ACTIVITIES IN AREQUIPA

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Trekking Ausangate (best seller!)

Day 1 : Cusco – Urcos – Tinqui - Upis

We leave the city of Cusco early in the morning and head to the east. On the way we can observe some beautiful and very verious landscapes and go through little typical villages, incas and pre-incas archeological sites.En Tinqui (3850 metres), we meet the donkey-tender and cooks, who will come with us during the whole trek, as well as the animals carrying our camping gear and personal belongings. On our first day we start trekking and climbing up to the Ups community (4'400 meters). The surrounding landscape is very typical of the region of puna. There are lots of ichus (dry grass from the Andean's highlands) and wind. The view on the Ausangate is amazing and just spectacular. Through the walk and in the village of Upis we will meet local people. The locals will tell us about ther textiles handcrafts, explain the symbols in the works and how they are related to the nature and to the andeans beliefs. Discovering those traditions and costums, which come directly from the Incas, is very impressive. In Upis, you also have the opportunity to relax in the natural hot springs.

Transport time : 4 hours
Walk duration : 6 hours

Day 2 : Upis – Col de Arapa – Col Extrême Ausangate – Lagune Ausangate

On the second day we start to climb up the Ausangate, this of course with a beautiful sight on the major Apu. We will enjoy the strength and beauty of the south side of the Andes. Once we arrive at the Arapa pass (4800 meters), we have a overlook over the incredible mountains region. Afterwards we will go down on the other side of the pass and pass by many beautiful lagoons. After having lunch, we climp up again until we reach the Extreme Ausangate pass (4850 meters), following we will got to another lake, which is called Ausangate lagoon. There we will camp and spend the night. 

Climate : cold
Walking duration : 7 hours

Day 3 : Lagune Ausangate – Col Palomani – Jampa

Today ist the most beatiful but also the hardest day of the trek: we climp until we reach the highest point of our journey, the Palomani pass (5200 metres), where we will have an amazing view on the glaciers as well as the Apu Ausangate. This sight is defenitely a reward of our efforts on this day. Afterwards we will head back to the Pampa Finaya valley and are going to arrive in Jampe (4700 meters), where we will camp and spend the night.

Walking duration : 8 hours

Day 4 : Jampa – Col de Campa – Pacchanta

Today's challange is the campa pass (5100 meters)! We will walk through magnificient andean landscapes, where alpacas, lamas and vincunas live. They live sorrounded by glaciers and by the spectactual snow-caped Colqecruz. Then, we will pass by several lagoons before we arrive in the Pacchanta community (4350 metres), where we will relax in hot springs and also camp and spend the night. We end this wonderful day by eating a typical peruvian meal.

Walking duration : 8 hours

Day 5 : Pacchanta – Tinqui – Cusco

After having breakfast we will start our walk until we reach the village of Tinqui (3900 meters), which is the final point of our trek. From there we will take our vehicle back to Cusco. On our way back we will stop in Tipon or in Saylla, where we will have the oppurtunity to enjoy typical meals of the region, such as cuy (guinea pig) or chicharrón (made with pork).

Walking duration : 3 hours
Transport time : 4 hours

Price per person, based on a tour for at least 2 people

Included :

  • Local Tansport from Cusco to Tinqui
  • Local Transport from Tinqui to Cusco
  • Entry for the Ausangate park
  • Guide professionnal bilingual (spanish, french, english)
  • Professional equipment for moutain (tent for two persons, alimentary tent, mastress, bathroom tent, table and seats)
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Cookers and assistants
  • Horses for all the equipment and your personal luggages
  • Emergency necessary with oxygen bottles

Not included :

  • Breakfast for the first day 
  • Sleeping bags (you can rent one if you don’t have one)

What’s necessary to bring?

  • Backpack with a protection from the rain
  • Sleeping bags
  • Different kind of clothes adapted to the different climates (hot and cold)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof clothes
  • Hot socks
  • T-shirt with short and long sleeves
  • Swimwear
  • Solar protection
  • Anti insect cream
  • Sanitizer
  • Hygienic paper
  • Water bottles and sterilizing tablets
  • Camera
  • Hats
  • Snacks as cholocate or fruit bars
  • Original passport
  • Original study card
  • Money in soles

Pay attention to bring enough clothes, because it can rain and your clothes won’t have time to dry.