Ausangate Mountain is in the Willkanuta mountain range in the Andes, it has a peak of 21,000ft (6,384m). We will drive ~62 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Cusco to reach this range.
The mountain has significance in Incan mythology. Every year the Quyllur Rit'i festival which attracts thousands of Quechua pilgrims is celebrated about 20 km north of the Ausangate at the mountain Qullqipunku. It takes place one week before the Corpus Christi feast.
The region is inhabited by llama and alpaca herding communities, and constitutes one of the few remaining pastoralist societies in the world. High mountain trails are used by these herders to trade with agricultural communities at lower elevations. Currently, one of these trails, "the road of the Apu Ausangate", is one of the most renowned treks in Peru.
- This trek is for those who are looking to explore the Andes in the Puna areas
- You will learn about the traditions of the Andean people
- The area is inhabited by traditional Incan animals, such as large herds of llamas and alpacas
- This is the only area in the Cusco region to see the indigenous, Incan habitat of the vicuña, which has the most expensive wool in the world (1 scarf made of this wool costs ~$1,500!)
- We will see:
- Incredible views of the glacier peaks
- Blue mountain lakes
- Llamas in the Vilcanota Mountain Range
- Much more wilderness and wildlife
- Price: $600/person
- Note: This Trek does not go to Machu Picchu