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From Huaraz: Full-Day Hike to Pastoruri Glacier

1. From Huaraz: Full-Day Hike to Pastoruri Glacier

Between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM, you'll be picked up to then depart from the vibrant city of Huaraz towards the astounding Pastoruri Glacier. On the way, your first stop will be at San Patricio Cave, followed by Parco, where you'll admire the majestic mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. The journey continues to the charming Pato Cocha Lake, home to local wild ducks. Explore further, visiting the carbonated water source of Puma Pampa and the impressive Puyas Raymondi. Next, you'll head to the serene Laguna de Pumapashimin, from where you'll embark on an hour-long hike to reach the majestic Pastoruri Glacier, a crucial part of the climate change route. After marveling at this natural spectacle, descend and proceed to a tourist restaurant for a revitalizing lunch. Finally, you'll return to the city of Huaraz, concluding your tour filled with fascinating explorations and unforgettable landscapes.

From Huaraz: Hike to the 69 Lake

2. From Huaraz: Hike to the 69 Lake

You depart from the city of Huaraz between 5:00 AM and 5:30 AM, embarking on an exhilarating adventure to Laguna 69. This beautiful lake is nestled beneath majestic mountains and is part of Huascarán National Park. Along the way to the lake, you'll traverse the stunning Llanganuco Gorge, where you'll encounter other enchanting lakes in the area. Your hiking journey begins at Cebollapampa, situated at 12,631 feet above sea level, where you'll ascend on a zigzag trail leading you to Laguna 69. This incredible body of water, with its brilliant blue hue, sits at an altitude of 15,255 feet. Surrounded by the imposing snow-capped peaks of Chacraraju and Nevado Pisco, their majestic silhouettes reflected in the serene waters create a truly awe-inspiring and unforgettable landscape. Finally, you'll return to the city of Huaraz, concluding this remarkable adventure.

Huaraz: Pastoruri Glacier Day Trip

3. Huaraz: Pastoruri Glacier Day Trip

After pickup from your hotel in Huaraz, you will head to the South-East of the Callejón de Huaylas, passing by traditional towns like Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac. Arriving at Huascarán National Park, visit Pumashimin Lake, also known as the Lake of Seven Colors. You will also explore the nearby cave paintings. Next, trek for approximately 40-60 minutes to the Pastoruri Glacier, taking time to appreciate its formation and lagoons. After returning to the bus, you will head to a restaurant in Ticapampa or Catac, where meals cost about 15 soles for lunch. You'll then head back to Huaraz.  If you choose the private option, the bus will stop in a quiet area with a scenic view. Lunch will be served by the guide and the driver.

Huaraz: 3-hour Trek to Laguna 69 with Optional Lunch

4. Huaraz: 3-hour Trek to Laguna 69 with Optional Lunch

Your day will start at 5:00 AM, when your group departs Huaraz to head north. A small stop will be made at 7:00 AM to buy breakfast and snacks for the road at Yungay.  Around 9:00 AM, you will approach the Cordillera Blanca and enter Huascarán National Park via Quebrada de Llanganuco. Here, you will make a quick photo stop at the lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha. You will arrive in Cebollapampa and start the 8 km hike to Laguna 69, located at 4620 meters above sea level. The famous Laguna 69 is one of 400 lagoons in the Huascarán National Park. It is known for being a glacial lagoon with intensely blue waters, framed by a snowy mountain range, from where waterfalls flow down to the base of the lagoon. You’ll stay at the lake for about 30 minutes, and use your time to take photos and enjoy the view, as well as to rest. If you choose the private option, you will eat your packed lunch next to the lake. Around 2:00 PM, start your descent back to Cebollapampa, and then return to Huaraz.

Huaraz: Visit to Laguna 69

5. Huaraz: Visit to Laguna 69

-We will start this adventure by picking you up from your hotel in Huaraz (near or at the main square) between 4:00 - 5:00 a.m. -We will travel to Huascaran National Park, upon arrival we will leave the car and start a hike uphill, on the way we will see the richness of the endemic flora and fauna of the area. -The hike will be on average more than 2 hours to reach the Laguna 69, upon arrival we will enjoy a brief explanation, time to explore the area and for photographs. -You will have time to have lunch on your own, then we will return to the entrance of the park where you will find the transportation that will take us back to the city of Huaraz. -Estimated time of arrival in Huaraz: 20:00 p.m.

