1-Day Chocolate Lake: A Scenic Trek Off the Beaten Path

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

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Cusco, Peru


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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 - 04:00 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
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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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Tour Itinerary

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

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

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Tour 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.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Chocolate Lake Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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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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How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

What is the difficulty level of the Chocolate Lake Trek?

The trek is considered moderate to challenging due to its high altitude and the length of the hike. It’s recommended for individuals who are reasonably fit and have acclimatized to Cusco’s altitude.

What are the health and safety measures on the trek?

An emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit are available throughout the trek. We recommend all participants have travel/health insurance.

Can I rent trekking poles?

Yes, trekking poles are available for rent. They are also included in the Deluxe package.

What is the best time of year to do the Chocolate Lake Trek?

The best time to undertake the trek is during the dry season, from April to October, when the weather is generally clearer and paths are more accessible.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How high is Chocolate Lake and will altitude sickness be a concern?

Chocolate Lake is located at an altitude of 4,800 meters. While altitude sickness can be a concern, spending a day or two in Cusco for acclimatization is recommended before undertaking the trek.

Are there any age restrictions for the trek?

There are no strict age restrictions, but due to the moderate difficulty and high altitude, the trek is not recommended for very young children or those with significant health issues.

Can I just hire a guide for the Chocolate Lake Trek if I have my own transportation?

Yes, we offer the flexibility for clients who prefer to use their own transportation. You can hire one of our experienced and bilingual guides to accompany you on the Chocolate Lake Trek. Our guide will provide in-depth knowledge of the trail, local flora and fauna, and cultural insights, ensuring you have a fulfilling and safe trekking experience. Please contact us for details on guide-only services and pricing.

How do I book the trek and what are the payment options?

You can book the trek through our website or contact us directly. We accept various payment methods including credit cards, bank transfers, and online payment platforms.

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