Set off on the Laguna 69 Day Hike and admire first-hand one of the most iconic lakes in Peru
Be amazed not only by the Laguna, but also by the landscapes offered along the trail through Huascaran National Park
Choose this day hike if you have limited time in the Cordillera Blanca, but still want to be amazed by the scenery the region has to offer
Hike the Laguna 69 trail to acclimatize for your upcoming trek or climb
Stay the previous night at a campsite near Llanganuco lake and start your hike early morning to avoid the crowds
If you are traveling to Huaraz from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with quite a few cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and …
If you are traveling to Huaraz from anywhere outside of Peru, you will have to transit through Lima. Lima has direct connections with quite a few cities in the USA and Canada through Delta, United, American, LATAM, Air Canada and with Europe through KLM, Air France, British Airways, Iberia and LATAM. From other Latin American countries, LATAM and Avianca offer good connections. An Airport Express bus (typical fare USD ~8 one way) connects Lima city centre with Jorge Chávez Airport in regular intervals, from 06:00 to 22:00 hours. Taxis cost USD ~15 one way.
Huaraz is well connected with Lima by bus. The distance is ~400km and the journey takes around 8 hours and is reasonably priced ($11 - 29 one way) and services are generally quite reliable. Main Operators are Movil Tours, Cruz del Sur, Lenea and Oltursa.
Note that in Peru each bus company often has its own separate terminal. In Lima, the main bus terminals are in Javier Prado, La Victoria, Terminal Plaza Norte, Aramburu and Paseo de la República. Flights from Lima to Huaraz are operated by LC Peru, with daily one flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airstrip in Huaraz is ~23km north of Huaraz, you can take a combi (USD ~1) or a taxi (USD ~10 - 16) to Huaraz town. Flights are temporarily suspended due to financial difficulties being faced by the airline.
The crystalline blue waters of the Laguna 69 are at the top of any list of Peruvian travel’s highlights, so make sure that you take the time to hike up to this 4600m high postcard scenery. While the high altitude will challenge you, this hike can be accomplished in one day and you will be going back down at the end of the day – perfect for acclimatization!
The Laguna 69 might be a day hike, but it is nonetheless challenging so make sure to come prepared! Altitude sickness is a real concern here, so bring a lot of water and medicine if needed and do not try to rush while on the trail – take your time, enjoy the landscapes and let your body acclimatize at its own pace. While you can definitely hike solo, most tours actually offer good value packages including transportation and guides that are not far off from the price you would pay hiking on your own. In any case, you will have to pay the 30 soles entry fee to Huascaran National Park at the entrance of the trail.
In Huaraz you can contact the following - Medical: Clínica San Pablo North of town, this is the best medical care in Huaraz. Some doctors speak English; Police - Policìa de Turismo; Forex - Banco de la Nación, BCP, Interbank