To the southeast of the city of Cusco, imposing Singrenacocha lake that changes its color three times a year between shades of turquoise, blue and light green, this beautiful lake is located 100 km from the city of Cusco with a height of 4450m; in the Vilcanota mountain range, very close to the Ausangate Mountain, between the districts of Ocongate and Marcapata, at a distance of 3 hours by bus from the imperial city of Cusco.
Singrenacocha Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Cusco region, it is a source of life that houses in its surroundings some high Andean regions, as well as a rich variety of wildlife typical of this region of Peru, such as; llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, vizcachas, condors, eagle foxes among many others.The way to arrive is mainly through nice paved road, and the end is a dirt road with passing many local villages along the route.
The Singrenacocha lake, is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and mountains that are part of the Vilcanota mountain range, such as the Wallpayuq, Chumpe and Callangate mountains. This singrenacocha lake is little known and visits what makes it more special. Singrenacocha lake which in Quechua ‘Sigrina’ means Mermaid. From it it is possible to observe the snowy Ausangate.
Moreover, this Singrenacocha lake is more beautiful than Humantay lake, since the entire color is a real turqouise color, and also we see some snow-capped mountains.
The tour to Lake Singrenacocha begins with the pick up from your hotel at 5:00 am. Then we will go in our private transport to the town of Ocongate located 2 hours from the city of Cusco. Here we will make a short break for breakfast. Then we will continue towards Lake Singrenacocha 4450m. Located 30 minutes from the town of Ocongate. Then we will arrive at Yanacancha, a small community located near the lake and the Ausangate mountains. From this place we will begin with the descent for 01 hour to the lake to explore and walk around this beautiful lake, it will take us approximately an hour and a half. Also on the way it is possible to see birds, alpacas, llamas, Vicuñas, vizcachas and with luck even the Andean Condor.
After enjoying the beauty of Singrenacocha, we will begin the return to where our mobility will go to the town of Pampacancha where we can enjoy the hot springs and there we will also have lunch. Then we will return to the city of Cusco around 05:00 pm approximately, we will be leaving you at your hotel.
If you like the best trekking adventures and unique places, this site will fascinate you, for its beautiful landscapes of the Andes and the mountain range of the snowy Ausangate. Singrenacocha Lake offers you a day full of ecological and cultural tourism experiences. In this list of questions, our adventurers club answered the most frequently asked questions about this natural attraction of Cusco. If you have any other questions, please, you can do it through the online chat, or by mail.
The Sigrenacocha lake is located between the districts of Ocongate and Marcapata in the province of Quispicanchis, department of Cusco. It is at an altitude of 4,450 meters above sea level, 3.82 km long and 0.88 km at its widest point.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at the scheduled time for the start of our trip by car, approximately 120 km, a total average of 3 hours; en route we will pass through the towns of Andahuaylillas and Urcos enjoying the landscape of the area.
After passing the town of Urcos, we will take the detour to enter the South Interoceanic Highway, a fully paved road to the Community of Tinke, where we will make a brief stop; After about thirty more minutes in transport we will finally arrive at Yanacancha, a small community located near the lake, from this place we will prepare ourselves for the start of the walk towards the Singrenacocha lake that will be from 45 minutes to 1 hour until we reach the Mirador de the Turquoise Lake of Sigrenacocha where we will have a short rest and time to appreciate the landscape.
We continue the walk for an average of 30 more minutes (optional) until we reach the shores of the lagoon and be able to explore, walk around this beautiful lagoon and appreciate the wonderful landscape much more closely, after the visit and having enough time for the photographs and snack, we return by the same road to Yanacancha to take our transport that will take us to the community of Pampacancha where we will enjoy the thermal baths of the area and time for a lunch.
We will return by the same route to the city of Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:00 p.m.
In the Cusco region, which is located in the Andes mountain range of southern Peru. It has only two well-marked stations.
The dry season: This starts from the month of April to November; During these months are the best times of the year to carry out any hiking activity in Cusco, be it the tour to Ausangate, Lares, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or the visit to Singrenacocha.
Why choose these months:
The rainy season: It includes between the months of December to March, it is when the great storms appear, accompanied by lightning, lightning and hail, in the tourist attractions that are in the Ausangate circuit, the Mountain of colors Vinicunca, Lares Trek, Salkantay, Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is not recommended to visit them, because it could generate various inconveniences, such as landslides, increased river flow levels, many hours of fog. Therefore, Andean Great Treks does not normally operate trekking circuits in places that exceed 3,000 meters. We are always concerned about your comprehensive security, rather than seeking only economic interest.
The walk to Lake Singrenacocha has a moderate difficulty and can be done by anyone who is in good physical condition. The minimum age to do this tour is from 12 years old. But if you have any illness related to heart disease or high blood pressure, it is not a good idea to attend this type of activity, since it would be exposing your health to a very dangerous level.
