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Cusco

Hike to the pristine lagoons of the Potato Park

8
 hours
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After your pick-up, you will head to the Potato Park. You will be welcomed by members of the community, who will provide you with an insight into their initiative and their daily life in the Andes region. Don’t miss the chance to taste some different sorts of delicious potato, traditionally cooked as ‘huatia’ in an earth oven along with a typical herb sauce.

Next, you will stretch your legs on a 2–3-hour hike far away from any tourist trails. You start at the Azul Cocha lagoon at around 4,050 m (13,287 ft) and follow a path around the lake, which meanders up to the Puma Cocha lagoon (4300 m / 14107 ft). From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding mountain peaks. The path slowly leads you downhill. You might pass some shepherds on the way, who graze their herds of llamas and alpacas on the steep terrain. Your hike ends at the sparkling dark blue lagoon Kinsa Cocha (4030 m / 13221 ft), nestled in between Andean peaks, ochre earth, and potato fields.

Finally, enjoy a delicious potato-themed lunch on the lakeshore, before saying goodbye to your hosts and heading back to your hotel.

The route hiked by the lagoons depends on the group’s preferences as well as the weather conditions. In the rain season (between October to March) it might not be possible to hike up to Puma Cocha as the terrain might be too slippery. Instead, a 2-hour hike will be done from Anzul Cocha to Kinsa Cocha.

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From USD 210
Private excursion
(Mon - Sun, all day)
Min 2
 / Max  8

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Where you'll be

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel (the transfer takes about 1 hours - approx. 42 km/25 miles from Cusco and about 1 hour - approx. 43 km/26 miles from Sacred Valley)

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Physicality (2/3)
This experience is for those who want to explore actively. Although not too challenging, these experiences do require some physical fitness. Some examples of what to expect include e-biking, surfing, soft hikes, or SUP.
What to bring
We recommend comfortable hiking shoes and, depending on the weather, a waterproof rain jacket or raincoat as well as layered clothing. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and some light snacks are also recommended.
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