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How to Spend 2 Days in Huaraz

How to Spend 2 Days in Huaraz

The Cordillera Blanca’s peaks and valleys are the dramatic setting for cities that predate the Inca empire by centuries. With two days in Huaraz, add some history to your mountain adventure—you’ll encounter an ancient culture and give yourself extra time to acclimatize before the challenging walk to Lake 69. Here’s how to plan.

Day 1: Chavín de Huántar

Morning: Start early for the 65-mile (105-kilometer) trip across the mountains to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Chavín de Huántar, keeping your camera out to capture the gorgeous views along the way. Upon arrival at the archaeological site, which dates back to 1500 BC, follow grassy pathways to a series of plazas and sanctuaries decorated with images of shamans, jaguars, and other animals.

Afternoon: After exploring the site, visit the nearby Chavin National Museum to see the ceramics and sculptures that have been excavated from Chavín de Huántar. Don’t miss the series of cabezas clavas, stones with shamans’ faces that once adorned the walls of Chavin.

Night: After a day in the ancient world, head back to Huaraz in daylight to maximize views in the mountains. When you arrive, visit Parque de los Periodistas for dinner and a drink in a cozy café.

Day 2: Lake 69 Hike

Morning: A scenic highlight of the Cordillera Blanca, Lake 69 has turquoise water framed by high peaks. Hop an early bus to the trailhead or join a hiking tour to experience the challenging trail that goes to 14,764 feet (4,500 meters). The 2.5-hour drive into the park is just as dramatic, and you’ll spot Huascarán—Peru’s highest mountain—from the road.

Afternoon: A 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) round-trip, the steep, beautiful walk to Lake 69 takes most hikers 3.5 hours in and two hours back. The payoff? Drop-dead views of a lake that many consider to be among the most beautiful in Peru.

Night: If you’re feeling the altitude after a day of hiking, search out a local remedy: a hot mug of tea brewed with fresh coca leaves. It’s a specialty served at cafés and restaurants throughout downtown Huaraz.

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Parón Lake - Cordillera Blanca

Parón Lake - Cordillera Blanca

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Venture away from Huaraz and make your way to the beautiful Lake Paron, tucked away in the Andes Mountains. Drive through the changing terrain and reach heights of more than 13,500 feet (4,170 meters) to reach the glacial lake. Hike to the viewpoint for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains before heading back to Huaraz.
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69 Lake - Cordillera Blanca

69 Lake - Cordillera Blanca

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Trek to the beautiful lake of Llangancuco in Cordillera Blanca on this full-day tour. Leave Huaraz and make your way past local villages until you reach Cebollapampa in the national park. Begin your 3-hour trek to reach the 69 lake and pass a number of mountains in the Andean range. Take in the beautiful mountain scenery and snap some photos before heading back to Huaraz.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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69 Lake Tour of Peru

69 Lake Tour of Peru

A challenging uphill trek is rewarded with stunning views on this hike to Lake 69 from Huaraz. Follow your guide through the beautiful scenery of UNESCO-listed Huascaran National park en route to pristine alpine lakes—a route that's difficult to follow on your own. This budget-friendly option doesn't come with frills, making it a great choice for travelers chasing adventures and views.
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