Your day-by-day itinerary
Lima - Huaraz
Today, you’ll make the journey to Huaraz, following the rugged coastline before veering inland. Before long, the snowy heads of the Andes will slide into view and you’ll spot your first alpacas grazing on the plains. Huaraz is the Kathmandu of the Andes, packed with laid-back restaurants, bars and plazas. You’ll stay in a central, comfy hotel for 2 nights so you can adjust to the altitude, giving you time to explore the restaurants, markets and museums this lively town has to offer.
Huaraz - Huaytapallana - Llanganuco
This morning you’ll take the bus to the traditional Andean towns of Carhuaz and Yungay, and at the end of the morning you’ll reach your lodge, perched on the shores of the crisp Llanganuco Lagoon. It’s flanked by giant peaks Huandoy and Huascaran, giving it an unreal setting. From here you’ll embark on a 6 hour trek to the Huaytapallana Valley, at the foot of Huandoy. As well as taking in the jaw‐dropping scenery, you’ll also visit local villages and learn about local customs and delicacies (flavoured mountain ice, anyone?), before returning to your lodge for a hearty dinner and snooze in the hammock.
Llanganuco - Hike to Lagoon 69
Today you’ll travel deeper into the mountains to visit the famous Chiancocha and Orkoncocha lagoons, where alpacas graze along the shoreline against a backdrop of snow‐capped mountains. Afterwards, you’ll trek to Laguna 69, a blinding bright blue lake at the foot of Chacraraju mountain. From here, you’ll be able to see two of iconic peaks of the Cordillera Blanca – Huascaran and Huandoy. After a 3‐4 hour hike, you’ll return to the lodge for a second night.
Llanganuco - Huaraz - Lima
After a relaxing morning at the lodge, you’ll head back to Huaraz in the afternoon. Your bus back to Lima isn’t until the evening, so you’ll have time to grab a bite to eat in town before heading to the bus station. Since this is an overnight journey, we’ll request fully reclining seats so you can get a nice night’s sleep on your way back to the capital.
Extension - 7 days / 6 nights
Excursion to Chavin
On this version of this trip you’ll spend an extra night in Huaraz, before heading south for a visit to the archaeological excavations at Chavin. On the way down you’ll visit Lake Querococha, the Kahuish tunnel and the thermal baths of Qercos. However, the highlight of the day will certainly be the ancient ruins of the Chavin civilization, the Chavin de Huantar temple. The entire trip should take about 8 to 10 hours to complete and you’ll return in time to catch the overnight bus back to Lima.
£788 - per person - Standard accommodation
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