Waqrapukara Peru – Waqrapukara Tour Full Day

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Waqrapukara Peru is a hidden gem in the Cusco region. It beckons travelers seeking an unparalleled journey into the heart of ancient civilizations. As we delve deep into this mesmerizing archaeological site we can feel the essence of pre-Inca cultures. Their legacy that was later conquered by the Incas resonates with every step.

Located amidst the breathtaking expanse of the Apurimac Canyon, Waqrapukara stands as a testament to the architectural prowess of ancient civilizations. Its name is as intriguing as its history. Derived from the Quechua words “waqra”, which means horn, and “pukara”, meaning fortress, it literally translates to “horn fortress”.

As we embark on the Waqrapukara Tour, the iconic horn and pukara structures become more evident. They capture our imagination and evoke a sense of awe.

While many archaeological complexes in the Cusco region draw attention, the journey to visit Waqrapukara offers an unparalleled experience. The trip allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds this Inca fortress. The trail leads us alongside the Apurímac River, providing a picturesque backdrop to an adventure of a lifetime.

The Waqrapukara Tour Experience with Cusco Open Tour

What makes the Waqrapukara Tour a must-do day trip is not just the destination but the journey itself. With Cusco Open Tour, we ensure that getting to this archaeological marvel is a seamless experience. We ensure that your day trip remains memorable for all the right reasons.

In essence, Waqrapukara Peru isn’t merely an archaeological site; it’s a portal into a time long past. The site is a experience that remains etched in memory long after the tour concludes.

With Cusco Open Tour leading the way, we promise an the Inca and pre-Inca civilizations experience. All along with the natural splendors of the Cusco region. So, come along, and let’s make memories at the horn fortress together!

Explore the alluring beauty of Cusco on our exclusive Open Bus Tour.

Price Includes

  • Professional Tour GuideA certified, English-speaking guide with expertise in the region's history and the Waqrapukara Inca ruins.
  • TransportationRound trip transportation from Cusco to Sangarara and back.
  • MealsLunch to enjoy
  • First Aid KitFor safety, a first aid kit will always be available throughout the tour.
  • Photo StopsDesignated stops at scenic points for capturing memories.

Price Excludes

  • Travel InsuranceParticipants are encouraged to have their own travel insurance. The tour doesn’t cover insurance.
  • Additional BeveragesAlcoholic drinks or additional beverages not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any Private ExpensesAny personal purchases or expenses incurred outside the provided itinerary.
  • Personal GearAny personal gear or equipment like hiking boots, backpacks, or specialized clothing.

Recommended To Carry

  • Comfortable FootwearSturdy hiking boots or shoes with a good grip for the uneven terrains.
  • Water BottleEven though bottled water might be provided, it's always good to have an extra reusable water bottle.
  • Sun ProtectionSunglasses with UV protection, wide-brimmed hat or cap, and sunscreen with high SPF.
  • SnacksEnergy bars, nuts, or dried fruits for quick energy boosts during the hike.
  • CashSmall denominations for personal expenses or in case you wish to purchase local crafts or tip the guides.

Full DayWaqrapukara Tour

Embark on a captivating journey as we traverse the picturesque landscapes of Cusco on our Waqrapukara Full Day Tour. This excursion promises a deep dive into the rich history within the Inca ruins. Waqrapukara combines the natural splendors of the Cusco region.

Morning: Departure from Cusco

As dawn breaks, we will gather in the heart of Cusco. From here, our expedition begins as we set off towards Acomayo. Along the way, the scenic vistas will provide a delightful backdrop, setting the tone for the day’s adventures.

Late Morning: Arrival at Acomayo

Reaching Acomayo, we will be welcomed ambiance of this quaint village. It serves as the perfect pit-stop, allowing us to rejuvenate and prepare for the hike ahead.

Early Afternoon: Hike to the Inca Ruins

Post our brief rest at Acomayo, we will commence the hike to Waqrapukara Inca Ruins. As we ascend, the intricacies of the ruins start revealing themselves, each telling a tale of the bygone era. The trail, while challenging, offers panoramic views that will undoubtedly leave us in awe.

Late Afternoon: Exploring Waqrapukara

Upon reaching the ruins, we will have ample time to explore. We will immerse ourselves in the rich history of the Inca civilization. Every stone, every corner of this archaeological marvel has a story to tell, and we will experience it.

Evening: Return to Cusco

As the sun begins its descent, signaling the end of our day, we will make our way back to Acomayo. From there, we will board our transport, reminiscing about the day’s experiences as we head back to Cusco.

Waqrapukara Tour Full Day Statistics:

  • Distance Covered: Approximately 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) round trip.
  • Highest Altitude: 4,300 meters (around 14,107 feet) above sea level at Waqrapukara.
  • Lowest Altitude: 3,400 meters (about 11,155 feet) above sea level at Cusco.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging, depending on individual fitness levels.

In conclusion, the Waqrapukara Full Day Tour offers a blend of historical insights, exhilarating hikes, and unmatched scenic beauty. With us leading the way, we will uncover the secrets of the Inca ruins and make memories that last a lifetime.


1How long is the hike to Waqrapukara?

The hike to Waqrapukara usually spans a few hours. The duration depends on individual pace and the specific route taken.

2Is the hike challenging for beginners?

While the trek is generally of moderate difficulty, beginners might find certain sections challenging. However, with proper preparation and pacing, it’s manageable for most.

3What's the best time of year to take the Waqrapukara Tour?

The best time to visit Waqrapukara is during the dry season, typically between May and September. When the weather is more predictable and the paths are less slippery.

4Are there any age restrictions for the tour?

While there’s no strict age limit, the hike’s physical demands make it more suitable for those in good health. It’s always wise to consult with the tour operator regarding children or older participants.

5What if I have dietary restrictions for the meals included?

Most tour operators, including Cusco Open Tour, can accommodate dietary restrictions with prior notice. Always inform them in advance.

6Are there restroom facilities during the hike?

Restroom facilities might be limited during the hike. It’s a good idea to use facilities at Sangarara before starting the trek.

7Can I opt for a private tour instead of a group one?

Yes, many tour operators offer private tours. However, they might be priced differently than group tours.

8Is it safe for solo travelers, especially women?

Yes, the Waqrapukara Tour is generally safe for solo travelers, including women. Nevertheless, it’s always good to ensure you’re with a reputable tour operator and take general safety precautions.

9Do I need any special permits to visit Waqrapukara?

While no special permits are usually required, the entrance fee to the archaeological site is mandatory. This is often not included in the tour package.

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Maria R

Group Traveller

An experience of a lifetime! The Waqrapukara Tour was incredibly organized, and the guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the region’s history. The views of the Apurímac Canyon were breathtaking. Highly recommend for anyone visiting the Cusco region!

August 5, 2023

Jackson T.

Group Traveller

Went on the Waqrapukara Tour last week and it exceeded all expectations. The hike was challenging but so worth it when we reached the top. The Inca ruins are a sight to behold. Kudos to Cusco Open Tour for such a seamless experience.

July 30, 2023