The Waqrapukara fortress was very important to the Inca worldview. waqra means horn and pukara, fortress. For the communities of Acos this fortress is known as Llamapukara, they assure that they are actually ears of a llama that remains alert to outsiders.
Waqrapukara, likewise, is a main Inca sanctuary, this means that it had great political and religious power. It is made up of two groups of buildings.
In the first group there are two groups of rooms separated by a fairly wide central space. These enclosures have passages, double jamb facades and niches.
The second group is comprised of 8 terraces 150 meters long and 2 meters high. you can see two enclosures with double jamb and niches. 5 more enclosures are added that are located at the eastern end.
The beauty of the Waqrapukara fortress lies in the silhouettes of giants that can be observed. Forged by nature as a result of radical changes in temperature, rain and hailstorms, these silhouettes seem to protect the fortress.
– 3350 meters / 10990 feet.
– 4,150m - 13615 feet
- Cusco at your hotel
Cusco – Wayky – Waqrapukara – Cusco
Collecting you from your hotel at around 4:00am. We are heading south on a paved road, in the direction of Puno, towards a small community called Choquecahuana. This is located in a Cusco district called Acomayo, along the way, we will see the impressive Pomacanchis lake and several picturesque villages until we reach the huascar juntion where the paved road ends, then we will continue our drive on a dirt road until we reach Wayki where our adventure begins to the Waqrapukara (3,350m/10,990ft)
Before we beging the hike we will have our breakfast. The first part of our trek is llamapinta, which will take about one hour and a half. From here we continue hiking for 2 hours aprox. along a winding trail sorrounded by mountains. The views here are stunning.
Finally, we will arrive at waqrapukara site (4,150m/13,615ft), we will have some rest and enjoy our boxed lunch, then we will start our guided tour of this inca fortress.
After we had an amazing history of the place, we will return along the same trail. Finally, we will arrive at Wayki where our transport will be waiting to drive us back to Cusco.
- Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
- Walking distance: 15km
- Walking time: 5-6 hours
- Minimum altitude: 3,350m/10,990ft
- Maximum altitude: 4,150m/13,615ft
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
OUR SERVICE INCLUDES
Tourist transport with a professional driver.
Entrance fee to Waqrapukara ancient inca site
Breakfast and Box Lunch.
First aid kit and oxygen balloon.
Services not mentioned
Water and snack
What to bring for the walk
A small backpack.
Copy of your passport.
Good team trek, such as hiking boots, scarf, polar or thermal clothing, gloves, fleece warm hat and wool socks.
Waterproof pants and jacket for the cold
T-shirts and long sleeve sweaters
Sunscreen, Mosquito repellent.
Camera and films
Extra money for souvenirs, drinks and TIPS.
List of objects to take to the trek.
Remember that!!! This walk leaves every day of the year.
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“This trek is available every day provided we have a minimum of 2 hikers”