Waqrapukara Trek

Price from: $ 85.00 USD

Beautiful tour through the Apurimac canyon, this new full-day trek starts from Cusco to reach Waqrapukara ruins. The trail is truly a magnificent experience. Waqrapukara Trek – Waqra is a “horn” Pukara is equivalent to the force.

Waqrapukara Trek

Waqrapukara one-day trek – Waqrapukara, which means Horn Fortress in Quechua, is about this Peruvian site’s vast and powerful rock formations. The rock layers show many layers, representing millions of years of the evolution of our planet. An enormous agricultural area surrounds this sacred place with terraces. Fantastic experience—the Waqrapukara day trip is a tourist attraction and a new tourist option in Cusco. Through each one, we will see the beautiful diversity of flora and fauna. Waqrapukara tours are perfect for those who spend little time looking for unique experiences. Being around Waqrapukara is just replenishing positive energy for yourself; we believe that you will never forget this experience.

Overview

Waqrapukara Tour – Overview

Is this trip right for me? AT A GLANCE

  • Pick-Up Locations: Any Cuzco Hotel.
  • Pick-up Schedule: at 5:30.
  • Travel distance: CUSCO – Pomacanchis – Sangarara – Rinconada 03 hours and 15 minutes of travel.
  • Starting Point of the tour full day to Waqrapukara: Rinconada 4,045 m/13,270 feet.
  • Duration: This walk lasts three and a half hours via Rinconada: 11 km/ 6.8 miles “semi-plane trail.”
    • Way of return – Hiking 2.5 hours via Wayqui community: 8 km/ 7.9 miles “Half-plane trail and 650-meter descent”.
  • Altitude of Waqrapukara: 4,122 meters / 13,523 feet.

New walk to Waqrapukara via Santa Lucia, the walk lasts only 60 minutes “same time back”. Write us to update the prices through SANTA LUCÍA.

Highlights of this 01-day tour

Why you will love this experience.

  • The landscape that surrounds Waqrapukara is overwhelming.
  • Enjoy an alternative Inca trail to the ruins of Waqrapukara.
  • Explore the other hidden wonder of Cusco called the Waqrapukara Inca site.
  • The panoramic views are attractive, along with the Inca constructions.

Itinerary

Waqrapukara Trek – Detailed Itinerary

This itinerary is one of the most fabulous itineraries to reach the Inca temple. This magnificent archaeological site is in the southern area of Cuzco. Visit Waqrapukara in 01 days to get to Acomayo province. We can enjoy a splendid view of the Apurimac River and the surrounding Andes Mountains from the top. We will walk only 3 hours to get to Waqrapukara, enjoying the Canyon, panoramic views, etc.

Discover Waqrapukara hiking guide:

  1. The Waqrapukara site was a strategic place of ideological order. Waqra is a “horn” Pukara is equivalent to the force.
  2. We will travel the beautiful ecological floors are Quechua, Suni, and Puna, observing its characteristic flora and fauna.
  3. The Inca site’s landscape is breathtaking, whose beauty is one of the most spectacular in the Andean world. Explosive bursts of wind ascending the abysses forming inconsistent figures on the heights of the gully.
  4. The Inca architects tried to dominate the landscape without transforming its spectacularity.
  5. The whole natural environment warns from afar that a particular, unusual site of incomparable beauty.

The WAQRAPUKARA INCA FORTRESS IN CUSCO

Waqrapukara is an Inca sanctuary of the first order, which denotes an immense political and religious power not yet deciphered.

Inclusions

Waqrapukara Trek 01 day Included

  • Excellent English speaking tour guide “the entire day trek to Waqrapukara hiking.”
  • Private tourist transport with fuel + professional driver.
  • Waqrapukara Peru tour entrance fee.
  • Meals: One Box Lunch per hiker + guide and driver.
  • Oxygen tank.
  • First aid kit.

Note: The vehicles to use “see the photo in prices.”

