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How to Spend 3 Days in Huaraz

How to Spend 3 Days in Huaraz

With three days in Huaraz, you can visit ancient ruins, explore a rare tropical glacier, and hike to a high-altitude lake with spectacular views. To adjust to the altitude, maximize your time by working your way up to a challenging hike on the final day. Here’s how to plan your visit.

Day 1: Visit Pastoruri Glacier

Don’t miss the chance to explore the rare tropical Pastoruri Glacier, at 17,225 feet (5,250 meters) above sea level, among the most accessible and scenic in the Cordillera Blanca. Since transport to the glacier is limited, most visitors opt for a guided tour. Here, you’ll see ice melting into a chilly lake, big views of rugged peaks, and some of the unique plants that grow at high altitudes in Huascarán National Park. Since visiting the glacier doesn’t require any strenuous hiking, it’s a good start to your time at altitude.

Day 2: Explore Chavín de Huántar

Head to Chavín de Huántar to spend your second day learning about the area’s history. A series of plazas and stone structures set in a scenic valley, Chavín de Huántar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that archeologists believe was used as a gathering place for religious ceremonies. After exploring the site, head to the Chavin National Museum, where key finds from the archaeological site are on display. You’ll see colorful ceramics, sculptures, and the cabezas clavas, a series of stones that once adorned Chavín’s walls and are thought to depict a shaman’s transformation into a sacred animal.

Day 3: Hike to Lake 69

Get an early start for the strenuous walk to Lake 69, whose bright-blue water and mountain setting are among the scenic highlights of the Cordillera Blanca. To reach the trailhead on your own, take a bus to Yungay then transfer to a collectivo minivan into Huascarán National Park. Many hikers opt for the convenience of a tour from Huaraz, which cuts time in transit and isn’t much more expensive than coordinating a series of rides. Most groups take 3.5 hours to reach the lake from the trailhead and an additional 2 hours for the return trip; consider a private tour if you’d rather set your own pace. All that climbing pays off in spectacular views once you reach Lake 69, which is the perfect place for a well-earned picnic by the water. Watch for Huascarán peak, Peru’s highest mountain, on the ride back to 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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