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DIFFICULTY

2 DAYS

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WAQRAPUKARA 2D/1N

Waqrapukara is a great two day hike offering the chance to venture away from the more populated routes. We have developed a fabulous route that allows full appreciation of the area and that sufficiently challenges the acclimatised and physically fit traveller. This trek itself provides an immense backdrop of incredible Andean landscape and the Inca site delivers on all levels; visually, culturally and archeologically. 

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - CUSCO, SANTA LUCIA TO WAQRAPUKARA


Once on the road from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, we begin our 3 hour drive to the small town of Santa Lucia, ready to begin our full day hike of 9km. Our route utilizes some of the best and most remote trek paths in the area, staying away from the more popular ways to approach this archaeological site, provides us with a road less travelled. The hike takes us through steep, sweeping canyons either side of the Apurimac River, surrounded by gigantic, incredible rock formations that appear to defy gravity. The views are nothing short of majestic, this is nature at her best and the brave ones among us will have the opportunity to approach the lookout points for awe-inspiring full views of the canyon along our hike. The little-known pre-Inca and Inca site of Waqrapukara or “Horn-Shaped Fortress” is an astonishing example of unfathomable Inca masonry techniques, that simultaneously combines and complements the natural advantageous aspects of natural rock formations, with their incredible engineering and architectural skills. Again, we are off the beaten track with little presence of other travelers. We arrive with time to allow us to comprehend the overwhelming, incomparable natural beauty and death defying engineering, it is truly a sight to behold. Tonight, we have the privilege to camp right next to the archaeological site. Start Height: 3600 m / 11811.024 ft Maxi Height: 4104m / 13464ft Approximate Walking time: 7 - 8 hrs
Distance travelled: 11 km / 6.8 ml. Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - VISIT WAQRAPUKARA SITE TO HUAYQUI AND BACK TO CUSCO


Waking up to breathtaking views of this ancient Inca fortress this wonderful morning, we seize the opportunity to take our time, chill out and explore the site. Archaeologist Miguel Cornejo said of this site “Waqrapukara” is an Inca sanctuary of the first order that denotes immense political and religious power, as-yet undeciphered,”. We will share a beautiful lunch at our campsite prepared by our trek cooks before we set off on our return trek this afternoon. Walking a new route onwards out of the site we discover yet more hidden Inca sites as we trek 7.7km today to meet our private transport to head back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Start Height: 4104m / 13464 ft Maxi Height: 4135m / 13566.27 ft Approximate Walking time: 7 - 8 hrs
Distance travelled: 7.3 km / 4.5 ml. Meals: B,L . Snacks





 

                       We did a 5 days trip in the sacred valley and to Machu Picchu with Quechua trecks, and thanks to Zac and Mayra we had the most amazing time. Right from the start, Mayra made arranging the trip very                             easy and efficient, she tailored the itinerary to our needs and wishes, and made sure it provided a wonderful experience given the short time we had. The quality of hotels and restaurants selected, meals                             provided and transportation were excellent. And of course, it would not have been the same if it wasn’t for Zac, the best tour guide. Zac is extremely caring, knowledgeable and funny. Travelling with him is like travelling with a friend rather than a tour guide, and he takes the most amazing photos as well :) thank you Mayra, Zac and the Quechua treks team for this amazing trip:)

John

DAY 1 - CUSCO, SANTA LUCIA TO WAQRAPUKARA


Once on the road from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, we begin our 3 hour drive to the small town of Santa Lucia, ready to begin our full day hike of 9km. Our route utilizes some of the best and most remote trek paths in the area, staying away from the more popular ways to approach this archaeological site, provides us with a road less travelled. The hike takes us through steep, sweeping canyons either side of the Apurimac River, surrounded by gigantic, incredible rock formations that appear to defy gravity. The views are nothing short of majestic, this is nature at her best and the brave ones among us will have the opportunity to approach the lookout points for awe-inspiring full views of the canyon along our hike. The little-known pre-Inca and Inca site of Waqrapukara or “Horn-Shaped Fortress” is an astonishing example of unfathomable Inca masonry techniques, that simultaneously combines and complements the natural advantageous aspects of natural rock formations, with their incredible engineering and architectural skills. Again, we are off the beaten track with little presence of other travelers. We arrive with time to allow us to comprehend the overwhelming, incomparable natural beauty and death defying engineering, it is truly a sight to behold. Tonight, we have the privilege to camp right next to the archaeological site. Start Height: 3600 m / 11811.024 ft Maxi Height: 4104m / 13464ft Approximate Walking time: 7 - 8 hrs
Distance travelled: 11 km / 6.8 ml. Meals: L, D. Snacks




DAY 2 - VISIT WAQRAPUKARA SITE TO HUAYQUI AND BACK TO CUSCO


Waking up to breathtaking views of this ancient Inca fortress this wonderful morning, we seize the opportunity to take our time, chill out and explore the site. Archaeologist Miguel Cornejo said of this site “Waqrapukara” is an Inca sanctuary of the first order that denotes immense political and religious power, as-yet undeciphered,”. We will share a beautiful lunch at our campsite prepared by our trek cooks before we set off on our return trek this afternoon. Walking a new route onwards out of the site we discover yet more hidden Inca sites as we trek 7.7km today to meet our private transport to head back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Start Height: 4104m / 13464 ft Maxi Height: 4135m / 13566.27 ft Approximate Walking time: 7 - 8 hrs
Distance travelled: 7.3 km / 4.5 ml. Meals: B,L . Snacks





 

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