The Circuit of the Four Lakes is located in the province of Acomayo, in the district of Pomacanchi are these famous lagoons, at a distance of 107 km from the city of Cusco (2 hours by car), a tourist circuit has been created that allows to appreciate the four lagoons, this initiative is thanks to the joint effort of some 40 communities in the area, which offer the service of guidance, lodging and food.
The Pomacanchi lagoon
From the town of Pomacanchi 2.5 km. (10 minutes by car) more is traveled to the first lagoon also called Pomacanchi, it is located in the upper part of the Vilcanota River. The Pomacanchi lagoon has a maximum depth of 140 meters; Around this there are abundant natural pastures: medicinal species, totora, mirmi, etc. and of fish: trout, pejerreyes, huitas, ccarachis, ch’iñis and carps. In the Pomacanchi lagoon, the municipality has built a tourist camp of totora huts, a shed to eat and a grill to prepare trout, which in this area there are up to 300 fishermen associated, here you can ride in pedal boats accompanied by a guide.
The lagoon of Acopia
The second is a small lagoon called Acopia, located in the town of the same name, La Laguna de Acopia is very populated with birds, here you will see pelicans and wild ducks. In stock you can meet the woman who inspired the best known huayno of Cusco Valicha, Valeriana Huillca Condori (85 years old) inspired Cuzqueño composer Miguel Angel Hurtado to write this beautiful melody.
The third is the Asnaqocha Lagoon (meaning malodorous lagoon), it concentrates abundant algae, which, exposed to the sun’s rays, produces a strong smell.
Laguna de Pampamarca or Tungasuca
The fourth lagoon is the highest in the circuit (3 750 meters above sea level), called Tungasuca or Pampamarca, and hosts a wide variety of wildlife such as parihuanas and ducks, due to the abundance of totora that surround it. The practice of sport fishing is carried out especially in Pampamarca. This lagoon is freshwater.
Dato Life Expeditions:
You can tour the surroundings of this route on mountain bikes.