1-Day Waqrapukara Trek: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Marvel

Discover the little-known yet stunning Waqrapukara with this one-day scenic trek.

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Cusco, Peru


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Delve into a realm where nature’s grandeur meets ancient legacies. Our Waqrapukara tour invites you on a journey to discover the Andes’ lesser-known marvels, offering an escape from the beaten path. Experience a day where every moment is a brush with enchantment, and the horizon tells tales of epochs gone by.

Waqrapukara stands as a symbol of timelessness, a testament to the architectural and cultural brilliance of ancient Andean civilizations. With us, you don’t just visit; you immerse, engage, and connect. Allow us to guide you through this tapestry of history and beauty, ensuring an experience that transcends the ordinary.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 04:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Pomacanchi Lagoon, Apurimac Canyon, Waqrapukara viewpoint, Waqrapukara archaeological site, iconic horned rock formation
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Dive into an unparalleled Waqrapukara journey with us. Your day begins with a punctual 4:00 am pick-up from your accommodation in Cusco. As the vehicle cruises, the dawn's light reveals picturesque landscapes, culminating in a two-hour drive to the welcoming town of Quiquijana. This brief interlude allows you to pick up essentials like water and snacks, ensuring you're fully equipped for the day's escapade.

From Quiquijana, we direct our journey to the enchanting Pomacanchi lagoon. By its peaceful shores, relish a specially curated boxed breakfast. The combination of the lagoon's serenity, framed by verdant meadows and bustling local farms, provides a truly unparalleled breakfast setting.

With a rejuvenated spirit, we progress on a 90-minute rustic trail, offering a visual feast of panoramic vistas and tantalizing glimpses of the lagoon. The journey then leads us to the historical charm of Santa Lucía. A short 30-minute drive from this town sets the stage for the trek's commencement.

Every step on our signature 1.5-hour uphill trek unveils nature's splendor. As you ascend, the profound depths and dramatic cliffs of the Apurimac Canyon come into focus. Reaching the Waqrapukara viewpoint stands as a testament to both nature and ancient architecture. Here, pause and immerse yourself in the sight of the fortress, majestically perched on the canyon's edge, while the powerful Apurimac River flows beneath.

After having our boxed lunch, delve into the mysteries of the Waqrapukara archaeological site for approximately 90 minutes. Traverse temple ruins, capture the site's iconic rock formations, and discover the rich tapestry of pre-Inca and Inca legacies that have made this a beacon of ancient Andean narratives.

As the expedition winds down, we guide you back to our journey's starting point. Following a serene 90-minute walk, a premium transport awaits, ensuring a seamless return to Cusco. The day's adventures draw to a heartfelt conclusion by approximately 5:00 p.m.

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Tour Highlights

  • Untouched Andean Beauty: Experience the pristine landscapes of the Andes, away from the usual tourist trails.

  • Majestic Waqrapukara: Stand before the architectural wonder of Waqrapukara, an ancient fortress that showcases the pinnacle of Andean craftsmanship.

  • Pomacanchi Lagoon’s Serenity: Revel in the tranquility of the Pomacanchi Lagoon, a shimmering oasis surrounded by verdant meadows and local farms.

  • Gastronomic Delight: Enjoy curated boxed meals amidst breathtaking natural backdrops, adding flavor to your journey.

  • Historical Insights: Dive deep into the mysteries of ancient Andean cultures, with insights into both pre-Inca and Inca legacies.

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from our team’s expertise, ensuring a seamless and informative experience throughout the tour.

  • Personalized Experience: With a dedicated approach to each guest, we ensure that your adventure is tailored to your interests and comfort.


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Payment Terms

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Waqrapukara Scenic Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Waqrapukara Scenic Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How challenging is the 1-Day Waqrapukara Trek?

The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. It’s an uphill trek for about 1.5 hours to reach the site. However, our expert guides will pace the hike to accommodate all fitness levels.

What is the elevation of Waqrapukara?

Waqrapukara stands at an elevation of approximately 4,140 meters or 13,583 feet.

Is the trek suitable for children or seniors?

Yes, with proper acclimatization and a moderate fitness level, both children and seniors can enjoy the trek. However, it’s always best to consult with a physician before undertaking high-altitude treks.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Are vegetarian or vegan meals available?

Absolutely! We offer vegetarian and vegan meal options at no extra cost. Please inform us in advance about any dietary requirements.

What happens in case of emergencies?

Your safety is our top priority. We always carry an emergency oxygen bottle and a first-aid kit. Our guides are trained in first aid and emergency response.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Is there a best season to do the Waqrapukara Trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season between May and September offers clearer skies and less chance of rain.

What's the policy on cancellations or changes?

Our cancellation and change policies vary depending on the notice period. We advise checking our terms and conditions or contacting our team for detailed information.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Is it customary to tip guides and staff?

While tipping is not mandatory, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided. The amount is at your discretion.

Is travel insurance mandatory for the treks?

While it isn’t mandatory, we strongly recommend having comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking and potential medical emergencies.

Can I do the trek if I've never trekked before?

Absolutely! The 1-Day Waqrapukara Trek is suitable for beginners with a moderate fitness level. Our guides will pace the hike to accommodate all participants.

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