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What to Expect
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel or hostel at approximately 3:00 – 3:30 am. If your hotel or hostel is not located in the city center, we will pick you up from the doorway of our office building. We will begin the two and a half hour drive towards Marcaconga village, then continue into the district of Pitumarca, where we will eat breakfast.

After breakfast, we will return to the car for thirty more minutes of driving along a zig-zagging, unpaved road, until we reach Punta Carretera. Here, we will have ten minutes to stretch, organize our things, and make any final preparations for our trek. We will walk across gently rolling terrain for about two hours, observing gorgeous landscapes studded with small glacial lakes along the way.

Once we arrive at the Wakra Pukara Overlook, we will pause briefly to take our first photos of this incredible fortress perched on the edge of a canyon. We will then descend for about forty minutes along a steep, cliffside path into the site itself, while the Apurimac River runs swiftly below.

We will explore the ruins for approximately an hour and a half, climbing through the remains of the temple complex, taking photos against the incredible canyon scenery, and resting on clifftops in the shadows of the stone walls.  When the group is ready, we will begin the ascent back the way we came. We will reach the car after about three hours of trekking, and return to Cusco at approximately 6:00 pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
• Cusco
Departure Time
Departure time is at 3:30am
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Drop off in your hotel
  • Professional tour guide who is fluent in English
  • Round trip transportation between Cusco and Wakra Pukara
  • Local breakfast
  • Boxlunch during the tour
  • First aid equipment
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance fee for Waqra Pukara
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hiking boots
  • Small daypack or backpack (approximately 20L)
  • Comfortable, lightweight trekking clothes or activewear (layers recommended)
  • Waterproof, sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support and traction
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm coat
  • Hat and gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (at least 1L)
  • Personal medications
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Painkillers or anti inflammatories
  • Bandaids (especially those designed for blisters)
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera
  • Cash (in small denominations of Peruvian nuevo soles)
  • Waqra Pukara is located about three hours south of Cusco by car, in Apurimac Canyon.
  • We are committed to providing your ideal experience in Peru. Therefore, if there are any adjustments you would like to make to reflect your fitness level, lifestyle, or personal interests, we are happy to help! Our itineraries are reasonably flexible and activities can be removed or substituted as necessary.
  • We recommend at least two days in Cusco to sufficiently acclimate before the tour begins.
  • Breakfast and lunch on the trek are included. Vegetarian options are available; however, vegan options are not.
  • A tip is customary, but the amount is at your discretion. Whatever you feel is appropriate based on the service you have received is fine; please remember to always be courteous and respectful with our guides.
  • All of our guides are bilingual and speak both Spanish and English.
  • The highest elevation on this hike is 4800 meters above sea level.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

It was a beautiful full-day hike, perfect for people who want to visit something less touristy but still get a once in a lifetime experience, equal as rainbow mountain! Would recommend!

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Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

Waqra pukara is the hike to do when your sick of having to much tourists around you and you just want to enjoy nature. It was a tough hike, but definetly worth it. Along the way you enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna that Peru...More

1  Thank FiekeKoebrugge
Reviewed 14 November 2018

We had an amazing day at Waqra Pukara. The hike is challenging, but accessible and we were really proud to be able to make it. Not only Waqra Pukara and the Apurimac Canyon are breathtaking, but all the hike is really beautiful with lakes, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank catherineisadoracote
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

When you are visiting Cusco do not forget to visit these Inka ruins! We hiked for 7 hours through a breathtaking landskape coming across lakes and stone constructions and we were lucky enough to see 2 condors. I would recommand this excursion to everybody visiting...More

Thank MaraDeGregori
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

This is seriously a hike you should do when going to Cusco. Because it is totally new, unspoiled, undiscovered by tourists... A beautiful hike in the mountains to Wakra Pukara. An interesting Inca site to the south of Cusco in an amazing mountain landscape. Private...More

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Susan R
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Response from catherineisadoracote | Reviewed this property |
Hi Susan! You can contact the agency Inti Sun Trek. The owner is actually one of the people who recently discovered Waqrapukara so he knows the way pretty well and you can trust him. In the summer, he organizes more group... More
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