Our 5 Days Sacred Trek to Ausangate & Quyllur Riti is a mix of culture, landscapes and hospitality. It will be not only a trek to Andes mountains above sea level 5000 meters, but also a great journey to find your true self. Challenges, funs & explorations. You’ll meet the locals, eat their food, bath in the hot springs, and venture to a world unlike any you have experienced before. Bring the best camera you can, as these magnificent landscapes are something to be cherished forever. Lesser known to tourists, this gem of Ausangate has long been a sacred journey for people of the area, especially during the Qoyllu Rit’i Pilgrimage. We will pass this pilgrimage site during our trek.
Ausangate is the towering, 6372m peak which dominates the skyline to the southeast of Cusco. It is the protector spirit mountain of the city and ranks highest in the pantheon of Apus, the living Mountain Gods worshipped by the people of the Peruvian Andes. As you trek around its snowy slopes, you will climb high mountain passes and visit remote Andean villages. The turquoise lakes and hot springs of this land are a generous gift from Pachamama, the Earth Mother. You will have the opportunity to give thanks to her through a choice of one of our Andean Healing Activities. These are provided at no extra cost and are performed by an authentic Andean Q´ero shaman from the high Andes.
Q’OLLUYRIT’I – THE SNOW STAR FESTIVAL – Time in ancient agrarian Peru was cyclical, revolving around the seasons of planting and harvesting which were determined by the movement in the sky of the Pleiadean/Seven Sisters constellation. In April, the Pleiades disappears below the horizon, symbolizing a time of chaos (science has recently connected this to the phenomenon of the El Niño effect) and a transition from old to new in the Southern Hemisphere. This constellation reappears on the horizon during the full moon at the end of May/beginning of June which is celebrated by the indigenous people of Peru (estimates of as many as 70,000 pilgrims) by making a pilgrimage to the Sinakara Valley and the glacier at 15-16,000 feet/4500-4900 mtrs above sea level. There has been some Christianization of this festival since the Spanish conquest, where an image of Christ appeared during a miracle and a church has been built around this icon. In all cases, this is a festival of deep reverence, with singing and dancing going on for several days.
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