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Waqrapukara is a lesser known Incan sanctuary. It is gaining popularity as a hidden treasure. Especially among travellers seeking an alternative trekking and camping adventure.
In contrast to the renowned sites of Sacred Valley or Sacsayhuaman, this newly discovered Incan archeological complex is more remotely located.
As in Machu Picchu, the Incan ceremonial architecture blends a spectacular natural formation and an amazing stone masonry. Nestled sinuously along a rocky outcrop, it is built besides the two horn-shaped towering mountain peaks. The site significantly features eight Incan terraces with retaining walls and stone stairways.
At one end, it features rectangular stone enclosures with niches and double and triple jamb Inca doorways. While the other end has more enclosures. Additionally, one of them portrays an E-shaped structure. It is flanked by a longitudinal wall with trapezoidal niches.
Miguel Colque Enríquez, an archaeologist, performed a remarkable work of restoration on the site. The restoration work was done after extensively researching the construction techniques. They determined the depth of the foundation thus primarily to prevent structures from collapsing.
Waqrapukara is certainly an ideal destination for adventure and experiential tourism. However the truth is that this route does not ask for tourists, it rather requires expeditionaries.
We have dedicated local guides who have an extensive knowledge about history. They are also well trained in using oxygen cans and first aid. We aim to offer an unforgettable experience. Do check our reviews on Tripadvisor.
Waqrapukara hike is a high altitude experience. The site nestles at 4150 metres above sea level. We highly recommend you to spend at least 2-3 days in Cusco acclimatising before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0330 AM. Then in our private transport, along the South Valley of Cusco, we will be driving you to Sangarara.
On our way, we will have a brief stop at Pomacanchi lagoon. It is a tranquil site with greenish blue waters. Often on weekends, people practice water sports here.
This is also a fantastic site for bird watchers. The lagoon is home to different species of birds, namely, herons, coots, Andean flamingos and more.
We will then be driving to Sangarara. Here we will stop for breakfast. This will be a typical Peruvian meal with options for vegans.
We will then continue to the Rinconada community where the hike begins. The hike begins with a gradual uphill climb with a sight of the Apurimac River. We will be passing through many distinct flora and fauna, most are typical to the region.
Half way through the hike, we will make a brief stop to see some cave paintings. Here our guide will be explaining the significance of each painting.
Once in the archaeological complex, we will give you a guided tour. On this tour you will be visiting the main square, Intipunku (Sun gate) and more. Then you will have some free time to enjoy the enchanting view of the site and the Apurímac valley below.
We will then start with the downhill hike to Sangarara. Here we will be stopping for lunch. Then we will be driving you back to Cusco, ending our full day hike to Waqrapukara.