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1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek

Experience the serenity and beauty of Chocolate Lake in just one day.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

7/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek Overview

Embark on an exclusive adventure to the serene Chocolate Lake with our specially curated 1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek, a unique experience you won’t find with any other company. This extraordinary journey takes you to the base of the grand Ausangate Mountain, part of the mesmerizing Vilcanota mountain range, located a mere 87 kilometers from Cusco, yet worlds away in its unspoiled beauty.

At 4,800 meters, where the sky meets the peaks of the Andes, lies Chocolate Lake, a tranquil and untouched oasis. Our exclusive trek offers you the rare opportunity to venture into this secluded paradise, showcasing an untouched landscape where the natural grandeur of the Andes is on full display. Join us for this one-of-a-kind excursion to a place where nature’s beauty is in its purest form, a journey only available through our exclusive offering.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 3:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ausangate Mountain, Chocolate Lake, Vilcanota River, Andean Wildlife

Price
FromUSD 150
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:30

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1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Huchuy Phynaya – Chocolate Lake – Cusco

Your adventure starts with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco, followed by a scenic drive to Huchuy Phynaya. Here, you’ll fuel up with a boxed breakfast, preparing for the ascent to Chocolate Lake. This trek, while challenging due to its high altitude, offers a plethora of natural scenes that make every step worthwhile. The local flora and fauna, along with small, unique communities en route, provide a glimpse into the vibrant life of the Andes.

As you approach Chocolate Lake, situated near one of Cusco’s tallest mountains, Mount Ausangate, its striking color and serene setting will take your breath away. Your guide will share insights into the lake’s unique hue and the significance of the Ausangate region. This is a perfect opportunity to explore, immerse in the tranquility, and capture moments of this Andean gem.

After basking in the beauty of Chocolate Lake, you’ll embark on your return trek to Huchuy Phynaya, where a delightful boxed lunch awaits. Concluding the day, relax on the drive back to Cusco, where you’ll arrive at your hotel between 6 and 7 p.m. This immersive trek not only showcases the natural beauty of the Andes but also offers a window into the life and culture of its people.

Given the high altitude of the trek, it’s advisable to spend a day acclimatizing in Cusco before embarking on this journey. This precaution ensures you can fully enjoy the experience and the breathtaking landscapes of Chocolate Lake.

Meals: Boxed Breakfast & Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 5-6 hours, 12 km
Highlights: Ausangate Mountain, Chocolate Lake, Vilcanota River

Tour Highlights

1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek Highlights

  • Exclusive Journey to Chocolate Lake: Experience the unique opportunity to explore Chocolate Lake, a secluded natural wonder accessible only through this exclusive trek.
  • Majestic Ausangate Mountain: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Ausangate Mountain, one of the most significant peaks in the Vilcanota mountain range, offering breathtaking views and a sense of grandeur.
  • High-Altitude Adventure: At 4,800 meters above sea level, enjoy the thrill and beauty of trekking in one of the Andes’ highest and most picturesque locations.
  • Cultural Immersion: Interact with local Andean communities, gaining insights into their traditional way of life, which includes herding llamas and alpacas, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.
  • Diverse Flora and Fauna: The trek provides opportunities to observe the unique wildlife and varied plant life of the Andes, enhancing the experience with the region’s natural diversity.
  • Stunning Landscapes: Traverse through varied terrains, from snowy mountain paths to vibrant green valleys, offering a constantly changing backdrop to your adventure.
  • Photography Opportunities: Capture stunning photographs of the Chocolate Lake, surrounded by the dramatic Andean landscape, perfect for nature and landscape photographers.
  • Professional Guidance and Insight: Benefit from the expertise of knowledgeable guides who provide valuable insights into the natural and cultural history of the area.
  • Convenience and Comfort: Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco, along with provided meals, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free experience.
  • Sustainable and Responsible Trekking: Participate in a trek that prioritizes sustainability and respects the local environment and communities, ensuring a responsible and ethical adventure.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • An additional guide for larger groups (more than 12 participants).
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Round-trip transportation from Cusco to Huchuy Phynaya.
  • Entrance fee to Chocolate Lake.
  • Meals: Boxed breakfast and lunch.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options at no extra cost.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Master Chef: Enjoy meals prepared by our expert chef.
  • Dining Equipment: Portable chairs and tables for comfortable dining.
  • Buffet Lunch: Delight in a buffet lunch during the trek.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

150

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

170

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

210

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

300

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

290

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

490

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes suitable for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Camera, film, and batteries.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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