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Waqra Pukara Full Day Hike

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Waqra Pukara, a massive, horn-shaped Inca site standing above the Apurimac Canyon, three hours south of Cusco, Peru. Discover its enigmatic ruins for yourself on this unique day hike, which will take you far out of the city and off the beaten path! Please be aware this trek may not be suitable for travelers with vertigo.


Category: Adventure, culture, ecology, and trekking
Duration:  Full day
Difficulty: Moderate (day-long trek with terrain which gently rises and falls)
Languages: English
Tour Start Time: Between 3:00 and 3:30 am
Tour End Time: Approximately 6:00 pm
Minimum Group Size: 2 people
Seasonal Availability: April–November recommended
Maximum Altitude: 4,500 meters (14,763 ft)
Weather: Cold in the morning; hot and sunny at midday; chilly winds towards evening. (Layered clothing adaptable to different conditions highly recommended.

Detailed Itinerary

Cusco – Marcaconga– Pitumarca / Waqra Pukara Inca Site and return to Cusco

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel or hostel at approximately 3:00 – 3:30 am. If your hotel or hostel is not located in the city center, we will pick you up from the doorway of our office building. We will begin the two and a half hour drive towards Marcaconga village, then continue into the district of Pitumarca, where we will eat breakfast.

After breakfast, we will return to the car for thirty more minutes of driving along a zig-zagging, unpaved road, until we reach Punta Carretera. Here, we will have ten minutes to stretch, organize our things, and make any final preparations for our trek. We will walk across gently rolling terrain for about two hours, observing gorgeous landscapes studded with small glacial lakes along the way.

Once we arrive at the Waqra Pukara Overlook, we will pause briefly to take our first photos of this incredible fortress perched on the edge of a canyon. We will then descend for about forty minutes along a steep, cliffside path into the site itself, while the Apurimac River runs swiftly below.

We will explore the ruins for approximately an hour and a half, climbing through the remains of the temple complex, taking photos against the incredible canyon scenery, and resting on clifftops in the shadows of the stone walls.  When the group is ready, we will begin the ascent back the way we came. We will reach the car after about three hours of trekking, and return to Cusco at approximately 6:00 pm.


US$140 per person


What is included:

Pick up from your hotel
Guide in English
Transportation to the start of the trail
Breakfast  and Lunch,
First aid including an emergency oxygen bottle

Not Included:

Tip, for your chef, guide and driver


What you need to take

Small daypack or backpack (approximately 20L)
Long-sleeved shirts
Walking pants
Polar or thermal clothing
Sweater and Warm jacket
Hiking boots
Waterproof pants and jacket
Hat or cap for the sun
lip balm

Optional items to take:

Hiking poles


Where is Waqra Pukara is Located?
Waqra Pukara is located about three hours south of Cusco by car, in Apurimac Canyon.

When does the tour start and finish?
Since the location is 3   hours away from we will have an early start at 3.30 a.m. The tour finishes at 18:00 p.m.

Is breakfast and lunch included?
Yes, you take breakfast in Marcaconga and the box lunch in Waqra Pukara Viewpoint

Is there a toilet on the bus?
No, however we can stop for toilet breaks.

What is the maximum altitude?
The maximum altitude we will reach is (4,800M, 15,107Ft)

What will I do if I suffer from altitude sickness?
We will treat you accordingly. We carry oxygen cylinders and altitude tablets.