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Waqrapukara – Full-Day Tour

Explore one of the less-known archeological sites, by getting out of the tourist masses and visit the horn-shaped fortress of Waqrapukara with our Full-Day Tour.

This tour will take you to one of the most astonishing Inca fortresses, which seemingly merges its granite walls with the mountain and forms a particular shape of a horn. Yet, up to this day, it is unclear what the use was of this majestic fortress.

Come and discover the many theories behind the Waqrapukara fortress with our Dreamy Tours – Full Day Tour!

icon clock Duration: 1 Dayicon altitude Altitude: 4140 m / 13583 ft
icon mountain Difficulty: Moderateicon calendar Season: All year
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Cusco – Waqrapukara – Cusco

We will begin the tour by picking you up from your hotel between 4:30 AM and 5 AM. You can relax in the car as we drive for about 2 hours and 30 minutes to the district of Pitumarca where we will have our first stop to enjoy a tasty breakfast.

After we are fully energized we will continue our journey for another 30 minutes on an unpaved zigzag road until we reach our starting point called “Punta Carretera” where we will make a short break in order to make the last preparations for the hike and off we go.

We will hike for about an hour and a half through an astonishingly beautiful landscape, with dazzling panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and gorgeous high-altitude lagoons or “Cochas” that make this scenery so emblematic of the Andes. The road will be mostly flat with small ups and downs, hiking a distance of approximately 2.5 km / 1.5 ft.

As we approach the archaeological complex of Waqrapukara, we will appreciate the gigantic rock formations that give depth to the Apurimac River Valley. Finally, we will arrive at Waqrapukara.

Guided visit to the Waqrapukara archeological complex

Our guide will explain to you the importance of this archeological site while you will walk through Waqrapukara, a religious sanctuary entirely constructed out of granite stone. Afterwards, you will have enough free time to explore the sanctuary on your own, take some pictures, or simply be mesmerized by this massive stone construction. Additionally, we will hand you out a lunch box that you can enjoy whilst appreciating some of the most exquisite panoramic views.

After the visit, we will return on the same way to “Punta Carretera” where our private transportation will be waiting for you to bring you back to the city of Cusco. The drive will take about two and a half hours, you will arrive in Cusco at approximately 6 PM, where we will drop you off at your respective hotel.

The exact time schedule of the tour will be discussed in a previous briefing.



  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English; other languages only if previously requested)
  • Round trip tourist transportation.
  • Meals: 1 Breakfast & 1 Lunch (Vegetarian options are available if you notify us in advance)
  • Vegetable option available
  • First aid kit, including an emergency oxygen balloon.


  • Services that are not detailed in the program.
  • Snacks & Drinks (Please bring your own Water).
  • Tips.


More Information

What is Waqrapukara?

Waqrapukara means translated something like “horn-shaped fortress” and is one of the new tourist attractions in Cusco whose mysteries have not yet been deciphered. At night you have a magnificent view of the night sky, when there are no clouds you can view all the different constellations and planets which is why one of the interpretations of this enigmatic monument is, that it might have been an astronomical observatory with further religious functions.

Moreover, in 2017 it was recognized as a cultural heritage of the Peruvian nation by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, which underlines its archeological importance.

Where is Waqrapukara?

Waqrapukara is located in the Apurimac Canyon about three hours south of Cusco.

When is the best time to visit Waqrapukara?

The best time to visit Waqrapukara is during the dry season from April to October as there is a lower chance of rain and generally more sunlight.

However, with some luck, you will also find sunny days during the rainy season.

The two seasons of Cusco:

  • The dry season (from April to October)
  • The rainy season (from November to March)

How difficult is the Waqrapukara hike? Acclimate and altitude sickness

The Waqrapukara Trek is a moderate trek, where you reach a maximum altitude of 4140 m / 13583 ft above sea level. In order to avoid any issues, we advise everyone to acclimate for one or two days in the city of Cusco. For this purpose, we can offer you various city tours in Cusco out of which we especially recommend the easier ones such as the Cusco City Tour, Maras and Moray Tour, and the Sacred Valley Tour.

Furthermore, we recommend eating healthy, avoiding fatty foods, and drinking a lot of water or Coca-tea. Please avoid drinking alcohol or smoking, especially on the days before the hike.

Nonetheless, altitude sickness can happen even to the fittest, thus here are the most common symptoms so that you can recognize it: headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, shortened breath, and difficulty with coordination. As long as the symptoms are relatively mild, we recommend using Coca leaves as a way to treat the symptoms. You can chew them or drink them as tea.

In any case, acclimatize your body and take it easy!

What to pack for the Waqrapukara tour?

  • A light daypack
  • Drinking water
  • Raining poncho
  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Some additional Snacks
  • Original passport and if applicable student card «ISIC»
  • Extra money in soles



We have price alternatives that accommodate all budgets, prices per person, expressed in US Dollars.

Make your quotes and reservations by email [email protected], you can also communicate with one of our sales executives at the telephones detailed below, we will be happy to assist you.

Phone – WhatsApp: +51 969 787 221
Phone – WhatsApp: +51 986 994 218


To start the reservation process, please send us the following information:

  • Name and surname:
  • Passport number:
  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
  • Phone:
  • Very important – We need the address and information about the hotel that you are staying at, in the city of Cusco, to be able to pick you up at the time when the tour starts

To confirm reservations it is required to pay 50% in advance and the other 50% can be paid upon arrival at your destination.




  • All rates for our Peru Packages are expressed in US dollars (subject to currency exchange rates) and are priced per person
  • The rates for Peruvians only include VAT
  • All our rates are subject to availability and circumstances
  • Children under 2 years and 11 months are considered INF (babies) and are not permitted on this tour
  • Children from 3 to 10 years and 11 months are considered DCC (child) and thus eligible for special rates and obliged to share the room with their parents
  • Children over 11 years old are considered adults
  • Minors must travel with an identity document
  • Rates do not apply to holidays, Easter, long weekends, national holidays, Christmas, or New Year


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