Trekking through the 7 Lagoons of Ausangate (All Day)

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Departure & Return Location

Hotel in Cusco - City of Cusco

Duration

05:00am to 17:30pm
Tour Details

According to the Inca mythology of this mountain and the nearby lakes – among which Sibinacocha stands out – gives birth to the masculine energy that fertilizes Mother Earth, Pachamama. After a long course, the waters are lost in the unknown lands of the Amazon, only to return to fill the lakes and glaciers every night, transformed into the River of Stars or Willkamayu, known in the West as the Milky Way. The Chillca community, composed of llama and alpaca herders, is known as the guardian of these pristine landscapes. From here, you can embark on mountain hikes, spending nights in comfortable lodges or tambos, with Machuracay Tambo standing out, in a trek known as the “Path of the Apu Ausangate.”

Every year, on the northern side of Ausangate, the Qoyllur Rit’i festival (Quechua: “star snow”) has been celebrated since time immemorial before the Corpus Christi festival. During this event, thousands of Quechuas make a pilgrimage to the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i in the Sinakara temple (a rock painting). This pilgrimage was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

TREKKING THROUGH THE 7 LAGOONS OF AUSANGATE

The collection of lagoons comprising this tourist attraction is fed by the melting snow of the immense Ausangate, the highest peak in Cusco (with its summit reaching 6,384 meters above sea level). The local communities decided to harness the natural beauty of the area by creating a circuit of 7 lagoons: Pucacocha Lagoon, Patacocha Lagoon, Alqacocha Lagoon, Qomercocha Lagoon, Otorongo Orco Lagoon, Otorongo Chinese Lagoon, and Cocha Blue Lagoon.

Price Includes

  • Pick up from the hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • First aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Thermal baths S/ 5.00 soles
  • Entrance fees S/10.00 soles

Recommend to carry

  • Camera
  • Sweater for the cold
  • Sportswear
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Gloves
  • 1 liter of water
  • Extra money
  • Standard Backpack
Itinerary

Day 1The 7 Lagoons of Ausangate

At 4:50 am, we will pick you up from your hotel. Then, we will drive for approximately 2 hours until we reach Pachanta, where we will have breakfast to gather the necessary energy for our hike through the snowy Ausangate and its 7 turquoise lagoons. Along the hike, we will witness breathtaking landscapes, encounter local animals like llamas, alpacas, and vizcachas, and if lucky, spot the majestic Andean condor. As we ascend, we will make stops at the lagoons.

The names of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate are:

  • Azulcocha Lagoon: located at approximately 4,618 m.a.s.l.
  • Otorongo Lagoon: located at approximately 4,620 m.a.s.l.
  • Oq’ecocha Lagoon: located at approximately 4,631 m.a.s.l.
  • Pucacocha Lagoon: located at approximately 4,670 m.a.s.l.
  • Pachaspata Lagoon: located at approximately 4,867 m.a.s.l.
  • Alqacocha Lagoon: located at approximately 4,752 m.a.s.l.
  • Q’omercocha Lagoon: located at approximately 4,666 m.a.s.l.

After visiting all the mentioned lagoons, we will pause to return to Pacchanta, where you can enjoy the hot springs during your free time. Following this, we will indulge in a delicious typical lunch as a reward for our trekking efforts. Finally, we will make our way back to Cusco and expect to arrive at around 6:00 p.m.

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