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Waqrapukara One Day Hike

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Waqrapukara One Day Hike

  • 1 Day
  • All food on the trail
  • Accommodation: Camps
  • max. Altitude:
    5200m / 17.060 ft
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate to challenging
  • Professional guide
    (English and / or Spanish)


Discover the wonderful and majestic Inca construction of Waqrapukara or Fortress of the Horns located in the canyon of the mighty Apurímac River. If you are looking for something completely different and unique, Waqrapukara is the ideal option for you. This beautiful sacred place combines advanced architecture and impressive natural formations in a dream landscape. In addition, it is surrounded by small and crystalline lagoons. These gigantic horns rise to 4,300 meters above sea level /14,107 false Waqrapukara Trek is a must for anyone who wants to visit this impressive archaeological site before the crowds discover it.

Waqra is «horn» in Spanish. Pukara is equivalent to strength. These «horns» rise 4,300 meters above sea level, high of a huge ravine covered with forests. The archaeological monument is surrounded by impressive platforms, squares, and a forest of stones that resemble mythological giants that care for and contemplate the Andean landscape.

  • Explore the impressive  site of Waqrapukara.
  • Walk through an incredible natural wonder .
  • Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Andes.
  • Marvel at the impressive architectural wonder of Waqrapukara.
  • Observe the natural fauna and flora of the place.
  • DAY 1: Cusco | Chuquicahuana - Acomayo - Waqrapukara – Cusco

Day 1Cusco | Chuquicahuana - Acomayo - Waqrapukara – Cusco

This day we will start very early. We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:30 am and 4:00 am to start a Travel by car for two and a half hours to the town of Marcaconga. Then we will continue to the district of Pitumarca where we will enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast and after We will continue with our trip for 30 more minutes towards the Point. there we will have a few minutes to organize all our things and finish with the Last details to be ready and start our excursion. We will walk for 2 hours while we observe majestic landscapes surrounded by some small glaciers lakes. Once we reach the Waqrapukara viewpoint, we will stop to take the first photos of this incredible fortress located on the edge of a Canyon. Then we will descend about 40 minutes on a steep road, on the edge of the cliff, to the archaeological site itself while the The Apurimac River roars below us.

We will have a guided tour to discover all the mysteries of this archaeological site and after that you can take a tour of an hour and a half approximately among the remains of this sacred place and could take photos of the place and of the incredible landscape that surrounds it and forms the canyon, and rest on the cliffs, under the shadow of the stone walls. Once the group is Ready, we begin our journey back. again we will start walking for some two more hours before being picked up by our mobility. finally we will arrive to the city of Cusco at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Walking Distance : 16 km / 9.94 MAILS
Walking Time : 6 hours
Startin Elevation: 4,050 masl / 13,287 fasl
Waqrapukara Elevation: 4,140 masl / 13,583 fasl
Difficulty level: moderate.
Food included: breakfast,lunch, box lunch.

Price Includes

  • Pre-departure briefing with the guide
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Round trip transportation
  • Professional guide (English and / or Spanish)
  • 1 breakfast and 1 lunch
  • First Aid kit and Oxygen bottle
  • Entrance

Price Excludes

  • Walking sticks
  • Dinner is not included in this package
  • Clothing and personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Water Don't forget to fill your bottles before leaving!
  • Tips for our team
  • Additional costs
  • Emergency Horse (This is optional)

You must bring

  • Daypack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rain jacket, gloves)
  • Original passport
  • Walking boots
  • Walking sticks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun hat + sunglasses
  • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra money
Before You Go:

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It is very important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before pushing yourself on a hike. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least two to three days before the trek begins to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness during the trek. You may have already been to another area of Peru at high altitudes before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we recommend that you have a full day in Cusco to rest, recover from your trip, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before leaving for the trek. Here are some suggestions of activities to do in the vicinity of Cusco before starting your adventure trip:

  • City Tour
  • Sacred Valley
  • Rainbow Mountain

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All meetings and briefings are very important, which takes place at our office or at your hotel at 5:00 p.m. one night before the tour starts. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If for any reason you cannot attend our informative meeting, you must contact Ausangate Explore by email or by Whatsapp.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The hike must be paid in full. one day before your departure (usually after the briefing). It would be greatly appreciated if you pay the balance of the trek in cash in US dollars or local currency at our Office. You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay a 5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance in traveler’s checks.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this can interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and railway tracks can be taken. However, we will try to make your trip as smooth as possible. originally planned, even if it means going out the night before the scheduled date. under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you and our operations staff. Your safety is our top priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

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