Wiracocha Temple


Wiracocha Temple

The temple of Wiracocha is part of a larger archaeological complex called "Raqchi" This archaeological complex is located around 3 hours from Cusco, near the main route to Puno and Lake Titicaca. It is 3,460m above sea level on the slopes of the volcano "Quimsachata".

Despite most of the visible buildings in this complex dating to the Incan period (1450-1532), the occupation of the area appears to date back much further. Archaeological investigations found evidence of dwellings here dating back as far as 200 B.C. in the style of the ancient "Qaluyu-Marcavalle" culture. Many Incan and pre-Incan artifacts from many different civilizations such as the Wari (700-1100 A.D.) and the Collao and Inca-Collao (1100-1450).


Itinerary - full day

Pick-up from your hotel around 6:00 am in Cusco. We travel by bus roughly 3 hours to Raqchi. Once in Raqchi, we will take a guided tour through the Wiracocha complex with our guide. After lunch, we return to Cusco in the afternoon, arriving in Cusco at around 6:00 pm.

Itinerary - 2D/1N

Day 1

Pick - up in the early morning at your hotel in Cusco. We travel by bus to Raqchi for roughly 3 hours. Upon arrival in Raqchi, there will be a short rest. Afterwards we will have a guided tour through the traditional village of Raqchi to see the way of life, visiting the houses as well as getting an insight into the agriculture and livestock of the village. We will have a typical lunch and spend the evening in the town with a traditional dinner prepared by the villagers. We spend the night with our local host in the town.

Day 2

After breakfast, we will take a guided tour through the ruins of the Wiraqocha Temple. After the visit, we will take a tour to look at the crafts and fabrics made by the communities in the area. After a typical lunch, we return to Cusco in the afternoon.


Practical Information

Transport: bus
Price: contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change

Bring With You
  • Good shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Photo camera
  • Water and Snacks
  • Sun block and sun glasses
  • Hat against the sun or cold
  • Fullday tour: Transfer Cusco - Raqchi - Cusco; guided tour with English speaking guide; Lunch in Sicuani
  • 2D / 1N tour: Transfer Cusco - Raqchi - Cusco; guided tour with English speaking guide; lunch and dinner on day 1, breakfast and lunch on day 2; overnight in the village
Not Included
  • Entrance to Wiracocha archaeological complex
Additional Options

We also offer a ceramic class (full day) in Raqchi - Contact us for more information!

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