Welcome to Vilcabamba


The area’s beautiful scenery, mild weather and laid-back vibe attract waves of visitors: backpackers as well as North American and European retirees. Hiking, horse-riding and meditation are popular activities. The hills are dotted with big new houses, and the town plaza with expat-owned businesses. Gringo-ization has created tension about the cost of land and living, but the flip side is that jobs in tourism and construction are more plentiful than ever, and Vilcabamba is the rare Ecuadorian pueblo where young people have little ambition to leave for the big city.


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$450 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Pampachiri Stone Forest and Smurfs House

Day 1 : Chonta Condor Canyon and Cconoc07:00 – 13:00 : Pick up – Transportation to Chonta Condor Canyon – HikingWe depart for the adventure at 7am from your hotel in Cusco. We drive to the town of Limatambo and along the way we will stop at viewpoints to take photos of the amazing Andes, and Salkantay mountain.We then continue driving through beautiful mountain scenery. We will continue our tour driving uphill on the dirt road towards to the community of Chonta.Upon arrival we hike 1 ½ hours (moderate difficulty) reaching the lookout of Hahuacco, which boasts great views of the Apurimac canyon and Vilcabamba mountain range. With a little bit of luck we will enjoy our Condor sighting activity; it is common to see the majestic condors soaring in their natural habitat and flying over the Chonta canyon.13:00 – 19:00 : Lunch – Cconoc hot springs – Transportation to Abancay – DinnerIn the afternoon we walk back down to Chonta for 1 ½ hours then we will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch.After lunch, we will catch our private van and continue to Cconoc hot springs and we can relax and enjoy the hot water. After that we continue to Abancay City for dinner and sleep in a Hotel.Day 2 : Pampachiri Smurf Village and Rock Forest06:00 – 13:00 : Breakfast – Transportation to Pampachiri – Smurfs House and Stone ForestWe will wake up early (about 6:00am) and after breakfast in the hotel, we drive to Pampachiri through beautiful scenery, on this way is possible to see wildlife (animals like vizcachas, vicuñas, wild horses, etc).After 3 hours driving we will arrive to the Smurfs House, and meet a local family who lives there and learn more about their lifestyle. This place is a rocky formation that resembles those mushroom-shaped houses. After being about 40 minutes there, we continue 20 minutes driving to Pampachiri Stone Forest (Bosque de Piedras) which is a formation of hundreds of stones in the shape of cones by the eruption of two volcanoes giving a natural volcanic formation where we will have the guided tour for 2 hours guided tour, and a short trekking.13:00 – 20:00 : Lunch – Transportation to Abancay – CuscoWe will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch. After lunch, we will catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel or Regocijo Plaza around 16:00 – 17:00 

$135 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cuenca - Saraguro - Vilcabamba or Vilcabamba - Saraguro - Cuenca

OPTION 1:Early in the morning we will leave from Cuenca to the town of Saraguro; One of the most important ethnic groups Ecuador has, here we can appreciate and know about its culture, its medicinal gardens, one of its taitas will tell us about the Andean cosmovision and we can enjoy the beautiful landscape and typical clothing of the Saraguros. We will enjoy a typical lunch prepared by saraguro women. After the lunch we will go to Vilcabamba town, called "The Valley of Longevity", with a very pleasant climate and wonderful people. We guarantee that it will be an unforgettable experience for you to be in contact with Saraguro people knowing up close about this important and wonderful culture of the south of Ecuador. In Vilcabamba end of services. OPTION 2:Early in the morning we will leave from Vilcabamba to the town of Saraguro; One of the most important ethnic groups Ecuador has, here we can appreciate and know about its culture, its medicinal gardens, one of its taitas will tell us about the Andean cosmovision and we can enjoy the beautiful landscape and typical clothing of the Saraguros. We will enjoy a typical lunch prepared by saraguro women. After the lunch we will go to Cuenca, considered one of the most beautiful cities of Ecuador, with a nice architecture and wonderful people. We guarantee that it will be an unforgettable experience for you to be in contact with Saraguro people knowing up close about this important and wonderful culture of the south of Ecuador. In Cuenca end of services. TOUR DETAILS : • Length: 8 hours approx. • Start / Finish: Cuenca / Vilcabamba • Activity Level: Easygoing to Moderate