Lima Huaraz Santa Cruz trek & Pisco Machu Picchu Lima

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Peru in the heart of South America hosts huge natural spaces that could not be more contradictory. The barren coastal desert on the cold Pacific with its fertile river valleys, the wild and rugged mountains of the Andes, traditional habitat of the indigenous population. The mighty, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, many of them over 6,000 meters high, not only make the heart of every climber beat faster. Several dozen six-thousander are located in the impressive Huascaran National Park in the Cordillera Blanca.

The ten-day trekking takes us into the bizarre mountains, to enchanted forests, to mountain streams and lagoons, which are covered with lupins. You will be accompanied by our local escort team, the luggage will be carried by mules and donkeys.

After trekking, we fly from Lima to the enchanting colonial town of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. The highlight is the drive to the world-famous Inca ruins Machu Picchu. The journey to the “City in the Clouds”, through the fertile Urubamba Valley, is unusual. A journey could not be more varied. A journey into the natural wonder of Peru. Join an unforgettable trip with us “Peru Expeditions Tours”

Travel Program

Flight from Europe or the country of origin (USA or Canada), etc. Arrival in Lima – Transfer Hotel the large city in South America; population approximately 11 million. Rest or explore the city on your own.

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This ride follows the Pan American highway north across the impressive Pacific coastal desert. Continuing toward higher terrain, we pass through the Cordillera Negra (Black Range) at Conococha Pass (4020 m) into the Santa Valley and Huaraz (3100m). Once across the pass, you’ll see a charming view of the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, without a doubt some of the most impressive scenery in the world. You can also fly via LCPERU – flight duration 50 minutes.

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We travel from Playa to the hydroelectric at the Urubamba River. We will ascend one newly opened Inca trail. This trail originally was used to transport agricultural products to the population on Machu Picchu. The trail takes us through an area with coffee plantations and subtropical fruits and crops. As we ascend the trails, vegetation changes between dry and grassy with flowers and moist cloud forest. In the pass we are suddenly in a cool dense wood full of trees covered with thick moss. Shortly hereafter we see for the first time the impressive Machu Picchu on a mountain saddle further into the valley. Within 10 minutes we arrive to our lunch spot called Llactapata. Here we eat lunch while enjoying the views of Machu Picchu and the beautiful mountains. Then we walk the last part downhill and along the river to the Hydroelectric. Here we can visit Intihuatana while waiting for the train or continue walking to Aguas Calientes where we arrive in the afternoon. We spend the night in a nice hotel. (Presidente Hotel).

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Today we head for the departure point for our trek. We set off via private transport to the valley of the Santa River, as far down as Caraz and then along a narrow route toward the Santa Cruz Valley. The farmers cultivate the green fields, but agriculture is very difficult here. We arrive at the village of Cashapampa (2900 m) where our trek begins and our local team is waiting: burro drivers whose pack animals will carry our baggage from now on. Starting in the lush vegetation of the valley, we continue deeper into this unique mountain landscape. After approximately 4½ hours of trekking, we arrive at our campsite in Llamacorral.

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We climb via Santa Cruz Gorge and pass alongside the lakes of Ichiccocha y Jatuncocha. At the edge of the trees, the lupines enchant us with all colors of blue. This is a paradise for the local ducks! Next we go to Lake Arhueycocha (4450m), which is also the departure point for climbing Alpamayo. We enjoy a fantastic view of the peaks of Alpamayo, Quitaraju, Artesonraju (the logo for Paramount Pictures!) Many people believe that the white pyramid of Alpamayo is the most beautiful mountain in the world! Camp at Taullipampa.

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At first it‘s an easy climb through meadows, but the trail soon becomes dry, rocky and steep. This trail was used from pre-Inca times to get to Punta Unión, an imposing mountain; it will take about 2 hours. The majestic mountains of the Cordillera Blanca you can see today include Taulliraju and Huandoy, Huascarán, the Pucajircas, Artesonraju and many others. The descent is also steep and passes through the beautiful high mountain landscape of the lakes of Morococha. We finally get to the valley of Huaripampa where we camp for the night.

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Cebollapampa After descending through the forests and whitewater rivers of the Huaripampa Valley, we pass through a typical village of the high Andes, Vaquería. The farmers here raise small animals and some crops. At this elevation there are still flowers, and their colors brighten the landscape. From the village we climb to Portachuelo de Llanganuco Pass, 4650 meters, where you will have fantastic views of several mountains covered in snow. And with a bit of luck, we‘ll be able to see vicuñas! These timid relatives of llamas graze at elevations of 5500 m; it’s not surprising that these animals produce the finest wool in the animal kingdom, tired and happy, we arrive at the Cebollapampa Camp

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Laguna 69 has been called the most famous and well known lake in the Cordillera Blanca. Our trail winds through picturesque montane forests and a somewhat marshy area, always alongside a steep imposing ridge. Behind us, the fortress-like peak of the ice giant Huascarán looms. Winding trails lead us past several waterfalls to the lake, which is flanked by glacial moraines. Immediately above the deep blue surface of the lake, we see the steep ice walls of Chacraraju, one of the most beautiful, but also most difficult of the 6000 meter peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. Return to Cebollapampa and camp.

