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Waqrapukara Trek

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Why Book With Us?

  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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  • SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19

    This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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    Duration: 1 Day Trek
    Departure Location: Cusco
    Destination: Waqrapukara
    Availability: Always Available
    Min Age: 6+
    Max People: 12 PER GROUP
    Accommodation: Not
    Max. Altitude: 4087 m / 13480 ft
    Difficulty: Moderate

    Waqrapukara Trek 1 Day – The Inca Horn Fortress

    Discover the majestic pre-Inca construction of Waqrapukara or Fortress of the Horns located in the mighty Apurímac River’s canyon. If you’re looking for something completely different and with few people, Waqrapukara is ideal for you. This beautiful sacred place combines advanced architecture and impressive natural formations in a dream landscape. In addition, it’s surrounded by small and crystalline lagoons. These gigantic horns rise to 4,300 masl / 14,107 fasl.


    Waqrapukara Trek is a must for anyone wanting to visit this stunning 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, on top of a huge ravine covered with forests. The archaeological monument is surrounded by impressive platforms, plazas, and a forest of stones that resemble mythological giants that contemplate the Andean landscape.


    DAY 01Visit the Inca fortress on top of a mountain called Waqrapukara

    Today starts very early. We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. to start a 2.5-hour car trip to the town of Marcaconga. Then we’ll continue to the Pitumarca district where we’ll enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

    We will continue for 30 minutes towards Punta Carretera. There we’ll have a few minutes to organize all our things and get the last details to be ready to start our excursion. We’ll walk for 2 hours while observing glorious landscapes dotted with small glacial lakes.

    Once we reach the Waqrapukara viewpoint, we’ll stop to take the first photos of this incredible fortress perched on the edge of a canyon. Then we’ll descend for about 40 minutes on a steep path, at the edge of the cliff, to the archaeological site itself while the Apurímac River roars below us.

    We’ll have a guided tour to discover all the mysteries of this archaeological site for approximately 1.5 hours. You can walk through the remains of a temple, take photos of the incredible scenery that forms the canyon, and rest on the cliffs, under the shadow of the stone walls. Once the group is ready, we’ll begin our journey back. We’ll walk for 3 hours before being picked up by our mobility. We’ll arrive in the city of Cusco at approximately 6:00 p.m.

    • Difficulty:  Challenging to Hard
    • Walking Distance:  9.9 miles
    • Minimum Elevation:  3296 m / 10813 ft
    • Highest Elevation:  4087 m / 13480 ft
    Packing List
    Before You Go
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Waqrapukara trek one Day?
    • Extra oxygen
    • First Aid kit
    • Professional and experienced guide licensed in tourism (English or Spanish)
    • Round trip transportation
    • Breakfast
    • Buffet lunch
    • Handmade sticks
    We use Mercedes Benz modern vehicles, Usually we make groups of 15 to 16 people with a maximum of 18 people per group.
    Our guides are English speaking who will help you to reach the Mountain of Colors and will always be aware of those who suffer a bit to arrive as well as they carry an oxygen bottle and first aid kit for any emergencies.
    The breakfast consisting in juice of fruit, hot drinks may be chocolate or coffee or some tea and you will have a bit of fruit salad and bread or pancakes accompanied by jams and mantequilla of course you can drink coca tea.
    Lunch is buffet style, on the table you will have different options, including dishes prepared with vegetables, potatoes, salads, meat, pasta, stews which you can eat and combine as as you wish, there is also vegetarian options
    We provide handmade poles for each one, this if you wish you can take it as it can be very helpful for the rockin in the trails that you will walk.


    What Is Not Included?
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Emergency horse
    • Water
    • Original Passport
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    • Insect repellant
    • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film with extra batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Daypack

    Information Before leaving for the Waqrapukara trek one Day

    We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Waqrapukara trek in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

    Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

    Briefing or informative meeting

    All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the (Peru Hike) offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

    Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

    The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

    It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

    Storing your luggage at our Office.

    Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

    Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.


    Peru Hike Company can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

    Group tours:

    Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

    Strikes and demonstrations:

    Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

    Lost objects:

    You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

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