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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 ofcabezas 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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  • 9 hours
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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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Pastoruri Glacier

Pastoruri Glacier

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Explore the extensive Pastoruri Glacier and its surroundings from the city of Huaraz. Visit traditional towns such as Recuay, Ticapampa, and Catac as well as the Huascaran National Park to explore the flora of the area. Stop at the ‘Lake of Seven Colors,’ and explore the cave paintings before heading to the beautiful Pastoruri glacier and its lagoons.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Llanganuco Lake - Cordillera Blanca - Group Service

Llanganuco Lake - Cordillera Blanca - Group Service

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Llanganuco Lake and its surrounding attractions offer some of Peru’s most beautiful natural scenery, but organizing transportation and park fees to explore independently cuts into your sightseeing time. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Huaraz hotel and explore the Callejón de Huaylas wilderness with your guide. Visit traditional towns like Campo Santo and Carhuaz, delve into the remote Llanganuco Valley, and enjoy uninterrupted views across serene Llanganuco Lake.
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  • 10 hours
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69 Lake

69 Lake

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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  • 1 day
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Chavin de Huantar

Chavin de Huantar

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Visit the cradle of the Andes on this day trip from Huantar to Chavin. Travel through the Cordillera Blanca to Huascarán National Park with a scenic stop at Querococha Lake. Your guide will point out important archeological pieces at the Chavin National Museum. This multi-stop excursion may be time-consuming or difficult to arrange independently, but this tour takes care of all the details.
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  • 10 hours
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HORSE RIDING - Panoramic Mountain View in Private - CORDILLERA BLANCA

HORSE RIDING - Panoramic Mountain View in Private - CORDILLERA BLANCA

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You don't need to be an athlete (or be fully acclimated to the altitude) to enjoy the beautiful views Huaraz has to offer. This horseback riding tour takes you through the slopes of Cordillera Negra, which offers stunning views of neighboring mountain ranges throughout the ride. You don't need experience to participate, and this private tour can be customized to fit your tastes.
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  • 6 hours
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Querococha Lake and Chavin Ruins and from Huaraz

Querococha Lake and Chavin Ruins and from Huaraz

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Explore the archaeological sites of Huaraz and Querococha Lake on a comprehensive coach tour. Pass by local villages and pastures filled with lush greenery and an abundance of alpacas and llamas. Visit the site of Chavin de Huantar to explore the castle and surrounding ruins before heading to the modern museum to learn about the history of this area.
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  • 1 day
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Pachamanca Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz

Pachamanca Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz

Try a traditional lunch or dinner of ‘pachamanca,’ a celebratory dish baked on hot stones, on a Huaraz food tour that includes a meal at a family home outside Huaraz. Peruvian gastronomy goes far beyond the dishes typically available at restaurants—a challenge for travelers looking to explore local culture—but this excursion is a unique chance to experience a dish that’s an important part of traditional festivals in Peru.
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  • 8 hours
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INCA's Citadel of Hunucoviejo - Wanucomarka - La Union

INCA's Citadel of Hunucoviejo - Wanucomarka - La Union

The archaeological site of Huánuco Pampa offers valuable insight into Inca society, but exploring without a guide means missing the site’s hidden secrets. On this tour, reach Huánuco Pampa in comfort by air-conditioned coach from your Huaraz hotel, and listen as your guide brings its Inca history to life. Gain insight into Huánuco Pampa’s role in Inca culture, and learn how different ethnic groups worked together for the common good.
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  • 16 hours
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