At 6:00am, we’ll start our trek to the small town of La Playa through Santa Teresa valley. You will be able to soak up this new, lush landscape during our 6 hours of hiking today! During the hike, we’ll see rivers, waterfalls, wild orchids, and plantations of coffee, banana, and avocado. You’ll also be able to taste passion fruit and granadilla fruit along the way. We’ll visit a village called Colpapampa, also called the “brow of the cloud forest,” where waterfalls, birds, hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, and flora and fauna can be observed. If we are lucky, we will even be able to see the beautiful Tunki bird, also known as “The Cock of the Rocks,” the national bird of Peru! After a hearty lunch at La Playa, we’ll hike for approximately 1-hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba (2400m/ 7874ft). We’ll explore the tropical forest for a little while and then we’ll visit an organic coffee farm. If you’re a coffee lover, this we be especially heavenly for you – you can taste coffee freshly prepared by the locals. If not, you can still enjoy the decadent aroma of freshly roasted and ground coffee wafting through the air. Coffee is the main farming industry of the local people in the jungle, and they farm many acres of coffee to export to the USA, Asia, and Europe. Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia, but it wasn’t until the Spanish invaded Cusco that it was brought to this region. Afterwards, we’ll explore a nearby orange plantation and an avocado plantation this afternoon.
Tonight, you’ll experience our Jungle Domes, brand new this year! These domes have been ecologically designed to not interrupt the beautiful, raw surroundings of the cloud forest. The Jungle Domes are a project that was created so that every guest could feel and enjoy the wonderful nature of Vicabamba with great comfort. From the comfort of the domes, you can be in intimate contact with the surrounding nature, hearing the wind or the rain or gazing at the stars through the central dome from your comfortable bed. The conceptual design of the domes invites you to see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world from your window. Every time you step outside your dome, you will find yourself in a beautiful and aromatic native forest where you can enjoy observing many species of the fauna which live together with us.
Hiking Distance: 18km/ 11.2 miles
Starting Elevation: 2,750m/ 9,022 ft
Campsite Elevation: 2,400m/ 7,874 ft
Guided Trek w/ Porter Support
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Plus snacks and afternoon tea time)
Overnight at Jungle Domes Camp