In the Inca mythology of this mountain and the nearby lakes – among which Sibinacocha stands out – the masculine energy is born that fertilizes mother earth Pachamama; After a long course, the waters are lost in the unknown lands of the Amazon to return to fill the lakes and glaciers every night, converted into the river of stars or Willkamayu, known in the West as the Milky Way. The Chillca community made up of llama and alpaca herders is known as the guardian of these pristine landscapes, from where you can take mountain walks spending the night in comfortable lodges or tambos, among which Machuracay Tambo stands out, in a walk called « Path of the Apu Ausangate”.
Every year on the north side of Ausangate, the Qoyllur Rit’i festival (Quechua: “star snow”) has been celebrated since time immemorial before the Corpus Christi festival, during which thousands of Quechuas make a pilgrimage to the Lord of Quyllur Rit’i. in the temple of Sinakara (painting made on a rock). This pilgrimage was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
TREKKING THROUGH THE 7 LAGOONS OF AUSANGATE
The set of lagoons that make up this tourist attraction are fed by the melting of the immense snow-capped Ausangate, the highest in Cusco (whose top reaches 6,384 meters above sea level). The local peoples decided to take advantage of the natural beauty of the place to create a circuit of 7 lagoons that are: the Pucacocha lagoon, the Patacocha lagoon, the Alqacocha lagoon, the Qomercocha lagoon, the Otorongo orco lagoon, the Otorongo Chinese lagoon and the Cocha blue lagoon.
HOTEL-PLAZA SAN FRANCISCO
05:0 am – 17:30 pm
At 4:50 am we will pick you up from your respective hotel, then we will leave for 2 hours. Approximately until we reach Pachanta there we will have our breakfast where we will take the necessary energy for our walk through the snowy Usangate and its 7 turquoise lagoons. During the walk we will see landscapes that make up peaks, we will also come across animals from the area such as: llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, and if we are lucky we will see the majestic
Andean condor. As we ascend we will make stops at the Lagoons.
Name of the #7 lagoons of #Ausangate
Laguna #Azulcocha: it is located at about 4 618 m.a.s.l.
Laguna #Otorongo: it is located at about 4,620 m.a.s.l.
Laguna #Oq’ecocha: it is located at about 4,631 m.a.s.l.
Laguna #Pucacocha: it is located at about 4,670 m.a.s.l.
Laguna #Pachaspata: it is located at about 4,867 m.a.s.l.
Laguna #Alqacocha: it is located at about 4,752 m.a.s.l.
Laguna #Q’omercocha: it is located at about 4,666 m.a.s.l.
After visiting all the lagoons mentioned, we will take a break to return to Pacchanta, having free time to enjoy the hot springs. Then we will have our delicious typical lunch as a reward for our effort for the trekking they did. Finally we will set off on our way back to Cusco arriving at approximately 6:00 p.m.