Located in the district of Acos in the department of Cusco, Waqrapukara (also spelt Waqra Pukara) is carved into and built upon the slopes of a hillside with an overlooking view of the grand Apurimac River. Only in 2017 was it declared a Cultural Heritage Site by Peru’s Ministry of Culture.
Waqra means “horn” in Quechua, while Pukara means “fortress.”
Travel Overview Type of Tour:
Cultural Good For: A cultural experience and beautiful views; this tour shows us how wonderful the nature of the Andes is and the buildings of the Inca Empire.
It will be a worthwhile walk.
Consideration: Please remember to bring comfortable shoes.
Season: From January 1 to December 31.
Duration: 1 Day
Waqrapukara full Day, for a spiritual ceremony in an ancient temple. This is an opportunity to experience the Andean culture in the mountains that were sacred to the Incas. Since the guided walk and the Waqrapukara ceremony are customized for your group, you will have the flexibility to walk at your own pace and enjoy the quiet atmosphere in the lesser-known Inca archeological center – (Cusco – Cusipata – Santa Lucia – Waqrapukara). Our pick-up will take place from 3:00 to 3:30 am, where we will pass by your respective hotel, then travel for a period of 2 hours to our tourist restaurant in Cusipata, where we will have breakfast included and then continue for a trip of 2 hours passing picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes to reach the town of SANTA LUCIA. There, we will start our walk to the archaeological center of WAQRAPUKARA. The distance is almost 8km and the road is not very comfortable for every traveler. For thse who like adventure and scenic places, we will have the explanation about the rituals, then take photos and return to the town of SANTA LUCIA. From there, we will take the car back to CUSIPATA camp and have buffet lunch. After that, we will return to CUSCO. The trip will take 2 more hours, and will end in Cusco around 6:00 pm.
Breakfast and lunch.
First aid kit
PASSPORT – very important!
Students: ISIC card!
Hat to protect against sun or rain.
Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
Bottle of water.
Extra Money (Soles)