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Hike to the Ausangate Lagoons in 1 Day

Feel the spirit of Apu Ausangate!

Full Day / 1 Day Short Hike

23 reviews
Hike to the Ausangate Lagoons in 1 Day

Hike to the Ausangate Lagoons in 1 Day

Feel the spirit of Apu Ausangate!

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Full Day / 1 Day Short Hike

23 reviews

Overview

Hike to the Ausangate Lagoons in 1 Day, on this walking tour to one of the most important sacred places in Cusco, Ausangate and its 7 beautiful lagoons of different colors and unique beauty. In this alternative adventure we will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes on the way from Cusco to Pacchanta and from that place we will be able to enjoy the flora and fauna that surrounds the great mountain Ausangate 6384 m / 20944 Feet.

In this walking and adventure tour through the Andes, he will take us to dream places where you will feel close contact with pure and magical nature.

Before returning to Cusco, take a relaxing dip in the Pacchanta thermal baths.

 

PROGRAM SUMMARY

DAY 01: CUSCO | PACCHANTA | 7 LAGOONS OF AUSANGATE | PACCHANTA | CUSCO
Enjoy a full day ride on the Ausangate route.

Itinerary

Visit Day (Cusco - Pacchanta - 7 Lagunas - Pacchanta - Cusco):

We will start this adventure of the “Trek 7 Ausangate Lagoons Full Day”, with the pick up from your hotel in the city of Cusco around 04:30 am, we will go to the community of Pacchanta for 6 hours, where we will appreciate beautiful high Andean landscapes such as flora and fauna of the place. In Pacchanta we will have breakfast, and we will have a brief rest so that our guide explains a little more about our adventure towards the 7 Lagoons of Ausangate (Apu tutelary of the sacred city of Cusco).

After breakfast we will get ready to start the walk to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate. The walk is about 7.5 km for 5 hours on foot. We will visit the 7 Ausangate lagoons: Azulqocha, Orco Otorongo, China Otorongo, Puqacocha, Alqacocha, Qomercocha and Patacocha. In addition, we will be able to appreciate the imposing mountains such as Ausangate (6834 masl), Mariposa (5842 masl), Jampa (5500 masl), Pucapunta (5740 masl), Caracol (5625 masl), Tinke (5300 masl).

During the trip we will see native birds of the area, alpacas, llamas, many vizcachas and with luck the Andean condor. At the end of the circuit we will return to enjoy a comforting lunch in the Pacchanta community. Then we will take a break in the medicinal hot springs of the place (Optional), so that you can relax and recover energy after this incredible experience in the Andes.

This unforgettable adventure of the Ausangate 7 lagoons tour will end up arriving in the city of Cusco around 07:00 pm approximately.

  • MEALS: Breakfast and Lunch in Pacchanta community.
  • DIFFICULTY: Dificult.

Included

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Tourist transport Cusco – Pacchanta.
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen Balloon.
  • Professional guide Spanish – English.
  • 1 Breakfast and 1 Lunch.
  • Tourist Transportation Pacchanta – Cusco (city center).

No Included

  • Entrance to the 7 Lagoons S/ 10.00.
  • Entrance fee to Pacchanta Hot Springs S/ 10.00.
  • Saddle Horse.
  • Water or alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips, personal appreciation (optional).
  • Lodging or Hotel in the city of Cusco.
  • Travel Insurance, recommended during your trip (hire it from your country).

Recommendations

  • It is recommended that you spend at least a couple of days in the city of Cusco, so that the height is not a major problem.
    Higher elevation also means cooler, almost freezing temperatures, so be prepared. If you decide to take a multi-day trek make sure to wear very warm clothing.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated. Walking at high altitudes in cold weather you will sweat much less than you are used to. It’s often too late when you realize you’re dehydrated. Mixing dehydration with altitude sickness can be an unpleasant combination. It is recommended to drink at least two to three liters per day at high altitudes like this.
  • Drink enough water, it is important when hiking at high altitude. There are many streams and rivers on the route, but we recommend bringing a bottle of life straw or water purification tablets. Due to the large number of alpacas and llamas throughout the mountains, it is not known how clean the water is. Nothing could be much worse than getting sick at high altitude or having a working stomach.

Packing List

What To Bring

  • Warm clothing (jacket, scarf, gloves, hats).
  • Hat, cap and sunglasses.
  • Snacks (chocolates, sweets, coca leaves).
  • Water or hydrating drink.
  • Camera and spare batteries.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Pills for altitude sickness “Soroche Pills”.
  • Trekking shoes or waterproof boots for your comfort, if they are rubber or thick-soled shoes are an excellent choice.
  • Rain gear: A good raincoat, rain pants (rainy season only).
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs, etc (soles or dollars).
  • Above all positive attitude and good mood.

Travel Guide

How is the Road to the 7 Lagunas Ausangate Cusco?

For a 1-day excursion through the 7 lagoons of Ausangate, the road is well signposted so that it will be easy for those traveling on their own to find their way around. In addition, there are some stalls along the route, where some women sell water, coca leaves and other sweets, but they also take the opportunity to sell their handicrafts such as alpaca scarves. They are found in more than one place. To do the two-day route or even the complete Ausangate route, it is necessary to have a good map guide or a travel agency.

Where to eat on the route 7 lagoons of Ausangate?

Because it is a place of tourist interest, some residents of Pacchanta have been serving travelers who arrive every day in their local restaurants. If your plan is to travel on your own, then it is recommended that before leaving for the lagoons, you reserve food at any of the restaurants, so that when you return you will have a guaranteed place to have lunch. And for those who go with a tour, they also have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area.

Why are they turquoise?

Some of these Lagoons have a turquoise green tone in color, that is what makes them attractive, because the water coming down from the snow-capped mountains also brings with it powdered minerals and finally they end up swimming in the waters, without submerging in the base of the lagoon. In this way, on days when it is sunny, the effect of the coloration can be better appreciated.

Flora and fauna

As it is a walk through the natural region “Puna” you will naturally be able to appreciate the fauna that characterizes these regions with the hundreds of Alpacas, llamas, sheep among others in their natural habitat. On the other hand, the abundant Ichu (Stipa Ichu) will be spread throughout the hillside, and in the deserts of the puna with wild herbs, which grow only at ground level, due to the type of climate at these heights. Also from time to time some birds such as the great huallatas (chloephaga melanoptera) and others will be chirping near the lagoons and occasionally flying over them.

Prices

Number of persons Price per person

The  can depart any day of the week, “Trek 7 Ausangate Lagoons Full Day” all year round.

Price: US$ 150 per person

Deposit charges

Please note that WeTravel charges a 2.9% fee, which we ask the customer to cover as it is due to the use of their service. This tax is for online deposits only.

Price guarantee

This small group tour is guaranteed to operate with only 2 guests.

We like to think that we do tours a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we comply 100% with our prices and our departure dates on all our trips.

Discount

US$ 10.00 discount

Yes, if I already travel on another tour with us

US$ 10.00 discount

Yes, If your are more than 5 people.

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