Cordillera de Vilcabamba Things to Do
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We did a three day trip ((walk) in two days to Inca tambo. Inca Tambo is an inca house on top of a hill. From there you can also see other inca monuments.
Inside the house there are weird cilinders sticking out of the wall, our guide told us that this was a place to hang lazy incas on as punishment. (So that's how they were able to build a house on this place.Related to:
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Nusta Hispana is a really strange rock of the incas. There a bits of rock cut out of the rock.
it's a very strange place, I kept on wondering why the Incas would make a rock like this.
Nusta Hispana is situated close to Vitcos. You can do both in two hours on foot.Related to:
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Close to huancacalle there is Vitcos. At inti raymi (a celebration of the sun) many locals gather here to celebrate.
Vitcos is an Inca ruin (although many of it is not genuine anymore)
It's a small hike from huancacalle (about one hour) and gives you a great view of the area.Related to:
Cordillera de Vilcabamba Restaurants
In Huancacalle we only found one restaurant and this is the place where we had some beers as well. For dinner they serve one 2 course meal. For breakfast you can get some eggs and bread. If you order bread the cook will get the eggs in the shop next door.
The people were very friendly and the kids as well. One of em was very funny (see picture)
Cordillera de Vilcabamba Transportation
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From Quillabamba you can take a minibus to the villages of the cordillera de vilcabamba. We went to a place called Huancacalle, the last stop of the minibus.
We were the only tourists on the bus (saw only two other tourist in the whole Vilcabamba area actually)
The busride was a rough but unique experience. Normaly the track would take 4 hours, but we had problems with our van. After two hours it broke down. We stood still for four hours in the high jungle. Some local kids came to the bus, when they saw us they looked very qurious, I think they don't see many white people especially long haired blond men. The people where very nice and the kids very funny.
After 4 hours the bus was fixed ...... for 5 minutes then we broke down again. A truck came all the bagage was lifted into the truck and the last bit was done by truck.
It was very late when we arrived in Huancacalle.
Cordillera de Vilcabamba Off The Beaten Path
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We started our Vilcabamba area adventure in a place called Huancacalle. The area has many inca ruins which are pretty hard to get to. We decided to do a 3 day trip to a ruin called incatambo (see other post) We ended up doing it in 2 days, it was the wet season and we didn't wanna sleep another night in our wet clothes.
On the bus we met a guy called Juan who was a guide as well; A really nice guy, we stayed with his family (see other post) all very nice people.
About the hike, we rented a guide (25 soles a day) and two mules (25 soles a day per mule) we also rented a tent and two sleeping bags (woops forgot the price)
Don't underestimate the hikes over here, you get pretty high up (we went up to 4500m) and it gets quite cold on this altitude and the air thin.
It was a really rough hike but for me one of the highlights of my Peru trip.
To give you an idea, we did about 60 km in 2 days and it definately wasn't flat walking.