Welcome to Yungay

The original village of Yungay is now a rubble-strewn zone about 2km south of the new town and marks the site of the single worst natural disaster in the Andes. The earthquake of May 31, 1970, loosened 15 million cubic meters of granite and ice from the west wall of Huascarán Norte. The resulting aluvión (debris avalanche) dropped over three vertical kilometers on its way to Yungay, 15km away. The town and almost all its 25,000 inhabitants were buried beneath 8m to 12m of soil.

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$65 Day Trips & Excursions

Huaraz to Lake 69 Private Full-Day Trip

We leave Huaraz at 6 am and travel north along the Huaylas valley to the town of Yungay. We then follow the dirt road that leads up to the Huascaran National Park, passing close to the colossal Mount Huascaran, Peru’s highest peak at 6768m. We make a stop en route at a local restaurant for breakfast (at your own expense). Further up the road once we reach the national park, we stop briefly to take photos at the two stunning Llanganuco Lakes. At Cebollapampa, another 15-minute drive away, we start our long hike. At first we walk gently up the picturesque valley surrounded by the giants of the Cordillera Blanca, before starting the long switchback ascent that leads to a small lake. The views are spectacular and so is the vegetation in a small second valley enclosed by numerous impressive snow-capped peaks. A short – but strenuous - final walk uphill brings us to the magnificent Lake 69. In this breathtaking spot, we have lunch (brought by you) by the beautiful clear waters of the lake set below the glowing and pure ice of the Chacraraju glacier. A long descent takes us back to Cebollapampa, where our vehicle is waiting to drive us back to Huaraz. We arrive back in town at around 7 pm.

$530 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Trekking Around Llanganuco Santa Cruz

Day 1: Huaraz – Vaqueria - PariaDriving further north to the trail-head we'll be passing the town of Yungay, which was completely destroyed by the 1970 avalanche killing 20,000 inhabitants. The road winds up into the valley between Huascaran massif and the Huandoy three-pronged peak. LLanganuco, as the area is known, has the two lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha, with turquoise blue waters. We'll cross LLanganuco at 4,750masl, surrounded by imposing summits of Chopicalqui, the two Huascaran’s peaks, the four Huandoy’s peaks, the two Pisco’s peaks, Chacraraju and Yanapaccha. Continue on to Vaqueria (3,750masl - meters above sea level). The trek starts with a leisurely walk down towards a trail which makes its way over a small ridge and into the Huaripampa valley. On our way, we´ll be immersed in a green forest, very rich in different kinds of local trees, bushes, mushrooms, moss and lichens. Overnight in Paria at 3,870masl (Meters above sea level) Day 2: Paria – Punta Union Pass - TaullipampaToday is filled with pleasant surprises and great views as we walk through grassy areas and along the Morococha Lakes. Climbing Inca stone-carved steps, we arrive to Punta Unión Pass (4,750masl).The panorama of Santa Cruz valley is dominated by the impressive iced walls of Taulliraju above Taullicocha Lake. Also is a good place to recognize some mountain such as Rinrijirca, Quitaraju, Artesonraju.Our camp site is in Taullipampa at 4,250masl.Day 3: Taullipampa – Alpamayo Base Camp – LLamacorralPast the side-valley of Arhuaycocha (with the option to view Mt. Alpamayo), we continue down the Santa Cruz valley. The landscape changes and scree slopes appear on each side of the now marshy meadow, as well as rock boulders fallen from eroded walls above. Towards the end of the day we walk out of the ever-narrowing canyon into LLamacorral. During the way we are appreciating the Lakes Jatuncocha and Ichiccocha.Day 4: LLamacorral – Cashapampa – HuarazThe trail goes down the left ridge of the deep Santa Cruz Valley provides us with opportunities to appreciate various vegetation ecosystems as we pass from areas with high altitude plants to tracts with tropical species such as bromeliads and orchids covering the granite walls. The rocky silhouette of the Cordillera Negra on the horizon announces our approach to Cashapampa Village (2,900masl), from where we transfer to Huaraz.

$98 Day Trips & Excursions

Huaraz to Llanganuco Mountain Biking Adventure Including Entry

After breakfast we meet you at your hotel with our private transport and take you and our bikes through the Callejon de Huaylas. In Yungay we take the road east toward the mountains and start climbing towards the entrance to the Huascaran National Park, with Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru to the right and to the left, Huandoy mountain. Then we drive through a zigzag road until Portachuelo Pass (4767 m). There we prepare our bikes, we take some pictures of the most spectacular mountains of the Cordillera Blanca and then go down to Llanganuco Lake. We can stop here to take some pictures of the lake with mountains in the background.Finally we continue down to the city of Yungay; where we expect the transport back to Huaraz.

