1-Day Kinsa Cocha Lakes Day Hike: Tranquil Beauty

Discover the serene Kinsa Cocha lakes on this day hike, ideal for nature lovers and photographers.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

Step into the Sacred Valley, a realm where nature’s magic is palpable in every breeze and every ripple on the water. At its heart lie the Kinsa Cocha Lakes, pristine havens that mirror the grandeur of the surrounding Andean peaks. Here, tranquility is not just a word but an experience, as the gentle lapping of the waters and the distant calls of native birds become the soundtrack of your escape.

Dive deeper, and the ‘Blue Lagoon’ or Azul Cocha unveils itself—a testament to nature’s ability to craft scenes of pure wonder. As you wander, the playful alpacas, the true custodians of the valley, might just saunter by, adding charm to an already picturesque setting. Answer the beckoning of the Sacred Valley and let yourself be enveloped by its timeless allure, where each moment promises a dance of nature’s finest displays.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 5:00 AM - 05:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Kinsa Cocha Lakes, Andean landscapes, Alpacas, Tranquil trails, Serene Blue Lake (Azul Cocha), Majestic mountain views, Pisac archaeological ruins, Sacred Valley vistas
Price
FromUSD 130
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 05:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 05:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 05:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 05:00

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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.

Begin your adventure with our friendly team picking you up directly from your hotel in Cusco. From there, we embark on a drive through the Sacred Valley, framed by magnificent mountains that reach impressive heights of over 5,000 meters. The journey, approximately two hours, includes stops for you to admire and photograph the captivating scenery.

Upon arrival at our destination, you'll be pleased to note the proximity of the first lagoon to our parking area, ensuring minimal initial walking. As we stroll alongside this serene lagoon, our path leads us to the second one. It's not uncommon for the region's charming alpacas to join us during this walk! Our journey continues to a third lagoon, offering splendid views of the valley below. Here, we pause to enjoy a box lunch amidst nature's embrace.

A standout experience awaits at the 'Blue Lagoon' or Azul Cocha. Its tranquil waters and sheer beauty promise to be one of the day's highlights.

As we conclude this nature-filled escapade, our route back to Cusco offers an optional detour: a visit to the Pisac archaeological site. This ancient marvel, perched on a mountain, adds a touch of historical intrigue to the day. We aim to return to Cusco around 6 pm, marking the end of a memorable journey.

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley: Witness the grandeur of towering Andean peaks and verdant landscapes on your journey.
  • Kinsa Cocha Lakes Exploration: Discover the pristine beauty of these interconnected lagoons, nestled amidst nature’s splendor.
  • Azul Cocha Experience: Stand by the mesmerizing ‘Blue Lagoon’ and feel the serenity it exudes.
  • Alpaca Encounters: Get up close and personal with the gentle alpacas that freely roam the valley.
  • Expert Guided Tour: Gain valuable insights and anecdotes about the region from a knowledgeable guide.
  • Optional Pisac Visit: Delve into history with a stop at the archaeological wonder perched on a mountain.

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Payment Terms

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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Discounts

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 Kinsa Cocha Lakes Hike. 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 Kinsa Cocha Lakes Hike, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

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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Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

What measures does Huaynas Expeditions take to ensure the safety of trekkers during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We prioritize the health and safety of our clients and staff. We closely follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by local and international health authorities, implementing measures such as regular sanitization of equipment, health checks for staff, and providing handwashing facilities at campsites.

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.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please inform us in advance about any dietary restrictions or allergies, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.

Can I customize my itinerary if I opt for the Deluxe package?

Absolutely! The Deluxe package offers flexible timing, allowing you to adjust your day’s schedule to your preferences.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

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 challenging is the trek?

The trek is considered moderate. It’s suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness. No prior trekking experience is necessary, but being in good physical shape will enhance your experience.

What's the best season to do the Kinsa Cocha Lakes Hike?

The trek can be done year-round, but the dry season (May to September) is often recommended for the best views and hiking conditions.

Are tips for guides and staff included?

Tips are not included and are entirely at your discretion. If you feel the service was exemplary, tips are a kind way to show your appreciation.

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