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In the next 2 days we will arrive at the highest point of our trek. We stop at the Pisco mountain hut “Refugio Perú“, our base camp. The view of the back portion of Huascarán Peak and Chopicalqui is overwhelming. We also enjoy the views of Huandoy, Chacraraju and Yanapaccha. Overnight in the hut.

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A little after midnight we leave Base Camp, climbing up to cross the long moraine to arrive at the glacier. A sharp climb brings us to the saddle of Nevada Pisco. Next the final long climb over the glacier to the peak, 5752 meters in elevation. We are again going to have a magnificent view of the highest mountain in Perú – Huascarán, and also nearby Huandoy, Chopiqualci and many more. Later we descend back to Refugio Peru. Optional: The group can climb to Moraine Camp comfortably in 3 or 4 hours and then return to the refuge or if hikers are not up for the return trip, we can camp on the moraine (4900 m).

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Our trek is nearing its end. Early in the morning we begin our descent toward Cebollapampa and continue hiking until we arrive at the highway. From there, we take a vehicle to return to Huaraz. Tired and happy, we arrive at the hotel.

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Today we will have a Lunch Pacha Manca Inca food family lunch. Farewell of the group and celebrate our success in Huaraz about trek and climb in the Cordillera Blanca.

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Arrival to Lima and flight to Cusco, for the coming days, scene change is announced: from nature to culture. Our trip to Peru takes us via Lima to the south of Peru to Cusco. The former capital of the Inca empire is rich in churches and palaces from the Spanish colonial era. A vibrant city that you just have to let yourself the afternoon visit the capital city of the Incas and Peruvian culture.

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In the morning we take the bus over the colorful highlands to Ollantaytambo. From there, continue by train. We follow the river that has made its way through a wild mountain world. The valley is getting narrower and the slopes are getting steeper and steeper. Finally, we are in Aguas Calientes, the destination of this adventurous ride: at the foot of the world famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

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The bus will pick us up in the early morning. In 20 minutes we reach Machu Picchu: magical place, for us Europeans still a mystery. We explore the ruins of this small mountain bastion, which once had 500 inhabitants. Machu Picchu (“ancient summit” in the Quechua language) was probably founded around 1450 by an Inca ruler as a place of worship for the sun god Inti. A unique combination of culture and nature. Since 1983 World Heritage of UNESCO. In the afternoon we drive down to the village of Aguas Calientes and then by train back to Urubamba. Overnight at hotel.

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After breakfast return to Cusco. On the way we visit the fortress Sacsayhuamán: fantastic view over the whole city! Then it goes to an architectural masterpiece from the pre-Inca period, after Kenko; then on to the Red Fort of Puca-Pucara and finally to Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain. Overnight at hotel.

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In the morning we have time to explore the city on our own. The narrow streets, the many small shops and restaurants around the Plaza de Armas invite you to linger. Our journey is coming to an end: in the afternoon transfer to the airport and flight from Cusco to Lima. Enjoy the vibrant city again. Overnight at hotel.

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Free day; depending on your departure schedule. Return to Europe or your country of origin. weeks. Overnight in a jungle lodge.

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Arrival in USA, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, etc.

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Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Acclimatization Tour
  • Peruvian qualified and experienced local guide/s
  • Entrance fees to the Huascaran National Park
  • Cooks and helpers
  • All meals during the tour
  • Donkey driver and donkeys
  • Camping tents (2 persons)
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Transportation as tour schedule / Huaraz
  • Pick up at the airport in Lima to the Hotel
  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport and bus station
  • Bus tickets Huaraz/Lima, executive service in public bus-Movil Tours or Cruz del Sur
  • Hotel Kamana or similar 2 nights in Lima
  • Hotel Alpamayo or similar 4 nights in Huaraz
  • Flight Lima – Cusco – Lima
  • All transfers as shedule program
  • In Cusco local guides english speakers
  • Visit Machu Picchu: Bus, train, tickets, enter fees, etc

Not included:

  • Entrances to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
  • International flight from USA, Europe, Canada, etc.
  • International flights to Lima / Peru round trip
  • Transfer from the airport for bookings of individual flights with different times of arrival / departure
  • Exit tax at the airport in Lima
  • Travel and medical insurance & emergency evacuation insurance
  • Luggage insurance and trip cancellation
  • Meals in restaurants in Lima, Cusco, and Huaraz
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc.)
  • Tips recommended 200 USD

Prices & Dates


Season: April – September
Difficulty: Medium

Dates & Prices:

More information about dates and prices upon request.


Juventino Albino Caldua

Expert guide certified by IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA
Co-Founder, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]