For those who love hiking, Peru is usually an endless paradise. You will find numerous very attractive and challenging hiking trails throughout the country. Thanks to its great geographical diversity, the entire Andean country is home to numerous natural settings where you can undertake new adventures. Huaraz is usually one of the best regions among adventurers and backpackers looking for different outdoor attractions. And among its main attractions, we can find the trail to Laguna 69. The height will not be the only thing that takes your breath away, the incredible views and landscapes that surround the lagoon will make the walk worthwhile. Therefore, together with the travel experts of Cusco Peru Travel, we would like to tell you a little about this exclusive and luxurious tour to Laguna 69.
Touring the stunning Laguna 69 in Huaraz
Laguna 69 is one of the most iconic and famous hiking trails in Peru. It is located in hiker’s paradise, Huaraz. The amazing lagoon has become a tourist destination in its own right and one of the most interesting Peru adventure tours to experience. The hiking route is of moderate difficulty, mainly due to the height at which you are. The entire hike to Laguna 69 is an experience without parallel. Each step you take on the route you are surrounded by incredible breathtaking landscapes with different waterfalls, rivers, lush vegetation, and the imposing snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca of Peru. At the end of the route, you will be rewarded with one of the most amazing of Peru’s landscapes. While its surrounding landscapes and sparkling turquoise waters are a draw like no other, the meaning of its name leaves much to be desired. It is so named because it is considered the 69th lagoon within a list of more than 800 bodies of water within the high regions of the Cordillera Blanca. As with other surrounding lagoons, this one was formed due to the continuous process of deglaciation in the area.
Laguna 69 is located about 4,600 meters above sea level under the dazzling Chacraraju mountain, part of the great Cordillera Blanca within the Ancash region of Peru. The mountain chain known as the Cordillera Blanca is part of the extensive Andes mountain range and has about 200 kilometers of extension, where you can find more than 700 individual glaciers. Besides, the region is blessed with the presence of the highest mountain in all of Peru, Huascarán, with a surprising height of about 6,700 meters. If you plan to undertake a trip to Peru, do not miss one of its most spectacular hiking routes.
To get to Laguna 69 you have quite a few transportation options, you can do it on your own or with one of our luxury Peru tours or any other organized trip by a local tour operator or agency. But first of all, you have got to go to the city of Huaraz. The best way to get to Huaraz is through a bus trip from the magical city of Lima. Once you are inside the capital of Ancash, the most comfortable way to get to Laguna 69 is with a guided tour. Being one of the main attractions of the city, the tours are quite accessible for all budgets. It is even usually much more accessible and economical than choosing to do it on your own. The tour includes round-trip transportation, and you will also be accompanied at all times by a certified guide who will be aware of your physical condition and the rhythm of the group. Since the hiking trail takes place at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters, it is a good idea to have acclimatized a bit.
The walk to Laguna 69 is one of the best components of the route, the entire route will be surrounded by epic scenic landscapes where you can appreciate the overwhelming nature. If you are a lover of nature and mountains, this route is perfect for you. As you go up, you will notice how at all times you will be surrounded by imposing mountains, small waterfalls, streams, and some beautiful animals. To get to the lagoon, it takes about 3 hours, while it takes only two hours to descend. In general, most adventurers choose to spend a few hours in the lagoon while they relax. If you are brave enough, you can take a dip in the lagoon, but keep in mind that it is incredibly cold. If you are wondering what to pack for Peru, remember that you are undertaking a hiking trail, not a photography tour.
Unless you have mastered the art of hiking, it is not recommended that you do this route on your own. For those who choose to do the route independently, they first have to take a bus to Yungay. Then they will have to look for a taxi that wants to take them to the entrance of the route and wait for them until their return. Besides, the cost can be much more expensive than a guided tour of the lagoon. We highly recommend that you acclimatize in the city of Huaraz before leaving for Laguna 69 because the difficulty of the route is due to the high altitude of the region. Don’t worry if you are inexperienced in hiking, the tour guide will understand the rhythm of the group. We believe that the best time to visit Peru and the Laguna 69 is at any time of the year, but the dry season has warmer temperatures, making trekking through the region much more pleasant.
“LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER.”
We hope together with the travel experts of Cusco Peru Travel to have been able to clarify the main aspects of Laguna 69. If you are looking to appreciate the incredible turquoise waters as well as the epic landscapes around, do not hesitate to consult with our qualified advisors. They will know how to organize a tailor-made trip where you can experience the wonders of Peru.