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Day Trip to Waqrapukara from Cusco is one of the newest activities. This archeological site or the Inca fortress is located to the south of Cusco, in Acomayo province, en route to Puno. The two horn shaped mountain peaks dominate the complex. It sits right in between them. Hence the name Waqrapukara which in Quechua means, horn shaped fortress.
This hilltop fortress nestles at 4150 metres above the sea level amidst the rocky outcrop. It has around eight man made farming terraces with retaining walls. On a recent discovery, the archeologists found a triple jammed door. It is one of a kind of door that the Incas used only in sites with an optimum religious or political value. The Incas also did spiritual ceremony here.
On this full day hike to Waqrapukara from Cusco, we will also be visiting the the picturesque Pomacachi lake before beginning the hike. The trek up the hill offers an enchanting view of the valley below. We will also be stopping to see a cave painting and some rock formations amidst the trek.
A full day, informative and picturesque trek to this lesser known site will surely be he highlight of your trip to Peru.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At early in the morning we will be picking you up from your hotel. Then we will drive you in our private transport to Cuspiata. It is a village, here we will stop for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our drive to Pomacachi lagoon.
After immersing in the tranquility of this scenic landscape, we will drive to Wayki (Huyaqui). This is the starting point of our Warapukara hike. Our local expert will give you a short briefing on safety and will share some tips. Then we will start the gradual up hill hike with a view of the Apurimac river in sight.
It takes a three hours of hike. Half way through the trek, we will stop to see some extremely well preserved Andean rock paintings.
We will then continue to Waqrapukara. Here we will give a guided tour of the archeological complex. You will be visiting the main-square, the sun gate and a shrine of the Incan God, Viracocha.
After spending some time at the Inca site, we will start our descend back to the Wayki with a panoramic view of the Apurímac river snaking through the valley. Here we will stop for lunch. After lunch we will drive back to the city Cusco.
We will be reaching at around 0600 PM. You will be dropped off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from Plaza de Armas.
The best way to reach Waqrapukara is by taking a bus from Cusco to the Sangarara district which is a two hours journey. From here, you will have to take a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek. Please ensure that the driver will be returning at a designated time to pick you up for your return trip. This is quite a secluded place and seldom there are any vehicles.
This was an out-worldly experience. Me and my partner had an amazing time. There were seldom any other tourists so we pretty much had the whole complex to ourselves. Thanks to Jose Luis for an exceptional guide service.