Trek to Yanaqocha Lake – 1 Full Day
12 Hours (Full Day)
The Yanaqocha Lake trek is a one-of-a-kind and convenient full day Sacred Valley adventure tour offered only by Puma Path Adventures. It begins at Antanuca, located only 20 minutes from the market and train station in Ollantaytambo, the gateway to Machu Picchu. This unique private and exclusive tour can easily be scheduled in between your journey to Machu Picchu and exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. When touring Peru visiting Yanaqocha Lake will be a memorable highlight.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and drive you to the sacred and private land of Antanuca, just outside of Ollantaytambo. On the way up the mountain you will visit the Incan school Yachaywasy. As a unique add-on we’ll be offering an ancient blessing ceremony in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth) before you continue to the private and sacred land of Antanuca.
We then begin our trek to Yanaqocha Lake. This trek starts from 10,000 ft / 3000 m at Antanuca and finishes at 13,780 ft / 4200 m. The walking takes us through the native Andean forest of Onora with Chachacoma trees that are more than 600 years old. After the 45-minute hike, we’ll connect with the spirit of the forest and the Apus (Sacred Mountains) and see the Waterfall of the Guardians of the Apus. We’ll then cross a mountain pass “El Abra del Diablo” at 12,140 ft / 3700 m. From here there is an incredible view of the Sacred Valley looking toward Machu Picchu and Veronika glacier. We’ll also view the ancient Incan water canals used to transport water from high in the mountains to the Temple of the Sun and the town of Ollantaytambo. Lunch will be served during our trek and after approximately 4 hours of trekking we will arrive at Lake Yanaqocha in time for a relaxing afternoon at our private campsite. If you’re up for a cool swim the lake is ready for you. This lake is on our private property at Antanunca. No one will be here. It’s all for you.
Yanaqocha means a black lake in the Quechua language (Incan language) it was built by the Incans as a reservoir for the Temple of the Sun because of its pristine location. An added bonus is that when the water is still you will see an impressive reflection of the Andes mountains. Our Shaman will perform a purification ceremony for you from the sacred waters of Yanaqocha. After a short rest at this sacred lake you will return to Antanuca for an early evening arrival. After, we’ll return you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco.
Meals: Lunch, snacks and water included
Trekking time: 8 hours
Full day tour of 12 hours including time at Antanuca and transportation from/to hotel in Sacred Valley.
Price: $250.00 per person (minimum 2, maximum 8))
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Note: Horses are available for added fee in event participant is unable to walk entire way.
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