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This trip starts early! After being picked up from your hotel you will drive to the province of Ausangate located three and half hours south east of Cusco. The scenery here is spectacular surrounded by glacier mountains that are inhabitant by local farmers and their livestock being llamas and alpacas.
You will be picked-up between 4.30 am to 5. 00 am where we will head towards “QOLLASUYO”, an ancient road of the quechuas and important part of all Tawantinsuyo (4 regions of the Incas). We will pass through CHECACUPE and arrive to locality d of PITUMARCA DISTRICT, known as the town where the first rebels defied Pachuteq (the main Inca of that time). We will pass by beautiful landscapes and valleys of Pitumarca arriving at the local towns of JAPURA and HACHIPACHA where the local inhabitants speak quechua. Finally we will arrive to a place called QUECHUYNO, where we will have breakfast.
After breakfast we will start our 1 ½ hour hike walking past beautiful landscapes, lagoons and also seeing wildlife such as the South American camelids including: alpacas, llamas and vicuñas and if lucky, pumas and Andean birds such as the condor! We will arrive to a place called VININCUNCA-PASSO (5200 m.s.n.m), from where we will observe the impressive view of Cerro Colorado. The rays of the sunrise will illustrate how impressive the valley is, alluminating the colourful hills that only exist in this part of Peru.
Mountains can be seen from all corners including Apu Sarinini, Ausangate mountain, which is the highest mountain in Cusco with a height of 6372 m.a.s.l. In Incan mythology, this mountain and the nearby lakes, produce the masculine energy that fertilizes the sacred mother earth otherwise known as “Pachamama”. The Chillca community (llama and alpaca herders), is known as the guardian of these Andean places.
Every year on the north side of Ausangate, we celebrate the festival of Qoyllur Rit’i where dancers from different parts of Peru (Quechua: “star snow”) to dance before the feast of Corpus Christi. During this festival, thousands of Quechua people make a pilgrimage to the Lord of Quyllur Rit’i to the temple of Sinakara (where there is a well known painting on a rock). This pilgrimage was included in the Representative Heritage List.
We will return back to Hachipacha for lunch and then head back to Cusco arriving at approximately 5:30 pm.
From your hotel or hostel / Plaza De Recocijio