The Inka trail used by Manco Inka II and his rebel army, in their escape from the Spanish, passes by these two magnificent archaeological sites located in the Vilcabamba mountain range. This trek covers ancient pathways through spectacular scenery. Ecological levels such as quechua, puna, and high jungle will make us enjoy our adventure, among beautiful scenery and little known history.
In Andean Cosmo-vision, worship of the mountains is very important, as it is a society dedicated to animist religion.
In this sense, Apu Pariaccacca is the important mountain for worship in the Central Andes of Peru. This sacred mountain has been worshiped since ancestral times and it is remarkable to discover dozens of decorations carved into the stone along the path, in each place where the magnificent Pariaccacca can be seen.
Following the Inca trail towards the Vilcabamba mountain range, the Incas, lead by Manco Inca II, saught refuge from the eastern invasion of this area. The resistance lasted approximately 40 years, with the fall of the Inca Empire taking place in 1572.
The last capital of the Incas in resistance, known to them as Vilcabamba, was named Espiritu Pampa by the Spanish.
This sacred mountain is located to the south east of the city of Cuzco, capital of the Inca Empire.
The trek will push us to our physical limits. A high altitude trek, we will cross mountain passes over 5,000 meters above sea level, and our campsites will be at an altitude of over 4,300 meters. The terrain is muddy and rocky.
This trek offers spectacular and beautiful views of the puna region, where the glaciers surround us in all directions. We will walk on the shores of lakes, and Andean cameloids will accompany us on parts of our journey.
The Cordillera Vilcabamba is a mountain range which houses a range of both historical and natural attractions of great importance to the development of Andean civilisation.
The trek we propose is one of the most remote that we have experienced. We have to consider that this cordillera served as a refuge to the last rebel Inkas fleeing the invasion; led by Manqo Inka II for about forty years.
Geography, flora, fauna and a rich history take us on an adventure through a remote region of the southern Andes which motivates us to arrive at the legendary Machu Picchu, the maximum expression of the high level of civilisation achieved by Andean people, represented by the Inkas.