Connected with Huaypo Lagoon

Terra Explorer
December 18, 2020

Huaypo lagoon has always been a very special place for us. Since the first time we saw it, we knew we had to share it with the world. Many of our outdoor activities take place in Huaypo, and in this article, we will show you why you need this wellness vacations.

It’s crystal clear waters make a magnificent contrast with the farm fields, mountains, blue sky, and the white clouds that fill that place with immense energy. Once you arrive at the lagoon, you feel the disconnection of the busy life, and the day by day that keeps our mind somewhere else, you will feel an immediate connection with nature.

Where is it located?

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Huaypo (3.507 m.a.s.l.), is located 44 kilometers and one hour by car from the city of Cusco, in the jurisdictions of Urubamba and Anta provinces. 

The lagoon is surrounded by the Salkantay, Veronica, and Chicón Apus (Mountain gods). It has a length of 1.5 km by 800 meters, and it holds a wide variety of fishes and migratory birds, especially between September and December.

How to get there and when is the best time to visit?

Getting there is very easy, you can take a bus and then walk a section through beautiful landscapes, you can go by private car; or with Terra Explorer, to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities.

The best time to visit this lagoon is just after the rainy season, from the ends of April and during the following months, when the landscape is green, and the waters have a deep blue color.

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The legends of the lagoon

There are several stories about the lagoon that most of the local people like to tell travelers with a lot of enthusiasm. One of them is that there is a lost city underneath it, that only comes out to the light on the full moon nights.

Another well-known legend is that the Sun God asked Manco Capac (founder of the Inca culture in Cusco) to have his twin kids accompany him at sunset. When they went to look for them, they discovered that the son who walked the furthest had become the beautiful Huaypo lagoon and the daughter in the Piuray lagoon (another beautiful lagoon located half an hour from the city of Cusco).

These are just two of many myths and legends that locals narrate of this magical place. 

The Chacan community and their activities

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The Chacan community belongs to one of the largest towns from the Anta province. It is a mainly agricultural area with extensive farms and open fields. Another activity that they often carry out is artisanal fishing for silverside and trout, which they have been doing in the same way that our ancestors did. 

From this comes one of the favorite and typical dishes of the area: breaded trout with potato and salad, all produced by them.

What activities can I do at the lagoon?

  • Kayak and SUP

The calm waters of this lagoon allow you to have quiet rides with friends or family while enjoying the fantastic view that it gives us. Many times we see the lakes from the mountains, but rarely do we have the opportunity to see the mountains from the waters of these lakes. 

  • Birdwatching

Huaypo is home to a great variety of birds, especially between September and December, since it is the season of their migrations. You can observe more than 80 types of birds from the shores of the lagoon, or also while doing activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle, and sailing.

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What does Terra Explorer offer you?

We offer you a wide variety of activities for all kinds of tastes, ages, and experiences, from a mountain bike ride with an outdoor picnic lunch to a luxury camp surrounded by nature and a starry sky.

Among the activities that we offer you at Terra Explorer are the lake kayak, stand-up paddle, sailing, bike ride, traditional Peruvian pachamanca lunch, Andean ceremonies, bird watching, and campings (glamping or luxury camping).

Now that you know more about Huaypo lagoon, are you ready to live an incredible adventure? In Terra Explorer, we have several itineraries for you. If you want to know Peru in an authentic and spectacular way, get in touch with us, and we will help you design the trip of your dreams!


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