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Cordillera Blanca Day Tours

Prepare for a drive

Cordillera Blanca from Wilkacocha

There are over a dozen of agencies in Huaraz that organize tours to the more famous lakes in the region. They take you into the Cordillera Blanca and most are about a 3-hour drive each way. Below are the most popular of a long list of choices.

You can do most of these tours on your own with public transportation or a private taxi. However, if you’re going from Huaraz it’s cheaper and more time effective to take a tour. If you want to get started earlier than the tours leave, or depart from another town, it might be easier to go without a tour.

Check with the agency if you should bring a lunch. For Lake 69 you need to bring all your food but Parón and Pastoruri have stops at restaurants.

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Regardless of the agency, most tours cost s/60 in July 2022, though as fuel prices increase that may change.


Quebrada Ulta hike (6hrs)

Cancaraca Lake

Aka Laguna Cancaragá

Lake 69

The famous blue (5 hrs)

Mateo Glacier

Short mountaineering route (2–3hrs)

Parón Lake

Altitude with optional hiking (1hr)

Pastoruri Glacier

Glacier & Puya Raimondii (1hr)

Text © Heather Jasper

Image by Heather Jasper