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1 Day – 0 Nights

Max Guests: 10

Max. Altitude: 3760 – 4140m

Act. Level: Challenging

Overview

Waqrapukara Trek. First things first, let’s get to the bottom of the name of the place, as it is quite a mouthful. The name Waqrapukara originates in the Quechua language – “waqra” meaning “horn”, and “pukara” describing a defensive hilltop fortification. So it translates roughly as “horn-shaped fortress” in Quechua. It’s not hard to see how it might have earned this name – the distinct form of the structure looks like a kind of crown sat on top of the mountain peak, or like two prong-shaped horns.

Itinerary

Full DayWaqrapukara

The Tour to WaqraPukara begins with the pick-up at your hotel early at 4:00 am in the morning to head from Cusco to the south. We will travel for about 2 hours to the town of Cusipata for our breakfast, then on a 1-hour trip we will pass through the town of Sangarara and finally we will take the detour until we reach the car park. Here begins the 8 km walk to Waqrapukara, located at 4300 meters above sea level.

The duration of the walk is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, on the way we will pass through meadows, cultivation areas, picturesque villages until we reach Waqrapukara. Our Guide will take you to explore different places such as: main square, terraces and enclosures that will surprise you, you will also have the opportunity to know its history and we will have a privileged view that delivers the landscape in which this fortress was built.

After lunch, you will have free time to explore the archeological zone and then start the way back to the town of Sangarara where we will board our minivan and finally reach the city of Cusco between 7:00pm to 7:30pm.

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Inclusions

Includes

  • Private transportation to the trailhead
  • Pick up from any hotel in Cusco
  • Breakfast at the trailhead
  • Entrance fee into the park and waqrapukara
  • English-speaking guide for the entire trip
  • Drinking water
  • Meals: Freshly prepared, hot lunch
  • First-aid kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Porters & cook
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • Travel inusrece
  • Tip fo the staff (guide and horseman)
Travel Info

Briefings

All briefings are done at our office at 7:00 PM one or two nights before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Xtreme Tourbulencia office team. Briefings are approximately 40 minutes long.

Pickups

Xtreme Tourbulencia is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through.

They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off.

Health Concerns

You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.

You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions.

Xtreme TourBulencia will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.

If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.

If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of all different types of people, with various hiking skills and ages. By agreeing to a group tour, you agree that some people might be slower or faster than you are.

Everyone can go at their own pace for the trek, and the guide will work with the group to spend time with everyone. Groups might request some modifications to the tour, and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.

Strikes

Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date.

Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc.

Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.

Tips

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.

Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below.

For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip.

Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.

Weather

Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared.

No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.

Altitude Sickness

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs.

Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea.

Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea.

If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Xtreme Tourbulencia guides are trained to help you get through it.

Getting To Cusco

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

Packing List

What Do I Need To Bring?

  • Passport (A copy of it would suffice)
  • A Light Trekking bag
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Extra batteries, and portable chargers for either cameras or phone
  • Sunblock
  • A hat for the sun
  • Scarves for the cold
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes
  • Rain Poncho
  • Some money (in soles preferably)
Colin L
Colin L
2024-06-11
Great experience! The trail was really satisfying to walk. Our guide Rolando really took care of us and gave a lot of information about the Inca's and the nature. And of course the porters were amazing. The effort they put into the journey every day is admirable. Every day they set up all the tents and prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. It was delicious. And don't forget that they carried all the equiment over the same trail we had to walk with only our daypack. Much respect for them! Of course Machu Picchu is incredable but also the other Inca-ruines alongside the trail were wonderfull. And there is nothing more rewarding than walking for 4 days arriving at the Sun Gate looking to Machu Picchu. It is also nice to know that by doing the trail you support the local community and may support the porters to eventually go to college to learn a profession the really love. Due to the guide, the porters and my fellow traveller it was an amazing experience!
María Gabriela A
María Gabriela A
2024-06-10
Extraordinaria Experiencia Hermosa experiencia, hicimos el camino del inca de 2 días con Jaime,un guía de lujo. Muy buena onda y muy lindo escuchar los relatos acerca de los incas. Lo volvería a hacer !!!! Gracias Jaime!
seb
seb
2024-06-09
Trek salkentay 4jours Belle expérience sportive et aussi humaine avec notre guide Oliver, notre cuisinier Elojio et notre muletier Augusto ! Ils ont été adorables, à l'écoute et attentionnés. Les repas étaient topissimes. Le trek était bien plus difficile qu'imaginé et ils ont su s'adapter ! Merci !
Marcos W
Marcos W
2024-06-09
trilha de 4 dias até Machu Picchu Excelente serviço prestado pela agência , facilitando e agregando valor a trilha de 4 dias até Machu Picchu, e parabéns ao Donato que foi nosso cuzinheiro e ao Hector nosso guia que comentou sobre os pontos históricos ao longo da trilha
Itsik A
Itsik A
2024-06-06
A great experience with an excellent company that takes care of every detail. High level guide We had a great trip to Machu Picchu. A 3-day trip that included: a train ride, the Inca Trail and a day and a half tour of the Machu Picchu site. The trip was excellent in terms of organization, guidance and accompaniment. warmly recommended
Lady H
Lady H
2024-06-06
Camino Inca 2024 Una gran experiencia fue hacer Camino Inca. Frank, el guía, tiene mucho conocimiento siempre fue amable, atento y me hizo sentir segura en los 4 días que dura este trekking. Los portadores, unas personas increíbles, no dejaba de admirarlos cada vez que los veía pasar, muy amables y atentos a todo lo que necesitábamos. La comida era increíble, el cocinero A1 todo estaba delicioso. Los campamentos impecables. Recomiendo mucho a la agencia. Gracias por todo.
Franck F
Franck F
2024-06-05
Expérience incroyable Nous avons fait le trek de l’inca, une expérience magnifique et inoubliable avec une équipe formidable!!! En petit groupe dans une ambiance familiale Un grand merci à notre guide francophone, Oliver qui alterne l’anglais et le français sans oublier l’espagnol et le quechua Un grand merci et une très grande reconnaissance pour nos porteurs, serveur et cuisinier qui font un travail formidable, dur, efficace… sans eux le trek n’est tout simplement pas possible Encore merci à notre cuisinier Alejandro pour le gâteau réalisé pour nous le dernier jour Merci, merci, merci
Samantha K
Samantha K
2024-06-04
4 day Inca trek of MP with Dario Our four day Inca trek with Dario and the group of porters was fabulous! Dario is so knowledgeable about the history and the area and made the tour extremely fun with lots of learning and laughs. The porters were amazing too, so fun and helpful!! 10/10 recommend this experience.
polonis
polonis
2024-06-04
Caminho Inca com a melhor empresa fe Cusco!!! O passeio foi muito bem organizado por essa empresa, os funcionarios que nos acompanharam por 4 dias foram excelentes, Dario, nosso guia, nota 10. Vicente o chef, comidas maravilhosas, enfim tudo foi sensacional
Akshita T
Akshita T
2024-06-04
Best tour ever! I had the best time doing this Inca trail. Our tour guide was Dario and he is just the best. He is so informative, patient and just an overall amazing guide. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me and Dario just made it that much more special. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Thank you Dario for everything .
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