Up to 8 People
Hiking / Trekking
Moderate / Difficult
April - October
Experince the remote beauty of the Cordillera Blanca
The Santa Cruz trek departs from the trekking mecca the is Huaraz. This region is consistently overshadowed by Cusco & Machu Picchu, but thats what makes this place so magical -with towering snowcapped peaks, and no crowds.
The Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca. The trek takes you through fertile valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-famous circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 4750m.
After breakfast in the hotel we will travel by private bus along the Callejón de Huaylas. This drive takes us through many traditional Andean towns. We will make our first stop in Carhuaz (2650m/8692ft). Here you will find homemade ice-cream from local fruit stand, authentic ecological handcrafts shown in el Abuelo handcrafts shop. Then we will continue to the city of Caraz where we will purchase any needed supplies. From here we travel to the Cashapampa District to meet the donkey drivers at the trailhead. After the donkeys are loaded with our camping equipment we will set out on the five to six hour hike to our first camp, Llamacorral (3760m/12332ft).
Today will be a quiet walk through the valley of Santa Cruz and breathtaking vistas. After breakfast we will begin the two-hour hike that will take us to Ichiccocha Lake and Jatuncocha Lake, then we will arrive to nice spot where will have lunch with views of the impressive Alpamayo peak, after of the lunch we can go to the Arhueycocha lake –base camp of Alpamayo. Then to continue until Taullipampa 4250m
After breakfast we will start hiking at 8am. A four-hour hike will bring us to the Punta Union Pass (4750m/15580ft) where we will have lunch while enjoying the splendid scenery. From here you have complete panorama views of glaciated mountains, blue skies, and unique landscapes, which will be our companion during this high altitude picnic. After lunch we descend for approximately three to four hours to our final camp, Cachinapampa (3800m/12464ft).
After breakfast we will descend for about 2 1/2 hours to Vaqueria. There the Van will be waiting for us for transfer to Yuraccorral. We will pass for Portachuelo Pass(4770m/15646ft). From this pass you are rewarded with views deep in the heart of the Andes. Few people in the world have seen what your eyes will behold from this vista North and South Huascaran, Huandoys, Pisco, and Chacraraju are a few of the peaks you will see and also the LLanganuco Lakes.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.
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Punta Union Pass
Sam Corporations has flexible departure dates, willing to accommodate your needs and travel requirements as far as possible. We guarantee exclusive luxurious tours of the hidden gems of Peru, whilst providing the best quality and personalized service.
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We aim to have a positive impact in all the areas that we visit. Through our training sessions and social projects, we empower women, indigenous communities and children
Our groups never exceed 10 people, giving you a personalized tour in our small comfortable vans
Interested in visiting only specific destinations? No problem, all our packages can be fully customized to suit your budget and schedule. Contact our travel advisors to plan the most comprehensive trip of a lifetime.
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Climb Vallunaraju, a great beginner mountain and one of the few peaks in the Cordillera Blanca that can be climbed from Huaraz in only two days. A good peak for beginners or to include at the end of your trek or for acclimatization for climbing bigger peaks.
If you’re planning on visiting Huaraz – hell, even if you’re not – you absolutely need to visit Laguna Paron. The largest lake in the Cordillera Blanca, it’s also one of the most beautiful.
Altitude: The mirador over the lake sits at 4,200m, the lake itself a little lower. Yep, this is really quite high
Distance: If you choose to hike from the trailhead entry, the total distance is approximately a 20km round trip. Should you take a tour that goes all the way to the lake entrance, you need only do a short walk (45 minutes there and back) up to the mirador.
Time: This is a long day trip from Huaraz, requiring a start at either 5 a.m. or 8 a.m. dependent upon the type of tour you take. Tours are usually back in Huaraz by about 6 p.m.
Base City: Huaraz.
Laguna 69 is one of the best hikes in Huaraz.
Laguna 69 (or Lake 69) has become a popular Peru hike as of late and it’s no surprise why! After an endorphin inducing hike, you’re rewarded with stunning views of glacial turquoise waters surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Huascaran National Park. This trek in Huaraz, Peru has put Northern Peru on the must-visit list for many travelers. Are you one of those wanderlusters?
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