The Ausangate Region is historically known for its farming and mountainous culture. Due to the remoteness of most of the region, the local communities have maintained their traditional way of life. This includes the great festival of Quyllur Rat’i (Star snow) where thousands climb to the snowy heights of the area known as Taytacha Quyllur rit’i (Lord of the glittering snow), which is located approx 20km from Ausangate Mountain. This rare pastoralist society then celebrates the Apus deities within the area (Gods who now dwell as a mountain) as they are Gods of the life force that gives birth to the cattle and all Camelids. As these communities are predominantly farmers and herders the fertility of their animals and land is of the greatest importance. They use traditional roads to trek down to lower elevations to trade and sell their produce.
On your way down from you high altitude trek your treated once again to a thermal baths trip! This time enjoy them in Pacchanta within the Ocongate district where the community focuses on Alpaca and potato farming. This seemingly humble community have built these natural springs into a luxury spa at the foot of the snowy mountains. These waters can exceed 20 and are naturally infused with Chlorine, Sulphate and Bicarbonate which have properties that aids in treatment for dermatological, respiratory and rheumatic ailments.
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