Cordillera Blanca: Santa Cruz Trek
Trip code: 316
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This 5-day fully-supported camping trek takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru’s premier hiking region, a great inclusion in a holiday to Peru. The views of the snow-capped peaks and the dazzling turquoise glacial lakes are stunning. With much of the trekking at altitudes of over 3,000m, a good level of fitnes is essential. There is approximately 12km of hiking per day lasting 5-7 hours. Camp at scenic high altitude locations, before driving back to Huaraz on Day 5.Day 1: Drive from Huaraz to Cashapampa at 2,900m. Hike up the Santa Cruz gorge. Camp beside the Santa Cruz River.
Day 2: On today’s hike there are glaciated peaks on both sides. Camp at the foot of Mount Taulliraju.
Day 3: The trail ascends towards Punta Union 4,750m. Descend to the Tuctu Valley; camp.
Day 4: Descend to Colcabamba. Ascend to the camp in the small village of Vaqueira (3,700m).
Day 5: Walk uphill towards Portachuelo Pass (4,767m) Road transport back to Huaraz.