Trek through some of the most beautiful wilderness on our 10-day Santa Cruz Trek. Witness some of the most stunning peaks in the Andes upon arriving in Huaraz, climb to extraordinary views, and encounter pristine alpine lakes while hiking through elevated passes. Camp in luxury tents while enjoying the company of family and friends.

Experience 360-degree views of the alluring Cordillera Blanca range. Let us guide you on the adventure of a lifetime today.



ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate/Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights


TRIP COST: From $3,200/person (double occupancy)


  • Witness the stunning peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range
  • Hike to pristine alpine lakes including Ichiccocha Lake
  • Experience a unique culture in a beautiful location






Day 1: Arrive in Huaraz (10,138')

  • Arrive in Huaraz
  • WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and bring you into Huaraz to explore for the morning
  • Spend the day exploring or resting on your own
  • Welcome orientation and gear check
  • Group dinner at BB’s Pizzeria
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Huaraz (10,138')

  • Enjoy a cultural day in Huaraz, including a city tour
  • Group dinner at hotel
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Transfer from Huaraz to Cashapampa (9,514') then Trek to Llamacorral Camp (12,139')

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the trailhead Cashapampa
  • Trek to Llamacorral Camp
  • Overnight: Llamacorral Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Llamacorral Camp to Alpamayo South Base Camp (13,994') to Taullipampa (13,780')

  • After breakfast trek past lakes Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha
  • Lunch at Quisuar
  • Photo at Alpamayo South Base Camp
  • Trek to Taullipampa
  • Overnight: Taullipampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Taullipampa (13,780') to Punta Union Pass (15,584') to Cachinapampa (12,139')

  • After breakfast, trek to Punta Union Pass
  • Hike down to Paria
  • Trek to Cachinapampa
  • Overnight: Cachinapampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Cachinapampa (12,139') - Vaqueria - Paccha (13,451')

  • Trek down to Vaqueria
  • Ascend up to the campsite: Paccharuri
  • Overnight:Paccharuri Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Paccharuri to Portachuelo Pass (15,584') to Cebollapampa Camp (12,795')

  • Trek over Portachuelo Pass
  • Trek to Cebollapampa
  • Overnight: Cebollapampa Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek from Cebollapampa Camp to trailhead | Transfer to Huaraz

  • After breakfast trek  back down for a transfer to Huaraz
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Huaraz

  • Shopping and relaxing in Huaraz
  • Celebration Dinner at Los Andes Bistro
  • Overnight: Andino Club Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures

  • Transfer back to airport for international departures or to Cusco
  • Meals included: B

Human Outreach Project Voluntourism Extension

Day 10: Human Outreach Project

  • Human Outreach Project Activities – Huaripampa Village
  • Install solar, build, sand, paint, assist
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Human Outreach Project

  • Human Outreach Project Activities – Huaripampa Village
  • Install solar, build, sand, paint, assist
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Human Outreach Project

  • Human Outreach Project Activities – Huaripampa Village
  • Install solar, build, sand, paint, assist
  • Overnight: TBD
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: International Departure

  • Transfer back to airport for international departures
  • Meals included: B

Machu Picchu Extension

Day 11: Machu Picchu Extension

  • Transfer back to airport – fly to Cusco
  • Arrive in Cusco and transfer to El Mercado
  • Afternoon/evening at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Travel to Aguas Calientes

  • After breakfast, transfer via the Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Afternoon/evening at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight: Inkaterra
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: Machu Picchu Sanctuary

  • Bus ride at 6am to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • 3-hour guided tour of the Sanctuary
  • Guided trip up to Huayna Picchu
  • Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge
  • 5pm train – Hiram Bingham Express – back to Poroy
  • Ride bus to Cusco
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 14: International Departures

  • After breakfast, transfer to Cusco airport for international departures
  • Meals included: B

Dinner Add-On Final Evening

Day 14: Departure Day with Dinner

  • Breakfast
  • 11am check out of El Mercado
  • Transfer to Cusco airport
  • Greet upon arrival in Lima in the Domestic Zone after you have passed through the baggage claim
  • Greeter will hold a sign with your name on it
  • Transfer to Lima’s main square
  • Very brief walkabout around the square
  • Private dinner with at Casa de Aliaga (with welcome cocktails and hors d’oevres)
  • Guided tour of the house and dine with guests by Maru de Aliaga
  • Transfer back to the airport and assistance with check-in
  • Meals included: B/D


One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Peru that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

Since 2014, Human Outreach Project has sponsored the annual Pashpa Village Chocolatada Festival by providing food, traditional drinks, and gifts. In 2016, we began construction of a solar powered computer center in Pashpa, followed by a second computer center in the nearby village of Huaripampa, to connect the villages to the world and empower them.



The Peruvian winter (May through September) provides the best traveling experience. This dry season still offers largely varying weather conditions and temperatures. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


To get to Huaraz, Peru guests will fly into to the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, Peru. Guest may then choose to travel via bus, plane or private vehicle to Huaraz, Peru. We recommend flying as the most convenient option.

* Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.


International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel, is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Cusco. You can reach him at or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.


U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel to Peru. You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to World Wide Trekking 90 days before your departure date. Always carry two extra passport photos when you travel.


Upon arrival in Peru, you can expect the finest accommodations while staying in lavish lodgings such as the Andino Club Hotel in Huaraz. Enjoy full service while hiking through Puerta Union Pass to the Cachinapampa Base Camp. Finish out your trip with our Machu Picchu extension adventure or one of our service projects.


A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light with just your daypack. Porters and pack animals will carry all other bags and equipment.


Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, cooks, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day.


Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a few prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness, Cipro for stomach ailments, and Z Pack for respiratory ailments. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

Helpful over the counter medications include Imodium AD, throat lozenges, ibuprofen, eye drops, and any other personal medications you may need.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264.


World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have a question about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, separate toilet attendants, and anything else you can think of.


As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.


The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend doing some research on the current rate before your adventure.

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after you are picked up by your WWTrek guide at the airport. It is easy to exchange money at gift shops both in Cusco and in the smaller villages we will visit. You can exchange money as you go on your trek, using your credit card for your personal expenses at the lodge (or cash if you so choose). Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses and souvenirs.



Peru is a nation of discovery. Between the ever-evolving cultural landscapes of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, the country provides a multitude of natural wonders and economic growth. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru offers an old world destination with an increasingly modern and progressive attitude.


30.38 million


Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in South America.


Lima, Peru


Essentially, two populations reside in Peru: that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians believe that being white is better. This belief contributes to inequality issues that permeate Peru’s government and economic sectors. A significant divide exists between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly criollos. Many Peruvians subscribe to the tradition that men go to work and women stay at home, although this trend is changing. In addition, the government and the Catholic Church work closely together. The official religion of the military is Roman Catholic while priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.


The official languages of Peru include Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Quechua and Aymara are languages of the Incas whereas Spanish is a colonial language. Spanish is by far the most widely used, from the coast to the highlands. Read our blog to learn a few Spanish and Quechua words and phrases you can use during your trip to Peru.


From the cobblestone streets of the Spanish era to the vine entangled Incan temples hidden among the mountains, Peru boasts a rich and deep-rooted multicultural heritage. In terms of national psyche, Peru carries its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues. Even so, the people continue to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians subscribe to their own blend of Catholicism and traditional beliefs. Reportedly, 80% of the country is Roman Catholic, with about 15% regularly attending church. Religion is perhaps one of the best examples of how indigenous beliefs have melded with Spanish traditions. Many indigenous people symbolize Viracocha (the creator) as the Christian God and Pachamama (the earth mother) as the Virgin Mary.


The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate before your adventure.