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DISCOVERING TRANQUILITY AT PIQUECOCHA LAGOON IN HUANCAYA, PERU

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 17-11-2023

On your Peru vacation package, if you have the time, head out of Lima on a journey to the heart of the Andes Mountains, where an enchanting paradise awaits - the Piquecocha Lagoon near Huancaya, Peru. Seven hours from Lima, one of the most beautiful natural refuges in Peru awaits you with open arms. Located within the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, you can enjoy a fascinating landscape full of waterfalls and emerald-colored lagoons. The Piquecocha Lagoon is located at 3,200 meters above sea level and its untouched nature and cultural richness converge to offer a unique adventure that promises tranquility, breathtaking landscapes, and an authentic Andean experience, including the awe-inspiring Piquecocha lagoon. Read on for more about The "Flea Lake"  on your journey through central Peru when you travel to Lima, Peru.

Piquecocha Lagoon

Why embark on this adventure to the Piquecocha Lagoon?

Unspoiled Beauty: Piquecocha Lagoon is a pristine, untouched stretch of water surrounded by lush greenery and towering peaks. It offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Lima.

Cultural Immersion: The journey to Piquecocha takes you through traditional Andean villages, providing a genuine cultural experience. Engage with local communities and witness their way of life.

Photographic Paradise: Photography enthusiasts will revel in the stunning landscapes, reflecting waters, and vibrant flora and fauna that paint an unforgettable canvas.

According to tourists: the Piquecocha Lagoon has the most beautiful landscape throughout the Huancaya journey, perfect for capturing dream-like photos.

Piquecocha Laggon Signpost

Why is the Piquecocha Lagoon trip worth it?

Unique Ecosystem: Piquecocha is part of the Huancaya Complex, known for its unique high-altitude ecosystems. The biodiversity, including native bird species and aquatic life, makes it a haven for nature enthusiasts.

Tranquil Atmosphere: The lagoon's remote location ensures a serene environment. Experience moments of pure tranquility as you soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Unlike popular tourist destinations, Piquecocha remains relatively undiscovered, allowing you to connect with nature without the crowds when you visit Lima.

The Stunning Lagoon

Different Itinerary Options for the Piquecocha Lagoon


Day Trip Delight: A one-day excursion from Lima offers a glimpse into the beauty of Piquecocha, ideal for those with limited time and looking to escape the hustle and bustle when you visit Lima.

Cultural Odyssey: Extend your stay to explore nearby villages, immersing yourself in the rich Andean culture.

Adventure Extended: For avid hikers, a multi-day trek with camping by the lagoon can be arranged, providing a deeper connection with the environment. Contact us at Valencia Travel for more information about this stunning lake.

Cañete River, Huancaya

How Difficult is the Trip to Piquecocha Lagoon?

The Piquicocha Lagoon trip can be described as moderate to challenging, mainly due to the high elevation. While day trips are accessible for most fitness levels, multi-day treks require a moderate level of physical fitness due to varying terrain and altitude changes. Remember when coming from Lima, at sea level, the altitude gain is considerable so it is recommended to acclimatize gradually if you are planning to trek. 

Terrain near Piquecocha Lagoon

Trip Advisor Comments with Examples

"A Hidden Paradise! The journey was as enchanting as the destination."

"Local Hospitality: Warm welcomes and cultural exchanges made the trip unforgettable."

"Nature Lover's Dream: Piquecocha exceeded all expectations - a must-see for anyone seeking serenity."

Read more trip advisor comments here 

Huancaya Cascade

Best Time to Visit Piquecocha Lagoon

Dry Season (May to September): The weather is more predictable, offering clear skies and pleasant temperatures. However, be prepared for chilly nights as temperatures in the Andes drop considerably at sundown.

Sunny Winter Huacaya

Can You Do This Trip on Your Own?

Yes, but... While it's possible to plan your journey on your own, hiring a local guide is recommended for a richer experience and to navigate the challenging terrain.

Huancaya terrain

What to Consider When Choosing a Trip to Piquecocha Lagoon?

Altitude: Piquecocha sits at a high altitude. Acclimatize gradually to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Weather Changes: Prepare for rapid weather changes, including rain and sudden temperature drops.

Whitewater Huancaya

How to Get to the Destination

Fly to Lima: Most international travelers fly into Lima and then take a domestic flight to Ayacucho. From Ayacucho, hire a local guide or take a bus to Huancaya.

Huancaya Building

Essential Packing List

  • Hiking Boots: Sturdy footwear for varied terrain.

