Espiritu Pampa & VilcabambaTour from Cusco by Car and hikes

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Duration
3 Days
Destination
Espiritu Pampa
Travellers
2

THE ENCHANTED JOURNEY Espiritu Pampa Adventure

If you are passionate traveler, explorer and your dream is to discover places that only few gets, Espiritu Pampa should be in your bucket list, this destination will easily fit anyone schedule since only requests few days without much trekking.
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Destination
Espiritu Pampa Discover Espiritu Pampa
Departure Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Return Location
Cusco City - Transfer from Hotels , Airport , Bus Station
Price includes
  • Activities Listed in the Program
  • All meals included (vegetarian, vegan mentioned in advance)
  • Best available Lodges in the area
  • Duffel Bags for Travelling Light
  • Free Storage Room in Cusco
  • Professionally Local Guide
  • Snacks (fresh fruits, cookies, chocolate)
  • Unlimited Purified Water
Price does not include
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • First day breakfast
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary

Espiritu Pampa 3 days Tour by Car

A tour to Espiritu Pampa by a car and hikes its an experience along with the extremely rugged country of forested hills, deep gorges, snowy peaks, and swamps, flat land is rare — narrow trail s twist and turn along the hillsides overlooking the river, making this experience off the beaten track.

The Espiritu pampa ruins are  located on the Chontabamba River, a tributary of the Urubamba River.  It is often referred to as Vilcabamba the Old or Old Vilcabamba to distinguish it from the Spanish colonial town of Vilcabamba la Nueva.

Espiritu Pampa Discovered

When Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. Many believed this magnificent and mysterious ruin to be Vilcabamba where the last remnant of the Incan Empire found refuge from the Spaniards.  One must conclude that is the last Inca Refuge.

‘Espiritu pampa or Vilcabamba the Old ‘ refers not only to the legendary city (and to the town of ‘Vilcabamba the New, ‘ founded by Spaniard s in the late 16t h century) but to an entire region of Peru northwest of Cuzco and beyond Machu Picchu.

Features

  • The research and findings in Espiritu Pampa have led to a turning point in the study of Peruvian history. The important discovery of the tomb of the Lord of Vilcabamba or Wari in February 2011, as well as the archaeological constructions of apparent hierarchy, revealed the occupation of a pre-Inca culture (Wari) that had overlapped harmoniously.
  • Espiritu Pampa is an archaeological complex of great cultural value where the Lord of Vilcabamba-Wari was found, changing the chronology of the development of this culture.
  • The Wari arrived at the lowlands of Antisuyu, an area that was also occupied by the Incas, superimposing their knowledge and wisdom in this impenetrable shell of a region that served as the last refuge during the Inca resistance against the Spanish Invasion (1536-1576).

Other ruins at Espiritu Pampa Region

Vitcos Ruins 

This Archeological site stands on the northern side of the hill, between the modern villages of Huancacalle and Pucyura, and is the principal portion of a complex that covers the entire hill and portions of the valleys to the south and east.

South of the hill, there is Chuqip’allta, a giant carved stone said to have been an Inca oracle, and a series of terraces. Stretch along the eastern side of the hill within the valley, which is believed to have been decorative or ceremonial gardens.

The palace itself consists of two groups of buildings, one is the upper group is made up of eight large rooms, arranged in four pairs of two rooms back to back.  All joined by a common outer wall and the common wall has doors that lead to passages between the pairs.
To the north of the upper group is a terrace wall, below which is the lower group of buildings. This group is made up of a dozen or more buildings arranged around an open courtyard.

The exact number of buildings in this group is unclear, as it is in considerably worse condition than the upper group.

Huancacalle- Rosaspata 

Located in a broadened expanse of the valley near where several canyons come together. All were Inca travel routes hosting assorted Inca and pre-Inca ruins. Dominating the landscape is the hill above the town called Rosaspata. The Inca constructed a major complex of high-status buildings with an all-around view on top called Vitcos. The Neo-Inca later adopted it as their principal city.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
Day 1

Cusco - Vitcos - Vilcabamba Town

Pickup from hotel on the morning time to drive along the Sacred Valley where we stop for a break and explore the village of Ollantaytambo briefly.
We begin our long drive about 2 hours up to the Abra Malaga glacier, with stops to see obscure Incan ruins along the way. Once you cross over the 15,000 ft. pass, you descend into the semi-tropical jungle for another 5 hours, ascending the mountain hills of the Vilcabamba mountain range, drive with stops to explore the archeological sites of Vitcos and Rosaspata both Inca Archeological sites. Box lunch provided and Overnight at hostel at Vilcabamba. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 2

Vilcabamba Town Ruins - Espiritu Pampa

On this morning we will follow the main and new roads from Vilcabamba to Espiritu Pampa, travelling along the remoteness of the rugged Vilcabamba range of Peru’s southern, this road was recently constructed.

