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Waqrapukra Acomayo Cusco or simply Waqrapukara is a lesser known archaeological complex in the south of Cusco. This horn shaped Inca fortress is a hidden treasure snuggled amidst mountain peaks. The full day Waqrapukara trek with a local expert is perfect for those wanting to experience something historic, off the touristic track.
The mountain top horn fortress nestles at 4150 metres above sea level. It houses eight farming terraces. The stairway that leads to the fortress is made entirely of stones.
In a recent excavation the Peruvian archaeologists found a triple jammed door. The Incas used such doors only on sites with a supreme religious power.
Although the full day hike is not as popular as a trip to Rainbow Mountain or Sacred Valley in Peru, you will surely be amazed to discover some astonishing facts about the complex. The trek to the complex starts at 3600 metres above sea level. It is just a 550 metres climb.
You will be hiking along the Apurimac river canyon through a ravine covered with forests. We will also be stopping at some natural formations of rocks and cave paintings.
Waqrapukara Trek is a high altitude experience. We highly recommend you to spend at least two days in Cusco and acclimate before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the south valley of Cusco to see some lagoons. We will be stopping for breakfast near Pomacanchi lagoon.
After breakfast, we will be continuing our drive to Huayqui. It is located in the starting point of Waqrapukara Trek. We will begin the trek with a gradual uphill climb through the Apurimac canyon.
On our way up, we will be having a brief stop to see some Andean cave paintings which are well preserved.
Once we reach the complex of Waqrapukara, our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex. We will be walking you through the main square of the complex. You will also be visiting the platforms of the Incan God – Viracocha.
Once you have had your fill of the guided tour and the entrancing views from the top, we will be stopping for lunch.
After lunch, we will be driving you back to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from the main square – Plaza de Armas.
It was a unique and off the road trip. I never heard of this place until i met few travellers who spoke high about this. Ruben is a fantastic guide.