The Waqra Pukara trek is one of the new alternatives in Cusco, ideal for people who love the trek. It consists of a tour of 5 hours approx. round trip (highest point 4400 masl), in order to reach this incredible place. This tour is considered a good training for people who come to do the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek.
- Professional guide
- Private transportation (round trip)
- Box lunch (bottle of water, juice box, fruit, cookies, grilled chicken with vegetables and rice). Vegetarian option available.
- First aid kit.
- Handmade canes (optional).
- Additional costs.
In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation at approximately 4:00 am. We will begin the two and a half hour drive towards Marcaconga village, and then continue into the district of Pitumarca, where we will get breakfast.
After breakfast, we will return to the car for thirty more minutes of driving along a zig-zagging, unpaved road, until we reach Punta Carretera. Here, we will have ten minutes to stretch, organize our things, and make any final preparations for our trek. We will walk across gently rolling terrain for about two hours, observing gorgeous landscapes studded with small glacial lakes along the way.
Once we arrive at the Waqra Pukara Overlook, we will pause briefly to take our first pictures of this incredible fortress perched on the edge of a canyon. We will then descend for about forty minutes along a steep, cliffside path into the site itself, while the Apurimac River runs swiftly below.
We will explore the ruins for approximately an hour and a half, climbing through the remains of the temple, taking photos against the incredible canyon scenery, and resting on clifftops in the shadows of the stone walls. When the group is ready, we will begin the ascent back the way we came. We will reach the car after about three hours of trekking, and return to Cusco at approximately 6:00 p