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Lac Viconga

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Five hours from Huaraz by car then several days' walking, depending on your particular itinerary.
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
Longer than a week

Reviews of Lac Viconga

Eva Martin Seasoned Traveller
181 written opinions

A large dammed lake in the Huayhuash Cordillera mountain range (Ancash region) with a campsite by the side.

My suggestion:
Instead of setting up camp here, pitch your tent by the thermal springs half an hour further on instead. Those brave enough to be up and out of their sleeping bags at first light will appreciate the chance to take one last dip in the water before putting their walking boots back on.
My review

I only made a brief visit to this lake myself (just time for a quick, high-altitude snack then off we headed). The enticing prospect of bathing in hot water springs and taking the strain off our muscles had accelerated the pace of every member of the group.

Nevertheless, I've been left with vivid memories of the stunning spectacle that suddenly appeared before me as I rounded a bend: Lake Viconga is immense and lies surrounded by quite spectacular, majestic scenery. Everything seems to be on such a grand scale here. And rendering the whole scene even more picturesque, here's an additional, and charming, little detail: this is the favourite spot of a herd of alpacas. Some people had set up camp by the side of this dark blue expanse of water, probably to take advantage of the peace and tranquillity the location offers.

So what else to add? Whether an experienced mountain lover or a complete novice, including an excursion to the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range on your tour of the Andes is very highly recommended.

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