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Tour to Waqrapukara in Cusco - Full Day

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, then this was a horn-shaped Militar watch-tower built back in the Inca period, located on top of the steepest mountains at 4,300 m a.s.l.

We will pick you up very early 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-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.

Schedule & Details

  • Tour 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 12 to 14 hours
  • How to recognize our Official Tour Guides?
    • Once you book with us, you will be given all of the details
  • 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
    • Warm clothes including a scarf, sweaters, jacket, and gloves
    • Non-slip walking boots
    • Walking sticks (optional)
    • Rain poncho
    • Sun hat
    • Sun glasses
    • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
    • Suncream
    • Local currency
  • Interior Visit
    • This tour includes visiting the mentioned attraction from the interior
  • 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 during the tour
      • 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
      • 100% authorized guides and an excellent narrative of the history
      • Local breakfast
      • Box-lunch during the tour
      • First aid kit and oxygen bottle
      • 100% round trip air-conditioned private bus
      • Entrance tickets for Waqrapukara
  • Not Included
    • Rain poncho can be bought anywhere in the city or along the trail
    • Walking stick optional
    • Tips for the crew
    • 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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Price

  • Group Tour:
    • 50 USD per person based on 3 people there must be a minimum of 3 attendees tu 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

Price for Kids:

    • Children under 4 years old go on the tour for free
    • If you have children between 5 years old and 10 years old, they must pay for the price of the tour to ensure that they have a seat on the bus
    • We have different prices for children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old
    • Kids older than 11 and teenagers pay the regular rate

Discounts:

    • If you travel alone, with your family or in a group of 3 or more people, let us know, we have great 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
We meet in your hotel in the historic center

Itinerary

Please consider that the route stated below may be affected by strikes and weather issues. If so, we will not take responsibility for the quality of the tour since those are external factors. We understand that this is not a pleasant text to tell potential tour-goers, but we pride ourselves on the honesty of our company, and it is best for you to be forwarned.

  1. Group Tour: Waqrapukara, full day tour | Maximum 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: Waqrapukara, full day private tour | The Route below is operated 100% privately, with no big crowds. You can have more control over your time. It is 100% recommended for a group of friends, coworkers, and families with kids

    • Pick-up at your hotel at about 6am
    • 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 finish this tour anywhere in the historic center like the Plaza de Armas or drop you off at your hotel or Airbnb

Cancellations

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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