Santa Cruz Trek - Cordillera Blanca - Parque Nacional Huascaran

Santa Cruz Trek

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

Discover the most popular hiking trail of the Cordillera Blanca in the 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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  • public (with other participants)
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Your experience


  • Hike through the northern Andes of Peru on the route of the Santa Cruz Trek
  • 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 hikes contribute to 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 leads you through the beautiful landscape of the Peruvian Andes.

Your journey starts early in the morning, at 5 a.m. there will be a hearty breakfast at the hotel, departure is at 6 a.m. and you will be taken to the starting point. The minibus takes you up the mountain and you cross the Portachuelo Pass at 4,767m. On days with good weather conditions you will see Peru's highest mountain, the Huascaran, and the four peaks Huandoy, Pisco, Chacraraju and Chopicalqui.

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

Far away in the distance you will already be able to discover the blue waters 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.

Continue to Laguna Jatuncocha. Enjoy a leisurely snack break at the wonderful blue water with a view of the valley. From there we go down into the Santa Cruz Canyon and past the beautiful Lake Jatuncocha to Llamacorral (3.760m).

On the slow way down to the final destination Cashapampa you walk through different vegetations and suddenly 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 day full of experiences 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
  • Complete food BLD
  • Boiled water for bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Huascaran National Park
  • Gratuities 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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