Inca fortress of Waqrapukara

Waqrapukara 1 Day Tour

Full Day Tour
Vidal Expeditions
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No Accommodation
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,140 m / 13,582 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty

Explore the enigmatic Inca Fortress

Cusco - Cusipata - Santa Lucia - Waqrapukara
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No Accommodation
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,140 m / 13,582 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate - Challenging Difficulty

Cusco will always surprisse you with its mystical ancient buildings, Waqrapukara( Horn-shape fortress) is the enigmatic Inca complex standing next to Apurimac canyon in the southern side of Cusco city, It is a less known place in Cusco which amazed to everyone one who gets to see its wanderful architecture where the nature hidde between the towering mountains and valleys. Located in the province of Accomayo at 4,140 meters above sea level, it is the new tourist destination for these who loves the adventure and explore new spots where the nature and the acient people have created some of the most extraordinary building in a remote area where the Incas made their different ceremonies.

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  • Itinerary
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  • Packing List
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Embark on the ultimate adventure-day tour in Cusco. The Waqrapukara Tour is a must-do tour that should be on your bucket list. It is an impressive archaeological site with some of the most spectacular views that you can find in the Andes, away from the classic tourist circuit around Cusco. The tour is perfect for those seeking a sperituality that is inmersed in mother nature, reconnect with the spirit of the Andes, and clean your soul by exploring this ancient Inca site. Let the Vidal Expeditions team guide you to discover and teach you the Andean religion by connecting with our Pacchamama.

Highlights: Waqrapukara Inca Fortress
Hiking distance: 5km / 3 miles (3 hours hike round trip)
Considerations: Acclimatization is required
Season: March to November
Max. Altitude: 4,140 m / 13,582 ft

Itinerary at a Glance

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    Cusco - Cusipata - Santa Lucia - Waqrapukara - Cusco

    Discover the most incredible Inca fortress, which is standing in a remote area of the Andes, and be impressed with its gorgeous views.
Day 01

Cusco - Cusipata - Santa Lucia - Waqrapukara - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Arriving at the spectacular Waqrapukara and the Apurimac canyon.

Hike to the Inca Fortress Waqrapukara

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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5km/ 3miles (3hours hike round trip) Walking Distance
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3-4 hours Walking Time
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3,700 m / 12,139 ft Starting Elevation
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4,140 m / 13,582ft Highest Elevation

The tour starts at 4:00am, collecting from your hotel, where we will drive for about two hours until Acomayo province, where we will enjoy the fantastic four lagoons view. then we continue our drive towards the restaurant to enjoy our Andean breakfast. Then, we start the hike towards Waqrapuka Inca fortress, it will be about 1,30 hours of hiking with the stunning view of Apurimac Canyon, one of the depests in Peru.

You will observe some alpacas, llamas and fauna on the way. Once you get to the viewing point, you will be amazed by the spectacular location of this Inca fortress. Find the best spot to rest and admire the fabolous Inca building. Then, your guide will take you to visit each area and section following the history and explaining the purpose of this archaeological site.

This Inca site conserve pre-Inca and Inca periods walls, terraces, and templos. Don't forget to capture the best photos of its natural horned-shape formation and the view of the canyon in the background. Once we have explored the whole area, we make our way back for one hour and board our car to drive back to Cusco. Of course, we will stop on the way for our lunch

Our adventure to Waqrapukara, will start in Cusco with the pick up from your hotel at 3.40am. We will drive for about 3 hours to towards to Cusipata where we will stop for our Andean breakfast. We then keep driving another 2 hours through a picturesque road to reach the trail head on the way we will stop in Pumacanchi lake, one of the largest in the area where you can see own the blue sky reflec in this crystal lake. Once we arrive to the trailhead, your guide will be explain you every details before you start the hike, The first section will take about 1,50 hours by follwoing a ascending path with a view of the incredible Apurimac canyon one of the deepest in the world until you reach Waqrapukara complex.

After, Once you get the view point you will be impressive with the spectacular location of it, take a time to rest and capture the best photos as you can, then, we will descend by follwing the ancient trail and get to explore the different temples in the area. Your guide will explain you every deatils about the architecture that you can see on these temples, the purpose and the history, you also will see the Apurimac river and look the difference at how high you are.

You will take the time to explore the entire Inca site and see the horn forstress that comes the name of this site. Your guide will take you to a plce which is bit far of the Inca site where he will make a small ceremony to appreciate our Pachamama, of course you will be part of this ceremony. We have to be gratiful what we get in this life, and giving back to the mother nature is one of the most important activity that our ancestor have practiced.