$600 Outdoor Activities

Huaraz to Santa Cruz Trek 3- or 4-Day Tour with Local Guide

Day 1.- Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral We will leave Huaraz around 7 am from your hotel and drive along the Callejon de Huaylas passing several villages of Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz. Then continue to the trail head Cashapampa 2900masl, where we will meet our donkey drivers. After to prepare and leave thing to packed. We will start hiking up by narrow and hot valley going up for about 2 hours. Then we will have lunch down the tree’s shadow After lunch we will start going up to almost flat area to the first camp place called Llamacorral. The walking time from the lunch area is 2 hours more so the total hiking time is about 4 hours on day 1. Overnight camping at Llamacorral 3760masl. Approximately 5km Day 2.- Llamacorral - Taullipampa After the Andean breakfast in our camp site we will have a moderate hike along the valley enjoying the beautiful lakes called Ichicocha and Jatuncocha turquoise lakes. We will arrive to a nice spot where will have lunch at the place called Quisuar. Then after it we will go up to the Alpamayo south base camp to take pictures. We will return after a short walk then continue for few hours to the next camp place called Taullipampa camping at 4200masl. Walking time approx 6 hours, about 8 to 9 km. Day 3.- Taullipampa – Huaripampa/Cachinapampa After the Breakfast in the Camp site taullipampa we will start our hiking around 7am. After 3 hours hiking up in the zig-zag path we will reach the Punta Union pass at 4750 masl, from here we will have spectacular views from the mountains such as Taulliraju, Paria, Artesonraju, and others and beautiful lake of Taullicocha then continue hiking down to Morococha lakes pass them and arrive to Cachinapampa Camp place. After 4 hours hiking down form Punta Union Pass, camping at 3850 masl walking time is approximately 8 or 9 hours, 12Km approx Day 4.- Huaripampa - Vaquería - Llanganuco Valley and return to Huaraz Last day breakfast in the camp site, we start hiking along the valley down to Huaripampa then turn to right side and climb a small part for about 40 minutes to get to Vaqueria. Here our minivan will be waiting for us to take us to Huaraz trough a road crossing the Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass (4,750m). The road leads up to the pass through quinoa forests and meadows before opening out as we approach the lakes. Another place to have your camera ready as the lovely Llanganuco Valley which comes into view. You will also see the east flank of Huascaran with both North and South peaks providing the backdrop to a vista that will include the Huandoy group (6,395m), Chopicalqui (6,354m) and the awe-inspiring Chacraraju (6,112m). we will descend down into the Llanganuco Valley.

$115 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru

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.

$70 Outdoor Activities

Huaraz to Llanganuco Lakes Private Full-Day Guided Tour

Morning Breakfast in the hotel and then we depart at 8am in Huaraz picking you up from your hotel, depart in direction north side Huaraz to the Llanganuco Lakes which are located between the mountains of Huascaran and Huandoy. We pass by several typical villages like Monterrey, Paltay, Tarica, Jangas, Yungar Anta appreciating the beautiful white mountains of Huandoy, Huascaran, Hualcan, Copa and others. You can make a photo-stop from the various viewing points on the way. Continue on to Marcara, Carhuaz 2650masl, Yungay this buried city holds history; a 7 degree earthquake took place in 31 May 1970 at 3:20pm, pieces of the Huascaran Mountain’s north peak broke off and caused a huge avalanche of mud and ice and in 6 seconds destroyed Yungay province. A guided visit will take you around 45 minutes. 1km north is New Yungay, from here start ascending the dusty road up to the Llanganuco Lakes. Further on for about one hour we arrive at the base of the Mountain Huascaran and Huandoy and continue until a place called Cebollapampa. From here start walking along the valley visiting the lakes (first Orconcocha) and doing some bird watching. Then we continue to Chinacocha Lake, here take alternative activities such as sailing with small boats or horse riding.After we continue waking along the nicest trail of Maria Josefa which is full of vegetation, where at the end the bus will be waiting and take to a countryside typical restaurant for lunch. We come back the same way to Yungay then drive back to Huaraz, arriving at around 6pm to the Bus Terminal Station.