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Cordillera Blanca, Perú

Santa Cruz Trek

When: APR-DEC

Where: Perú

Length: 3-11 days

Level: Easy

From: $279

Overview

The most famous trekking route in the mighty Cordillera Blanca

Crossing the Punta Union pass into the beautiful Santa Cruz Valley is a truly unforgettable moment.

The Santa Cruz is rightly one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca. The trail winds through fertile alpine valleys from one side of the Cordillera Blanca to the other by means of the Punta Union Pass, which rises to 4,750m (15,580ft), all the while boasting the most spectacular views of high glaciated mountains. This is one of the classic trekking routes of the Cordillera Blanca, and for good reason.
A beautiful route through the greatest range in the high Andes mountains. You'll experience turquoise lagoons, giant white-capped mountains, sweeping valleys and ancient villages.
You'll see waterfalls cascade down granite walls, as whitewater streams weave through the valley floors. You’ll witness the mountains burn red as the sun sets beyond the valley walls and by evening you'll experience star studded skies.
Arriving to the highest point at the Punta Union Pass will leave you breathless, both figuratively and literally as you crest over the horizon and encounter your first glance of the immense world beyond. It is no wonder that National Geographic has rated it as one of the best treks in the world.
This route can be accessed from both the West and the East, and can be completed in between three and six days, with the longer routes including some of the spectacular side valleys. We offer a range of options from guide-only "backpacker" style setups all the way through to "semi-luxury", all inclusive expeditions. See below for current options available.

"Crossing turquoise lagoons, giant white-capped mountains, sweeping valleys and ancient villages, and watching waterfalls cascade down granite walls, as whitewater streams weave through the valley floors, makes this trek an unforgettable experience." Jonas Duecker, Germany

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Private pick-up at the Lima International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Lima for a nice meal and a good night's sleep.

Day 2 -

Private transfer to the coach station and a comfortable first class ride to Huaraz, approximately an 8-hour journey.. Move into your hotel, relax and get to know Huaraz.

Day 3 -

Orientation meeting in your hotel in the morning and then head out on a 4-hour acclimatization hike to the Puka Ventana (“red window”) outside of town, where you’ll get great views of the entire Cordillera Blanca range. Spend the night in your Huaraz hotel.

Day 4 -

Day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup (4,500m), approximately a 5-hour round trip. Return to Huaraz, night in hotel.

Day 5 -

Depart Huaraz and drive to the small village of Cashapampa to meet your donkeys and begin your trek up the beautiful Santa Cruz Valley. Hike about 4 hours before setting up camp and settling in for the evening in an area called Llama corral.

Day 6 -

Continue hiking up the valley for 5-7 hours, towards the first pass of the trek (Punta Union, 4,750m). Camp before the pass near the popular Alpamayo base camp. Optional trip up to see the base camp.

Day 7 -

Hike up and over Punta Union and descend to about 4,200m where a nice camp awaits in Paria. Hiking time, 6-7 hours.

Day 8 -

Continue your descent towards the town of Vaqueria, then cut southeast on the trail at Colcabamba. Enter the Ulta valley and sleep in Molina Pampa before ascending to the second pass. Hiking time, 4-5 hours.

Day 9 -

Hike up towards Yanayacu Pass on a lightly-traveled path to a beautiful campsite called Avalancha situated below the towering peak of Contrahierbas. Hiking time 5-6 hours.

Day 10 -

Enjoy your last morning at camp then pack up and hike out to meet your transport at the road. Transfer to Huaraz for a well deserved warm shower and the celebration banquet.

Day 11 -

Last minute shopping for family and friends before departing for Lima at 11:00am, arriving at the airport or your hotel by 7:00pm.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • First class bus tickets
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Donkeys or llamas and porters where applicable
  • Sleeping tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Cook tent, eating tent, tables, chairs, and bathroom tent
  • First aid kit stocked for wilderness expeditions
  • Celebration banquet at the end of trip

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • All food during in-town days except the Celebration Banquet
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

15th Apr 2019 - 18th Apr 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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5th May 2019 - 15th May 2019

This is a 11-day Santa Cruz/Ulta trek with all services from Lima to Lima. Max. team size: 8. Price: $1,585.

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13th May 2019 - 16th May 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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17th Jun 2019 - 20th Jun 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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20th Jun 2019 - 30th Jun 2019

This is a 11-day Santa Cruz/Ulta trek with all services from Lima to Lima. Max. team size: 8. Price: $1,585.

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15th Jul 2019 - 18th Jul 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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10th Aug 2019 - 20th Aug 2019

This is a 11-day Santa Cruz/Ulta trek with all services from Lima to Lima. Max. team size: 8. Price: $1,585.

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12th Aug 2019 - 15th Aug 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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16th Sep 2019 - 19th Sep 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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14th Oct 2019 - 17th Oct 2019

This is a 4-day trek from Huaraz to Huaraz. Max. team size: 8. Price: $299.

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