Trek to the Chocolate Lake in just one day; this is our alternative day tour in Cusco; it is located on the slopes of the immense snow-capped Ausangate, the highest mountain in Cusco. It is part of the Vilcanota mountain range, famous for being a tributary of the Vilcanota River, the same one that runs through Machu Picchu.
There are still not many visitors who dare to visit Chocolate Lake. Because of this, you will probably have the place almost to yourself on your visit. It is an excellent option for the classic tourist attractions of Cusco; during the hike to the Red Lake, it is also possible to appreciate the typical animals of the Andes. The llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, the Andean condor, and more stand out.
Departure & Return Location:
Pick up from your hotel (3:30am – 4:00am).
Chocolate Lake Trek – 1 Day highlights:
We recommend you be in Cusco at least 2 days before your trek to be acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude so that you won’t have a problem during the tour.
Peru Tripper is a direct local tour operator in Cusco – Peru; we never share our tours with other companies as most of them do to minimize operating costs. We don’t work with intermediaries or have hidden prices; we have the best local guides and professionals. We guarantee that your travel expenditures will support the local economy, and improve the lives of local Peruvians, due to the simple reason we are a local business!
At the agreed time, we will come and pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, we will drive towards the Ausangate mountain, in three hours we will arrive at Huchuy Phynaya, which is the starting point for this fantastic hike. We will enjoy our breakfast before walking towards this Chocolate lake and start walking to the Red Lake of Ausangate; it will take us about 2 hours to reach it.
We will enjoy a hike with gratifying views of the snowy landscape and wildlife of the Peruvian Andes. You will also be part of the lifestyle of those Andean men who still practice the ancient traditions of the Incas. The villages around Ausangate are one of the few communities of shepherds and breeders of llamas and alpacas left in the world. Do not miss the opportunity to take pictures with them and their colorful camelids.
Upon arrival, we will have beautiful pics of this lake and free time to explore around; our tour leader will continuously explain the importance of the mountains and the reason for the red color of the lake, which will be interesting to learn.
Finally, we return to the starting point, where we will have our lunch, and then our driver will take us back to Cusco. Our tour will end with the drop-off at your hotel between 6 and 7 p. m.
Maximum Altitude: 4.780 m.
Food: Breakfast & lunch.
Distance of walking: 06 Km.
Highlights: Ausangate Mountain, Chocolate Lake, Vino Cocha.
We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.
Our Chocolate Lake Trek – 1 Day private service, includes additional items such as:
We offer 3 kinds of service, each with different price ranges and you can book in any of these services according to your convenience, we just need you to be a minimum of 02 people to organize your trip on the date that suits you, all our services are 100 % guaranteed.
We are a direct TOUR OPERATOR that never passes clients to other agencies as most agencies do it here in Cusco to save operating costs with poor quality.
We will make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
What if I suffer from altitude sickness?
Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.
What is the altitude of Chocolate Lake?
The Chocolate Lake of Ausangate is located over 4780 m.a.s.l
When is the best time to go to Chocolate Lake?
Best season: Dry season (May to October)
Is there a horse rental?
If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend you rent a horse (there are horses at the starting point); however, horses will only take you to the uphill section, not on downhills, since there is a risk to fall off from the horse.
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