Like turquoise teardrops poised at the base of the Cordillera Blancaâ€™s highest peaks, these two alpine lakes offer a delicate contrast to the massive glacial faces of the nearby mountains of Chopicalqui (6,354 m or 20,846 ft), Huandoy (6,395 m or 20,980 ft) and HuascarĂˇn (6,768 m or 22,200 ft). Glacial silt deposits give this pair of alpine beauties their characteristic bright blue color, and at 4,000 meters (13,123 ft) above sea level they seem to glow and sparkle in the midday sun.
Row boats can be rented on the first lake, Chinacocha; the second lake, Orconcocha, offers some of the best views of the surrounding mountains.
Both lagunas are situated within the HuascarĂˇn National Park. They are a popular starting point for the four-to-five-day Llanganuco-Santa Cruz trek, which some regard as one of the most beautiful hikes the continent has to offer. Agencies in Huaraz can organize day tours of Llanganuco. Independent travel to the lakes is also possible: go via Yungay, where you can catch a combi or truck up to the lakes from the Plaza de Armas. Note there's an entrance fee to the lakes of approximately $2. Regardless of how you get to the lakes you are sure to be astounded by their unearthly beauty.