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Waqrapukara full day hike

Waqrapukara full day hike

Discovering the majestic Inca construction of Waqrapukara or "horn-shaped fortress", located in the canyon of the mighty Apurimac river, will be an unforgettable experience, since it is a hidden treasure for travelers who are looking for something different and with few people. This beautiful sacred place combines an incredible work in stone with spectacular natural formations and small lagoons around.

Waqra is "horn" in Spanish. Pukara is equivalent to strength. The "horns" rise 4,300 meters above sea level, on the summit of a huge ravine covered with forests that crown the chasms that overlook the Apurimac River canyon. The archaeological monument is surrounded by impressive platforms, squares and a forest of stones that resemble thrones with mythological giants contemplating the Andean landscape.

Quick Itinerary:

04:30 We pick you from you hotel and drive to Acomayo

08:30 Starts the Waqrapukara hike

11:00 Waqrapukara guided tour

11:30 Back to the starting point of the trek

14:00 Transport back to Cusco

18:00 Arrival to Cusco


Important Information about the tour:

Maximum Height: 4 400 m / 14 436 f

Minimum height: 3 207 m / 10 521 f

Walking distance: approximately 12 km

Walking time: 7 hours approximately

Degree of difficulty: Moderate to challenging


Highlights of the Waqrapukara full day hike:

  • Explore the only Inca fortress and temple in Waqrapukara.
  • Enjoy a little crowded tour without the congestion of tourists
  • Walk through incredible andean landscapes
  • Observe the local flora and fauna

Waqrapukara hike

This day it is necessary to leave early, at 5:00 a.m., for a bus trip to the Acomayo district, until finally arriving at Cocha 4000m / 13123f, where the 2½-hour hike to Waqrapukara will begin. The geography is rugged with incredible natural rock formations and small lagoons, where you can observe the wild fauna of the place, such as condors, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, wild horses and wild ducks.

During this hike we can see a lot of flora and fauna typical of the area to reach our destination Waqrapukara, where we will have a guided tour visiting the following places: Intipunku (Sun Gate), main square, towers, terraces, Wiracocha enclosure and cave paintings with representation of flames.

The archaeological complex is located sinuously along a rocky promontory, built around two horn-shaped mountain peaks, the site has eight Inca terraces with retaining walls and stone stairs.

It will take three hours of walking back along an old road to the town of Waqui, before finding your private bus that will take you back to the city of Cusco.



  • Transfer by private bus round trip
  • Bilingual private professional guide
  • Box lunch
  • First aid kit
  • Walking sticks

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Others not mentioned

What to pack

  • Rain clothes
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • A warm coat
  • 25 liter backpack with waterproof case
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat and gloves
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Personal articles
  • Documents
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