Day Hikes : LLACA VALLEY & RANRAPALCA GLACIER
From the top of the Llaca Valley we hike to the face of the glacier coming from the enormous mountain Ranrapalca 6162m. This is an easier option for a day hike, and there are few other places in the Cordillera Blanca where you can be so close to the ice. First we will take the car to visit the ruins of Wilcahuain, then continue on to the Llaca Valley. The Lllaca Valley is a narrow valley with impressive rock walls, and this is where the Peru mountain guides come to practice rock climbing. From the end of the road we hike up easily to the top of the valley to the glacier around 1½ hours and on the way we can see some of the rock climbing routes. From the top of the glacial moraine Ranrapalca and the glacier dominate the whole landscape. After a picnic lunch, we walk easily down the valley stopping on the way to see the Llaca Lake. We return to Huaraz in the car a different way through the Cojup Valley, driving down through the villages of Llupa and Unchos.
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