Day 01: Transfer by car north along Callejon de Huaylas to Yungay, then east to arrive at Huascaran National Park. The first day in Llanganuco valley the Maria Josefa Route is surrounded by green vegetation, we will see native forest species like quenuales trees and many medicinal plants.
In this valley you will see also the variety of wildlife such as chinchillas (vizcachas), foxes (zorros), condors, hummingbirds, bluebirds and others.
Continuing with the hike we will find the first beautiful turquoise lake, Chinancocha, with a depth of 28m. Soon after we arrive at the second lake, Orconcocha, at 7m deep. It surrounded by quenuales tree and around it we will see animals such as the Huachua, or Andean Goose.
Both of the lakes are below Huascaran and Huandoy peaks.
There is a legend!
Many years ago...
There were two empires whose kings were in constant wars. One king had a son, called Huascar and the other king a daughter named Huandy and the young couple fell in love. Aware that their love was forbidden, they saw each other only in secret. One beautiful moonlit night, a sentry saw them embracing. They fled together because they did not want to ever be separated, however they were soon caught. Their parents had them separated and tied up. The young lovers wept bitter tears, which turned to ice and became mountains. Huandy became Huandoy and Huáscar, Huascaran. Their tears continue to fall and still feed the lakes today known as Chinancocha and Orconcocha. Finally we arrive to Cebollapampa and stay overnight at 3900m.
Day 02: After breakfast at Cebollapampa (3900m) we start to hike up along Demanda valley, surrounded by vegetation like quenuales tree, “Taulli” (chocho silvestre) beautiful purple flowers, chicken feet plant, cebolla silvestre (wild onions) wild animals, birds and in the background beautiful mountains like Huascaran, Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Yanapaccha and others. All these details are what make this route beautiful.
After hiking up for approximately 3 and half hours we reach one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cordillera Blanca “Lake 69”,
why is the name lake 69? It is said that when the people who were in charge to count and name all the lakes, which were in the Huascaran National Park, got to that lake numbered as 69, they didn't find any names for this one because they thought it was so stunning and beautiful to give it a quick name so they left it without a name thinking of giving a name later. It still keeps the name “Lake 69” until now.
After walking down to Cebollapampa for the same route, we take the transport and return to Huaraz (3100m)