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  • See the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca
  • Travel through one of the best trekking routes in the world
  • Enjoy an acclimatization hike to Laguna Churup
  • Explore the famous lakes of llanganuco
Grab the opportunity to trek through one of the most popular non-technical hiking trails in the Cordillera Blanca. Book your spot on this guided, 7-day Santa Cruz trek and get the chance to see spectacular mountain views and crystal-clear mountain lakes. Traverse mountain valleys, walk past small villages and cross high-altitude passes. Take a peek into the daily life of the people living in the Andes and see them at work, shearing sheep and knitting garments, or just hanging around.

Start your adventure with a hike to Laguna Churup. Fly 50 minutes or enjoy an 8-hour bus journey from Lima to Huaraz (depending upon the date). Hit the Santa Cruz trail after that. Enjoy amazing views of Artesonraju, Rinrijirca and Alpamayo peaks before your reach the Punta Union Pass. See the mighty Taulliraju, one of the most photographed peaks in the Cordillera.

See both the northern and southern sides of Huascaran as well as Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju, and Chopicalqui mountains while crossing the Portachuelo Pass. Walk downhill to reach the famous lakes of llanganuco. Take a bus back to Huaraz from Vaqueria. Catch a flight (depends upon availability) or take a bus back to Lima. Please go through the itinerary to learn more about this trip.

customer reviews about Adios Adventure Travel
5.0 - Excellent Based on 16 reviews
Jack's review for another Adios Adventure Travel tour
5 - Excellent
“Excellent life-changing experience of the Incas, Andean lives and culture and the Spanish colonization.”
Alexa's review for another Adios Adventure Travel tour
5 - Excellent
“This was easily the highlight of our trip. An amazing hike and incredible sights along the way.”
Randy's review for another Adios Adventure Travel tour
5 - Excellent
“Jacuie, Vidal, Victor,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for setting up an amazing trip for me and my daughter Melissa! We had an experience of a lifetime. Jacquie you were so nice and attentive to our needs before we left and so fun to talk to about getting us excited to go. You made me feel very at ease about being in country and assured me that things would go as planned and they did. Victor was simply amazing to have as a guide and was very fun to talk to. Victor is very knowledgeable of his country’s history. Vidal we only met once but was very pleasant to meet.

We lost our breath looking at the millions of stars and the Milky Way the first night at 12,000 ft. Having three course meals on a table with silverware and snacks was pretty crazy. We were treated with such kindness and care. The sight of the glaciers and rivers were stunning. The sun coming up over the mountain above the clouds that were filling the valley on the back side at 12,000 ft was unbelievable. We of course had to try the Guinea pig. We let Victor have most of it. It was interesting like squirrel or rabbit. We loved the springs at Aguas Caliente. Yes Jacuie we did get to the hot springs! We still laugh at renting swim suits for $1. LOL I had a red Cusquena there and loved it. The cities and villages each had so many fun things to see and do. Of course we walked up hill everywhere we went! Haha. Our cooks and horseman were so kind and brought us hot tea to our tent every morning. The food was beyond our expectations. Machu Picchu was of course the pinnacle of the trip and didn’t disappoint. A sight to behold.

I can’t say enough good things about you guys. I have recommended you to several people. There is so much beauty on the world and thank you for guiding us to Peru and Machu Picchu to see that part of it.”
Get ready for an early-morning flight. We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning for a 4:00 am airport check in. Take the flight leaving Lima for Huaraz at 05:30 am. Arrive in Huaraz (3090m) by 07:15 am and transfer to your hotel.

Have your breakfast and rest till the afternoon. Explore the town in the afternoon if you want to. Please remember that Lima - Huaraz - Lima flights are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In case a flight is not available, we will drive you to Huaraz. The journey takes around 8 hours.
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning. Drive for 1 hour over dirt roads to Pitec. Hike up for 3 hours to reach Churup Lake (4460m). Walk back to Pitec and hop into the car that will drive you back to Huaraz.
Leave Huaraz at around 07:00 am. Drive to Cashapampa (2900m), where your team of donkey drivers will be waiting for you. Start your ascent from a narrow valley for about 2 hours before continuing your walk through an almost flat area to reach your first camp at Llamacorral (3700m). Have your dinner in the camp.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Enjoy the views of Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes while following a trail with a moderate incline. Stop for lunch at Quisuar then continue your journey up to Alpamayo South Base Camp (4250m). Take some photos and walk to your camp in Taullipampa (4200m).
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Start hiking at around 8:00 am after breakfast. Trek uphill for around 3 hours to reach the Punta Union Pass (4750m). Enjoy spectacular views of Taulliraju, Paria, Artesonraju and Contrahierbas mountains. End your day at Cachinapampa Camp (3700m).
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
Descend for about one and a half hours after breakfast before inching your way uphill to reach Vaqueria, where your private bus will be waiting to transport you back to Huaraz. Drive to the Portachuelo Pass (4800m). Enjoy your final, close-up views of Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Huandoy, Pisco and Yanapaccha mountains.

Head for Llanganuco Lake, where you will stop for lunch. Drive through Huascaran National Park to reach Yungay and onward to Huaraz. Check in at your hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
Transfer from your hotel to the airport at 05:30 am. Catch a flight to Lima, arriving in the capital by 8:00 am. You have a layover in Lima's airport until your departure time. In case you want to explore Lima on your own, there is an option to store your luggage in the airport.
what’s included
  • Round trip domestic flight/bus (Lima - Huaraz - Lima) as well as pickup from your hotel/accommodation
  • One night hotel in Lima (3* with private bathroom)
  • Licensed, English speaking guide
  • Cooks, donkeys and donkey drivers
  • Full board meals and drinking water during the trek
  • Private transfers during the expedition
  • Camping equipment (sleeping tents, kitchen tents, dining tents, with tables and chairs, utensils, etc)
  • Emergency horses
  • Huascaran National Park entrance fees
  • First aid kit
what's excluded
  • Hotel in Lima, except what is mentioned on the 'What's Included' section
  • Sleeping bag (please carry one that is rated 0 degree F), trekking poles, air mattress and personal trekking gear
  • Tips
  • Meals in Huaraz
  • Bottled drinks or alcohol
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights to/from Lima
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 7 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 4750 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Starts/Ends Lima, Peru/ Lima, Peru
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Payment

A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationNote: 1. No previous trekking experience required 2. This trip can be combined with trips to Machu Picchu, Amazon rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Galapagos Islands or the salt flats of Bolivia 3. We recommend 1 extra day to acclimatize your body before the tour starts 4. June, July & August are the best months 5. A daily bus service between Lima and Huaraz takes about 8 hours to reach its destination 6. Flights between Lima and Huaraz are only available 3 days a week: on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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