2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Rainbow Mountain, Pomacanchi Lake and Waqrapukara
Price
FromUSD 370
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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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Tour Itinerary

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

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

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Tour 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.

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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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Discounts

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 2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo. 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 2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

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.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

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.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

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 large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

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.

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.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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