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Private transfer in the morning to the bus station. Take a comfortable first class
bus ride to Huaraz (7.5-hour bus journey). Arrive in Huaraz and meet your guide at the bus station and private transfer to your hotel.
Orientation meeting. ½ day acclimatization hike to Puka Ventana 10,850ft (3,500m). Overnight in a hotel in Huaraz.
Today we will go on a day hike to the turquoise waters of Laguna Churup 13,950ft (4,500m).
Approximately 6 hours round trip. Return to Huaraz and overnight in a hotel.
Depart early for the small town of Cashapampa and the beginning of the Santa
Cruz Trek. Meet your donkeys, load up the equipment, and hike 5-6 hours this
day to arrive to the first camp in Llamacorral (3,800m).
Llamacorral to Taullipampa, side trip optional to Alpamayo basecamp. Camp
below the towering, impressive peaks of Artesonraju and Taulliraju at 4,200m.
Taullipampa up and over the Punta Union pass (4,750m), dropping down onto
the other side of the Cordillera Blanca to the camp in Paria (aprox. 4,200m).
Hiking time 6-7 hours.
Today we continue the descent towards the town of Vaqueria, then cut southeast on the trail at Colcabamba. Enter the Keshu valley and camp in an area called ‘Molino
Pampa’ Hiking time, 4 hours.
Hike up a steady climb to a beautiful campsite called Contra Hierbas or ‘Avalancha’ at 4,650m on the northeast side of the Yanayacu pass. Hiking time 4-6 hours.
Cross over the Yanayacu pass (4,850m) and descend down the southern side
toward the Ulta Valley below, meet your transport and head back to Huaraz for
showers and a celebration dinner. Overnight in hotel.
Before taking the bus to Lima you will have time for a nice breakfast and to visit the plaza before departing at 11:00 am (or 1pm), arrive at the airport by 8:00pm. International flights may depart any time after 11pm.
Add a Lima city tour before or after:
If adding an extra day in Lima your hotel will be in the neighborhood of Miraflores, with good artisan markets and restaurants, and you’ll have an included city tour in the afternoon. The city tour lets you explore the wonders of the colonial capital, you visit the famous Plaza de Armas, as well as the impressive Cathedral in the Plaza and the beautiful San Francisco church. You also get a chance to take in some beautiful views of the coast at Parque de Amor.
Lima City Tour – Option 2: Larco Museum & Huaca Pucllana (upon request). Let us know if you would prefer this tour over the Cathedral Tour (or both for an extra fee). We could also plan a tour of the Huaca Pucllana at night if you have time in Lima. The site is lit up until midnight and looks amazing!
The Larco Museum is housed in an 18th century viceroyalty-era mansion. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Larco Museum is a stimulating and inspiring space in which visitors can enjoy and learn more about the fascinating history of ancient Peru. The cultures gallery provides a clear and captivating narrative account of more than 5,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. Visiting the Larco Museum with their more than 45,000 meticulously catalogued archaeological objects, is a unique experience.
The Archaeological Complex “Huaca Pucllana” was an Administrative and Ceremonial Center of the Lima Culture, a society that developed at the Peruvian Central Coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. Located in today’s district of Miraflores the “Huaca Pucllana” was built around 500 AD. “Pucllana” is one of the most important ancient monuments in Lima. Based on the “Huaca Pucllana” architecture and found objects, it is believed that the complex was the heart of development of the “Lima Culture” and served as a ceremonial and administrative center.
This trip includes seven days of trekking. No major trekking experience is required but one should thoroughly enjoy hiking and be in good physical health with no serious heart or respiratory conditions. Those over 55 should receive a medical check-up and doctor’s approval within six months of the start of the trip. As always, a certain patience is required for the inconsistencies and occasional delays of developing-world travel.
On all Southern Crossings tours you are met at the airport by one of our representatives (holding a Southern Crossings placard) who will accompany you to our joining hotel. No bargaining or being swindled by airport taxis.
International flight to/from Lima, pre- & post- tour accommodation, visas, vaccinations, personal insurance, meals except where specified above, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, tips while on optional excursions and other items of a personal nature. Medical travel insurance is not included through Southern Crossings and cancellation insurance is advisable.
Add extra activities such as river rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing, surfing and free days to your custom itinerary. Ask about these options and we’d be happy to add them to your quote. If you have any special requests or interests like birding, cooking or crafting that you would like to explore please let us know!
This tour includes 2- and 3-star hotels, one 4-star hotel and camping. We would be happy to give you an upgrade in Lima. Let us know we can then work it into your custom itinerary.
All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.
No immunizations are required of travelers to these areas of Peru. Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. No areas visited on this trip are malaria or yellow fever zones. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.
During our trek, mules will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds / 7 kilos of personal items which will be carried by the mules. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, etc. During the day you’ll be using your daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer for changing weather conditions. Of course, most people also carry a camera.
One should come prepared for outdoor activity at temperatures ranging from 35° to 80° Fahrenheit / 2° to 27° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. A recommended list of things to bring:
It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please bring all used batteries back home to recycle!
Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared for temperatures ranging from 35° to 80° Fahrenheit / 2° to 27° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:
Huaraz: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly in Huaraz and on the Santa Cruz trek.
Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
Santa Cruz Trek: all ranges of weather from hot desert at the bottoms of canyons to possible snow and rain at higher elevations. Most people trek in shorts or light pants (synthetic, fast-drying fibers are preferable to cotton) and a t-shirt and carry a layer or two (thin fleece and micro-fibers are, again, preferable to cotton), plus a poncho or other rain gear.
For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 23 kilos (50 lbs.) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.
The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Huaraz. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best, but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it unchangeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$5-$11 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30.