Before They’re Gone: Pastoruri Glacier and The Gigantic Puya Raimondii

See them before they’re gone forever.

From Huaraz, Peru take a day-trip to get up close and personal with a gorgeous glacier that’s receeding year-round and the endangered 12 meter tall plant! Plus, every second of the drive, you’ll be rewarded with absolutely stunning views.


This sight-seeing day trip takes you through Huascaran National Park, and gives you the chance to get up close and personal with one of the only glaciers left in the tropical area of South America. Well actually, it’s not technically a glacier anymore because it doesn’t build up ice in the winter: it’s receeding year-round. While it’s only a shadow of its former self, Pastoruri is still very much worth seeing before it’s gone forever.



On the same day-trip, you’ll also get to see the Queen of the Andes, the crazy gigantic Puya Raimondii (classified as endangered). This plant is other worldly, quite fitting since it can only grow at an elevation of between 3000 – 48000 meters. These graceful giants can grow to 3 meters, and produce a flower spike 9 – 10 meters!

Most of the day is spent on a bus, offering stunning views of the Cordillera Blanca as you drive to and from Pastoruri. Don’t be fooled though, the 2.5km hike up to the glacier will leave you gasping for air. Sure it’s a short hike, but you’ll be hiking up to 5,050 meters.

The air is thin, so take your time. And if high-altitude trekking isn’t your thing, you can rent a horse and ride it most the way up.

However you get there, it’s worth going to the top! 

And then it’s worth trying to skip all the way home… at over 5,000 metres…

– Cyn 

2 thoughts to “Before They’re Gone: Pastoruri Glacier and The Gigantic Puya Raimondii”

  1. I’m learning so much more from your blogs than any boring history or geography books from my school days. I didn’t know South America had a glacier. Now I know. Maybe it will be a question on Jeopardy.

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