• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Elevation: 4.150 meters above sea level

Waqrapukara Hike – Horn Santuary Hike

115 USD Per person

Waqrapukara Hike – Horn Santuary Hike

The Waqrapukara hike is a wonderful new short alternative hike in Cusco. It takes you to a region adorned by impressive curious shaped cliffs and a wonderful Inca Sanctuary perched on the top of a mountain. This one-day hike is also surrounded by the imposing Apurimac Canyon; which is one of the top 3 deepest in the world.

According to the researcher Dr. Victor Angles Vargas, the Quechua word Waqrapukara, etymologically comes from two words, «waqra» means horn and the word «pukara» fortress or barracks. In short, this word waqrapukara means fortress in the shape of a horn. It was a residence of the nobility of this place; with astronomical observatories and at the same time it was a protected religious center with watchtowers and underground paths.

Highlights of our Waqrapukara Hike – Horn Santuary Hike.

* We wish to give you the best experience on this one-day Inca Trail hike. 
* We have the best and most passionate team of workers.
*Be part of our social and environmental projects.
*Our 1-day Waqrapukara hike has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.
*In addition to all the above, we prepare food for our hikers and team with 100% organic veggies purchased from local producers.

Waqrapukara Hike – Horn Sanctuary Hike Trip Overview

  • Trek Type: Trekking/hiking, scenic, cultural and nature.
  • Good for: Those in moderate shape or better.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Season: From March 1st to January 31th

Day 1. Cusco – Trailhead – Waqrapukara Sanctuary – Cusco. 

  • Hiking distance: 7.8 miles/14 km (5 hours).
  • Campsite altitude: 4.150 meters above sea level
  • Considered:Moderate to difficult
  • Meals:Breakfast,snacks, lunch, tea time, dinner! All served as buffet.
  • Weather: Cold and windy

We pick you up at 4:30 in the morning from your accommodation, to them drive you for three hours and a half to the Waqrapukara hike trailhead. After a varied and delicious breakfast, you’ll hike for three hours to the sanctuary summit. The path will be mostly flat, only the last 45 minutes is uphill. Along the way, you’ll be amazed by dozens of curious shaped cliffs and the Apurimac river canyon. Your tour guide will take advantage of this moderate and beautiful hike to share interesting facts about the geology, flora and fauna of the region. 

Upon your arrival to the horn sanctuary, the views are taken out from a fairy tale. Let’s take wonderful photos fo you and your loved ones and explore every single astonished spot of this magical location. Also your guide will teach you interesting facts about the history and archaeology of the Wacrapukara sanctuary. After spending a great time exploring the place and having a nice free time to comtemplate of its beauty, you will hike one hour downhill to your lunch spotm, where you will have a delicious lunch. Then you’ll be transported for three hours and a half to Cusco, where we arrive around 19:00 pm.

** The Waqrapukara Hike – Horn Sanctuary Hike, is a new one-day hike that takes you, inside a landscape crowded by imposing cliffs and a fabulous sanctuary perched on the top of a mountain.


Professional local english speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our one day hike.

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the hike to the Waqrapukara Hike.

Briefing:  You should come to our office at least one day prior to your one day hike to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour

Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation for this 1-day trek. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am and brought to the trailhead and then you will be brought back to Cusco.

Food: Our one day trek includes expert hiking chefs who will will cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Water: We are going to provide you a water bottle of 1.5 liters.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each hiker receives a water bottle, walking sticks and snacks.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the salkantay trek, which every IncaGo Expeditions tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included 

  • tips
  • drinks


We would love to tour the Waqrapukara Hike; with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as the one day trek is always available.

Group Price (2020):

  • $115 per person

Private Tour:

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: $115 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: $90 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: $75 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: $65 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: $55 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: $50 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $45 per person

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this one day hike.


  • Original Passport ,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles) remember that the 2 day trek is entirely dirt soil

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal Medication
  • First aid kit: Band, aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Waqrapukara Hike?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Waqrapukara Hike?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the 2 day trek or a 4 day trek for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your Waqrapukara Hike.

Reserve for the Waqrapukara Hike?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the 2 day trek permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Waqrapukara Hike?

Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your 2 day trek permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

Not, as the driving route to get the trailhead of the Waqrapukara Hike does not go through the sacred valley of the Incas.

During the trip, how challenging is the Waqrapukara Hike?

This one-day hike will be moderate; the route is a cobblestone path in some areas and dirt soil in others. Most of this hike will be relatively flat.

Will I need extra money on the Waqrapukara Hike?

Of course, if you want to buy some type of drinks, snacks, souvenirs «also remember that along the days of hiking into the salkantay trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Waqrapukara Hike?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in this one day hike. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Waqrapukara Hike?

We always recommend hiking boots, since if it rains a little the one day hike can become a bit muddy and slippery. Please make sure they have good soles.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Waqrapukara Hike?

For the one day trek we recommend the use of trekking poles for everyone, especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. Remember, we have five hours of hiking.

Are there any toilets along the Waqrapukara Hike?

Along the one day hike there are 2 places that has toilet. Firstly at the hiking start, then at lunch. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

What should I expect from the weather on the Waqrapukara Hike?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and in the evenings always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for this one day hike, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the Waqrapukara Hike. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip in Peru and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.
In general, participants in a group show their appreciation as a group for their porters and chef and a personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.