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Waqra Pukara - A hidden gem


Journey off the-beaten-path on a hike to Waqra Pukara (horned fortress), a hidden gem of the Andes. The trailhead lies approximately 150 km (93 miles)  from Cusco and approximately 350 km (217 miles) from Puno. Many paths lead to Waqra Pukara but our insider tip is to start your hike from the charming village of Santa Lucia. Be welcomed by the friendly locals, share some fruit we brought along with the community before starting your hike.

The 1-hour trail to Waqra Pukara (2 km or 1,2 miles) is mostly flat with some zig-zags, ending in a short uphill hike to the fascinating archaeological Inca site at 4,140 meters above sea level (13,580 ft). Once at the top, you will be met with breathtaking views and a sense of tranquility. Waqra Pukara was only declared a natural heritage site in 2017 and is therefore still unknown to most tourists. The towering rock is covered in ancient Incan ruins and is surrounded by dramatic cliffs with unparalleled views of the Apurimac River canyon.

Experience the true magic and mystique of this bucket list site, originally built as a religious center with astronomical observatories. Before descending, take some time to disconnect and soak in the peaceful silence as you enjoy your organic packed lunch.

Hiking distance: 4 km or 2,4 miles (round trip)
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (round trip, Max. altitude: 4,140 m (13582 ft)

A good physical condition, as well as previous acclimatization in a place of at least 3000 m, is required for this hike.

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From USD 210
Private excursion
(Mon - Sun, all day)
Min 1
 / Max  8

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Where you'll be

Your driver will pick up at your hotel in Cusco (the transfer takes about 3 hours 20 minutes - approx. 136km/84 miles)

Know before you go

Physicality (2/3)
This experience is for those who want to explore actively. Although not too challenging, these experiences do require some physical fitness. Some examples of what to expect include e-biking, surfing, soft hikes, or SUP.
What to bring
We recommend comfortable hiking shoes and, depending on the weather, a waterproof rain jacket or raincoat as well as layered clothing. A hat or beanie, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and some light snacks are also recommended.

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14 days
From USD 3860 p/p
  Lima - Arequipa - Colca - Puno - Cusco - Machu Picchu 

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