Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru

Day Trips & Excursions in Caraz

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Paron lake formed as a natural reservoir has an area of 44.3km2, it is 3.7km long from east to west and average of 7000m width from north to south, the original depth was about 75m, but today the level was lowered 15m to prevent the collapse of the moraine, the water from the lake was formerly used for the canon del pato hydroelectric scheme, since 29 july 2008, this condition has ceased. The lake itself is within the borders of the Huascaran National Park. The water level is controlled by a tunnel and underwater gate, to keep water level at 4155masl.
Breakfast in the Hotel around 6am and depart with our minivan around 7am. We are directed to the North side along the Callejon de Huaylas valley. Our tour will start in Huaraz 3100masl. then we pass the typical small villages of Paltay, Tarica, cross the Rio Santa to the left side and pass more typical villages like Jangas, Yungar and Anta. From here we can appreciate the beautiful white mountains Huandoy, Huascaran, Hualcan, Copa and others. You may take a photo-stop point!Then we continue passing the Marcara district and go to Carhuaz. We can walk around the Plaza de Armas! After we proceeed to the Historical province of Yungay the ancient buried city at 2500masl. A piece of the Huascaran mountain north peak broke and made a huge avalanche mud and ice blocks and in 6 seconds destroyed Yungay province. A guided visit will take you around 45 minutes.Start now the unpaved trail going up along the Paron River full of eucalyptus trees and typical houses of peasants. After a few minutes we will start driving up by a wonderful valley full of polylepis trees called quenuales. Then we finally arrive to Paron lake and enjoy walking around the lake and do a short hike to the top of the lake. Enjoy time taking pictures and then it's time to return to Caraz by the same route for lunch in a typical restaurant.Around 3pm after lunch we drive back to Huaraz arriving at around 6pm.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Downtown drop-off

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities


  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Small-group tour by minibus