Access to Santa Cruz Trek and Laguna 69 restricted for one week; tour operators upset

A week ago, a private road construction company announced to realise maintenance work on the road Yungay-Yanama. The Huascarán National Park has just recently confirmed that from Monday the 19th until Saturday the 24th, the roads that drives towards Cebollapampa (start of the hike to Laguna 69, Mount Pisco etc.) and Yanama will indeed be closed.

The road work that will be carried out in the section requires the total closure of the road.  Most affected are tourists willing to hike Laguna 69 or the Santa Cruz Trek. For Laguna 69, the directors of the National Park Huascaran indicated that tourists will have to hike another four kilometres from Laguna Chinancocha (the first of the two Llanganuco Lakes) towards Cebollapampa. People interested in doing the Santa Cruz Trek, can still do this, however, they will have to start in Cashapampa. Transportation from Yanama to Yungay will not be possible, so operators are advised to return via Chacas and use the Punta Olímpica Tunnel.

Tourists that will purchase the conventional tour to Llanganuco do not have to worry, the first lake can be visited during the road works.

Although the Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado who run the national park asked for understanding of the local tour operators, the decision of closing such an important tourism access road was slammed on social media. Although others also praise the decision for maintenance of the access road, other local tour operators are wondering why these road works have to be completed within the tourist season and not for example in the months of November until March. Another tour operator is asking when the road will be finally paved as the current state of the road is a disgrace.

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