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Waqrapukara located at 4300 m.a.s.l., in the district of Acos, province of Acomayo- Cusco. Considered cultural heritage of the nation in 2017.

Waqrapukara comes from 2 Quechua voices WAQRA means “Horn” and PUKARA means “Strength”, then it means Fortaleza de los Cuernos, There are observations that indicate that there are no horns in the fortress, but that they are “The Ears of a Flame”.

The tour takes about an hour and a half walk. The difficulty is medium, you can also do cycling in the area because it is suitable for it as well as see lagoons similar to the Humantay lagoon.


Excursion to Waqrapukara: If you are tired of the traditional tours that take place in Cusco, experience this full day excursion to an imperial attraction known as Waqrapukara; Waqra means horn and Pukara equals watchtower in the Quechua language, so this was a horn-shaped military watchtower built in the Inca period: It is located on top of a very steep mountain at 4,300 m altitude.

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Tour Details

  • Activities: Adventure Caminata
  • Hiking distance: 12 km. / 6,4 miles.
  • Hiking time: 6½ to 7 hours approximately.
  • Difficulty levels:3 out of 5
  • Maximum altitude: 4400 masl. / 14.436 feets.
  • Departure day: Daily departures.
  • Start: Pick up from your accommodation in Cusco around 4:30 AM
  • Finaliza:Entrega en su alojamiento en Cusco alrededor de las 6:00 PM



The Waqrapukara fortress is located some 4,300 meters above sea level and has been nicknamed the “Machu Picchu of the pre-Incas”. Take a private day trip from Cuzco and enjoy a moderate hike to this ancient fortress, originally built by the Qinchas. Learn more about its history and significance and enjoy panoramic views of the Apurimac Canyon and the Andes Mountains.



Between 03:50 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., pick up from your respective hotel.

We will then head south to the Acomayo turnoff, where we will take the road to Santa Lucia.

Continuing with the tour we will arrive first at the restaurant where we will have breakfast. After breakfast we will continue to the community of Santa Lucia where we will begin the hike to Waqrapukara.

During this 2-hour hike we will appreciate a great amount of flora and fauna of the area until we reach our destination Waqrapukara, where together with our guide we will visit the following places: Puerta del Sol, main square, Torreones, andenería, Wiracocha’s enclosure and cave paintings with representation of llamas.

After the visit to Waqrapukarafor about 40 minutes, we will start our return to Santa Lucia by hiking for 2 hours. Upon arrival we will have lunch.

After lunch on the way back we will visit the Pomacanchi Lagoon where we will have a short stop.

Finally return to the city of Cusco, arrival at 19:00 p.m. Approx.



  • Professional Bilingual Guide English / Spanish
  • Transportation to and from the airport.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Botiquín de Primeros Auxilios.

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  • Income s/. 10.00 Soles.
  • Other additional expenses


  • A good camera to photograph the ruins and the beautiful surrounding landscapes.
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for sun protection.
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for sun protection. If you are camping overnight, you should also bring enough food for dinner and breakfast.
  • At least two liters of water. Carry double that amount if you are camping overnight.
  • Good quality hiking books.
  • Poncho or raincoat in case of rain.
  • A cane with a rubber tip if necessary.

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What is Waqrapukara?

It is a pre-Inca and Inca fortress. In the pre-Inca period it was a small citadel, for this reason it was called “Llaqta Pukara” where the Qanchi leader and his family lived, it was also used as an astronomical observatory; it had a sanctuary to the God Teqci Pachakamaq Wiraqocha.

Who built Waqrapukara?

First, it was built by the Qanchi ethnic group in the period of the Auqarunas 1500 to 1000 BC. The current construction is from the Inca period, it was built in the Inca period Wayna Qhapaq, with the intervention of architects of that government, also participated Qanchimachu and Ttito Q’osñipa.

Why did they turn it into a fortress?

Why at the time of the Auqarunas, there is already the need to train men and places warriors to defend the territory conquered by the ethnic group and the tribe. Not only to defend their territory and the leader. In pre-Inca and Inca times, these leaders were called curacas, and in colonial times they were called caciques. In the Purunruna period there was no need for pucaras, because they lived in a place they wanted.

Why choose Andino Tours Peru


We are a travel agency tour operator located in the city of Cusco, we have tourism professionals dedicated to quality service.

Our team is integrated by professionals with experience and responsibility to meet each of the requirements of our passengers and offer the best moments and unforgettable trips during their estimated travel time.


Our company is legally constituted for more than 3 years in the market, we are registered in SUNARP and SUNAT, as regulatory authorities of commerce in Peru, as well as registered in the GERCETUR-CUSCO as tour operators and retail travel agency. We have also received the certification as Licensees of the PERU BRAND, and registered in PROMPERU and IPERU.
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