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Santa Cruz

Hike through the very heart of the Cordillera Blanca on one of the most popular trekking routes, where Peru’s highest mountains soar thousands of feet above. Since 1975, the area around the Santa Cruz trail has been protected as part of the Huascaran National Park. The park has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1985 – designated as such for its wildlife as much as it is for its geology.
Quechua-speaking people live in and around the national park, practicing a community-based agrarian life that has remained little-changed since the time of the Incas.