Lake Paron

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Caraz, Peru
Lake Paron is the largest lake in the Cordillera Blanca.
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First To Review: Marie T.
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Mar 26, 2011
Lake Paron is the largest lake in the Cordillera Blanca and arguably the most beautiful, its dazzling turquoise waters surrounded by imposing icy peaks. In recent years, the lake’s water level has dropped from 75m to a mere 15m, but Lake Paron is still a jewel, with the unrivalled picture perfect view of Mount Piramide de Garcilaso’s pyramid of ice (5885m) rising above crystalline waters bordered by powdered white sand . An easy path surrounds the lake revealing in turns the snow-covered summits of Mount Piramide, Huandoy East (6000m), Aguja (5888m) Caraz West (6025m), Chacraraju (6112m), Pisco (5752m) and finally the magnificent perfect pyramid of Artesonraju (6025m). The lake is located in the northern section of the Huascaran National Park, 32km east of Caraz, and reached after two hours on a dirt road that snakes its way up the Paron Valley. The sheer granite cliffs that tower high on either side of the valley are an impressive sight, and include the 5325m high monolith known as the Sphinx, which is a popular destination for rock climbers. A visit here is ideal for acclimatisation and is suitable for hikers and non-hikers alike.
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