From Huaraz ||Chavin de huantar/museum/ lagoon of querococha

6. From Huaraz ||Chavin de huantar/museum/ lagoon of querococha

Itinerary At 9:30 a.m. we will pick you up at your hotel in Huaraz and board a minibus to head towards Chavín de Huántar, two hours away. On the way we will stop at the Querococha Lagoon to enjoy the scenery - you will love it! Afterwards, we will continue with the excursion until we reach the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar. Once there, we will visit all the vestiges left by this culture. Did you know that the priests took psychotropic substances to be closer to the gods? We will discover this and more curiosities! We will also see the Tello Obelisk, the Portico of the Falconides and the sunken circular plaza. In addition, we will learn to which gods the Chavin entrusted themselves and what their customs were. After the visit you will have free time in the village to have lunch on your own around 2:00 pm. With our strength restored, we will head to the Chavín National Museum, where we will continue to delve into the myths, legends and enigmas of Chavín de Huántar, which will surprise you! At 18:30 we will be back in Huaraz.

Huaraz: Full-day Tour to Lake Parón with Optional Lunch

7. Huaraz: Full-day Tour to Lake Parón with Optional Lunch

Departing from Huaraz city, you’ll head to the northern part of the Callejón de Huaylas. When arriving at Carhuaz, you’ll make a small stop to buy breakfast and snacks for the road. Drive through the landscapes and cities of the scenic Huaylas valley, with the Santa River meandering through it.  Head to a lookout point for a panoramic view of the Cordillera Blanca, and the snowy mountains of Huandoy Huascarán and Chopicalqui.  Then, continue through Marcara, a city characterized by its traditional customs and clothing. Visit the main square and the San Pedro church. The route continues to the ancient city of Yungay, which was buried by an avalanche during the earthquake of May 1970.  Next, head to Lake Parón, the highlight of the day. Be amazed by the turquoise blue lake, surrounded by glacial peaks that rise to over 6,000 meters (19,700 feet). Lake Parón is one of the largest lakes in the Cordillera Blanca. If you choose the private option, you will enjoy a stop for lunch overlooking the lake. The last stop will be at Caraz, where you can see the Plaza de Armas, the city’s famous candy stores and other main sites. You will then return to your hotel in Huaraz.

From Huaraz: Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range

8. From Huaraz: Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range

We will pick you up from the hotel to take the north path along the Callejón de Huayhuash, passing through small Andean towns and admiring the beautiful snow capes of the Cordillera Blanca. Arriving to the town of Yungay, we will take the northeast route, where the Valley of Llanganuco is located. After the registration to enter the Huascarán National Park, we will pass near amazing lakes as Chinancocha and Orconcocha, until reach Cebolla Pampa (3,900 meters above sea level) the walking starting point. The Huascaran National Park has been a natural protected area since 1975, also a Unesco World Natural Heritage Site and a Reserve of Biosphere. The national service of protected natural areas is in charge of managing this place with a total extension of 3,400 kilometer squares. We will hike on a flat area for about 1 hour, enjoying the pretty views of the Huascarán Mountain, the highest in the White Mountain Range. We will ascend in a switchback path until we reach a small lake, and there visualize the glacial peaks of Chacraraju, Yanapaccha, Huascarán, Chopicalqui, and the waterfalls in the valley. The Cordillera Blanca surround the Callejon de Huaylas in the east and in the west the Cordillera Negra is situated. The Callejon de Huaylas has a total extension of 150 kilometers and the River Santa goes along the valley depth. Finally, we will arrive at Lake 69 located at 4,600 meters above sea level. We will have a lot of time to take pictures, and delight ourselves with spectacular landscapes and appreciate the crystal clear turquoise waters of this nature jewel. Then, we will begin the descent along the same path, until we reach Cebolla Pampa again, where our transport is waiting for you to take you back to the city of Huaraz.

