Andes: Santa Cruz Trek - Cordillera Blanca - Huascaran National Park

Santa Cruz Trek

Discover the most popular hiking trail of the Cordillera Blanca in Huascaran National Park. The Santa Cruz Trek is simply breathtakingly beautiful.

Discover the most popular hiking trail of the Cordillera Blanca in Huascaran National Park. The Santa Cruz Trek is simply breathtakingly beautiful.

The facts


  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Participants: 2 - 40
  • Duration: 1 day 2 hours
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Your experience


  • Hike through the northern Andes of Peru on the Santa Cruz Trek route
  • Enjoy the most beautiful views over the mountains and the valley
  • Learn all about this beautiful environment from your professional trekking guide
  • The routes are easy to master and short distances contribute to a good acclimatisation


Huaraz 3100m - Vaqueria 3700m - Paria 3750m - Punta Union Pass 4.750m (15.580 ft) - Taullipampa 4200m - Llamacorral 3760m - Cashapampa 2900m - Huaraz 3100m

Experience a fantastic hike on the route of the Santa Cruz Trek, which takes you through the beautiful landscape of the Peruvian Andes.

Your journey begins early in the morning. Around 5 am you will have a hearty breakfast at the hotel, departure is around 6 am and you will first be driven to the starting point. By minibus you will go up the mountain and cross the Portachuelo Pass at 4,767m. On days with good weather conditions you will see Peru's highest mountain, Huascaran, and the four peaks Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju and Chopicalqui.

After crossing the pass you will reach the village of Vaqueria and start the Santa Cruz Trek, crossing the pass from Punta Union at 4,750m. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Santa Cruz Valley to the west and the Huaripampa Valley to the east. Overlooking the Santa Cruz Valley, you can also admire the summit of Taulliraju (5,830 m) with its glacial lake on the right. On the left side you will see the mountains Paria (5.720m) and Artesonraju (6.025m).

Far away in the distance you will already be able to discover the blue water of Lake Jatuncocha in Santa Cruz Canyon. With good weather conditions you can even see the whole Santa Cruz Canyon with the mountains Alpamayo (5.947m), Artesonraju, Taulliraju, Rinrihircas, Chacraraju, Chopicalqui and Pucahircas

You continue on to Laguna Jatuncocha. Enjoy a pleasant snack break by the beautiful blue water with a view of the valley. From there we descend into Santa Cruz Canyon and pass the beautiful Lake Jatuncocha, until we reach Llamacorral (3.760m)

On the slow way down to the final destination Cashapampa you walk through different vegetation and suddenly you see the first cacti and bigger plants on the way. Follow the river Santa Cruz and be enchanted by the peaceful atmosphere in the valley. The sun is shining and a perfect, eventful day is coming to an end. You will reach the village of Cashapampa.

Please note

Additional information

The Santa Cruz Trek is the best hiking trail used for acclimatizing tours.

Included in the price

  • - Transfer from Huaraz to Huaraz
  • - Trekking guide / cook
  • - Donkey driver
  • - Sleeping tents
  • - Group tents
  • - Sleeping mattress
  • - Kitchen utensils
  • - Wholefood BLD
  • - Boiled water for bottles
  • - First aid kit
  • - Huascaran National Park
  • - Tips for the crew
  • - Mineral water and other beverages

Meeting point

FIRST CLASS HUARAZ - Jiron Juan Bautista 847

Cancellation Conditions

15 days before the start of the tour - 50% refund 5 days before the start of the tour - 25% refund 2 days before the start of the tour - non-refundable

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 2 days before the date of the activity.

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