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Things to Do in Huascaran National Park

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  • Oriolekam
    Macau, China142 contributions
    I joined a tour to get to Laguna 69, the hike itself is super scenario and pretty, I must say this is the best landscape I have ever seen in Peru (except Cuzco where I haven't go).

    Personally, i think the hike is not difficult in compare to Laguna churup. But I have no high altitudes sickness when hiking below 5000m and of certain physical fitness. The hike is up and down, and remember to put on sunscreen because the sun is strong.
    I would strongly recommend this hike to those who don't have chronic illness, and better for certain physical fitness.

    Advise:
    *go to bathroom before hike as it lasted for 4-5 hours
    *NO toilet on the way, so bring a plastic bag to keep your used tissue. LEAVE NO TRACE
    *wear comfortable shoes and could use your hiking rods if needed (I didn't have anything)
    Written October 13, 2019
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  • danijelabrecko
    Ljubljana, Slovenia10 contributions
    Lake Llanganuco is about 3 hours from Huaraz. Is also the starting point to lodge Peru and mountain Pisco. You can make nice round trip from Llanganuco lake to lodge Peru, conitue to lake 69 and come to the starting point again.
    Written August 18, 2019
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  • Reiner K
    6 contributions
    A quick and entertaining 45 minute drive from Huaraz. This was my first solo hike of my time in Peru and thus made me slightly intimidated as other travel blogs said that the trail was quite difficult. I arrived for the hike having already spent 2 weeks in high altitudes around Arequipa and Cusco, thus I found the trail tough but not extremely difficult as others had said it would be. It took me an hour 20 to do the fast course. The sections with "ropes" or chains as they actually were was fun and a good challenge, but I can understand for some that these might be uncomfortable and thus taking the longer trail makes more sense as there are fewer rope sections. The laguna itself is beautiful and a great quick day trip idea; I was headed back to Huaraz on the 2 o'clock bus!
    Written November 30, 2019
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  • danijelabrecko
    Ljubljana, Slovenia10 contributions
    A lot of wonderful lagunas on the altitude more than 4.000 meters, a lot of wonderful mountains, who deserves to trek or to climb on them.
    Written August 18, 2019
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  • MOSKINNY
    Mexico City, Mexico39 contributions
    Absolutely breathtaking! We bought our tour on Denomades but the agency that took us there was Golden Expeditions, so it might be better to buy directly from them. Comfortable van with about 12 tourists plus 2 staff.
    You need to prepare for this trip, do drink coca mate/tea since days before (it stimulates you so don’t take at night). Start your trip in Cusco for some days so you begin getting adjusted to the height. We did and never felt sick, only a little short breathed after physical effort. Do place the coca leaves in your mouth once you get to the glacier, it will help you with the upwards long walk. You don’t chew, just leave them between your teeth and cheek.
    On your way there van will stop at a small town restaurant to get snacks and place your order for lunch on your way back. You’ll not be sure you’ll want to eat here since it’s not an “urban” area, DO eat here! It turned out to be our best meal in Huaraz. Surprisingly well organized, amazing food taste-presentation-amount-quality. We sincerely congratulated the owner.
    On your way to Pastoruri you’ll enjoy amazing views and make very short stops at sparking water and many colors small lake (5 min each). When you get to Pastoruri do get the horse ride for the half way to the glacier, it’s not about being fit enough but the height that makes any effort much harder. The glacier is amazing! So beautifull! Also the lakes and mountains. It’s sad to know that it probably won’t be there in 10 years due to global warming, you literally see it melting like rain inside the cave under it.
    It’s not easy to get to Huaraz but it’s absolutely worth it after seeing Pastoruri, Llanganuco and Yungay (Campo Santo).
    Written March 7, 2020
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  • Petr K
    Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic49 contributions
    All the people tells about Peru is Machu Pitchu. Definetly it is MUST place but for me was better Huaraz with its Cordilieras. Calm place, enought space, not crazy turist guides. I liked it and really recommend to people who like mountains.
    Written February 28, 2017
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  • Pierre W
    Brussels, Belgium16,699 contributions
    Tripadvisor should list it as 'Canon del Pato' not Duck Canyon.
    Take a Yungay Express bus from Caraz to Huallanca and get off where the canyon becomes great, near tunnel 5 and the small hydro dam. From there, 12 km downhill to walk along the road to Huallanca. The narrowest section comes first, but further on there are waterfalls and the drop becomes deeper. There are 36 tunnels, the last tunnel is the most dangerous, carry a torch.
    The first Yungay Express bus returns from Huallanca to Caraz around 1 pm. Several restaurants serve the almussel in Huallanca.
    Written October 3, 2018
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  • Kathy K
    loomis ca943 contributions
    We stayed at the Llanganuco Mountain Lodge so this was a short taxi ride away, 20 minutes or so. We were dropped off and walked mostly downhill back to our lodge taking approx 3 hours. We didn't see one other person the entire way. It was quite different. The 1 hour trek through the cloud forest meets up with another trail that deposits you at the park entrance. Easy hike, lots of waterfalls and river. Just lovely and relaxing and entirely different than other hikes in the area. Highly recommend for anyone that doesn't want anything too strenuous as they get accustomed to the altitude.
    Written July 28, 2017
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  • ThomPrenn
    Denver, CO20 contributions
    Just a note to mention Peruvian Andes Adventures. If you find them on Trip Advisor, you'll see almost perfect "5s" in their reviews. These are not fake reviews! We just returned from a 12-day trek that started with Santa Cruz and finished by circling that entire portion of the Cordillera Blanca. The company was terrific in every way, and I'd particularly like to note how scrupulous they were about cleanliness and safe eating. We all sailed through our trek with no stomach problems at all. Top recommendation!!
    Written June 19, 2017
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  • corinavandijk1990
    Oegstgeest, The Netherlands1 contribution
    I stayed at the lodge for two nights but I wish I could have stayed longer! Did amazing treks and Charlie is a perfect host!
    Written October 16, 2018
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  • Lishertje
    Raalte, The Netherlands13 contributions
    OVERALL:
    * Price: 3 sol (Colectivo from Huaraz to Marian and back)
    * Positive: did this hike in February 2020 and found it to be both one of the most prettiest as wel as the cheapest around Huaraz.
    * Negative: encountered quite a few aggressive dogs at the startpoint.

