Lake Llanganuco
Lake Llanganuco
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London24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Couples
As previous posters have said, the lakes are beautiful and are well worth your time. If travelling from Huaraz there's no need to do this as part of a tour, you won't get much time at the lakes and the sun dips behind the granite cliffs by 2.30pm which casts a shadow over the lakes and you don't see the incredible colours as much.

We travelled from Huaraz to Yungay in the morning on a collectivo bound for Caraz (5 soles per person) which took a little over an hour. At the collectivo terminal in Yungay there will be 4-person taxis waiting to take people up there. You can haggle them down, both in terms of price and in terms of getting more time at the site (they quote 2 hours at the site but I'd recommend trying to get almost 3 hours if possible so you can walk the Sendero Maria Josefa as well...see below). Once they have 4 people in their car you'll take a very bumpy dirt road up to the lakes with a photo opp on the way of some snow capped mountain views and a quick stop at the ticket office to pay 5 soles entry. Ask to be dropped off at the furthest lake (Orconcocha) but arrange to be picked up at the end of the Sendero Maria Josefa trail (you'll pass it on the way to the lakes and the driver will point it out as the place he'll pick you up from).

There's some flat ground between the road and Orconcocha where you can sit and eat lunch if you brought some with you, there's great views of the peaks beyond the lake. After strolling back the way you came and passing Chinancocha, walk towards where people rent rowing boats and to the right is the start of the Sendero Maria Josefa, it's an hour long shaded and quiet path that winds down the valley next to a small river and offers some great views of the valley itself and the land in the distance. You come out at the road where the taxi will be waiting for you and will take you back to the collectivo terminal.
Written 4 September 2013
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mariedragon
Huaraz, Peru338 contributions
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Jul 2012 • Business
These two stunning lakes, also known as Lake Chinancocha and Lake Orconcocha, lie at 3860m above sea level in a narrow glacial valley at the northern end of the Huascaran National Park, 28km east of Yungay. These pristine lagoons are a mesmerising sight with their brilliant turquoise colour and splendid location at the foot of Peru’s highest peak, the mighty Mount Huascaran (6768m), and with fantastic views over the neighbouring perennially ice-capped peaks of Yanapaccha (5460m) and Chacraraju (6112m).
It is possible to follow a short trail that skirts around the shores of Lake Chinancocha.
Boat hire is also available at the lake.
There is also a wonderful hike that starts from Lake Chinancocha, along the Maria Josefa path (sendero Maria Josefa). There is a sign pointing the way. It takes approximately 1 hour to do this hike and it is all downhill, so it is suitable for all (young children included). It is wonderful as it goes through the enchanted forest of quenual (polylepis) trees, a completely different world. You can arrange for your taxi to pick you up at the end of the path, which is a few km down the road from the lake.
I do not recommend visiting the lakes as part of an organised tour from Huaraz, because you will only visit the first lake and for a very short amount of time. You will spend most of the time visiting villages and shops in the valley. Also you will get to the lake late in the afternoon when the light is not at its best and if it's too late it will even be all shaded.
It is best to get here by taxi from Yungay.
The Llanganuco Lakes are one of the jewels of the Cordillera Blanca and should not be missed.
Written 7 August 2012
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TravellingMi
Hong Kong, China31 contributions
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Sept 2014 • Friends
No need to say how well the scenery are but want to share some experience on how to choose your tour.

Lonely Planet say that full day tour costs from 30-45S

The first tour company charges 60S and eventually lowered to 40S, we wallked out.

The second one offer 35S at start. We're kind of in a hurry (almost 9am finding the same day tour) and thinking this is much lower than the first one, so we happily took the offer.

Once on the minivan, we saw another fellow traveller paying 20S for the same tour same car same company. I screamed wt* in my mind but nonetheless it's my problem. Just to give others an idea of what price to expect.

The tour include a brief stop (15 mins) at Carhuaz, only have time to take some photo at the main plaza. Then before we get to the lake, our guide (Spanish speaking, with a sentence or two in English) offered to take the group to one more lake (5km away) with far less tourist for 5S per person. We're on a budget and want to spend more time in a place so we said no. Others said yes, so the guide dropped us off in the first lake (Llanganuco) and leave with the bigger group.

We're kind of worried of being dumped there. But nonetheless had a gorgeous time walking along the amazingly beautiful lake shore. There wasn't much tourist there, didn't see more than 10. We returned to the drop off place after an hour and saw the others, seemed to have just arrived, with a lot of tourists from other tours. They are taking pictures but the guide is already calling everyone back to the car for the next stop.

Back at the car, one fellow tour-mate told us we didn't miss anything nice. The other lake has not much to see and wished to stay longer in the one we visited. Yes we didn't see anyone of our group walking the trail along the lakeshore. Bet they spent time on the other lake and transport so missed the chance to appreciate the lake in full.

