The Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. The trek takes you through fertile valleys, has views of magnificent, spiraling high glaciated peaks, flower-filled meadows and glacier-fed turquoise lakes. This world-famous circuit crosses from one side of the Cordillera Blanca range to the other through ascending the Punta Union Pass reaching an elevation of 4750m.

Duration: 4 Days
Max Altitude: 4750m
Distance Covered: 50km
Difficulty: Moderate
Price: from USD 125



What is included
  • Transport: From your hotel in Huaraz to the starting point of your trek, and from the finishing point of your trek back to your hotel in Huaraz. We use minivans or 4x4 depending on the size of the group.
  • Guide: Qualified and experienced mountain guide who speaks Spanish and English.
  • Cook: A professional cook who is trained to prepare healthy dishes in a hygienic manner.
  • Donkey driver: Is in charge of loading the donkeys, looking after them and guiding them.
  • Donkeys: The number of donkeys provided depends on the size of the group. You are allowed to bring up to 4 kg of personal belongings that will be loaded on the donkeys. You will only carry your daypack during the day.
  • Food: Breakfast, packed lunch, tea time and dinner.
  • Equipment: Good quality high mountain tent, sleeping mattress, dining tent, table and chairs, first aid kit, cooking stove, dishes and cooking utensils.
What is not included
Entrance fees to the National Park, personal equipment, sleeping bag, first breakfast, last dinner, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, medical treatment, travel insurance, tips, additional expenses as a result of leaving the trek early, additional expenses as a result of an emergency rescue or evacuation, bottled water (you drink water from the river), toilet paper.

Gear List

What to bring
  • Bag to load on the donkeys with your personal belongings (plastic bag with zipper or garbage bag)
  • Small daypack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking sticks if you have knee problems
  • Head torch (with spare batteries)
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (factor 40 minimum), hat, sunglasses
  • Well-worn in hiking boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes: t-shirts (quick dry or merino wool recommended), trekking trousers or leggings, sweater, woolen trekking socks, underwear, long thermal underwear, fleece, gloves, hat
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers / or rain poncho
  • Water bottle and water purification pills
  • Toilet paper, personal toiletries, small towel
  • Extra snacks and money
Missing something? We can provide you with everything you need for a great trek, just let us know how we can help.

Departures and Prices 2019

Join one of our fixed departure treks (group size: 9 to 15 people)
Our fixed departure treks are ideal for single travelers or small groups, who are interested in being part of a larger group. Fixed departure treks are a great way to make new friends from various countries and share the enriching experience of discovering the beauty of Peru together. If our fixed departure date for the Santa Cruz Trek is not suitable for you, just inform us of your preferred date and we will do our best to arrange a group for your preferred date.

Departure Date Price (per person) Availability  
April 21, 2019 125 USD Book
May 4, 2019 125 USD Book
May 20, 2019 125 USD Book
June 13, 2019 125 USD Book
June 24, 2019 125 USD Book
July 8, 2019 125 USD Book
July 20, 2019 125 USD Book
August 6, 2019 125 USD Book
August 20, 2019 125 USD Book
September 12, 2019 125 USD Book
September 30, 2019 125 USD Book
October 8, 2019 125 USD Book
October 31, 2019 125 USD Book
November 7, 2019 125 USD Book

Organize your own private trip or join a smaller group
We organize private trips on any dates, for any group size. Depending on availability you can also join a confirmed private group.

Number of people Price (per person)  
1 1’200 USD Book
2 - 4 525 USD Book
5 - 8 345 USD Book

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