The answer is Yes, you must be adapted to the altitude, although the first day you arrive in Cusco from a city at a lower altitude, the minimum days to participate in these tours of more than 4000 meters, it is not a good idea to visit them only with one day of acclimatization. Because it could give you the famous altitude sickness Soroche.
To avoid this effect of altitude, you must participate in adaptation activities such as the tour to the sacred valley. Or also if your doctor prescribed some pills, you can take them.
It is also not suitable to drink alcoholic beverages, smoke, or party in the night bars in Cusco.
The most important thing is to be well hydrated, in all the hotels in Cusco there are always thermoses with hot water, and some Coca teas.
In any type of emergency that may arise during the tour to Lake Singrenacocha, our support staff, as well as the route guides, are prepared to evacuate you as soon as possible to the nearest village, either using a mule, or the support of local people. For this, our tours are always organized with the use of an oxygen tank, and the first aid kit.
Please, before starting the tour, if you feel bad, tell the guide, in order to avoid setbacks or contingencies once in the attraction, since many times these sites are more than 1 hour away from where you find an emergency transport. Likewise, it is not correct to lie about your health history, since this would be considered a serious error.
You can cancel your tour to Lake Singrenacocha, before 15 days of starting your tour, without any charge for cancellations. But if for any reason you decide to cancel less than 48 hours before starting, you will lose your reservation deposit.
We recommend purchasing travel insurance if you plan to trek in Peru. Most of the trekking spots in Peru are very remote so if something goes wrong you will likely need an emergency evacuation and that can be incredibly expensive.
When choosing travel insurance, be sure to purchase a plan that covers high-altitude treks and helicopter rescue, just in case.
Yes. This is very important!!! We recommend that you bring 200 Peruvian soles. It is possible that you may not need any of this money, but just in case of an emergency you should make sure to have plenty of cash. If you are struggling on the route, you can use the money to purchase alternative forms of transportation such as: car, horse.
The answer is that if, since having trekking poles on Singrenacocha is vital, this instrument will help you overcome very difficult barriers, and have it in good balance during well-sloped descents. The type of cane that is recommended is of free will for you, since these define according to the food you are going to provide, it can be aluminum, carbon fiber, or other material, but if it has a good resistance When hiking, another no less important detail is that you must have the metal protectors at their tips, usually you will be accommodated with rubber soles. Preferably those that can be easily packed and tied.
Unfortunately, the 5% charge is completely out of our hands. This fee does not go to us, but to PayPal and VISA. There is really no way around it.
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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.
To book this tour, a minimum of $ 90 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.
Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.
All our Walking trips are graded from ‘Easy’ through to ‘Challenging to Tough’. On our online trip itineraries you’ll find a chart showing the daily walk distances, timings and information on the route including the terrain, altitude. Generally, no specific training is needed but you might feel more comfortable if you’ve got out walking a few times in the lead-up to your trip.
As with all our trips, every group is different but the ‘average’ group consists of roughly half couples and half solo travellers – all sharing a passion for exploring the world on foot. You’ll always have someone to keep you company along the route, but you don’t always have to walk together. Wherever possible your Andean Great Treks leader will allow everyone to walk at their own pace, regrouping regularly along the route.
Like many other countries in developing destinations, the region’s beauty and uniqueness are countered by inequality and lack of investment. This has led to crime rates (mainly theft and scams) not being uncommon in the larger cities. We know this doesn’t sound very attractive, but it’s important to mention it regardless. Most experienced and well-traveled visitors will understand this well and not be too concerned. However, having said this, it is our duty to take care of you during your visit. That’s why we present you here with a few recommendations to be extra safe. Avoid walking alone at night on empty streets. Don’t flaunt valuables! If going for a walk or going on public transport, be sensible and avoid showing off expensive items such as expensive watches and jewelry. Be careful of pickpockets! Don’t leave your bags anywhere that doesn’t look safe, and make sure to take them with you.
Soroche, or mountain sickness, is a reality for most people arriving in Cusco by plane from sea level and needs to be treated with respect. It’s vital to take it easy, not eating or drinking much on arrival, even sleeping a whole day just to assist acclimatization (coca tea is a good local remedy). After three days at this height most people have adjusted sufficiently to tackle moderate hikes at similar or lesser altitudes. Anyone considering hiking the major mountains around Cusco will need time to adjust again to their higher base camps.
If you do encounter altitude-related health problems, many hotels and restaurants have oxygen cylinders to help; alternatively, for serious cases, try call any of the clinics that are in Cusco, most of them have staff that speak English, for a greater facility in your attention it is recommended to have a travel insurance that covers medical expenses.
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