Once we have done with this, we will take the way back to the bus, it will take 1.30 hours. We board the bus and drive to the restaurant where we'll enjoy our energetic lunch to recharge our energy, then we drive back to Cusco arriving approximately 5:30pm.


At Vidal Expeditions, we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded in our Waqrapukara day tour. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and do not miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your tour.


Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your adventure guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Waqrapukara Tour. During this briefing, you will receive important details about the tour.

  • Professional Cultural Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation for customer service and have beend leading different groups to Ausangate for many years. Our tour guides have graduated with a tourism career from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. They have also studied English at a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for adventure, and pride in having been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our tour guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore the Humantay Lagoon.

  • Entrance Fees

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we will purchase all the necessary tickets for you to explore this enigmatic Inca fortress. They will be for a specific date.


  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the trail, the bus returning once you are done with the Waqrapukara tour to Cusco will drop you off at your hotel.


  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits. They protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially in remote areas where there are many ups and downs. Trekking poles also help you during the ascent and provide increased stability. Vidal Expeditions will include a pair of trekking poles.

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.


  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include one breakfast and one lunch during the Waqrapukara Tour. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others, just let us know. Our chefs are well-trained to prepare the best food you've ever had with local and organic ingredients.


  • Water bottle

    Every customer needs water during this tour. We will stop in a shop where you can purchase some water bottles and snacks.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend to buy a travel insurance before to leave your country in case something happen along your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion in Cusco, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team's hard work.

  Packing List


At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking pant
  • Trekking poles


A daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. If it is larger, try to make it as light as possible.

  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication or Own first aid kit
  • Snacks (Chocolate, energizing bars, caramels, etc.)


Here some frequently asked question about Waqrapukara Trek in Cusco

At Vidal Expeditions, we make the booking system as easy as possible for you. Once you decide to hike to Waqrapukara Inca complex, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details that we need to book your spot. We also need a previous deposit of 50% of the price per person. As soon as you pay it, we immediately book a spot for this tour. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and a confirmation form that all the booking processes have been satisfactorily set up.

Waqrapukara is an enigmatic archaeological site standing at the top of the mountain next to Apurimac Canyon, and it offers a breathtaking view of the landscape surrounded by mountains, cliff and canyons. Its location helps to preserve its different buildings and natural horn-shaped formation. Nowadays, we have different tours that allow all visitors to explore this natural beauty.

This enigmatic Inca fortress is located three hours away from the city of Cusco in Acomayo province, next to Apurimac Canyon in the Cusco region.

Of course! There is also a two-day tour to visit this Inca fortress from Cusco, which will allow you to explore better and wake up with a stunning view of this Inca site itself and the canyon. The campsite is just in front of the Inca site.

The best time to visit Waqrapukara is during the dry season in Cusco, which typically runs from May to October. During this season, you will have more chance to see the entire landscape and visit more sites of this wonderful ancient site.

This trip is quite challenging, from the bus ride to the 3-hour round-trip walk, making this a tour where you have to prepare very well. However, the view you will get is beyond compare. This is unique and impressive.

The altitude of Waqrapukara 4,140 meters(13,651 ft) above sea level

Yes, you definitely will need it. Even if you are in good shape, we recommend taking a few days in Cusco before heading to this tour, as most of the hike will be at 4,000 meters.

Definitely, it is always recommended to wear light hiking boots if possible. However, for our traditional day tours, where you do not need to hike for hours, you can go with sneakers. On Waqrapuka, Seven Lakes, Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake tours, you need ones with ankle support, which are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. Because you will be climbing and going down slippery stairs, some of which could be muddy, uneven, and at varying heights, the extra support helps prevent twisting your ankles.

Yes. Walking sticks are always helpful to trekkers, especially if is raining along the trek. Using walking sticks can help take the pressure off your knees while doing some portion of the trek. Plus they will help you get up the mountain as well.

Yes, you can go on your own to explore Waqrapukara; however, you need to have more time because there is no bus going directly to this Inca site or towards the closest town; you need to take local buses at different sections.

The weather in Cusco and parts of the Andes is unpredictable, even if the weather forecast says it’s sunny. We can’t trust it. It is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically, April through September is the dry season; November through February is the rainy season; and March and October are bridge months—a mixture of both. But the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. Prepare for sun and rain, no matter when you come.


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USD 75.00: from 4 people to more

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At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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