From Huaraz: Full-Day Trek to Parón Lagoon

9. From Huaraz: Full-Day Trek to Parón Lagoon

Pick up at the hotel - Callejón de Huaylas - Caraz - Laguna Paron After pickup at the hotel (approximately 8:00 am), we head in our vehicle to the city of Carhuaz, where we will make a brief stop where we will see its main square and we can also buy some food or drink that we forgot. After them we will go to the city of Caraz which is located 70 km north of Huaraz, here we will undertake a gradual ascent along an unpaved road passing through picturesque towns to Laguna Parón. Once at Parón lagoon we can take advantage of the time to walk around the lagoon and observe the Andean wild flora; in addition to observing the most important pyramidal mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as Artesonraju, Pirámide Garcilazo and Caraz. Its beautiful turquoise waters make this place an impressive destination. In addition, there is the option of walking (approximately 40 minutes) along an almost vertical zigzag path and some parts over rocks to the viewpoint; place from which you can appreciate the lagoon in all its amplitude. After spending some time and taking many photographs, we will return along the same route to the city of Caraz and continue towards Huaraz. End of the tour between 6:00 pm approx.

From Huaraz: Tour to Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha Lake)

10. From Huaraz: Tour to Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha Lake)

Between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM, you will depart from Huaraz to the picturesque Callejón de Huaylas, beginning your journey in the charming town of Carhuaz. Here, you indulge in a tasting of artisanal ice creams made from local fruits and explore the town's church and square. The adventure continues with a stop at the Yungay cemetery (Ranrahirca – Yungay), where you visit the city buried by the 1970 earthquake and ascend to the viewpoint of Cristo Blanco to enjoy the panoramic view. Following the itinerary, you head to the stunning Llanganuco Lake (Chinancocha at 12,631 feet above sea level). This turquoise lake is surrounded by Queñuales forests and is flanked by the majestic peaks of Huandoy, Yanapaccha, and Huascarán, creating a dreamlike landscape. After exploring the beauty of Llanganuco Lake, you descend to relish a delicious lunch at a local tourist restaurant. Finally, you embark on your journey back to Huaraz, making your last stop in the charming town of Taricá, where you observe the crafting of clay-based crafts, concluding your tour in the city of Huaraz.

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From Huaraz: Full-Day Hike to Pastoruri Glacier

From Huaraz: Full-Day Hike to Pastoruri Glacier

Between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM, you'll be picked up to then depart from the vibrant city of Huaraz towards the astounding Pastoruri Glacier. On the way, your first stop will be at San Patricio Cave, followed by Parco, where you'll admire the majestic mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. The journey continues to the charming Pato Cocha Lake, home to local wild ducks. Explore further, visiting the carbonated water source of Puma Pampa and the impressive Puyas Raymondi. Next, you'll head to the serene Laguna de Pumapashimin, from where you'll embark on an hour-long hike to reach the majestic Pastoruri Glacier, a crucial part of the climate change route. After marveling at this natural spectacle, descend and proceed to a tourist restaurant for a revitalizing lunch. Finally, you'll return to the city of Huaraz, concluding your tour filled with fascinating explorations and unforgettable landscapes.

From Huaraz: Hike to the 69 Lake

From Huaraz: Hike to the 69 Lake

You depart from the city of Huaraz between 5:00 AM and 5:30 AM, embarking on an exhilarating adventure to Laguna 69. This beautiful lake is nestled beneath majestic mountains and is part of Huascarán National Park. Along the way to the lake, you'll traverse the stunning Llanganuco Gorge, where you'll encounter other enchanting lakes in the area. Your hiking journey begins at Cebollapampa, situated at 12,631 feet above sea level, where you'll ascend on a zigzag trail leading you to Laguna 69. This incredible body of water, with its brilliant blue hue, sits at an altitude of 15,255 feet. Surrounded by the imposing snow-capped peaks of Chacraraju and Nevado Pisco, their majestic silhouettes reflected in the serene waters create a truly awe-inspiring and unforgettable landscape. Finally, you'll return to the city of Huaraz, concluding this remarkable adventure.

Huaraz: Pastoruri Glacier Day Trip

Huaraz: Pastoruri Glacier Day Trip

After pickup from your hotel in Huaraz, you will head to the South-East of the Callejón de Huaylas, passing by traditional towns like Recuay, Ticapampa and Catac. Arriving at Huascarán National Park, visit Pumashimin Lake, also known as the Lake of Seven Colors. You will also explore the nearby cave paintings. Next, trek for approximately 40-60 minutes to the Pastoruri Glacier, taking time to appreciate its formation and lagoons. After returning to the bus, you will head to a restaurant in Ticapampa or Catac, where meals cost about 15 soles for lunch. You'll then head back to Huaraz.  If you choose the private option, the bus will stop in a quiet area with a scenic view. Lunch will be served by the guide and the driver.

