Hike Peru's Sacred Peaks

Hike Peru's Sacred Peaks

The four-day trekking component, accompanied by llamas and pack horses, explores the Cordillera Vilcanota, on the Camino del Apu Ausangate route that skirts the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region, with accommodation at unique tambos or Andean lodges, and Peruvian meals prepared by experienced local chefs along the way.

You’ll cross the fertile Vilcanota Valley and visit the colonial temple of the Immaculate in the town of Checacupe before ascending the Pitumarca Valley, where you’ll meet local mountain communities. After climbing the Anta Pass there will be chances to view the glaciated south face of towering Apu Ausangate, and to encounter the mezmerising red sandstone formations of the 16,500ft Nevado del Inca, home to the vizcacha, a member of the chinchilla family.

Other highlights include spotting herds of gracious vicunas and flocks of huallatas, Andean geese; as well as a stay at the Huampococha Tambo, wreathed by mountains with red, ochre, and blue strata.