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2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo

Explore the Hidden Gems of the Andes: A 2-Day Journey to Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Fortress

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo Overview

Unleash your adventurous spirit on this one-of-a-kind 2-day expedition that takes you beyond the well-trodden path to the mesmerizing landscapes of Palccoyo Mountain and the awe-inspiring Inca site of Waqrapukara. This tour is not just another item to tick off your bucket list; it’s a deep dive into Peru’s natural and cultural heritage. Kickstart your escapade with a trek through the multi-hued splendors of Palccoyo Mountain, followed by a serene camping experience beside the tranquil Pomacanchi Lake. But that’s just the beginning.

Prepare to be astonished on Day 2 as you set out for Waqrapukara, a recently discovered Inca gem recognized as a national cultural heritage site only in 2017. Positioned at an elevation of 4,300 meters (14,100 ft)—significantly higher than the famed Machu Picchu—this archaeological marvel is a sight to behold. Feel the adrenaline pumping as powerful gusts of wind sweep up from the canyon below, where the winding Apurímac River etches its way through the landscape. With peaks of the Andean mountain range extending as far as the eye can see, this tour offers an unmatched blend of adventure and awe, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Rainbow Mountain, Pomacanchi Lake and Waqrapukara

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:30

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2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: Cusco – Palccoyo Mountain – Pomacanchi Lake

Welcome to the start of your unforgettable two-day adventure. Our tour commences with a prompt hotel pick-up in Cusco, and from there, we head south. Upon reaching the quaint town of Combapata, we’ll embark on an unpaved journey to the base of Palccoyo Mountain. Here, our skilled chef kick-starts your day with a scrumptious, locally-sourced breakfast. Once you’re fueled and ready, our expert guide will brief you on the trek that awaits.

The hike to Palccoyo Mountain unfolds as a beautiful tapestry of vibrant landscapes and awe-inspiring geological formations. Not only will you witness the iconic color-striped mountains, but you’ll also discover a lesser-known attraction: the stunning stone forest. From this vantage point, you’ll catch panoramic views of the three colored mountains and the majestic Ausangate Mountain—the tallest in the Cusco region.

After soaking in the natural splendors of Palccoyo, we’ll descend to the starting point where a buffet lunch, prepared by our dedicated chef, awaits you. Your gastronomic experience will be complemented by the stunning backdrop of the Andean landscapes.

Next, we venture to the tranquil Pomacanchi Lagoon, where we’ll set up camp for the night. With depths reaching up to 140 meters, this lagoon is a sanctuary for trout and various other native fish species. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the lagoon’s scenic shores, followed by a sumptuous dinner and a restful night in our well-equipped tents.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

Wake up to a scenic sunrise over Pomacanchi Lagoon, and fuel up with a hearty breakfast prepared by our chef. Shortly afterward, we’ll continue our journey, driving for approximately 30 minutes on a zigzagging unpaved road to reach Punta Carretera. Here, we’ll pause for final preparations before setting out on foot to discover Waqrapukara.

Our trek takes us through an ever-changing canvas of Andean landscapes, punctuated by high-altitude lakes known locally as “Cochas.” After a moderate hike, we’ll arrive at the Waqrapukara viewpoint, offering your first glimpse of this majestic Incan fortress. Snap some photos before we continue our descent towards this architectural marvel.

We’ll spend around an hour and a half exploring Waqrapukara, soaking in its rich history and enigmatic rock formations that overlook the Apurímac River Valley. You’ll also encounter remarkably well-preserved ancient rock paintings that serve as a testament to the area’s rich cultural heritage.

We start our descent towards the Huayqui Community, where otherworldly landscapes offer one last chance for awe-inspiring photos. Upon completing our trek, we’ll head back to Pomacanchi Lagoon for a mouthwatering lunch prepared by our fantastic chef.

After a fulfilling day, we embark on our return journey to Cusco. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by approximately 6:00 PM, bringing an end to your 2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo Tour—a trip you’ll remember for years to come.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 14 km

Tour Highlights

2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo Highlights

  • Palccoyo Mountain Trek: Experience a less-crowded, yet equally awe-inspiring, alternative to Rainbow Mountain with a guided trek up Palccoyo Mountain.
  • Stone Forest Exploration: A visit to a hidden gem—the mesmerizing stone forest atop Palccoyo Mountain with panoramic views of the surrounding colored mountains.
  • Pomacanchi Lagoon Camping: Spend a night by the tranquil Pomacanchi Lagoon, with depths reaching up to 140 meters and home to diverse aquatic life.
  • Waqrapukara Trek: Explore the underrated and less-visited Incan site of Waqrapukara, perched dramatically above the Apurímac River Valley.
  • Archaeological Exploration: Spend quality time at Waqrapukara, learning about its history, architectural marvels, and significance to the Inca civilization.
  • Ancient Rock Paintings: Discover remarkably well-preserved ancient rock paintings near the Huayqui Community, adding a touch of history and culture to your trek.
  • Local Cuisine: Enjoy traditional Peruvian lunches prepared by our fantastic chef during both days of the tour.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Palccoyo Rainbow mountain and Waqrapukara site.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 2 dinner.
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

370

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

390

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

420

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

530

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

750

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

850

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Ensure the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag stays within the 7 kg limit. This helps maintain a manageable load for our dedicated cook who assists in transporting the bags.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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