Huaraz: 3-hour Trek to Laguna 69 with Optional Lunch

Huaraz: 3-hour Trek to Laguna 69 with Optional Lunch

Your day will start at 5:00 AM, when your group departs Huaraz to head north. A small stop will be made at 7:00 AM to buy breakfast and snacks for the road at Yungay.  Around 9:00 AM, you will approach the Cordillera Blanca and enter Huascarán National Park via Quebrada de Llanganuco. Here, you will make a quick photo stop at the lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha. You will arrive in Cebollapampa and start the 8 km hike to Laguna 69, located at 4620 meters above sea level. The famous Laguna 69 is one of 400 lagoons in the Huascarán National Park. It is known for being a glacial lagoon with intensely blue waters, framed by a snowy mountain range, from where waterfalls flow down to the base of the lagoon. You’ll stay at the lake for about 30 minutes, and use your time to take photos and enjoy the view, as well as to rest. If you choose the private option, you will eat your packed lunch next to the lake. Around 2:00 PM, start your descent back to Cebollapampa, and then return to Huaraz.

Huaraz: Visit to Laguna 69

Huaraz: Visit to Laguna 69

-We will start this adventure by picking you up from your hotel in Huaraz (near or at the main square) between 4:00 - 5:00 a.m. -We will travel to Huascaran National Park, upon arrival we will leave the car and start a hike uphill, on the way we will see the richness of the endemic flora and fauna of the area. -The hike will be on average more than 2 hours to reach the Laguna 69, upon arrival we will enjoy a brief explanation, time to explore the area and for photographs. -You will have time to have lunch on your own, then we will return to the entrance of the park where you will find the transportation that will take us back to the city of Huaraz. -Estimated time of arrival in Huaraz: 20:00 p.m.

From Huaraz ||Chavin de huantar/museum/ lagoon of querococha

From Huaraz ||Chavin de huantar/museum/ lagoon of querococha

Itinerary At 9:30 a.m. we will pick you up at your hotel in Huaraz and board a minibus to head towards Chavín de Huántar, two hours away. On the way we will stop at the Querococha Lagoon to enjoy the scenery - you will love it! Afterwards, we will continue with the excursion until we reach the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar. Once there, we will visit all the vestiges left by this culture. Did you know that the priests took psychotropic substances to be closer to the gods? We will discover this and more curiosities! We will also see the Tello Obelisk, the Portico of the Falconides and the sunken circular plaza. In addition, we will learn to which gods the Chavin entrusted themselves and what their customs were. After the visit you will have free time in the village to have lunch on your own around 2:00 pm. With our strength restored, we will head to the Chavín National Museum, where we will continue to delve into the myths, legends and enigmas of Chavín de Huántar, which will surprise you! At 18:30 we will be back in Huaraz.

Huaraz: Full-day Tour to Lake Parón with Optional Lunch

Huaraz: Full-day Tour to Lake Parón with Optional Lunch

Departing from Huaraz city, you’ll head to the northern part of the Callejón de Huaylas. When arriving at Carhuaz, you’ll make a small stop to buy breakfast and snacks for the road. Drive through the landscapes and cities of the scenic Huaylas valley, with the Santa River meandering through it.  Head to a lookout point for a panoramic view of the Cordillera Blanca, and the snowy mountains of Huandoy Huascarán and Chopicalqui.  Then, continue through Marcara, a city characterized by its traditional customs and clothing. Visit the main square and the San Pedro church. The route continues to the ancient city of Yungay, which was buried by an avalanche during the earthquake of May 1970.  Next, head to Lake Parón, the highlight of the day. Be amazed by the turquoise blue lake, surrounded by glacial peaks that rise to over 6,000 meters (19,700 feet). Lake Parón is one of the largest lakes in the Cordillera Blanca. If you choose the private option, you will enjoy a stop for lunch overlooking the lake. The last stop will be at Caraz, where you can see the Plaza de Armas, the city’s famous candy stores and other main sites. You will then return to your hotel in Huaraz.

