Pyramid Expeditions 5 Days

In 1968, Carlos Neuenschwander Landa had traveled many times the valleys of the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios in search of the ruins of the lost city of Paititi, which he called Pantiacolla. In your opinion, should be a strength Pantiacolla built in remote times, located at the border between the high forest (jungle) and lowlands. Some Incas belonging to the upper classes, to escape from Cusco (1533) and then of Vilcabamba (1572), supposedly hid in that mysterious fortress, carrying enormous ancient knowledge and treasures.
Neuenschwander held several risky expeditions, during which he had the opportunity to discover and document the strength of Hualla and “stone path” a difficult path that unties the divide between the Rio Urubamba and the Mother of God, probably built by ancient peoples long before the Incas.
Then could use helicopters Air Force of Peru (FAP), in which he could see from the top Pantiacolla plateau, he said legendary Highlands as the place where you would find the mythical citadel.
As the difficulties to reach the plateau of Pantiacolla through the “Andean tour” of the stone path were almost insurmountable due to the extension of this remote area, the weather is too cold, wet and totally unpredictable constantly, to the persistent fog and the possibility to find indigenous dangerous Neuenschwander thought possible reach the mysterious plateau tracing some tributaries of the Madre de Dios River, as Nistron or Palotoa.
The existence of so-called “Paratoari pyramids” (or pyramids Pantiacolla), was confirmed six years later, in 1975, when the U.S. satellite photographed Landsat2 that Peruvian jungle area near the banks of the Madre de Dios River. Indeed, the photograph showed twelve mounds, in pairs, symmetric and regular. When the news was published, many researchers developed the hypothesis that those mounds were pyramids built by men in ancient times for ritual or ceremonial.

  • Package / Tour: Pyramid Expeditions 5D/4N
  • Price 2020: USD$ 750.00
  • Locations Visited:  Manu National Park Pyramid zone
  • Frequency: 3 Times of week
  • Physical Grading: 1-2-3-4-5

Start: Cusco
End: Cusco
Group size: Minimum 4 Maximum 10
Age Minimum: 15 years old with their parents, Adults up to 50 years of age 

Style: Original and unique
Type: Adventure and biodiversity
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tour Route and altitude., Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) – Andes– (3830m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,500m.s.n.m.), Amazon Basin (280m.s.n.m.)
Manu National Park covers an area of  1716 292 22 million hectares, and is categorized as one of the most extensive parks in South America. 



Day 1 – Cusco – paraiso Lodge:

We leave from Cusco by private bus, first stopping to visit typical and folkloric town of Paucartambo. Here we will take a lunch and short walk around the town before carrying on Acjanaco, the highest point and entrance to Manu National Park. From here we will continue into the cloud forest and to San Pedro, we will observe the National Bird of Peru, the Cock of the Rock and many different kinds of monkeys, plants and flowers. We arrive at Pilcopata town in the evening where we will sleep in a private Paraiso lodge.

Day 2 – Paraiso Lodge – Inchipato River:

After breakfast we will continue by bus to Atalayaport then will take the boat along the alto madre de Dios river, we arrive to palotoa ecological reserve we will go on a full day expedition carrying enough gear for two night and our sleeping bags. We will experience and appreciate the pristine jungle with it´s many kinds of animals in their natural environment and different kinds of flowers, medicinal plants, etc. We can climb some of the big trees of the jungle using liana or strangle trees. Later in the afternoon we will go swimming and fishing and try to catch caimans until dinnertime. On this night we camp close to the inchipato river in our tents, deep in the jungle.

Day 3 – Inchipato Rivers – Pyramids Zone:

After breakfast we will continue up river until we arrive at the Pyramids. On the way we can see different species of mammals, such as tapir, peccaries, monkeys and many birds. If we are lucky we can see the jaguar , the king of the jungle. We can swim in the clean river then we’ll enjoy a delicious jungle lunch. In the afternoon when we arrive at the Pyramids reserve zone we will explore the area. After dinner we will have the opportunity to catch crocs and spend the night next to a bonfire, drinking red wine and talking about bad jungle spirits.

Day 4 – Pyramids Zone – Palotoa Lodge:

After breakfast, we will go back down river in balsa wood rafts until we arrive at Palotoa campsite where we will have time to relax and explore the surrounding landscape, flora and fauna.

Day 5 – Palotoa Lodge – Cusco:

We will get up early and return to Atalaya by boat where our private bus will be waiting to take us back to Cusco via the cloud forest and Paucartambo. We will arrive in Cusco late in the afternoon.



  • Private bus and boat
  • Rubber boots and rain poncho
  • All camping equipment
  • Bilingual native guide
  • Mineral water
  • First aid kit
  • 3 meals per day
  • Cook
  • Entrance to pyramid reserve zone
  • Palotoa camp site


  • Sleeping bag
  • Repellent with a minimum of 15 % deet
  • Binocular
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sun lotion
  • Pocket money
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sandals
  • Swim clothes
  • Toilet paper
  • Dark clothes

Frequently asked questions


Where are the pyramids Pantiacolla located?

They are symmetrical mounds, located between the Inchipato ravine and the Paolotoa Chico river (also called Negro river), tributaries of the Madre de Dios river in the Peruvian department of the Madre de Dios

What are the Pantiacolla pyramids?

The Pantiacolla Pyramids, also known as the Paratoari Pyramids, are a group of 12 mounds approximately 150 meters high, located on the left bank of the Madre de Dios River.

Who discovered the Pantiacolla pyramids?

They were initially identified by Rolando Zlatar Stambuk, when they saw them in images taken by the NASA satellite in 1976.

Who built the Pantiacolla pyramids?

First it was thought that they had been built by an ancient civilization, sometimes pointing to hypotheses related to their origin, with the ancient inhabitants of Atlantis, but, over time, the theories have been more, and none, according to the investigations, has been corroborated at all, scientifically.


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