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hiking
5 days ago

Great for those who want to do something without a guide and at the same time with a good degree of difficulty. The look of the lagoon is fantastic ... Worth it ... adventure with low cost.

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no shade
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rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

amazing hike. so fun. tons of cows. water quality is poor due to large amount of cows. trail is poorly marked. do not go out here without a map. pay the $50 for a topographic map!!!

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bugs
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rocky
2 months ago

Worth every step up:) amazingly beauty

hiking
2 months ago

truly amazing hike!

on Laguna 69

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

The most beautiful hike I’ve done so far! This place is beautiful and worth every step!

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rocky
2 months ago

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bugs
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rocky
2 months ago

Nice moderate hike up to the beautiful Laguna 69. If you go with a tour they will most likely pick you up around 4.30am from your hostal in a big bus. You then drive for around 2 1/2 hours to a restaurant for a quick breakfast. Have the chicken soup - much better than the bread rolls and will warm you up. After another hour ish you reach the start of the trail. Starts super easy, flat and wide which then goes to long and easy gradually inclined switchbacks. After passing through a valley the hardest and last hour of steep switchbacks. Dont be fooled by the easy start, we saw a lot of people power at the beginning and end up not feeling to well. Slow and steady we got to the laguna which is absolutely stunning. Yes, the hike is very crowded and the hike itself does not have the most exciting scenery, however if you are in Huaraz the laguna is a must!

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no shade
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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Started the hike at 8am after getting the collectivo from Huaraz at 7am. It starts of as a steep incline from the get go. Lots of rocky steps at first until you reach the rangers hut (which was closed when we went so we didnt have to pay the fee). There is a short and easy scramble with a safety rope that leads to yet more steep rocky uphill. Around midway, there is a fork and you can either go left for the longer but easier way or go right for some fun but a bit more technical and steeper scramble. We took the harder scramble for a bit of a challenge (we are just getting into hiking and scrambling etc). The rock was slippy in parts but again there is a rope attached to the rock for a bit of help and safety. After the scramble you hop over a tiny stream and another steep incline later you have arrived at the lake. The lake is beautiful and peaceful, perfect for a photo op and breakfast. For the way down we chose the "easier" route. This was the bit we didnt enjoy as much because the rocky gravel kept sliding around making us fall on our butts numerous times. Overall a good hike to acclimatise for other longer treks around the cordillera blanca but brink plenty of water (no shade) and sunscreen.

Loved it! The view was amazing and it was just a short 30 minute trek up.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. The altitude definitely made it strenuous.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This is a very steep hike- from the parking lot you head right into a steep climb. The trail is very clearly marked, mostly rocky and offers incredible views. The trail splits, and we headed to the right which is a little bit shorter route but has ropes for security because it is scrambling next to a waterfall. We hiked up to Churupita and that extra 600 ft was a little brutal but the view was well worth it. Definitely bring lots of water- took us about 6 hours to complete but we prob spent around 90 minutes just enjoying the lakes.

