Vilcabamba was the last refuge of the Inca Empire until it fell to the Spaniards in 1572, signalling the end of Inca resistance to Spanish rule. The city was burned and the location of Vilcabamba was forgotten. Today it's an attraction to the adventyrous who wonder how much still lies hidden.
"High atop a mountain peak in the Andes of southeastern Peru, a group of explorers has discovered the ruins of a large settlement they think was occupied by the Inca in an early period of their rise to power."
"This trek to the last outpost of the Incas, at the end of "a road going nowhere" is a unique experience. The trek itself is not terribly strenuous, it is the inaccesibility of the location, that makes this trek be rated as rigorous." Photos and trek map.
9 Day Trek from Cuzco. "A strange mixture of quiet beauty and shrouded mystery everywhere, the countryside is strewn with evidence of the once powerful Inca. How much more lies hidden amongst the misty crags or smothered in the dark forest, no one knows. This simple fact continues to attract the adventurous as irresistibly as gold once lured the Conquistadors."
"Vilcabamba was a city founded by Manco Inca in 1539 and was the last refuge of the Inca Empire until it fell to the Spaniards in 1572, signalling the end of Inca resistance to Spanish rule. The city was burned and the area swiftly became a remote backwater of Peru. The location of Vilcabamba was forgotten."