Peru: Apus Mountains

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Are you planning a trip to Peru? Do you want to visit the most beautiful local paths, the highest mountains and the spirits that live at their summit?

If you enjoy myths, local stories and you would like to experience  the local culture and beliefs on your own skin, Peru is the perfect destination for you! It’s worth mentioning that on the spot you’ll surely hear the word “Apu” more than once. Be well-prepared and find out what it means!

The Incas were an extremely spiritual people, finding life in many elements of nature. In the Inkasian mythology, Apu can be uniquely the name of the powerful spirits of the mountains who lives on the top of it, or the lonely rocks and caves that protect the local people on the highlands.

The male Apu literally means “Lord” – it refers to strength and courage, while the female equivalent of Apu means “Mother” – caring and protective. However, sometimes the local population’s concept of Apus also applies to defenders and important, wise people. To this day, the word is used to refer to mentors, leaders and teachers.

Looking for a term apu in the Inca mythology, we may come across information that the inhabitants of the Andean regions were making offerings to the mountain. These were mainly chicha corn and coca leaves, but there were also human sacrifices, which were a sign of helplessness and desperation. At that time, people wanted to protect territories and crops which were essential to existence – they were able to do everything to protect their area and inventories. Nowadays, mountain spirits still exist, but mostly among the local population and with some Catholic aspects.

Peruvians who grew up in traditional andean families believe in the power of gods. In addition, they believe that after throwing coca leaves on the fabric, they can communicate with the mountain gods through the configuration of those leaves.

In Peru, the highest peaks were worshiped because they are closer to the sky. The most popular mountains are:

Ausangate

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Inca mythology claimed that in this mountain and it’s nearby lakes, energy that fertilizes Mother Earth – Pachamama is born. It was said that after a long run, the water is dying in the Amazon lakes and rivers to come back in the form of stars every evening.

A trip to this sacred mountain is quite a challenge – the path is formed of rocks and in some time of the year is covered with snow and ice. It is a trip for brave people, hungry for adventures and loving the picturesque landscape of the mountains – the entire route is 67 km in total. Every year, the Qoyllur Rit’i festival is held on the north side of Ausangate – it is celebrated before the feast of Corpus Christi, during which thousands of Quechua make pilgrimages to the temple in Sinkara.

If you’re prepared for this experience – book a trip to this amazing, mystical mountain!

Salkantay

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If we translate Salkantay into it’s local language, we will find words such as brutal, wild and free. This apus mountain has caused fear among the Incas because it is on the same line as the southern cross – it is considered as a powerful mountain that can regulate the weather, rain and storm.

It is the highest mountain of the Vilcabamba mountains. Salkantay is a steep peak, the route usually includes three days of travel – it’s demanding, but pleasant and beautiful. This road is one of the 25 best trips in the National Geographic Adventure Travel magazine world ranking. Definitely worth seeing!

If you would like to experience the adventure of the Salkantay – visit our website!

Machu Picchu

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It is one of the most popular places among tourists – the best preserved Inca city, one of the seven wonders of the world. To this day, thousands of people visit the ruins, and many say that they feel the sacred energy and spirits of the mountains emanating from rocks and buildings. One of the most popular places in Machu Picchu where this energy can be found is the Intihuatana rock, where we can see many tourists with palms stretched out towards the rock and trying to discover the energy flow channel. Machu Picchu is 3082 meters high, and hikers who reach the summit can see the entire valley and ruins from a bird’s eye view.

 If you want to know the best route to see Machu Picchu reserve the path of the Inca to Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu

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Big Sister of Machu Picchu – there is a Temple of the Moon on it, which is already 1500 years old. In the middle of the cave there is a rock throne. It is believed that the caves were used to keep the mummies. Since Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are so close together, priests went back and forth every morning to welcome the new day.

Do you believe in these stories? Would you like to check if mountain spirits are still protecting Peruvians? If you were fascinated by this story, then you must visit Peru! We are convinced that it will be an unforgettable journey full of adventures!

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