We’ll spend the morning riding out down the narrow dirt road through farmland and villages for hours as we gradually lose altitude and the passing scenery changes from high Andean sceneries to warmer environments with lush vegetation and coffee plantations. This is a spectacular, fun journey through the remoteness of Peru. We will get the Espiritu Pampa by mid-day and having time to explore this marvelous place , as we walk further into the forest we will see several more constructions from what was once a complete city now lost in the jungle by the surroundings.

Following the dismembering of the Inca state by European invasion, pandemic disease and civil wars, the Vilcabamba region became the final refuge and last retreat of remnants of the Inca court before finally succumbing to Spanish colonial forces in 1572. The Vilcabamba Inca, technically labelled Neo-Inca, survived in this remote, difficult to access, cloud-forested region for almost a half century. Overnight and dinner at local family house.

Day 3

Espiritu Pampa Ruins - Cusco

After breakfast at Chontabamba village, we visit this ignored archaeological site, this location also offers a great possibility to observe the bright colored Andean cock of the Rock, Oropendolas  and some tamarin monkeys have seen along the road.

During the morning time the bird activity its interesting, diverse calls emerged out from the dense and lush vegetation that also surround the ruins so almost everything is covered by epiphytes plants such as; bromeliads, orchids, lichens and the large trees that are standing up over the ruins are quite impressive.

After this last visit we will make our drive back to Cusco, driving again along the high mountains and having lunch along the way, we will back at Cusco during the night time.  

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Vitcos Ruins 

This Archeological site  stands on the northern side of the hill, between the modern villages of Huancacalle and Pucyura, and is the principal portion of a complex that covers the entire hill and portions of the valleys to the south and east. South of the hill there is Chuqip'allta, a giant carved stone said to have been an Inca oracle, and a series of terraces that stretch along the eastern side of the hill within the valley, which are believed to have been decorative or ceremonial gardens.
The palace itself consists of two groups of buildings. The upper group is made up of eight large rooms, arranged in four pairs of two rooms back to back, all joined by a common outer wall. The common wall has doors that lead to passages between the pairs.
To the north of the upper group is a terrace wall, below which is the lower group of buildings. This group is made up of a dozen or more buildings arranged around an open courtyard. The exact number of buildings in this group is unclear, as it is in considerably worse condition than the upper group.

Huancacalle- Rosaspata 

Located in a broadened expanse of valley near where several canyons come together. All were Inca travel routes hosting assorted Inca and pre-Inca ruins. Dominating the landscape is the hill above the town called Rosaspata. The Inca constructed a major complex of high status buildings with an all-around view on top called Vitcos. The Neo-Inca later adopted it as their principal city.

Packing List 

Equipment /Clothing Comments
Flip flops Useful  for  use  in  the  bathrooms  and  for  walking  around the lodges.
T-shirts, cottonshirts and  a light sweatshirt You   should   bring   a   mix   of  short  and   long   sleeved   to protect your arms from  mosquito bites
Underwear Cotton is recommended rather than nylon.
Socks These should  be  long  and  made from  breathable wool  to ensure optimum comfort inside your boots.
Sunblock Cream Sun Glasss

Insect Repellent 

Fleece/Sweatshirt

at Least 40 % DEET
Trousers  & shorts It’s important to be wearing long bottoms for protection from bugs and sun. We recommend full cut khaki bottoms or khaki type pants that can be zipped into shorts.  Lighter
Waterproofraincoat/poncho Even in the dry season the rain can be heavy so it's good to come prepared!
Flashlights For night activities such as night walks , Caiman Search and for using when the  power from the lodges runs off.

 

One of the most ideal off the beaten track destinations in the Cusco and Machu Picchu vicinity, Espitiru Pampa remain as unique and unexplored and less visited destination in contrast to most of the archeological sites around the old Inca Empire
Cusco and Sacred Valley are the gateway for this amazing overland journey to the remoteness of the Vilcabamba mountain range, Ideal for anyone who is looking to get away from crowds.
Nowadays the access to this isolated ruins is linked to the Vilcabamba town being a transect across the mountain, beautiful landscapes, fast flowing creeks, massive rocks,
Having 3 days that would be minimum numbers of days needed to explore this almost unexplored ruins with a great taste of culture, traditions and nature in the remoteness of Peru.

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Exploring the Espiritu Pampa Ruins

Price
Custom Rates$ per person
Duration
3 Days
Destination
Espiritu Pampa
Travellers
2

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