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Hike to Maria Josefa and Llanganuco Lake

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Chinancocha lake at 3800m - Located at Llanganuco Valley

Time:  Full Day
Grade: Easy – Moderate
Altitude Max: 3850m/12,631ft

The suitable and easy Maria Josefa trail is located in Llanganuco Valley, where there is located the two well-known  beautiful turquoises green/turquoise  colored lakes of Chinancocha and Orconcocha lie between flank of Huascaran and  Huandoy, about 80 km/50 miles north of Huaraz. This is a suitable hike through quenual forest, a lot of vegetation, and bromeliads in a well market stone path following the curse of the river that takes up to the first beautiful lake Chinancocha at 3800m.

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Bromelias and beautiful river along  the way                                         Maria Josefa trail - a lot of vegetacion on it

We recommend to start early because of the distance, from Huaraz we drive north through the Callejon de Huaylas valley, passing several traditional towns and great view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca in the East side  including the highest peak of Peru Huascaran at 6768m up to Yungay town. It was completely destroyed in 1970 by an earthquake, Now the new Yungay was built a little bit  far North .Then we continue our drive ascending on a dirt road up passing reach farmlands and there is a opportunity to see local people working the land by their hands, and see local ladies wearing still their traditional colorful clothes as we reach  entrance of the  Llanganuco Valley , we stop at the Huascaran National Park check point, where we register and continue driving up to the starting point of the Maria Josefa Trail. Then hike for about 1and ½ hour to 2 hours ascending through quenual forest, a lot of vegetation, and bromeliads in a well market stone path following the curse of the river that takes up to the beautiful lake Chinancocha at 3800m, upon arrival we enjoy the spectacular turquoise colored lake surrounded by a lot of quenual trees and glacier mountain view of Huascaran, Yanapaccha and Huandoy. Walk around right side of the lake take photos, relax and have lunch just at lake side at the picnic area enjoying the surrounded landscape. Then drive  back to Huaraz hotel. Full adventure  journey day around 7-8 hours.

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