So in case you are offered this on your tour, better save 5S and save your time.
Written 25 September 2014
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Peter K
London2 contributions
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I travelled North from Huaraz up to Lake Llanganuco for some hiking in the wilderness.

While I was up their I stayed at Llanganuco Lodge. Its run by an English guy called Charlie who has built the Lodge from scratch. The scenery is stunning as are the activities you can get up to.

I went trekking up on the mouintains and did some fantastic abseiling. We saw cicling condors which was an astonishing sight.

Other activities include mountain biking, clay pidgeon shooting and canoeing.

If you need some where to stay in the area, then I recommend you stay here. You will get a a very friendly and warm reception.

The website is www.llanganucolodge.com or call [--].

Pete
Written 24 August 2008
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Mckoy88
Orotina, Costa Rica54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
I was going to Laguna 69, but this lagoon was the first stop, in that place people may appreciate the lagoon and its surrounded landscapes, the views are astonishing, water has turquoise color, also you are able to see the snowy mountains of Huascaran National Park, and you can shoot many pictures.
Written 6 March 2018
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CareerBreakAdventure
United States233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
A really incredible hike and two of the more beautiful lagunas we have seen. The hike to Laguna 69 itself was not very hard other than the altitude which slows it down a little. The only problem is how difficult it is to get here. We considered various options and their costs/benefits. To put it in perspective, we hate tours / tour groups and tour buses. We really wanted to find a way to get to this hike without joining all the other lemmings and hiking in a big line. You can take a collective to Yungay and then take another collective or taxi to the hike from there, but this method has two big problems.

First, the one direction cost is not much less than the round trip tour bus cost. Second and bigger problem is that it is only one direction. The trail head is not on a main road and no one goes there unless they are hiking, so no taxis or collectives wait for returning hikers. There are a couple of collectives that pass nearby from time to time but this is not a sure thing and this isn’t a place you would want to get stuck without a return trip to town.

If you really want to do the DIY way, you may be able to talk your way into a tour bus with empty seats for the return. They are always there. Or you may find a collective and end up spending more than the tour trip. Because of these issues, we sucked up our pride and joined a “tour”. Thankfully this is a loose term and is really nothing more than a bus full of tourists that go to the trail together. There is a “guide” but no one actually hikes with him. The painful parts are having to endure a slow breakfast stop (we brought our own food) and waiting for the street shoe, jean wearing, purse toting hikers in the group to finish before the bus can leave.

We joined the Andes Hard bus which costs only 30 soles, or around $9. This was the most economical way to reach the hike. As soon as we arrived, we quickly separated from the rest of the group and still got to enjoy the hike alone. And surprisingly, most everyone at the lake doesn’t venture past the main landing so the rest of the shore is empty of people.

If you are interested in more detailed info on this hike, just search our name, Career Break Adventures and Laguna 69. There is a full write up about this trip. Enjoy the trip!
Written 11 October 2018
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Ermejo
Toronto, Canada83 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
I was really looking forward to this excursion but the terrible road conditions made me feel sorry about the decision of going there. 25 km of the worst un paved road I have ever experienced. Thanks Good was not my car otherwise I would feel very sorry for her. At the Park entrance they have the guts to make you pay USD8 each passenger.
very primitive facilities at both lakes. It was raining so I missed even the view. What a waste.
Written 1 October 2018
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Iris S
Shanghai115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
We camped near the lake after Santa Cruz trek and took a short walk on dusty road to the lakeside. The lake as viewed on top of the mountain is like an emerald gem in heart of the mountains. As you get close to the lakeside you will find yourself walk on the fine sand and tides pat softly on the bank. Everything is so tranquil and calm. The treasure of Mt. Huascaran.
Written 24 August 2018
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Nia🌎🌍🌏
147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
Unless you are mountaineer aware of this world's highest tropical mountain range, you may visit it amidst your archeological sightings, which is what our group did. Our leader quite accurately referred to it as "Heaven's Gate". The colors of the lakes and the unique biodiversity seclusion after what could be described as a bumpy ride up an astonishingly dramatic cliffs to reach the lakes...is indeed by all means worthwhile!
Written 6 August 2018
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camilapp2017
Phoenix, AZ60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Business
Well, I went with my kids, they really loved it!!, we went by car, but you can take a tour there, it’s an amazing blue color, and there are 2 lakes, you can drive to both of them and also you can go camping, and rent a boat to go in the lake, I totally recommended!
Yo have to eat the Andean corn with white cheese, it’s alittle bit chilly so bring a jacket, wear a hat and sun glasses and also sun cream
Written 6 August 2018
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