Couple touring the Waqrapukara Archaeological Complex in Cusco

Waqrapukara Trek

Full Day Tour
Starting from US$100 per person
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Breakfast & Box Lunch Meals
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Up to 12 People Group Size
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4,140 m / 13,583 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Day Hike to the Fortress of Horns

Quiquijana - Pomacanchi Lagoon - Santa Lucia - Waqrapukara
Meals Icon
Breakfast & Box Lunch Meals
Group Size Icon
Up to 12 People Group Size
Max. Altitude Icon
4,140 m / 13,583 ft Max. Altitude
Difficulty Icon
Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

How does the idea of escaping the city and large crowds to visit a unique off-the-beaten-path site sound? The Waqrapukara One-Day Trek is the ultimate choice for some peace and quiet and to discover an incredible site that very few people get to visit—locals and tourists!

Join us on an epic hike to the majestic pre-Inca construction of Waqrapukara, or Fortress of Horns, located in the mighty Apurímac Canyon. This beautiful sacred place combines advanced architecture and impressive natural formations in a wonderful landscape—almost like something from a dream—surrounded by small crystalline lagoons. The gigantic horns rise as high as 4,140 m / 13,583 ft.

Waqrapukara Full Day Trek Map (1-Day Hike) Waqrapukara Full Day Trek Map
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Packing List
  • Pricing
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When you travel with your partner or a large group of family or friends, you can join us on this one-day trek. You’ll come with us on an adventure through the Peruvian Andes and escape the hustle and bustle of the city to an amazing Inca fortress.

The Waqrapukara Trek is a must for anyone wanting to visit this incredible archaeological site before the crowds discover it and it becomes busy. Waqra means “horn” in Quechua, while Pukara means “fortress.” These “horns” rise up to 4,140 m / 13,582 ft on top of a huge ravine covered with forests.

The archaeological monument is surrounded by impressive platforms, plazas, and stone forests that resemble mythological giants looking like they’re contemplating the Andean landscape.

You’ll also get to soak in the incredible landscape of the mountains, canyon, and crystalline lagoons. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the unique flora and fauna of the region. Why wait longer to immerse yourself in the wild Andes and see a very special site? Get in touch with us and learn more about this fun one-day adventure.


  • Explore a unique Inca fortress and temple in Waqrapukara.
  • Be astounded by the extensive, well-preserved agricultural terraces and walls, staircases, and stone chambers carved in the classic Inca style.
  • Walk through the incredible Andes, get breathtaking canyons views, and take some stunning photos.
  • Observe the local flora and fauna and learn more about them from your expert guide.
  • Glimpse into traditional Andean life in the rural communities.
  • Enjoy a day off-the-beaten-path and away from the large crowds.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Cusco | Quiquijana - Pomacanchi - Santa Lucia - Waqrapukara - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Exploring the impressive site of Waqrapukara.

Be Impressed by the Amazing Inca Fortress of Waqrapukara

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Breakfast and Box Lunch Meals
Difficulty Icon
Moderate to Challenging Difficulty
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5 km / 3.11 mi Walking Distance
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3 hours Walking Time
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3,700 m / 12,139 ft Starting Elevation
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4,140 m / 13,583 ft Waqrapukara Elevation

Wake up before dawn to join us as we drive for two hours to Quiquijana for breakfast. Next, we’ll continue another two and a half hours, passing the beautiful Pomacanchi Lagoon to the hike's starting point. The first part of the trek will take around one and a half hours as you observe astounding landscapes that’ll take your breath away. We’ll stop at the Waqrapukara viewpoint to take some photos before continuing to the majestic site itself.

This afternoon, you’ll explore the archeological site and learn all about its history. Climb through the ruins and take spectacular photos before heading back to our transport. We’ll drive you back to Cusco for the evening.

This striking one-day adventure starts bright and early. We'll pick you up from your accommodation at around 4:00 am. and follow a two-hour drive to the town of Quiquijana. From there, and once you’ve enjoyed a wholesome breakfast to boost your energy, we'll continue bordering the shimmering Pomacanchi lagoon, one of the largest in the area. This beautiful lagoon is also flanked all over by pastures and plenty of local agricultural fields.