    GETTING THERE:
    A taxi could bring you almost all the way up to the lake ($$$) but I think that would be such a shame as I found the hike itself to be one of the prettiest in Huaraz. You just need to take a colectivo to Marian (1,5 sol per person, one-way) and ask when the ‘ultimo colectivo’ is going back to Huaraz (in my case: 6 pm).

    HIKING ROUTE:
    To make things easy, just download one of the many available offline maps with hiking trails (I used the app ‘maps.me’ on this hike and it worked perfect) as the route is not that clearly indicated.

    Once you get dropped off in Marian, start walking uphill towards ‘the Lazy dog inn’. You should pass a blue watertank on you lefthand side and ‘the Lazy dog inn’ on your righthand side, confirming that you are walking in the right direction. After about 30 minutes or so (I was a bit delayed by quite a few aggressive dogs during this part) you should reach an Y-intersection. This is the starting point of the hike, don’t take the car road to the left or right but instead cross it and walk straight into the grass. You’ll see a trail going up (there is also a small sign pointing it out).

    The trail will lead you across the mountainridge and will eventually fuse again with the car road. At that point, follow the car road for a bit until you reach the official entrance of the national park (with gates). There was no park ranger (free entrance it is) so just go through the gates.

    Once you’ve entered the park, you can either follow the car road or take a trail up the hill, directly on your righthand side after the gates. I suggest you take the trail, as the car road is longer and more boring. Either way, both roads will lead you to the Llaca valley, which is one of the prettiest I’ve seen around Huaraz! Magnificent green scenery with a fast-flowing glacier river, huge rocks and lots of cows and horses. Follow the water upstream (you might have to jump it a couple of times) and it will guide you to Laguna Llaca.

    It was by far my most favourite day-hike I did without a tour and/or guide and it only cost me 3 sol!
    Written February 22, 2020
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