From Huaraz: Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range

From Huaraz: Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range

We will pick you up from the hotel to take the north path along the Callejón de Huayhuash, passing through small Andean towns and admiring the beautiful snow capes of the Cordillera Blanca. Arriving to the town of Yungay, we will take the northeast route, where the Valley of Llanganuco is located. After the registration to enter the Huascarán National Park, we will pass near amazing lakes as Chinancocha and Orconcocha, until reach Cebolla Pampa (3,900 meters above sea level) the walking starting point. The Huascaran National Park has been a natural protected area since 1975, also a Unesco World Natural Heritage Site and a Reserve of Biosphere. The national service of protected natural areas is in charge of managing this place with a total extension of 3,400 kilometer squares. We will hike on a flat area for about 1 hour, enjoying the pretty views of the Huascarán Mountain, the highest in the White Mountain Range. We will ascend in a switchback path until we reach a small lake, and there visualize the glacial peaks of Chacraraju, Yanapaccha, Huascarán, Chopicalqui, and the waterfalls in the valley. The Cordillera Blanca surround the Callejon de Huaylas in the east and in the west the Cordillera Negra is situated. The Callejon de Huaylas has a total extension of 150 kilometers and the River Santa goes along the valley depth. Finally, we will arrive at Lake 69 located at 4,600 meters above sea level. We will have a lot of time to take pictures, and delight ourselves with spectacular landscapes and appreciate the crystal clear turquoise waters of this nature jewel. Then, we will begin the descent along the same path, until we reach Cebolla Pampa again, where our transport is waiting for you to take you back to the city of Huaraz.

From Huaraz: Full-Day Trek to Parón Lagoon

From Huaraz: Full-Day Trek to Parón Lagoon

Pick up at the hotel - Callejón de Huaylas - Caraz - Laguna Paron After pickup at the hotel (approximately 8:00 am), we head in our vehicle to the city of Carhuaz, where we will make a brief stop where we will see its main square and we can also buy some food or drink that we forgot. After them we will go to the city of Caraz which is located 70 km north of Huaraz, here we will undertake a gradual ascent along an unpaved road passing through picturesque towns to Laguna Parón. Once at Parón lagoon we can take advantage of the time to walk around the lagoon and observe the Andean wild flora; in addition to observing the most important pyramidal mountains of the Cordillera Blanca such as Artesonraju, Pirámide Garcilazo and Caraz. Its beautiful turquoise waters make this place an impressive destination. In addition, there is the option of walking (approximately 40 minutes) along an almost vertical zigzag path and some parts over rocks to the viewpoint; place from which you can appreciate the lagoon in all its amplitude. After spending some time and taking many photographs, we will return along the same route to the city of Caraz and continue towards Huaraz. End of the tour between 6:00 pm approx.

From Huaraz: Tour to Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha Lake)

From Huaraz: Tour to Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha Lake)

Between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM, you will depart from Huaraz to the picturesque Callejón de Huaylas, beginning your journey in the charming town of Carhuaz. Here, you indulge in a tasting of artisanal ice creams made from local fruits and explore the town's church and square. The adventure continues with a stop at the Yungay cemetery (Ranrahirca – Yungay), where you visit the city buried by the 1970 earthquake and ascend to the viewpoint of Cristo Blanco to enjoy the panoramic view. Following the itinerary, you head to the stunning Llanganuco Lake (Chinancocha at 12,631 feet above sea level). This turquoise lake is surrounded by Queñuales forests and is flanked by the majestic peaks of Huandoy, Yanapaccha, and Huascarán, creating a dreamlike landscape. After exploring the beauty of Llanganuco Lake, you descend to relish a delicious lunch at a local tourist restaurant. Finally, you embark on your journey back to Huaraz, making your last stop in the charming town of Taricá, where you observe the crafting of clay-based crafts, concluding your tour in the city of Huaraz.

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Overall rating

4.6
(8 reviews)

The tour is very good and the people from the agency were always very attentive. Angie always cared to know if everything was going well. Martin's guide was very good. At some times the tour is a bit fast, because there are several tourists per tour. But otherwise, the agency is highly recommended: it did everything and we hired it without any problems. The Pastoruri glacier is beautiful, as is its entire surroundings.

Laguna Llangunuco was a beautiful blue color and we enjoyed hiking along the shore. Our guide spoke very little English, so we didn't get much information. The tour seemed too long with so many stops.

What a great day! Gloria was helpful with finding a good departure time and had a great plan for the order of activities once we got there. Lunch was delicious!

Very nice guide, good transfer in a small group of 4 people. A breathtaking experience

very good, worth it, excellent and attentive guides