4×4 Tour: Chacas, Portachuelo Pass & Llanganuco Lakes
A nice two-day trip in our 4×4 vehicle to one of the most popular areas of the Cordillera Blanca. We drive via Olimpica Pass to the traditional village of Chacas, then via the spectacular Portachuelo Pass to the famous Llanganuco Lakes.
Trip Duration 2 Days
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy
Group Size Small Group
- Optimal acclimatization tour
- Traditional Andean villages
- Turquoise blue Llanganuco Lakes
- Great panoramic views from Portachuelo Pass (4767m)
The Cordillera Blanca is the largest mountain range of Peru with 31 peaks over 6,000 meter high. More than half of the Peruvian highest 6,000m peaks are here, including the highest mountain (Huascaran) and the most beautiful mountain (Alpamayo) of Peru.
This trip is suitable for anyone.
The best season in the Andes is from April to October, with rainy season in between. It is usually sunny and warm during this time. Due to the altitude, the nights can be quite cold (to minus 5 ° C). This trip can be booked with us all year around.
Individual programs are possible. Contact us!
- Transportation in 4×4 vehicle
- Guide (Spanish/English)
- 2 box lunches
- 1 warm dinner in Chacas
- 1 warm breakfast in Chacas
- Guesthouse in Chacas
- Entrance fees to Huascaran National Park
- First aid kit and oxygen
- Meals in Huaraz
- Hotel and flights
- Bottled water and alcoholic drinks
- Personal equipment
- Medical care and insurance
- Travel insurance
- Emergency rescue or evacuation
- Tips (optional)
Huaraz - Punta Olimpica - Chacas
We leave Huaraz and drive north passing the village of Carhuaz, where you will see many people on the main plaza still wearing their traditional clothes. Then we start ascending in direction to the Cordillera Blanca, always seeing Huascaran, Peru’s highest mountain in front of us. As we get higher, you will feel like touching the mountains. We stop at various view points to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and turquoise coloured lakes. Arriving at the Punta Olimpica pass we drive through a long tunnel and enter the other side of the canyon. As we descend, we continue enjoying beautiful views. Then the climate gets milder and the landscape greener. We finally arrive in the picturesque village of Chacas. The village is characterized for having remained unchanged over the original Andean-Andalusian architecture, with narrow streets, houses adorned with carved wood balconies and gates. We have a tour around this beautiful village and dinner in a typical restaurant.
Driving time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Chacas
Meals included: Box Lunch, Dinner
Chacas - San Luis - Yanama - Portachuelo Pass - Llanganuco Lakes - Huaraz
Today we drive in direction to the village of San Luis and then Yanama. From there we drive a spectacular road to the top of the Portachuelo pass (4767m) for more amazing close mountain views. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The breathtaking view from this point includes mounts Huascaran, Huandoy, Chopicalqui, Pisco, Chacraraju and Yanapaccha and the amazing emerald waters of Llanganuco lakes at your feet. Finally we visit the famous twin crystal blue lakes of Llanganuco (named Chinancocha and Urconcocha). We eat picknick lunch at the lake and have time to enjoy views of Huascaran, Huandoy and Yanapaccha mountains. Then we drive back to Huaraz.
Driving time: 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch
We sleep in the traditional village of Chacas in a nice guesthouse in a double room with private bathroom.
During the tour we pay attention to a healthy and high-calorie diet. For lunch, a box lunch is served. We can prepare vegetarian dishes on request. We have dinner in a traditional restaurant in Chacas. Breakfast is provided by the guesthouse.
We use reliable 4×4 vehicles as Toyota Prado or Hyundai Galloper.
- Small daypack
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
- Well-worn in trekking shoes
- Comfortable clothes
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Water bottle
- Toilet paper
- Extra money
We can take maximum 4 people in our 4×4 vehicles.
A guided tour with AndinoTrek gives you the opportunity to get to know the most beautiful routes and landscapes in a relatively short period of time, without wasting any time and without frustrating dead ends! We have the necessary equipment and experience to make your trip enjoyable and completely safe.