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Laguna 69 (or Lake 69) has become a popular Peru hike as of late and it’s no surprise why! After an endorphin inducing hike, you’re rewarded with stunning views of glacial turquoise waters surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Huascaran National Park. This trek in Huaraz, Peru has put Northern Peru on the must-visit list for many travelers. Are you one of those wanderlusters?
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This small mining city in North of Peru is often referred to as the Switzerland of the Americas. This is because of the imposing and absolutely breathtaking peaks that are clearly visible from the center of Huaraz. This province is home to the highest peaks in Peru, Mt Huascaran (6 768m/22 205ft) and Huandoy (6 360m/ 20 870ft) and another 3 peaks above 6 000m. Its famous for the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range and its Llanganuco lakes, all enclosed within the Huascarana National Park.
It’s a traveler’s paradise for winter sports and adventure enthusiast. Local activities include: ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding among other things. Visit the Cordillera Blanca for the most extensive tropical ice-covered mountain range. Next visit the Lllanganuco Lakes which, are made of a number of lakes, including Lake Huandoy thats fed by the second highest peak in the region. It has simple access and has spectacular views of the scenery. Another famous lake is Lake 69, declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve and world heritage site. The hike to this stunning lake is a moderate full day hike. For those that enjoy a bit of a challenge, you can find peaks like Nevado Meteo, this icy peak is perfect for ice climbing and other winter sports.
If you enjoy something more relaxing and less thrill seeking be sure to visit the medicinal baths of Monterrey, in a beautiful location surrounded by amazing snow blanketed mountain views. Unfortunately, in 1970, 95% the town of Yungay was destroyed by an earthquake and over 20 000 lives were lost. The only thing that remains of this town pre-earthquake is Jose Olaya Street, which you can still visit to get a feel of old Huaraz. Opposite plaza de armas is Museo Archeologico Augusto Soriano where you can learn about the older tribes that settle here before the Incas. Due to it being a mining town you can head to the paraditas (street market) to purchase local mined and manufactured jewelry made from tin, copper and silver. Another great place is to visit is the Wilcachuain Temple, only 8km from the town. This is a Pre-Inca citadel with beautiful ancient ruins to explore.
The food here, like in the majority of places in Peru, is absolutely delightful. While in town try Caraz, a milk-based desert mixed with fruit cake. Or better yet, Ceviche de Chocho, which is served with a typical and nutritious legume. It’s a must visit city for any adventurer and has a non-ending list of activities ensuring you’ll never find a dull moment.
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Are you an experienced hiker looking for an adventurous challenge? Climb Vallunaraju, one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in only two days. This challenging trek is filled with beautiful trails, climbing up gorgeous glaciers, and surrounding scenery that will leave you in awe. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to conquer this mountain and feel a sense of accomplishment like never before. Book your trip today and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
The Santa Cruz trek departs from beautiful Mecca to the famous Huaraz. This region is consistently overshadowed by Cusco & Machu Picchu, but thats what makes this place so magical – with towering snowcapped peaks, and no crowds. This trek takes you through fertile valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-famous circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 4750m/15,583ft. It is a trek that will give you memories that last a lifetime.
If you’re planning on visiting Huaraz you absolutely need to visit Laguna Paron. The largest lake in the Cordillera Blanca, it’s also one of the most beautiful. This guided tour is sure to leave you speechless and will give you memories that last a lifetime. Here are some things you can expect on your adventure to Laguna Paron:
Altitude: The mirador over the lake sits at 4,200m/13,779ft. This is the highest you will trek as the lake itself is a little lower than this.
Distance: If you choose to hike from the trailhead entry, the total distance is approximately a 20km round trip. Should you take a tour that goes all the way to the lake entrance, you need only do a short walk (45 minutes there and back) up to the mirador.
Time: This is a long day trip from Huaraz, requiring a start at either 5 a.m. or 8 a.m. dependent upon the type of tour you take. Tours are usually back in Huaraz by about 6 p.m.
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