the Old, the last Inca capital, where Tupac Amaru was crowned in 1571 before the settlement was conquered by the Spanish the following year. Archaeologists believe this is Vilcabamba because it’s in the right location, low in tropical forests in a broad valley. We explore the two sectors, Hanan and Urin, and the sacred White Rock known as Huaca. We return to our camp for the night.

Day 7: Espíritu Pampa – Quillabamba

After breakfast, we break camp and get another opportunity to enjoy the lush cloud forest teaming with life (8 hours), then drive to the bustling market town of Quillabamba.

Day 8: Quillabamba – Cusco

We spend the morning perusing the market stalls and enjoy a delicious breakfast of tropical fruits. We’ve now earned this opportunity to sit back and relax while appreciating the scenery on the 8-hour bus trip
back to Cusco.


Private Service per person:

  • 2 People: US$685
  • 3 People: US$640
  • 4 People:US$590
  • 5 People: US$570
  • 6 People: US$550
  • 7 People: US$540
  • 8-10 People: US$534


  • Transportation from your hotel to the starting point of the trek
  • Park entrance fee
  • Transportation from end of trail to your hotel
  • Large, double-occupancy tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, latrine tent
  • Sleeping bag/mat ($30 refundable deposit)
  • Horses to carry all equipment
  • 1 extra horse
  • Meals as in itinerary: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Cook and cooking equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Oxygen tank

Not Included

  • Breakfast 1st Day/Dinner last day
  • Taxes, tips, international airfare and personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodations in the city

Gear list

  • Passport
  • Backpack or duffle bag
  • Warm clothing/thermals
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled water
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera, film and batteries
  • Change of clothes/shorts, T-shirts, pants, long sleeve shirts, socks andunderwear.

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