Hike the Santa Cruz Trek

Cordillera Blanca, Peru

The Santa Cruz Trek is a popular three or four-day hike in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. The best time to do the trek is during the dry season, from May to September. The hike may be done in two directions: from Vaqueria to Cashapampa, or from Cashapampa to Vaqueria. However, from the logistical perspective, it may be better to go from Vaqueria to Cashapampa, because from Cashapampa it is easier to go by public transportation back to Huaraz. This 48km (30mi) trek is one of the most popular routes in the Peruvian Andes crossing the Punta Union Pass.

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