OVERVIEW

Do you have free days in Cusco and feel like you’ve seen it all? Visit the impressive Inca archaeological complex of Waqrapukara, surrounded by stunning views over the Apurimac Canyon. This enigmatic fortress is located on top of a steep mountain and features eight Inca terraces with retaining walls and stone stairways.

The hike to Waqrapukara is a new and alternative day trip in the Cusco area. and is ideal for those who love to hike and are looking for adventure. We recommend doing this tour if you would like to practice for the Inca trail or Salkantay trek.

Getting there involves a 3½-hour drive from Cusco to the town of Santa Lucia, and then a 2-hour trek.

ITINERARY

CUSCO – CUSIPATA (1 hour and 30 minute drive)

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco bright and early between 3.50am and 4.30am. If your hotel is not located in the historic centre of Cusco, you can meet us at the Plaza de Armas (Main square) and we can pick you up from there. After getting all the group together, we will depart Cusco at around 4:30am and will head to our first stop. We will drive for approximately 1.5 hours until we arrive at Cusipata where you will enjoy a buffet breakfast.

CUSIPATA – POBLADO DE SANTA LUCIA (2 hour drive)

After breakfast, at around 6:30 we will travel for 2 hours until we reach Santa Lucia.

POBLADO DE SANTA LUCIA – WAQRAPUKARA (2.5 hour hike)

This is the starting point of your hike towards Waqrapukara which will last approximately 2.5 hours. During your hike you will experience amazing views of breath-taking landscapes. You will have three breaks of about 10 minutes each where we will provide snacks. At the conclusion of the hike, you will reach your final destination, the impressive Inca archaeological complex of Waqrapukara at 11am. Upon your arrival, you can take a well-earned rest for about 20 minutes before making your way into the complex.

You will have lunch at 12:00. After lunch, you will have time to explore and take the perfect pictures at the viewpoints. After exploring the wonders of Waqrapukara at length, we will make our way back to Cusco. We will hike until we reach our private transportation at around 3:30 pm. We will arrive back in Cusco at around 7:00 pm.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation to the site
  • Guided tour
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Blingual tour guide (English & Spanish speaker)

Difficulty: Medium
Altitude: 4122m

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