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Titicaca and other Mountain Lakes in Peru 2024

Among high hills and ice glaciers, these lakes hide their stunning beauty

Best time: May–September

Titicaca and other Mountain Lakes
Titicaca and other Mountain Lakes
Titicaca and other Mountain Lakes

Not every mountain range can boast lakes that are hiding between high snowy peaks. The Peruvian Andes can and this could be a great activity for curious and physically strong people to look for some of them.

The most famous mountainous lake in Peru is Titicaca. It is the biggest lake in South America and it is visited by almost everyone who travels to Peru. It's floating islands Islas Uros are definitely worth seeing. But what is also worth seeing and usually drops out of sight is a bunch of other mountainous lakes that are more wild, natural, and less crowded in Peru.

Lake 69 or Laguna Sesentinueve is one of 400 lakes in Huascaran National Reserve. It is located at an altitude of 4,600 metres and a moderately easy trek can take you there from the nearby village. During the hike, you can enjoy the view of several snowy mountains and waterfalls.

Llaca Lake is located in the same region as Lake 69, but hiking there is considered even easier. Some other key benefits include very dense flora on the way and the ability to take a close look (and even touch) Ochapalca Glacier.

Llanganuco Lakes are situated in Cordillera Blanca region near the feet of the highest peak in Peru mount Huascaran. There are actually two of them—Chinancocha and Orconcocha—and from Quechua dialect, this means "female lake" and "male lake". Visit Llanganuco to find out the great love story which lies behind these names and enjoy the beauty of emerald water and surrounding wild nature.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit these mountainous lakes in Peru?

The mountainous lakes in Peru are best visited during May-September when it is dry and pleasant. During this season, visitors will encounter clear water, and visibility will be excellent for trekking and sightseeing. It is recommended to pack warm clothes and waterproof gear due to a significant drop in temperature in the evening and night. Show more

Where are the Llanganuco Lakes situated?

The Llanganuco Lakes are situated in the Cordillera Blanca region. They are near Mount Huascarán, the highest peak in Peru. The location is surrounded by towering peaks, pristine forests, and waterfalls. Hiking and horseback riding are the options for reaching the two lakes: Chinancocha and Orconcocha. Visitors have the convenience of buses or taxis to the entrance of Llanganuco. Show more

How do I get to Lake 69, and are there any guide services available?

Visitors can hire a taxi or take a tour bus to Cebollapampa or a guided or an unguided trek from Huaraz to get to Lake 69. The trek is about 4-5 hours each way and moderate in difficulty. Several tour companies offer transport, food, camping gear, and a qualified guide for guided treks to Lake 69. Show more

What is the altitude of Llaca Lake and are there any sightings expected during the hike?

The hike to Llaca Lake is about 2-3 hours each way and easy. The altitude of Llaca Lake is about 3,858 meters. Visitors can spot several species of birds, mammals and may encounter the majestic Ochupalcas glacier from a distance. The lake has clear water and is surrounded by lush forests. Show more

Are there any unusual flora and fauna species around these mountainous lakes?

These mountainous lakes are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna species, many of which are found only in this region. Visitors can come across species of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles during their hike or trek. Rare species of orchids, cacti, and bromeliads are strewn across the area. The Andean Cat, Puma, Viscacha, and the Spectacled Bear are among the rare animals inhabiting the area. Show more

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