Our trek to Waqrapukara NOT INCLUDED

  • Hotel or Airbnb.
  • Water.
  • Snacks.
  • Tips.

What to bring our Waqrapukara Tour

  • A good daypack for this Waqrapukara trek
  • Lighter trekking boots.
  • One pair of hiking pants.
  • Rain jacket or poncho.
  • Warm/winter jacket/gloves, scarf, cap cold.
  • Bring some meds!
    • Iron tablets and pills for altitude sickness.
  • Sun protection cream.
  • Re-usable water container.
  • Extra money.

Travel Facts

Read all frequently asked questions

What is Waqrapukara?

It is a fortress of pre-Inca and Inca construction. In Pre Inca times, it was a small citadel. For that reason, they called it “Llaqta Pukara,” where the Qanchi leader and his family lived. It did also used as an astronomical observatory; it had a sanctuary to the Teqci Pachakamaq Wiraqocha God.

Who built Waqrapukara?

First, it did build by the Qanchi ethnic group in the Auqarunas 1500 to 1000 B.C. The current construction is from the Inca period, which made it in the Inca Wayna Qhapaq. With the intervention of architects of that government, it also intervened in Qanchimachu and Ttito Q’osñipa.

Why did they turn it into a fortress?

Because in the time of the Auqarunas needed to train men warriors and places to defend the territory conquered by the ethnic group and tribe. Not only to protect their habitat and leader. In the pre-Inca and Inca times, these leaders did call curacas, and in the Colonial Period, they were called Caciques. In the Purunruna period, there was no need for pucaras because they lived in the place they wanted.

Which was the god of the Q’anchis in the pre-Inca period?

The Q’anchis “Believed, that there is a Maker of all created things, which they call Teqci Wiraqocha.” “Worshipping the sun, they must have taken them from the Incas.” (Pedro Cieza, Chronicles of Peru) One day a tall man named Contiti Wiraqocha Pachayachacheq came to San Pedro de Cacha and taught them the Creator God. The men of Canas who occupied Cacha wanted to kill him, but fire descended from heaven, and they were afraid and escaped from the place. In memory of this fact, they built a temple in Raqchi. (Juan de Betanzos, Narration of the Incas, 1551).

What are the characteristics of the Sanctuary or Waca in Waqrapukara?

It has a triple jamb doorway; this means that it is very sacred. On the other hand, the gods created by men, such as the sun god, the moon, the stars, and others, have their sanctuaries with double jamb doorways. The chronicler Santa Cruz calls the Tecsi Pachakamaq Wiraqocha god the invisible god. The Incas welcomed this deity; for this reason, they built a sanctuary. Cusco was in the place of the Cathedral. (Chronicler Juan Santa Cruz Pachacuti).

Do I need to bring several clothes for the tour?

Anything you do not want to take with you on tour can be left safely at your accommodation. Most hotels and hostels have safes to protect your belongings. However, if you feel comfortable leaving your things there, you can also bring them to our office for safekeeping during the tour.

Where is Waqra Pukara located?

Wakra Pukara is located about three hours south of Cusco by car, in the Apurimac Canyon.

Should I bring extra water to the Waqrapukara tour?

Water does provide at meals. However, you should also bring a refillable water bottle to avoid dehydration.

Do I need to acclimatize for the Waqrapukara tour?

We recommend at least two days in Cusco to acclimatize sufficiently before the tour begins.

What meals are included, and are there vegetarian options?

Lunch on the trek does include. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

What is the highest point on the Waqrapukara tour?

The highest elevation on this hike is 4,500 meters above sea level.

Prices

Waqrapukara Tour full day

PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2021 – 2022 | We run this trip only as a private service.

  • Solo travel $269. “prices reduce if there are more people in your group.”
  • Two clients $172.
  • Three people $129.
  • Four tourists $108.
  • Five visitors $102.
  • Six travelers $92.
  • Seven explorers + $85.

Note: Waqrapukara Trek 2 days price, write to us.


* Kondor Path Tours operates the Waqrapukara Trek.

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