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Pastoruri Glacier Tours

Pastoruri Glacier
There was once a time when Pastoturi Glacier was a massive river of ice, but today this glacier in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca is shrinking so quickly that the glacier’s retreat has become a site in itself. Located in Huascaran National Park, Pastoturi Glacier—despite its demise—continues to offer an exceptionally scenic way to visit the Andes, and has become a spot to view the effects of climate change in action. Shining blue and white against the craggy peaks, the glacier consumes about three square miles of pristine Peruvian countryside, and is one of the world’s most accessible glaciers you can reach by just driving a car.

To get an up close view, however, you’ll need to get out and walk, which can take about 30-45 minutes along a weaving walkway. Up here in the mountains it can seem the clouds are right at the tips of your fingers, and the gaping blue sky stretches out like a canvas that rests on the snowcapped peaks. In addition to visiting the glacier itself, tours from Huaraz also stop at sights like shimmering Lake Patococha, and scenic vistas that instantly help you feel the magic of these mountains.

Insider's Tip: Chew on coca leaves or coca candy to stave off altitude sickness.

Practical Info

Pastoturi Glacier is about 16,500 feet (5,000m) above sea level, so be sure to have spent a couple of days acclimatizing before making the trek to the glacier. Since snow and ice can occur in any season, be sure to pack gear for frigid conditions, as well as boots and a rain jacket.
Address: Pastoturi Glacier, Huascaran National Park, Peru
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Pastoruri Glacier Private Full-Day Tour from Huaraz

Pastoruri Glacier Private Full-Day Tour from Huaraz

Visit Pastoruri Glacier on a private tour from Huaraz that explores remote mountain roads, colorful alpine lakes, and the high peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Traveling with a private guide offers you the flexibility to enjoy the day at your own pace without being limited by a group schedule, so you'll have plenty of time for bird-watching, hiking, or just enjoying the view.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72.56
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US$72.56

HUASCARAN NATIONAL PARK three day visits - Huaraz Peru

HUASCARAN NATIONAL PARK three day visits - Huaraz Peru

Visiting the Huascaran National Park is complete tours around white mountain and the most popular circuits such as Llanganuco Lakes - Chavin de Huantar Pre-Inca Ruins - Pastoruri Glacier and the Puya Raymondi plants, this visit must be and excellent alternative for who are challenging the longets treks and climbings as this could be part of you acclimatizing in the altutudes of Cordillera Blanca, this tour consists three visit consecuently and is arranged since yoru hostel or Hotel in Huaraz.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$280.00
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US$280.00

Best of Huaraz Mountains and Lake and Archaeological sites 4d/3n

Best of Huaraz Mountains and Lake and Archaeological sites 4d/3n

This is the perfect tour for those adventurers who want to explore the top tourist attractions in Huaraz specially the amazing hike to the blue water lakes surrounded by glaciers and amazing landcapes. All you have to do is book your flight or bus to the city of Huaraz and we take care of the rest. We will pick you up from the airport or bus station. You will stay At Hotel Valencia you will find a warm, safe and how-to atmosphere. Located in the center of Huaraz, a few meters from the Plaza de Armas and a few blocks from the busiest and most attractive areas of the city.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$375.00
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US$375.00
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Pastoruri Glacier: Climate Change Route (Full day)

Pastoruri Glacier: Climate Change Route (Full day)

The Pastoruri Glacier is located at 5000 m.a.s.l., even so, it is one of the few glaciers in South America that is easily accessible (reached on foot), where special equipment is not required to reach it. It is located within the Huascarán Biosphere Reserve and Huascarán National Park, thus providing it with a very particular ecosystem. It is located at a higher point than Mont Blanc (highest peak in the European Union). It is considered a route where you can see the effects of climate change and global warming. Possibly in a few years it will no longer be possible to visit.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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