Palccoyo and Waqrapukara: A 2-Day Trek through Mountains and Ruins

Experience the serene beauty of Palccoyo Mountain and the mysterious ruins of Waqrapukara in a captivating two-day journey.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Explore the less-traveled paths of the Peruvian Andes on our exclusive “2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo” tour. This journey is a perfect blend of serene natural beauty and intriguing ancient history, designed for those who yearn to uncover the Andes’ hidden secrets. Starting from Cusco, this tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant hues of Palccoyo Mountain, a serene alternative to the often-visited Rainbow Mountain. As you traverse these landscapes, expect culinary delights that complement the visual feast of the Andes.

The second day elevates the adventure as you tread towards the captivating ruins of Waqrapukara. Perched majestically above the Apurímac River Valley, these ruins are a testament to the ingenuity of ancient civilizations. The journey to Waqrapukara is an exploration in itself, offering panoramic vistas and a closer look at the diverse ecosystems of the Andes. This tour promises not just a hike, but an enriching exploration of culture, history, and nature, ensuring a memorable experience far from the beaten path.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM - 5:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Rainbow Mountain, Pomacanchi Lake and Waqrapukara
Price
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:30

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your two-day adventure begins with an early morning hotel pickup in Cusco, marking the start of an unforgettable journey. We'll travel southward, reaching the rustic town of Combapata before venturing off the beaten path towards Palccoyo Mountain. A delightful, locally-sourced breakfast prepared by our talented chef awaits you at the mountain's base, providing the perfect energy boost for the day ahead.

The trek to Palccoyo Mountain is an immersive experience in nature’s artistry. The landscape unfolds into a vibrant palette of colors and unique geological formations. Witness the iconic color-striped mountains and the mesmerizing stone forest, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the imposing Ausangate Mountain, the tallest in the Cusco region.

After immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Palccoyo, we'll descend to our starting point, where a buffet lunch, carefully crafted by our chef, is served against the spectacular backdrop of the Andean landscapes.

Our next destination is the serene Pomacanchi Lagoon. Here, we'll set up camp for the night by this tranquil water body, home to trout and diverse native fish species. The afternoon is yours to explore the picturesque shores of the lagoon, followed by a delightful dinner and a peaceful night's rest in our comfortable tents.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 2-3 hours, 4 km

Awaken to a beautiful sunrise over Pomacanchi Lagoon, and enjoy a nutritious breakfast prepared by our chef. We then embark on a short drive to Punta Carretera, the starting point of our hike to the enigmatic Waqrapukara.

As we trek, the Andean landscape transforms around us, revealing high-altitude lakes and breathtaking vistas. Upon reaching the Waqrapukara viewpoint, you'll be greeted with your first sight of this ancient Incan fortress, set dramatically against the backdrop of the Apurímac River Valley.

Our exploration of Waqrapukara delves into its history and unique rock formations, with time to appreciate the ancient rock paintings that echo a rich cultural past. After thoroughly exploring this archaeological wonder, we'll descend to the Huayqui Community, capturing more stunning photos of the unique landscapes.

Completing our trek, we return to Pomacanchi Lagoon for a satisfying lunch. As we conclude our journey and head back to Cusco, you'll arrive at your hotel around 6:00 PM, carrying memories of an extraordinary exploration that will last a lifetime.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 14 km

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Tour Highlights

  • Palccoyo Mountain Trek: Discover the tranquility and vibrant beauty of Palccoyo Mountain, a serene and colorful alternative to the more crowded Rainbow Mountain. Witness the unique geological formations and panoramic views of the Andean landscape.

  • Culinary Delights: Enjoy fresh, locally-sourced meals prepared by our skilled chef, offering a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine amidst the stunning natural backdrop.

  • Pomacanchi Lake Camping: Experience a night under the stars at the tranquil Pomacanchi Lake, a serene location offering picturesque views and a peaceful atmosphere.

  • Waqrapukara Ruins Exploration: Dive into history with a visit to the enigmatic Waqrapukara ruins, an ancient fortress dramatically set above the Apurímac River Valley. Discover the architectural mastery and cultural significance of this lesser-known Incan site.

  • Scenic Andean Landscapes: Journey through the breathtaking Andean landscapes, featuring high-altitude lakes, diverse flora and fauna, and awe-inspiring vistas.

  • Sunrise Over Pomacanchi Lagoon: Wake up to a stunning sunrise over Pomacanchi Lagoon, a perfect start to a day of exploration and discovery in the Andes.

  • Authentic Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Andes, with opportunities to learn about local customs, traditions, and ecological conservation.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Palccoyo Mountain & Waqrapukara Combo, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

We’ll supply the duffle bag during the pre-trek briefing with your guide, held 1-2 nights prior to the tour’s start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the bag and pack efficiently.

The briefing covers essential trek details, such as itinerary, safety guidelines, and last-minute updates. It’s an excellent chance to ask questions, meet fellow trekkers, and prepare for your adventure.

Packing Tips:
  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Ensure the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag stays within the 7 kg limit. This helps maintain a manageable load for our dedicated cook who assists in transporting the bags.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

By following these packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your trekking adventure. We look forward to guiding you on this exciting journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is of moderate difficulty. While no prior trekking experience is required, a good level of fitness will help in navigating the terrains and altitude.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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