WHERE IS THE SINGRENACOCHA LAKE LOCATED?
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.
HOW TO GET TO THE SINGRENACOCHA LAKE?
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.
WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON OF THE YEAR TO VISIT SINGRENACOCHA LAKE?
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 sky of Cusco lights up with the first rays of the sun, where you will enjoy an incredible sunrise, and for most of the day you will have a clear blue sky.
- The days begin at 5:00 am and end at 6:00 pm. So we have more than 12 hours of sun.
- A very important fact to keep in mind is that the winter seasons in the southern hemisphere also occur in these months, so we will have cold mornings and evenings, so we advise you to bring good trekking equipment.
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.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF THE HIKE TO SINGRENACOCHA?
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.
SHOULD I ACCLIMATIZE BEFORE GOING TO SINGRENACOHA?
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.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET SICK DURING THE TOUR TO SINGRENACOCHA
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.
CAN I CANCEL MY RESERVATION FOR THE SINGRENACOCHA TOUR?
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.
IS REQUIRED A TRAVEL INSURANCE TO VISIT SINGRENACOCHA
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.
DO I NEED TO BRING EXTRA MONEY FOR SINGRENACOCHA LAKE?
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.
DO I NEED THE TREKKING POLES ON SINGRENACOCHA
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.
HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING FOR SINGRENACOCHA?
- Fill out the form
- Fill out the passenger details form in a word document. This should be attached in your email.
- Pay your deposit, and let us know when you have paid! This is important because our system does not automatically notify us when you’ve paid your deposit.
- Confirm reservation
- Once you’ve received your booking confirmation in the form of a PDF, please check it over to confirm that everything is correct.
- Informative session
- Your all set!! Remember to come to our offices the day before your departure date at 5:00 PM for your briefing.
WHY IS THERE AN 5% CHARGE FOR PAYPAL AND VISA? IS THERE ANY WAY TO AVOID THIS CHARGE?
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.