Explore the most popular lake trails in Peru with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking trek! I mean that literally and figuratively! It is so beautiful every step of the way, but being above 15k feet, definitely a very difficult hike. If I can give one tip of advice, pack sparingly! 25 lbs of gear feels like 50 at that altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike just before the Santa Cruz hike to get a feel for the altitude. the weather wasn't great, we were in the clouds for most of the way and then couldn't see the lake at the top. The hike itself was good, not too difficult and as long as you take it easy the altitude isn't too much of a problem. The lake on the drive up was more of a view that Laguna 69, but again that's because we couldn't see it because of the weather. Still would recommend as for 30 soles (less than £10) it's definitely worth it. (Note: we did this 21st October - so heading into summer/rainy season)

3 months ago

This is my favorite day hike in the area - less crowded and cheaper than Laguna 69, and in my opinion it is more difficult and more beautiful. To arrive, we grabbed a collectivo in Huaraz to Llupa, and started our hike from there. It was a difficult and adventurous climb to the lake - at times you were going straight up - using steel ropes to help you climb. Plan on spending at least and hour at the lake - taking to the view and getting photos from all the different angels. There’s also a smaller lake above that’s pretty beautiful if you’re feeling up to it and have the time - it takes about 75 mins to get to and 45 mins to return.

Difficulty is based on acclimatization. If you’ve adjusted, this hike is pretty easy. Cheapest way to arrive is with a tour. Spectacular views of 2 other glacier lakes right before beginning this hike.

3 months ago

Tough acclimatisation hike for longer treks - very short steep ascent up to the lake but totally worth it. The picture here doesn’t do it justice!

backpacking
5 months ago

Guided journey, 3 days. Lares to Cucani and overnight camp. Days 2, Cuncani to Ipsay pass. Day 3 Huacawasi pass to Mantanay, then end at Yanahuara. Altitude 15,700 at pass. Snow at pass. Alpine lakes, too numerous to count. Will llamas and vicunas.

6 months ago

Amazing views and great people! You can see the Bolivian Andes. This is a wonderful island with interesting flora and some pre-Columbian ruins. A must-visit in the Lake Titicaca area.

backpacking
7 months ago

Incredible sights. The hike was very difficult. However if you train correctly then it becomes difficult. The scenes and the mountains were jaw dropping. If you add another day or two then you can also see rainbow mountain which is just as beautiful. I highly recommended this hike to anyone. There are no people on the trial so you get to really take all of the environment in. I will never forget this hike and will trek it again in the future.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Paid fifty solis for the trip from Huaraz. Turns out I should have bought direct from Esperanza Tours for thirty-five solis!

Bus left at 5:00am. Ugh. They stop for breakfast at a charming little establishment in the hillside heading up to the trailhead. You can buy lunch sandwiches there as well.

Arrived at the trailhead at about 8:45am. 3900m, or about 12,800ft.

Hike was amazing, between Huarascan which is the highest peak in the Peruvian Andes, and Chacraraju. Hike is up to 4600m, or a little over 15,000ft. Four miles up and four miles back.

Hiking time is 2.5-3.5 hours up, 1:45-2:15 hours down. Trail is in great shape. The altitude is tough if you are not acclimated.

Expect many other hikers, as this is the most popular day hike in the Cordillera Blanca. Very worthwhile day, all for US $12!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Well worth the travel. Great for acclimatizing. Begins with switchbacks with a semi incline. Levels out for a plateau meadow and then returns to being steep with switchbacks. The lake is a color you have to see in real life to believe. 15,091' and so incredible.

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