I Almost Made Us Miss Out On Laguna 69

See why it would’ve been a tragedy?!

Laguna 69 is the most popular day hike from Huaraz, Peru, and for good reason. It’s a gorgeous 5-6 hour non-technical hike through the Cordillera Blanca in Huascarán National Park. When you reach Laguna 69, it’s impossible not to overwhelmed by it’s beauty.

The thing is, the popularity of this hike put me off. I didn’t want to be hiking in a never-ending line of tourists. I’m not a salmon!

I wanted to feel special.

Plus, I figured that there’s no way Laguna 69 could actually be THAT colour. No. No, surely people edit the crap out of their photos. 

So we decided that nope, we’re not hiking Laguna 69 because the whole world has done it. 

And so we did a different day hike, which was awesome but too hard. We had to turn back. I’ll tell you about it another time, okay?

After that hike, we decided that a multi-day trek was out of the question. The altitude wasn’t really agreeing with us and we didn’t want to risk 4 days of agony. Matt and I try to live our lives by this: if it’s not fun, it’s cut. 

A little disappointed, it was time to go onwards and upwards. 

And that meant hiking Laguna 69 to see what all the fuss was about.

So we actually did do the hike. And my god, was it worth it. 

I’ve never see something so beautiful. 








Some things really are worth the hype!

– Cyn

Distance: 12 km

Altitude: 3900m to 4600m

Rating: moderate

4 thoughts to “I Almost Made Us Miss Out On Laguna 69”

  1. Spectacular scenery.

    As I mentioned, you can apply to be in The Amazing Race Canada. You have until late November and you can check out the site for instructions. I think, if you link them to your adventurous journey, you’d be considered as you obviously have the athletic skills, knowledge in traversing unusual terrains, intelligence, enthusiasm and stamina.

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