Hike Up The Easy Path To Pastoruri Glacier Before It’S Too Late
Let your body rest for a day by taking a day tour from Huaraz to the Pastoruri Glacier.
Enjoy a short 40 minutes hike suitable to all fitness levels.
Admire a couple of remarkable spots along your way to the glacier, such as Patococha Lake and Pumapampa.
Visit the Pastoruri glacier before it all melts away because of climate change – predictably in the next ten years.
Take a photo next to the impressive Puya Raimondii plant.
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.
Take it easy with a day trip to Pastoruri Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca; and enjoy the ride as much as the destination itself with a couple of pit stops at notable attractions along the way. With climate change altering the Cordillera Blanca’s landscape significantly, take the time to admire the beautiful sight offered by Pastoruri before it’s too late.
You won’t be able to find any public transportation going near the start of the trail to Pastoruri Glacier, so you will need to take either a taxi or a tour. Prices for both options do not include the 30 soles entrance fee to the national park. From the parking lot, it will only take you 40 minutes to hike to the viewpoint; but do not underestimate the effect of being at 5000m of altitude. Make sure you still drink plenty of water and take your time. Finally, the weather changes very quickly so bring rain clothes just in case.
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