Overview & Highlights
This is a beautiful trek for experienced walkers among the spiky, ice-tipped Andean peaks and turquoise glacial lakes of the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru. A very different landscape from the harsh mountains around Cusco.
- Caraz: Guided excursion to Lake Parón
- 4-day Santa Cruz Trek
This is an awe-inspiring holiday designed for experienced mountain or hill walkers who want to experience the beauty and solitude of the landscapes covered by one of Peru’s many and various Andean treks. You travel inland from the desert coast north of Lima to a dazzling white, snow-crested range of jagged mountains: the Cordillera Blanca.
You start with a couple of days to acclimatise among ice-blue lakes in the deeply glaciated scenery around the attractive little town of Caraz before setting off on the Santa Cruz Trek, which takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru's premier trekking region.
The region is defined by its plunging valleys, dotted with glaciers and gemstone blue and minty green glacial lakes. Human activity is represented by tiny pockets of agriculture and isolated indian villages, dwarfed by the grandeur and scale of the scenery. This is a wild, uncompromising landscape, its harshness mitigated by the friendliness of its people.
Arrive in Lima and transfer to hotel in the Miraflores district.
Transfer to the bus station, public coach to Caraz in the Andes.
Full-day trip to Lake Parón to acclimatise with some gentle walking.
Day at leisure to acclimatise.
Santa Cruz Trek.
Hiking the Santa Cruz Trek, camp.
Hiking the Santa Cruz Trek, camp.
Return to Caraz.
Public coach to Lima.
Transfer to airport for international flight. UK clients arrive home the following day.
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