Vinicunca and Waqrapukara: A Colorful Mountain and Fortress Exploration

Journey through the multicolored landscapes of Vinicunca and uncover the ancient fortress of Waqrapukara in a memorable two-day trek.

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Cusco, Peru


2 Days




Year Round

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Venture into the heart of the Peruvian Andes with our exclusive two-day tour, where the wonders of nature and the echoes of ancient civilizations coalesce. This tour is a perfect blend of awe-inspiring natural beauty and historical exploration. As you traverse through the striking landscapes, each moment presents an opportunity to connect with the profound mystique of the Peruvian wilderness. The Rainbow Mountain’s vivid tapestry and the secluded grandeur of Waqrapukara fortress form the core of this journey, promising an experience like no other.

Begin your adventure under the starry skies of Cusco, transitioning into a scenic drive that introduces the majestic Andean panorama. Witness the ethereal beauty of Vinicunca, a geological marvel, as the first rays of dawn reveal its rainbow-like stripes. This natural phenomenon, coupled with the tranquil Pomacanchi Lake, provides a serene end to a day of vibrant exploration. The expedition continues with a trek to the enigmatic Waqrapukara, a fortress wrapped in history and mystery. Perched dramatically on a clifftop, it offers not just panoramic views but a window into the Inca’s architectural ingenuity and cultural significance.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 2:30 AM - 3:00 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
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 02:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 02:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 02:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 02:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 02:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 02:30

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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 adventure begins in the early hours of Cusco, where the city's gentle morning hum sets the backdrop for an unforgettable journey. At 02:30 am, we embark on a 3-hour drive through the Andean landscapes, offering a prelude to the marvels ahead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, a freshly prepared, nourishing breakfast by our dedicated cook awaits, energizing you for the trek to come.

The ascent to Vinicunca, commencing around 06:00 am, is a mesmerizing trek through a spectrum of natural colors. The Rainbow Mountain's vibrant hues unfold as a living canvas, inviting you to immerse yourself in its beauty. Spend 30 minutes to an hour atop Vinicunca, embracing the moment for exploration, reflection, and photography.

Descending from the mountain, a culinary celebration in the form of a buffet lunch crafted by our expert cook awaits. The afternoon journey takes us to the tranquil Pomacanchi Lagoon. Here, the evening is spent setting up camp by the water, exploring its serene depths, and sharing stories under a starlit sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 11 km

Greet the dawn with the peaceful aura of Pomacanchi Lagoon. After a hearty breakfast around 06:00 am, we embark on a trek to the mystical Waqrapukara. The journey begins from Punta Carretera, weaving through landscapes adorned with high Andean lakes and expansive views. The descent to Waqrapukara is a breathtaking experience, revealing an ancient ceremonial center nestled amidst colossal rock formations.

Exploring Waqrapukara is like traversing through time. Its stone structures and surroundings narrate the tales of ancient civilizations. The descent continues to Huayqui, accompanied by the sight of ancient rock paintings, adding layers of wonder to our journey.

As the day concludes, we return to Pomacanchi Lagoon for a sumptuous lunch, sharing stories and cherishing the moments spent. The journey back to Cusco, filled with reflections of a soul-enriching expedition, promises a comfortable return by approximately 6:00 pm.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Rainbow Mountain Trek: Ascend the famed Vinicunca Mountain, a breathtaking natural wonder known for its vibrant, multicolored hues, offering a unique hiking experience and spectacular photo opportunities.

  • Pomacanchi Lake Camping: Spend a peaceful evening camping by the serene Pomacanchi Lake, immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of this hidden gem in the Andes.

  • Trek to the Ancient Citadel of Waqrapukara: Journey to the enigmatic Waqrapukara, an ancient fortress that stands as a testament to Incan architectural prowess, offering stunning vistas and a rich historical experience.

  • High Andean Lakes and Vast Landscapes: Traverse paths that showcase high Andean lakes and expansive landscapes, providing a deep connection with the raw beauty of the Peruvian wilderness.

  • Exploration of Historical Sites: Delve into the history and culture of the region with visits to ancient ceremonial centers and the chance to view rock paintings that echo the past.

  • Sumptuous Local Cuisine: Savor the flavors of Peru with meals prepared by our expert cook, providing a taste of local culinary traditions throughout the journey.


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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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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 Vinicunca Mountain & Waqrapukara Adventure. 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 Vinicunca Mountain & Waqrapukara Adventure, 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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