  • Layers: Clothing for temperature fluctuations.

  • Rain Gear: Be prepared for sudden rain showers.

  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated at high altitudes.

  • Camera: Capture the stunning landscapes.

View from Above

How to Prepare  for The Piquecocha Lagoon

Physical Fitness: Build stamina with cardio and strength training before you leave home. Getting out and practicing some day hikes is excellent preparation.

Learn Basic Spanish: Enhance your experience by communicating with locals. Remember you will be off the beaten path as many locals will not speak English.

Fresh Air

Tips on Altitude Sickness

Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to combat dehydration.

Acclimatize: Spend a day or two in Huancaya adjusting to the altitude.
Drink coca tea which helps with altitude symptoms.

Cañete River, Huancaya

Pro Tips for a trip to The Piquecocha Lagoon

Sunrise Spectacle: Witness the sunrise over the lagoon for a magical experience.

Community Connection: Engage with locals; they often share hidden gems and stories.

Local farmer

How Much Does a Trip to Piquecocha Lagoon Cost?

Budget: Prices vary, but a moderate budget for accommodation, guides, and meals can range from $500 to $1000 for a week-long trip. A day trip will depend on your chosen type of transport and whether you plan to lodge in Huancaya or return to Lima on your Peru trip.

Piquecocha Lagoon

FAQs

Q: Is it safe to drink water from the lagoon?
A: It's advisable to bring your water or purifying tablets, as the purity of the lagoon water may vary.

Q: Are there medical facilities nearby?
A: Basic medical facilities are available in Huancaya, but comprehensive care may require a trip to Ayacucho.

Q: Can I visit Piquecocha during the rainy season?
A: While it's possible, be prepared for challenging conditions and slippery trails. It's recommended to visit during the dry season for a more enjoyable experience.

Q: Are there age restrictions for the trek?
A: The trek is suitable for individuals of varying ages, but it's essential to consider the physical fitness and health of participants, especially at higher altitudes.

Q: Are there camping facilities near Piquecocha Lagoon?
A: While camping is allowed, there are no official facilities. It's advisable to bring your camping gear and follow Leave No Trace principles.

Q: Can I swim in Piquecocha Lagoon?
A: Swimming is generally not recommended, as the lagoon is an important ecosystem. However, some guided tours may offer specific swimming spots under controlled conditions.

Q: What wildlife can I expect to see around Piquecocha?
A: The area is home to diverse bird species, including Andean geese and ducks. Lucky visitors might also spot native mammals like vicuñas and foxes.

Q: Is fishing allowed in Piquecocha Lagoon?
A: Fishing is not permitted to protect the fragile ecosystem of the lagoon. Respect the regulations to preserve the natural beauty of the area.

Q: Are there vegetarian/vegan food options available in local villages?
A: While traditional Andean meals often include meat, local guides and villagers are usually accommodating. It's recommended to inform in advance about dietary preferences for suitable arrangements.

Q: How do I secure a guide for the trek to Piquecocha?
A: Local tour operators in Huancaya can arrange experienced guides. It's advisable to book in advance, with a  reputable Peru tour operator such as Valencia Travel, especially during peak seasons, to ensure availability.

Q: What cultural etiquette should I be aware of when interacting with locals?
A: Locals appreciate respectful behavior. Greetings, a few basic phrases in Spanish, and a willingness to learn about their culture go a long way in fostering positive interactions.

Q: Are there restroom facilities along the trekking routes?
A: Restroom facilities are limited, especially during treks. Be prepared to use nature responsibly, and carry biodegradable soap and toilet paper.

Q: Can I hire horses for the trek if I'm not an experienced hiker?
A: Yes, in Huancaya, you can find locals offering horseback riding services for various trekking routes. It's a great option for those who want to experience the journey without extensive hiking.

Q: Is Piquecocha Lagoon frozen during the winter months?
A: While it doesn't freeze completely, the temperatures can drop significantly during winter, leading to some icy patches around the lagoon. Proper clothing and caution are advised during colder seasons.

Local Girl

Embarking on a journey to Piquecocha Lagoon is not just a travel experience; it's a voyage into the heart of Andean culture and untouched natural beauty. The tranquility, cultural richness, and stunning landscapes make this adventure an unparalleled escape for those seeking a genuine connection with the world around them. So, pack your bags, embrace the unknown, and let Piquecocha weave its spell on your soul. On your Lima tour package, escape the city smog and head for the hills, and the Piquecocha Lagoon!

Piquecocha Lagoon

 

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