Undoubtedly the Ausangate Trek offers some of the most wonderful scenery in the whole area of Cusco, with many birds and wildlife as well as glaciers and high alpine lagoons. It is also one of the most difficult in the region, with three open passes at more than 5,000 meters / 16,000 feet. On a clear day, Apu Ausangate dominates the southern horizon of Cusco. As we approach this massif (6,380 meters or 20,926 feet) one becomes more and more impressed and fully understands why the ancient Incas so respected this spectacular mountain. Throughout the Ausangate Trek we pass through local villages where people dress in their typical costumes – women with hats with beautiful adornments – and llamas graze freely.