Ausangate is a magnificent snow-covered peak south of Cuzco and the legendary source of llamas and alpacas. According to legend, Pachamama (mother earth) loans alpacas and llamas so that people of the puna can survive. Since the animals belong to Pachamama, they must be well fed and never be treated cruelly. If they aren’t properly cared for, Pachamama will call them back to Ausangate and people will disappear. – Ancient Quechua Legend Hoffman, Eric: The Complete Alpaca Book, p. 3. Bonny Doon Press, Santa Cruz, CA. 2006.