best tour to waqrapukara in cusco peru

✅ Tour to Waqrapukara in Cusco - full day outing

Off the beaten path excursion

Tour to Waqrapukara: If you are tired of traditional tours happening in Cusco, experience this full-day excursion to a imperial attraction known as Waqrapukara; Waqra means horn and Pukara is equivalent to watch-tower in the Quechua language, then this was a horn-shaped militar watch-tower, built back in the Inca period: It’s located on top of a steepest mountain at 4,300 m a.s.l.

We will pick you up early in the morning at about 4:30 am in your hotel and drive for around 3 hours to the southeast of Cusco, we will arrive at a small village known as Chuquicahuana, where we will have some local breakfast. Once we are done with breakfast, we will keep driving until we stop at Pomacanchi lake, where you will see an awesome “mirror-looking lake“. At this lake, your Guide will explain about various native fishes.

From Pomacanchi lake, we will ride until Rinconada (a small village), from this place, we will start our adventure on foot. We will walk for around 3 hours to reach Waqrapukara archaeological site, where you will have a mind-blowing experience.

We want to advise that travelers hiking to Waqrapukara should be in excellent physical conditions and with excellent altitude acclimatization.


  • Schedules
    • Group Tour: Every day at about 4:30am
    • Private Tour: Every day on request, we recommend a 6am starting time
    • We do not operate on the 1st of January
  • Language
    • Group Tour: Bilingual (Spanish & English)
    • Private Tour: Only one language (Spanish, English), you choose the language, if you prefer another language, let us know your preference!
  • Duration
    • About 13 hours
  • Tour Type
    • Group tour or 100% Private tour, you choose your cup of tea, the excursion is focused on history and nature, and designed exclusively for adults
    • If you have kids, we recommend you to reserve a private city tour for Waqrapukara
  • Transportation
    • By foot
    • By bus
  • Accessibility
    • This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Tour Ending Place
    • Group Tour: Next to the Plaza de Armas
    • Private Tour: We can finish anywhere in the historic center such as the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb
  • How to make reservations?
    • Please contact us via this page, we will give you a quote, once we come to an agreement we will send a custom offer with the price to be paid
    • If you are browsing with a cell phone, click on the Book Now button on the Menu or Scroll down
  • Please Bring
    • Scarf, sweaters, jacket, and gloves
    • Non-slip walking boots
    • Walking sticks (optional)
    • Rain poncho
    • Sun hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
    • Suncream
    • Local currency
  • Included
    • Group Tour:
      • Bus pick-up from your hotel as long as your hotel is located in the city center
      • 100% authorized guides and an excellent narrative of the history
      • Local breakfast
      • Box-lunch
      • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
      • Round trip air-conditioned bus
      • Entrance tickets for Waqrapukara
    • Private Tour:
      • Bus and guide pick-up from your hotel, Airbnb or anywhere in Cusco city and we cover all the inclusions mentioned for the Group Tour
  • Not Included
    • Rain poncho please buy it in Cusco city
    • Walking stick optional
    • Tips for the crew — optional
    • Dinner
  • Frequently Asked Questions?
    • I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?
    • Will my kids love this tour?
    • Find all answers FAQs here
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  • Group Tour:
    • 50 USD per person based on 3 people there must be a minimum of 3 attendees to run the tour
  • Private Tour:
    • 135 USD per person based on 2 people
    • 120 USD per person based on 3 people
    • 100 USD per person based on 4 people
  • Discounts:

If you travel alone, with your family or in a group of 3 or more people, let us know, we have big discounts.

Meeting Point

    • Group Tour: We include pick-up from your hotel (applies only if your hotel is located in the historic center); otherwise come to the Rejocijo square, let us know your preference via e-mail
    • Private Tour: We include bus and tour guide pick-up from your hotel, Airbnb or any location in Cusco city


The following itinerary might be affected by strikes and weather issues.

  1. Group Tour: Tour of Waqrapukara | max. 18 people
    • Pick-up at your hotel at about 4:30am
    • Cusco to Chuquicahuana by bus—Chuquicahuana is a small village located at 3400 m a.s.l.
    • We will have breakfast in the village of Chuquicahuana
    • Chuquicahuana to Pomacanchi lake by bus, this lake is located at 3700 m a.s.l. It has an impressive water mirror effect
    • Pomacanchi lake to Rinconada by bus—Rinconada is a small village located at 3500 m a.s.l.
    • Rinconada to Waqrapukara on foot. We will walk for around 3 hours to reach this attraction. Waqrapukara is located at 4300 m a.s.l.
    • What will you see at Waqrapukara? Our excellent tour guide will show you the following sites:
      • The Temple of the Sun
      • Inca watchtowers
      • Inca terraces
      • Rock painting
      • Panoramic view over the breathtaking Apurimac canyon, the deepest canyon in Peru
      • You will also have 20 minutes of free time
    • Waqrapukara to Rinconada on foot, we will walk for another 3 hours to get back to Rinconada. On this route, we will have some time off for our box-lunch
    • Rinconada to Cusco city by bus, we will be back in Cusco by about 6.30pm
    • We will end this tour next to the Plaza de Armas
  2. Private Tour: Tour of Waqrapukara | 100% private
    • Pick-up at your hotel at about 6am
    • Cusco to Chuquicahuana by bus for about 3 hours
    • You will visit all the attractions mentioned on the group tour, it is the same or similar itinerary!
    • Rinconada to Cusco city by bus, we will be back in Cusco at about 6.30pm
    • We will finish this tour anywhere in the historic center like the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb
    • * Note: In a private tour you can have more control on your time, it will be a tailored tour for you and your friends without strangers!


You can cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance. Otherwise, a fee of 50% of the cost of the tour will apply


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