Waqrapukara Trek - Full Day

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Waqrapukara trek 1 day is the ultimate choice for some peace and quiet and to discover an incredible site that very few people get to visit—locals and tourists! Join us on an epic hike to the majestic pre-Inca construction of Waqrapukara. 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.

This wonderful place was built by the Qanchis (Pre-Inca Culture) in the Aquaruna period 1,500 BC. – 1,000 BC at this time it was known us Llacta Pukara, However, it is said that it would have been an astronomical observatory and a sanctuary dedicated to Teqsi Pachacamac Wiracocha which is God creator of all things. However, it was later conquered by the Incas, who located their buildings according to the geography of the place. During the reign of Wayna Qhapac it became an Inca sanctuary of the first order, which symbolized immense political and religious power. In 2017 it was declared as Cultural Heritage of the Nation by the Ministry of Culture.

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    Waqrapukara trek 1 day​ Itinerary

    We will pick you up at 4:00 – 4:30 am from any hotel, Airbnb, or hostel in Cusco. It will be a 3 hours’ drive to the trailhead, after 2 hours we will arrive to Cusipata Town. Here our chef will make a delicious breakfast, including coffee, hot chocolate, teas, bread, fruit salad, eggs, and hot drinks. Then We’ll connue our journey 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

    Inclusions

    what is included in the 1 day Wakrapukara trekking?

    • Pick up from your hotel
    • Round trip transportation
    • Breakfast
    • Buffet lunch
    • Entrance fee for Waqrapukara
    • Walking stick
    • Groups ranging between 10-15 people.
    • professional guides English speaking.
    • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies

    Not Included

    • Extra expenses not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Horse riding (optional)
    • Water, please bring 1 liter per person
    • Tips

    What to bring to Wakrapukara trek 1 day

    • A light and waterproof backpack
    • Sturdy hiking boots
    • Warm clothing and mountain pants, not jeans
    • Layers of clothing for variable temperatures
    • Camera with film and spare batteries
    • Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, sun glasses
    • Thermal clothing, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool hat in cold season
    • Insect repellent
    • Waterproof clothing and/or rain poncho
    • Water bottles
    • Personal first aid kit with a simple whistle
    • Extra money for souvenirs, beverages, tips
    • Walking sticks if needed (for rent)
    • Favorite snacks
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toilet paper