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SANTA CRUZ TREK

As a country, Peru offers visitors 3 distinct geographical zones, from the dry arid coastline which is home to the incredible Ballestas Islands and just inland, the Nazca Lines, to the high andes range and also to the Amazon. There is so much to see in this diverse region, that one is spoilt for choice.

 

 

Fast Facts

All year

Best: April to October

Duration: 10 days Hotels and Tents Trek Grade: 2c (FP)


Santa Cruz Itinerary

 

Day-1: Arrive Lima

 

Day-2. Lima - Huaraz

After breakfast, transfer by bus to Huaraz. Eight hour journey heading first north along the Panamerican highway before turning east and heading towards the andes. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day-3. Huaraz (B)

Free day for acclimatisation in Huaraz.

 

Day-4. Huaraz - Chavin) (B)

Private trip to Chavin de Huantar, site of the oldest pan-andean civilisation dating back to 2000BC. Located on the outskirts of the village of the same name. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture discovered and is known as Chavin-Kotosh. Return to Huaraz where the journey takes you over the continental divide at the high Kawish pass.

 

Day-5. Huaraz - (Churup-Pastoruri) (B) 4600m

Trip to either Lake Churup or Pastoruri Glacier. Churup is quite a tough 1 day trek which allows you to ascend to 4600m Pastoruri is easier to access due to the usage of a 4X4 vehicle and allows for some time at the wonderful glacier. Return to Huaraz and briefing on the Alpamayo trek

 

Day-6. Huaraz - Llamacorral (BLD) 4000m

Leaving early in the morning we drive down along the Santa River passing several villages until we reach present-day Yungay. The road winds slowly up into the gully between the Huascaran massif and the Huandoy three-pronged peak, driving until Cashapampa. Start of the trek. Hiking for about six hours until Llamacorral where we will camp at 4000 m.a.s.l.

 

Day-7. Llamacorral - Taullipampa (BLD)

Breakfast, hike for about six hours. We'll see Mt.Taulliraju looming above us and on the other side its glacial lake. The glacier will add colour and contrast to the amazing view down the Santa Cruz Valley. The peaks of Santa Cruz, Quitaraju, Artesonaju and Alpamayo, the most beautiful mountain in the world, will come into view as well as the two lakes of Ichicocha and Hatuncocha. The pathway is relatively easy going till the final pull up to camp at 4,400m.

 

Day-8. Taullipampa - Punta Union Pass -Paria (BLD) - 4700m

Early breakfast. The trail ascends towards Punta Union, a pass at 4,700 m.a.s.l. (15,711 ft.) This old trail was heavily used in pre-Columbian and Colonial times as a route for transporting goods from the eastern side of the andes to the main valley. As we approach the pass, we enjoy fabulous panoramic views down the Santa Cruz Valley and Huaripampa Valley. Camp in the vicinity of Paria or Tuctu (3800 m.a.s.l), in the heart of Huascaran National Park. Hiking for about 7-8 hours.

 

Day-9. Paria-Vaqueria-Llanganuco - Huaraz - Lima (B) - 4750m

Breakfast, hiking through the Huaripampa valley, Colcabamba, Vaqueria and at Portachuelo of Llanganuco at 4,750 m.a.s.l. (15580 ft.) From this point, we will get a spectacular view of Mt.Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco and Chacraraju. Pickup and private transportation back to Huaraz.Night bus back to Lima.

 

Day-10. Lima

Arrival in the early morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

 

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