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Huaraz: Pastoruri Glacier Day Trip

1. 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

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

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Huaraz

I traveled with my family (42, 14, 12 and 3 years old) to the pastoruri glacier in a private tour, an excellent trip and very well organized by Scheler Artizone Trek. We climbed up to 5,100 meters above sea level without problems with the support of Scheler and his team. The stops that the tour makes are unforgettable, such as a lagoon of boiling water but being cold, the seven-color lake whose purity allows you to see the bottom with different colors depending on the depth, the cave paintings, and obviously the glacier, where there are horses and people who help you carry small children or anything you need. The icing on the cake is the private meal or lunch organized by Scheler at a height of almost 5000 meters above sea level in a peaceful place with majestic views. They set up a table with all the services and dishes of food and hot drinks. It is a unique, unforgettable and highly personalized experience. Thanks Scheler, we really enjoyed it. Greetings from Mexico.

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!

¡Tuve un grand día con un guía apasionante y! Learn mucho sobre la región, ¡y la discusión siempre ha sido simple y fácil! yo recommend!