Tour to Waqrapukara by Santa Lucia route

If you are tired of booking traditional tours around Cusco, then sign up for our tour to Waqrapukara; In the Quechua language “Waqra” means horn and “Pukara” means watchtower. This attraction is currently an archaeological site dating back to the Inca peiod located south of the city of Cusco, don’t miss it, it’s a mindblowing destination.


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4:30 Meeting point in Cusco: 3,400 m.a.s.l. (11,154 ft)
  • We will pick you up from your hotel at about 4:30 – if applicable.
  • You should read the Details and Notes tab so there are no misunderstandings at all.
Cusco to Cusipata

Cusco to Cusipata by vehicle: 3 hours — Cusipata is a small town located at 3,310 m.a.s.l. (10,859ft).

7:30 Breakfast in Cusipata

You will enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant, there are also vegetarian options.

Cusipata to Santa Lucia

Cusipata to Santa Lucia by vehicle: 2.5 hours approx. — Santa Lucia is a small town located at 3,623 m.a.s.l. (11,886ft).

Start your hike in Santa Lucia: 3,623 m.a.s.l. (11,886 ft)

The entire hike is steep — 1.5 hours approx.

Arrival at Waqrapukara: 4,300 m.a.s.l. (14,107 ft)
  • Your guide will give a brief and concise explanation about this attraction.
  • Free time in the mountains: 35 minutes approx.
Return from Waqrapukara to Santa Lucia

On foot.

Lunch on the route

Lunch will be outdoors on the route from Waqrapukara to Santa Lucia, there are no touristic restaurants.

Santa Lucia to Cusco

By vehicle.

18:30 Tour ending place

This tour ends near the Plaza de Armas at 18:30 approx. If you book a private tour, we will drop you off at your hotel.


The prices shown in the table are:

  • Per person in US dollars ($).
  • Pple. = people.
  • Group = group service, shared.
1$45 $220
2 $45 $110
3 $45 $75
4 $45 $65
5 $45 $60
If your group is bigger, contact us.


Schedule4:30 to 18:305:00 to 18:00
DaysEvery dayEvery day
Languagees/en simultaneouslyes or en
Size15 to 30 pax.You and your friends
Pick up from your hotel
Buffet breakfast and box-lunch
Professional Guide
Tourist vehicle
Personalized service
First aid kit
Entrance tickets for Waqrapukara: 10 soles pp
Drop off at your hotel
There are no horses for rent.


  • People with reduced mobility.
  • People with obesity and heart problems.
  • People who are not acclimatized to the altitude.
  • Seniors.
  • Minors unless you take responsibility.

What do I bring?

  • Sweaters
  • Rain ponchos
  • Anti-slip shoes
  • Caps or hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A bottle of water
  • Tablets for high altitude sickness
  • Drones (optional):
    • Are allowed
    • Pay directly to the indigenous: 50 soles approx.
    • Flying over drones is usually free, but sometimes locals charge
  • Local currency in cash for your entrance tickets
  • * Dollars, Euros and cards are not accepted
  • * You can buy the entrance tickets the same day of your tour



Pick-ups and timings:

Group tours:

  • Pick up times and tour ending times are approximate
  • Bus stop times to visit the attractions, to eat (if applicable) or other activities are always approximate, never exact
  • Arrival times to the attractions on foot are approximate
  • We will pick you up as long as you are in the historic center; otherwise, we will coordinate another meeting place
  • If your hotel doesn’t have a car access, the streets are one-way only or there is a lot of car traffic, then you will walk some blocks to get in the bus
  • We may not pick you up for some tours due to schedules, festivals and strikes
  • When being picked up, we will call for your name, lastname and tour destination; otherwise, don’t get on the bus
  • We will coordinate all pick-up time details one day prior your tour

Private tours:

  • Your pick up time is sharp on time
  • We will do our best to pick you up from your hotel regardless your hotel location
  • We will coordinate all pick-up time details one day prior your tour
  • Your tour ending time is still aproximate; however, we will do our best to end the tour on the scheduled time


  • The tourism infrastructure for this tourist destination is basic.
  • It’s basic, not many options, not many restaurants.
  • There are basic vegetarian options.

Vehicle type and seats:

Vehicle types — group tours and private tours:

  • We implement vehicles authorized by the Ministry of Transportation of Peru
  • The type and size of vehicle will always depend on the group size
  • We implement modern vehicles with air conditioning: H1, Van, Renault and Sprinter

Seats — group tours:

  • You book a seat in the bus — you don’t necessarily book a specific number of seat
  • If you are picked up first from your hotel, then you can can choose some seats
  • Your pickup time will depend on your hotel location
  • Travel partners or couples seat together to 95%; however, we don’t warranty this will happen to 100%

Road type:

  • Much of the road is paved track.
  • The last part of the road is a dirt road (compacted earth) with bumps, therefore:
    • Dust comes in through the windows
    • The vehicle ride is sometimes bumpy


Group tours:

  • Authorized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • He drives fast due to distance and time issues
  • He sometimes listens to music while driving to stay awake

Private tours:

  • Authorized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • He drives at normal speed


Group tours:

  • Authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
  • He goes as a companion, he is always behind the group to make sure that everyone reaches their destination
  • There is not much explanation either on the bus or on the attraction, the route is focused more on a short walk, not on history

Private tours:

  • Authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
  • He is always there to help you

Operability and itinerary:

This tour is subject to variation without any prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes and any other event that doesn’t allow the normal tour operation.


The cancellation is free as long as you do it 48 hours in advance; otherwise, a fee of 100% of the tour cost will apply.


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