Lagoons in Cusco: 5 natural tourism options

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In the mountains, we not only have mountains and archaeological complexes, but we also have countless wonders of nature that will surely delight anyone. The lagoons in Cusco are some of the many places to discover in the city, not only for their beauty, but for the activities that can be done in the area: hiking, adventure sports, bird watching, among others.

If you are intrigued by the variety of natural formations that we have and the lagoons in Cusco of so many colors, here we will tell you more about it:

The lagoons in Cusco: Top 5

Humantay Lagoon

The Humantay lagoon is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the Peruvian Andes. This is located in the town of Soraypampa, province of Anta, near the province of Cusco, the historical capital of Peru. Getting to this beautiful paradise will not take you more than 1 day. The walk is a bit difficult but the effort of having reached this beautiful natural landscape will be rewarding.

To get to the lagoon it is necessary to make a road trip from the city of Cusco, approximately 120 kilometers, reaching the towns of Limatambo and Mollepata, until arriving at the community of Soraypampa. Once located in Soraypampa, the uphill walk of approximately 2 kilometers begins until we reach our goal, which is the Humantay Lagoon.

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Huaypo Lagoon

The crystalline waters of the Huaypo Lagoon in Cusco is surrounded by the mountain ranges of Salkantay, Chicón and Verónica; In addition, indigenous communities live in the surroundings that still maintain their native customs and you will also be able to observe a lot of Andean flora and fauna.

It is located in the provinces of Urubamba and Anta. This lagoon is at 3,507 meters above sea level, 50 km from the city of Cusco, a beautiful place 1 hour and a half from the city to release stress for a moment.

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Piuray Lagoon

The Piuray lagoon is one of the most important water sources in all of Cusco. It is said that the Incas themselves conducted their waters to various parts of the city through a formidable system of canals.

Just 31 km from the city of Cusco, located in the district of Chinchero, the Piuray lagoon is one of the best options for lovers of scenic beauty and adventure.

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The route of the 7 lagoons of Ausangate

This circuit is located approximately 100 kilometers by road from the city of Cusco. The town of Pacchanta, where these lagoons belong, is located at 4,200 meters above sea level. At the top you can see the Nevado Ausangate from where the ice that forms these lagoons descends.

The walk lasts almost 6 hours in which it begins from the town of Pacchanta towards the Ninaparayoc viewpoint, from here we can see the different lagoons, such as: Otorongo Macho, Otorongo Hembra, Puca Cocha, Alqa Cocha, Qomer Cocha, Blue Cocha and Pata Cocha.

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Huacarpay Lagoon

The Huacarpay lagoon is a natural protected part, it is composed of a group of unique and beautiful wetlands with a large number of ecosystems, both flora and fauna. It is located almost 30 km southeast of Cusco and with an altitude of 3,050 meters above sea level. in the district of Lucre, one of the twelve districts of the province of Quispicanchi.

During the visit of this great lagoon, we can take boat rides, bird watching or, just 15 minutes from the place, visit Pikillaqta, which has numerous pre-Inca and Inca remains, as well as innumerable terraces that were used by ancient cultures to supply their the population that inhabited the citadel.

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Different ways to get to know Cusco, whether walking, ATVs or simply driving by car, these lagoons undoubtedly captivate anyone. To be able to visit them, it only takes determination.

Planning a vacation along these trails is very simple, if you were thinking of visiting Cusco, we can help you! Leave us a comment and we will be willing to help you.

Explore more tourist destinations and facts about Peru in our travel blog and plan your next trip with us!

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