After that, we’ll follow our route for one hour and a half along an unpaved road until the town of Santa Lucía, witnessing some amazing scenery all around and even looking at the lagoon in the distance. From the town, we’ll take a final 30-min drive to our hike's starting point. There, you’ll have time to get your things together before we start. The first section is around 1.5 hours long, observing the magnificent Apurimac Canyon, one of the deepest in Peru, and the dramatic landscapes studded with cliffs along the way.

When we reach the Waqrapukara viewpoint, you'll be able to rest a little and take your first photos of the impressive fortress emerging on the edge of a canyon. Next, we'll descend along a steep path towards the site on a cliff's edge while you appreciate the Apurimac River flowing downwards.

You'll get to explore the archaeological site for about an hour and a half; you’ll climb through the temple's remains and take photos of its famous horned-shaped rock formation and the fantastic canyon landscape. The site itself also boasts enigmatic constructions from pre-Inca and Inca periods, terraces, and incredible background history, which makes this a perfect location to learn about the ancient Andean culture. Without a doubt, the place will surely take your breath away from start to finish.

Finally, when the group is ready, we'll begin the hike back the way we came. We'll arrive by private transport after about one hour and a half of walking, and we'll return to Cusco, arriving at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Why Travel with us


At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket to Waqrapukara Archaeological Site

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Experienced Tour Guide - All our guides have professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness and passion, which will make your trip safe and comfortable.

    English and spanish speaking official tour guide. All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. We choose them for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and sincere desire to proudly share in our culture and history. He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit - Our guides are trained to deal with basic emergencies.

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Trekking Poles with rubber tips
  • Rain Poncho
  • 24/7 Customer Service - We have 24 hours a day telephone service.

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.


  • Breakfast & Box Lunch
  • Snacks and water

    Before the hike, we'll provide you with a water bottle and snacks of local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we'll give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Hygiene Products

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.


  • Transport

    All transportation is included in this tour. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and after the end of the trip, we’ll drop you back at the door of your hotel in Cusco.

What Is Not Included?

  • Dinner
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the standard in any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our team, something extra is always welcome.

  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as carefree as possible. In this section, you’ll find the answers to all the questions you have about traveling with Salkantay Trekking in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the trip, you can store your main luggage for free at our office (arrange it with us at our office or by email).

You can also safely keep any equipment you won't need for the tour in your hotel. Almost every hotel offers this service. Please do not leave valuable items in your bags; put them in the hotel safe and ask for an itemized receipt (in the unlikely case of theft, many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt). For extra peace of mind, place items like credit cards inside a sealed and signed envelope.

Pick up of guests

Please note:

  • All pickups are within Cusco City, but we recommend booking a hotel in the historic center for its convenient location.
  • Our guide or staff will confirm the pickup time the day before the tour.
  • Due to traffic conditions, the pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes.
  • Cusco is an old city and has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs are located on streets without car access or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. For such reasons, we strongly advise you to book accommodation with good access.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route.

It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are common in Peru, and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date.

Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority, and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects

Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport or restaurant. You’re the only one responsible for your objects during the tour.

  Packing List



Valid Passport
Valid Passport
Extra money (recommended soles)
Extra money (recommended soles)
Personal medication
Personal medication
Water bottle or CamelBak
Water bottle or CamelBak
Sunblock: factor 70 or more
Sunblock: factor 70 or more


Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Hiking boots or shoes (preferably waterproof)
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking pants (*)
Trekking socks
Trekking socks
Pair of thermal pants
Pair of thermal pants
Warm jacket
Warm jacket
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof jacket
Raincoat or rain poncho
Raincoat or rain poncho
Waterproof or wool gloves
Waterproof or wool gloves
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Sun hat to protect neck and face
Wool hat for the cold
Wool hat for the cold
Neck gaiter or buff
Neck gaiter or buff
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sunglasses with UV protection


Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)
Medium trekking backpack (15 - 25 liter)


Camera and charger
Camera and charger
Power bank
Power bank

"Waqrapukara Trek" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We don’t operate this itinerary in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.

Waqrapukara Trek Price 2024

Group Price: US$ 100.00 per person

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal & Niubiz charge a fee of 5%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of their secure payment gateway. This tax is just for online deposits.

Extensions & Deals

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

  Enquire Now

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Trip Details

Waqrapukara One Day Trek
14 years and above
Below 14 years
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

Feel free to reach us via email at or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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