hiking
3 months ago

I am going to talk about things I would have liked to have found in 1 location for this review. You can read all the other reviews on how beautiful this hike is. TRAINING FOR ELEVATION: To start, I have to make it known that I live in Santa Fe, NM, USA. As such I live at 7000 feet. I usually hike at 9000-11000 feet on a regular basis. However, I had never hiked anywhere close to 16,000 ft. Also, I suffered a severe ankle sprain and could do no cardio training until 3 months prior to our trip over July 4th week holiday. The idea of 16,000 feet was definitely intimidating and I did not take it lightly after reading so many reviews where people suffered from altitude issues. Because of my ankle situation, I could do no running, no hiking, and no calisthenics exercises until 3 weeks prior to leaving. Instead I focused on swimming as my cardio workout. I truly believe swimming may have been the best workout for preparation. My feeling is I was forced to focus on breathing and lung capacity and your lungs get great practice at being compressed due to water pressure. I had not swam laps for several years and worked myself from doing 40 lengths in a 50 meter swimming pool with 2-3 minute breaks every 10 lengths to 100 lengths ( 5000 meters) in 45 minutes with no breaks. This build up was over 3 months and I swam 2 days a week. I did this up until the day before departure. 3 weeks prior to leaving I was able to start getting out on my local trails starting with little to no weight. I was only able to get in 4 training hikes and I focused on elevation gains as much as possible. My final hike was the weekend prior to leaving. I loaded myself down with 25 lbs and was on a trail that went up to 11500 ft. The trail out and back 14 miles in length. My druthers would have been to head up to “The High Points” in New Mexico around 13,000 ft 2 weeks before leaving and then,the weekend before leaving, head up to Colorado to do a 14er. If you live in the southwest and this is an option I would definitely recommend it. DIET AND SUPPLEMENTS I watched several documentaries and youtube videos about or made by experienced high elevation hikers. Most of theses were related elevations much higher than the Santa Cruz Trek but most were dealing with rules above 10,000 feet. My philosophy was What works at Meru will work on “The Cruz”. I found a very interesting YouTube video from an actual doctor who had recently summited Kilimanjaro. She went through her diet and recommended supplements for high altitude and just general international travel. The general consensus on diet is that it should be high calorie and high sugar ( sugar fiends rejoice!). If you are familiar with the majority of camping food makers (MRE’s and bars) most are made for this type of diet. This will be the one instance when you should be scanning the ingredients list for higher carbs and high sugar content. Other interesting recommendations from the doctor were a set of supplements. Some of these were for high altitude and some just general health. Supplements recommended were as follows: Probiotics B-complex Electrolytes Based on her recommendations I started a regimen of these supplements 30 days prior to departure and continued through my entire trip. In my research I found several differing opinions on the virtue of “altitude sickness drugs” that you can get from a pharmacy. I did find some credible articles on the of Advil in lieu of the behind the counter medications. I personally started taking 2 Advil twice a day 48 hours before the trip and continuing through the trip. I understand that many people have associated stomach problems with taking Advil so follow the “Know thyself”rule regarding this recommendation. I am lucky enough to have never suffered those side effects from Advil. I cannot go with out mentioning the “local” remedy for altitude issues which is usage of Coca leaves which you can find readily available in Huaraz. You can either chew on these or put them your tea or hot water. Again due to differing opinions and results of the effectiveness of this preventative I did not try this method. HYDRATION HYDRATION HYDRATION The number one thing anyone who has lived at any elevation will tell you, even without being tasked a 30 mile hike, is to stay hydrated. Most articles I read recommended that your water consumption should be around 2-3 liters per day. This is a lot of water! I primarily drink only water on a daily basis and this was a lot even for me. If you have any coaches or athletes or medical field professionals in your family, or circle of friends, you will learn there is a little bit more to hydration than you probably think. Chugging water 1 hour before you start your hike is not going to do it. The basic rule is that you need start a water regimen a week before. Drink from a refillable 1 liter bottle for easy measurements of how much you are drinking.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

A great full day hike and easy to follow trails - go right on way up and return on the lookout (left side). N.b. If you don’t like large rock scrambling don’t go right on the way up - go left instead. Laguna Churup is beautiful itself and worth the hike in itself but if you hike up to Laguna Churupita like us - you’ll be treated to the serene views of the Laguna source and we had it to ourselves. About an extra 1.5-2 hours to get to Churupita. Great hike to get acclimated! N.B. We also started at the base of Lake Churup to do the alternative hike - Lake Shallup - which was beautiful. This was lower altitude but much longer (17km return) and we had it to ourselves (with the cows and locals). This one was a good 6-7 hours.

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off trail
snow
4 months ago

Thoroughly stunning views and a challenging hike. I diverted from the main trails on the first two days which was fantastic to give alternative (better) scenery. Loved every moment of this 9 day trek.

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