The Nevado Ausangate is the prominent mountain of the Cusco’s Andes. It does locate in the Vilcanota mountain range at 6,372 meters above sea level and 100 kilometers southeast of Cusco.
At the top are large lagoons of brilliant blue-green color, and on the ascent path, you can see rock formations at more than 5,000 meters high, covered by ice lagoons.
Climbing the mountain Ausangate is an exciting adventure of maximum adrenaline and beautiful landscapes.
Every year, the Ausangate hosts the Qoyllur Rit’i celebration in Quechua Snow Star, in which some members of the Quechua people make a pilgrimage. They ascend to the snowy Ausangate in search of the Star of the Snow, While the rest of the population remains at the base conducting dances, processions, music, etc.
Inca mythology believes that the masculine energy that fertilizes the Pachamama (mother earth) emerges from these snowy and nearby lakes. It does say that after so much flow, the waters seep into the lands to return and fill the lakes and glaciers every night turned into a river of stars (Willkamayu) known as the Milky Way.
To realize this crossing, it comprises 80 kilometers and lasts six days. What can do the tour by walking?
For its landscapes and geographical characteristics, the Ausangate is one of the most chosen travelers who like trekking and climbing.
Before making the expedition, acclimatize appropriately in the city of Cusco. The walks are extensive, approximately 5 hours a day, and stretches of road are on the rise.
During the day, you sleep in camps, and at the end of the trekking, you can enjoy some excellent hot springs over 40 ° C. While the traveler relaxes submerged in these warm and comforting waters, the cold outside temperature is around 5 ° C at dusk.
As far as the population that inhabits the region, they are straightforward people who maintain the ancestral traditions, wearing beautiful and colorful typical clothes like shawls, blankets, and chullos. Most of the population continues to communicate in Quechua, and little understand Spanish.
Its primary economic activity is agriculture. Andes people produce a great variety of tubers, mainly the potato and the goose.
The Apu Ausangate tour is a unique experience!