Paron Lake

Paron Lake: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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: Huascaran National Park Private Full-Day Tour

2. From Huaraz: Huascaran National Park Private Full-Day Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Huaraz at 7:00 AM. Travel north through the Callejon de Huaylas Valley, passing by many small villages throughout the journey. See the beautiful mountains of Huandoy, Huascaran, Hualcan, and Copa with a short stop for photos. Stop at the small village of Carhuaz and enjoy some time to relax at the Plaza de Armas. Continue to the town of Yungay, where you will visit the site of a landslide which destroyed much of the town in 1970. Take a 45-minute guided visit and learn about earthquake and subsequent landslide that claimed thousands of lives. Make your way to the start of the unpaved trail which follows the course of the Paron River in Huascaran National Park. Enjoy a short walk passing eucalyptus trees and typical local houses. Then begin the drive to Paron Lake. Hike around the lake and admire its beautiful turquoise blue color. After some time enjoying the scenery, make your way back to Caraz at 3:00 PM where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, at your own expense. Travel back to Huaraz, with drop-off at your hotel at approximately 6:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Paron Lake

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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!