Peru is probably one of my favorite places in the world because there are so many sights to see that have not yet been discovered by all the tourists. Most tourists go to Peru to visit Cusco and do the Machu Picchu Inca-Trail trip. I was lucky enough to be raised going to Peru every year since I was 2 years old. My mother is from there, and she taught me how important it is to travel and discover the undiscovered. Laguna 69 is one of those places. It was definitely one of the biggest challenges of my life to get to this destination especially if you suffer from altitude sickness.
1. The views on the way to Laguna 69 are breathtaking and change drastically as you go up the mountain (especially seeing Laguna Llanganuco early in the AM as the water is so still)
2. Being able to walk up 820 meters or 2,690 feet is a huge accomplishment.
3. Laguna 69 is higher in altitude than Tibet (4,770 m or 15,650 feet)!
4. After 3-4 hours walking up you reach Laguna 69 and you just want to cry at how beautiful and blue the water is.
5. Once you reach the Laguna you can hear the glaciers cracking and if you’re lucky enough, you get o see the glacier pieces fall and melt into Laguna 69.
Here is the most efficient itinerary to see Laguna 69:
- From Lima hire a car and take the Cruz Del Sur to Huaraz (leave at night and arrive in the early morning). By car it takes 4-5 hours and by overnight bus it can take 8 hours.
- When you arrive in Huaraz immediately rest as much as possible to acclimate as you will be up 3,052 meters (10,000 ft) above sea level and the levels of oxygen are extremely low. It is extremely important to take it easy the first day. I took Sorrochi pills and bought Oxygen Shots (comes in a can) as this helped me acclimate.
- The next morning hire a private car and guide or join a local tour bus to visit Laguna 69 make sure you leave around 5 AM. The drive to the bottom of the hike is approximately 3 hours. You will be able to see Laguna Llanganuco by car on the way to the bottom of the hike. The hike is a total of 8 km and it lasts anywhere between 5-7 hours depending on how fast you are able to walk up and down. Once you are done, drive back to Huaraz.
- Have dinner in Huaraz and drive back to Lima or take the overnight Cruz Del Sur.
I really hope this is a place you can all visit as it was truly magical and most importantly, not swarmed with tourists. If you have any questions feel free to DM me on Instagram.