Waqrapukara Fortress tour – Cusco, Peru
Waqrapukara: It is a new and recently promoted tourist attraction in Cusco located in Acomayo Province above 4,000m (13,123ft) , Waqrapukara has not been deciphered yet and it can be considered as a fortress, a sanctuary or an astronomical observatory. It was initially built by the Quinchas and then by the conquerors, the Incas.
Waqrapukara tour: This tour to Waqrapukara will take you to a different and unusual destination, where you will enjoy the spectacular landscapes, different lagoons, wild animals, abysses of the Apurimac canyon, and also you will connect with the nature and the energy of this amazing place.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:||Your hotel in Cusco.|
|DURATION:||Full Day 5:00 – 18:00|
|DISTANCE:||16 km (9.94 Miles) Round trip hiking|
|ELEVATION:||3,400m (11,155 feet) / 4,300m (14,108 feet)|
|GOOD FOR:||Those with a sense of adventure, nature lovers and in good hiking shape|
|HIGHLIGHTS:||Off the beaten paths, pristine wilderness, amazing lagoons, impressive canyons.|
|REQUIRED ACCLIMATIZATION :||At least 1 whole day in Cusco before this tour.|
Professional Photography: Relive your amazing experience with professional photography included in the service.
Small Groups: Receive a personalized service, full attention of our guides and staff throughout your trip..
Best food: A good box breakfast and lunch with picnic included with all options. (vegetarian and vegan options available)
Safety commitment: We include oxygen tanks and first aid kit to avoid any altitude sickness.
Extra Equipment: We include carbon fiber trekking poles (2 poles per person).
Confortable Transportation: Private and comfortable transport by van with heating and good music.
- Due to early pick up time of services, we recommend you to book your hotel in Cusco city center. But in case you are staying in an AirBnB accommodation, we can arrange the pick up from a well known location. eg. Plaza de Armas.
- We organize this tour everyday, for this reason we recommend the passengers stay at least one whole day in Cusco to Acclimatize, this is a prerequisite to go on this tour because you start to walk over 4,300 mts (14,108 fts).
- It is recommended to not take part in the trek if over 60 years of age or in poor physical conditions. Due to the high altitude and steep climbing, it can be dangerous for your health. Other tour operators won’t tell you this, so be very careful.
05:00 - 8:00 : Pick up - Transportation to Qenterochocha - Breakfast
The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel at 05:00 hrs and heading about 2.5 hrs to Acomayo province where we will stop for an amazing view of the four lagoons. After this we continue for 30 minutes more to Qenterococha Lagoon (4,300 mts 14,108 fts) where we will take a delicious breakfast and our coca tea to avoid any altitude sickness.
8:30 - 13:00 : Trekking to Waqrapukara - Guided tour - Lunch
After breakfast we will start our 3 hours (7Km) trek to Waqrapukara. In our way, one of the four that reach Waqrapukara, we will be able to identify the flora and wildlife of the place. Once we get to the first view point of Waqrapukara, we will take a break and then we can continue. Waqrapukara, is about 4,000 m (13,123 ft).
Once we reach to this amazing place we will take a short break and then we will explore while your guide will be telling you more information about this place. You will also have the time to explore the place by yourself and take pictures.
Aftet this, we will take our delicious boxed lunch with Picnic and with the view of the Apurimac Canyon and Waqrapukara Fortress.
13:00 - 19:00 : Trekking to to Huayqui and return to Cusco
After the lunch, we will start to go back, but we will take a different way which is easier and also has different views of the Apurimac Canyon and abysses. We will arrive about 16:00 hrs to Huayqui where our car is waiting for us. We will be back to Cusco about 19:00.
- Regarding the food, we can also arrange vegetarian, vegan options. (only a boxed lunch provided if doing the rope bridge extension because of the limited time)
PRIVATE SERVICE PRICES 2019
These attractions are not so crowded like others, that is why it is mostly offered in private service by travel companies
|2 – 4 people||$90 per person|
|5 – 8 + people||We can give you a discount of $15 USD per person.|
Daily departures with 2 or more people.
Max. Group Size 16 people with 2 Guides.