Yanacocha Lake Hike

Yanacocha Lake
  • Type: Trekking
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Season: March to November
  • Departure: Daily
  • Group Size: 2 people

In the mountains of Sacred Valley of the Incas there is a beautiful lake and wonderful natural landscapes, full of flora and fauna, this new route is called Yanacocha Lake Hike, this is not frequented by tourists yet, and so you can feel tranquility and peace in the Hike.

From the beginning Yanacocha Trek surprises us with beautiful landscapes and picturesque roads, you will see a beautiful forest of Chachacomos (Escalonia Resinosa) and Queuñas (Polylepis) these stand out for the size and antiquity.

We will find a natural viewpoint of Chinchero to Urquillos Hike and the end of the hike the beautiful Yanacocha lake whose meaning is Black Lake (Yana = Black - Cocha = Lake).

The landscape around the Yanacocha Lake is beautiful, it is surrounded by forests of queuñas (Polylepis) and located between large mountains that belong to Peruvian Andes range specifically the Vilcanota mountain range.

Yanacocha Lake Hike Information

  • Location: Northeast of the city of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Estimated Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Maximum Altitude Point: Yanacocha Lake 3 940 meters / 12 926 feet
  • Visit Season: All year round but the best time of the year is from March to November.
  • Yanacocha Lake Difficulty Level: Easy.

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Yanacocha Lake Hike Itinerary:

The Hike begins with the pick-up in the morning from your hotel in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, It is a new Hike like Maras Moray Hike, this is done in a private service.

We will board our tourist transport and we will have an approximate journey of 2 hours from Cusco to the starting point of our trek in the sacred valley, we will reach the community of Huayoccari.

Here we will have a brief explanation of the hike and start our adventure through the mountains of the sacred valley, the Yanacocha Hike is divided into three stages, the first delay approximately 35 minutes where we will ascend a slightly flat terrain, the second stage is to climb the mountain, this will require us a greater physical effort and the third stage is a mixture of flat roads and ascents.

The walking time varies according to the pace of each person's walk, the average time from the starting point to reach the Yanacocha Lake (3,940 msnm/ 12 926 ft) is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Along this hike you can see beautiful Andean landscapes, forests that can only be seen in the Andes,compared with landscapes of Huchuy Qosqo, impressive natural viewpoints and especially Yanacocha Lake.


  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Professional guide.
  • Tourist Transportation.
  • Box Lunch.
  • First-aid kit.

Not Included

  • Tips.
  • Extras not mentioned.

We recommend bringing:

  • Backpack.
  • Hiking Boots..
  • Poncho for rain.
  • Warm clothing.
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and hat.
  • Canteen.
  • Snacks (chocolates, candies, cookies, etc.).
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Additional national currency (soles).

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