Hike to the Wilcacocha Lake

4.7 Miles Round Trip - 1640.4 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Wilcacocha Lake - Search Nearby - Added by Friederike Kosche

It's a great and easy hike with spectacular views over the Cordillera Blanca. No matter if you just came to Huarez and want to acclimatize or you take this hike as an afternoon stroll to digest the great Peruvian food, it's worth it!

To get to the trailhead from Huaraz, walk to the main street PE-3N that goes through town and hop in a southbound collectivo, just confirm with the driver that he is going to Puente Santa Cruz. It will take 15min and cost you 1 sol (30 cents). Let the driver drop you off at the Puente Santa Cruz and you are all set.

Start to walk across the bridge on your right hand side (looking South) and you will be right away on the start of the trailhead. After a couple of meter, there will be a sharp left curve that you need to take. Now simply follow the blue tap water signs all the way to the top.

The trail is quite steep, so take it slow and enjoy the fantastic views while walking. It will take you between 1 and 2 hours to get to the top.

Come the same way back down and simply flag down a collectivo to bring you back to town, they are passing every couple of minutes. Alternatively you can also camp near the lake and enjoy the splendid views all to yourself early in the morning.


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


4.7 Miles
1640.4 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

Nearby Adventures

Hike to Laguna 69 in Cordillera Blanca

8.1 Miles Round Trip - 2624.7 ft gain

Backpack the Santa Cruz Valley: Vaqueria to Cashapampa

28 Miles Round Trip - 3445 ft gain

Hike Laguna Paron

5 Miles Round Trip - 3000 ft gain

More Nearby Adventures


More Tours


Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!