Laguna 69 – Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Laguna 69 lies within the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, the heart of the Ande mountains. After hiking to an altitude of 4,600 meters high you are greeted with a glacial lake the colour of a Tiffany diamond, and surrounded by some of the worlds largest mountains.

laguna 69By: Catherine Martin / matherinecartin

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How to get to Laguna 69

Laguna 69 starts in the city of Huaraz, which is found in the Northern part of Peru. The city sits over 3,000 meters above sea level and is towering with mountains in all directions.

There are a few different ways you can access Laguna 69; taxi, self-transport, and a tour guide. However, unless you want to pay triple the price, reduce your time taking in the views or take the risk of not getting back, hiring a tour guide is the best way to go.

You can book the tour through any hostel within Huaraz. You will be provided with a bus that picks you up from your hostel, a breakfast pit stop at a cute local diner, and a guide that will help you keep a steady pace when you are hiking thousands of meters high.

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How much does it cost

Taking a tour through your hostel is the same price, if not less than doing self-transport. You can get it for as cheap as 40 soles, which also includes the 10 soles entry fee into the park.

Breakfast and lunch are not included, but you can grab a cheap and delicious feed at the local diner.

It is also recommended to pack a lunch for when you reach the top as there is nothing you can purchase while up there.

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How much time do you need

When arriving in Huaraz, take a day or two to acclimatize to the altitude. The hike won’t be enjoyable if you fly in from Lima or other lower cities without giving your body time to adjust. Don’t worry, the city is full of culture and jaw dropping landscape so its a pretty good place to hang out for a few days.

The hike itself takes a day. You leave Huaraz around 7 am, and return around 7pm. It takes approximately 4 hours up, and 2 hours down.

Once at the top, you will want to stay for at least an hour to take in the views, and make friends with the wandering cows. Also, bing your bathing suit, as it’s a breathtaking place to take a dip (literally and figuratively).

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Why should Laguna 69 be on your bucket list ?

The journey of getting to Laguna 69 is just as stunning as the final destination. You are engulfed in nature so beautiful you’ll feel like you are dreaming. You will cross over rivers, walk past waterfalls, and have a 360 degree view of the worlds longest mountain range.

It is also a good place for a backpacker on a budget, a beginner hiker, or someone who doesn’t have the time for a three day camping trip (you can find many overnight trips in Huaraz).

Laguna 69 is a must see destination. If you get the opportunity, do it, you will not be disappointed.

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