The Cordillera Blanca is the highest equatorial mountain range in the world. With 36 summits rising to over 6000m peaks are perpetually snow – clad. Among the more famous of its mountains are the giant Huascaran (22,300`), the highest peak in Perúd the classic pyramid of Nevado Alpamayo the world´s most beautiful peak (19,600’). Cold mountain streams tumble and swirl their way down from peaks to the many beautiful glacial “Lakes “. In the canyons called ”Quebrada” only a few thousand feet below, the vegetation ranges from brilliant flowering plants to exotic succulents.
The valleys of the Cordillera Blanca are inhabited by Quechua – speaking Indians. They wear colorful hand loomed woolen clothing and raise corn and potatoes as staple crops. Although there have been some changes due to increasing contact with outsiders, the old traditional way of life is very strong here. Many others still thresh grain by circling donkeys around the floor of the threshing ground; often the work is accompanied by musicians who play wooden flutes and drums.
Few mountain ranges present such varied archeological remains as this one. Artifacts and sites discovered here over the years represent at least four civilizations prior to the Spanish. Abandoned terraces and irrigation systems are testimony to greater agricultural activity in the past.
Mountain trails in the region are good and the hiking is superb, even if you never intend to climb a peak.
The weather is usually brilliantly clear and the mountain views are exceptional.
The Cordillera Blanca has become increasingly popular for climbers and trekkers in the last 20 years. The government of Peru made a national park out of most of the Cordillera Blanca in 1975, the purpose of which is to facilitate study of the archeological sites, preserve the rarer species of plants and animals, and to regulate the number of visitors to the area.
LIMA. Receiving group of tourists at the airport Jorge Chavez Lima, transfer to the hotel chosen by the group in the city of Lima.
Lima: City Tour . 3 Hrs. In the afternoon, a trip to the essential Lima, “The City of Kings” including the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, where you can find the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Then, we continue with a visit to the San Francisco Convent, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. On our way to the modern area of the city, we will cross the exclusive district of San Isidro, the new financial heart of the city, to take a look at pre-inca Huaca Huallamarca. Finally, we conclude our circuit in Miraflores, where we will visit the “Parque del Amor” (Love Park) an excellent spot to enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
Lima – Huaraz. From Lima 7:30 am from the city of Lima early eight hours by bus approx. To Huaraz. The first part of the journey that follows a coast of barren desert with evidence of the growing urban population of Peru in several human settlements, passing the cities of Chancay, Huacho, Huaura, in the city of Barranca marine lunch, from the village of Pativilca headed into the mountains, up from 150 m to step Cone cocha (4100msnm), we have a first glimpse of snow-capped mountains and mountain Caullaraju (5680 m) and the Cordillera Huayhuash, then we began to descend toward the north to the city of Huaraz (3100m), the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Overnight in hotel – dinner.
First day of acclimatization: Huaraz -Wilcahuain. Huaraz located 3100msnm capital of the Ancash region and the center of trekking the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. , Begins in the city of Huaraz visiting the street José Olaya, the only street that remains of Huaraz before the 1970 earthquake, then it ascends to the area Huacrahirca where the Cordillera Blanca seen as the Huandoy mountains Huascaran, Vallunaraju , Churup and Huatsan, follow the path from the lower village of Huanchac, going after the people of Jinua and Paria, visit the pre-Inca temple Ichic Wilcahuain, an architectural complex of the Wari culture (1100 AD) then visit the main temple of Wilcahuain, where we will visit the corridors and buildings as labyrinths of three levels, which are oriented to the fall sun, southern cross and toward the sunrise, we will also visit the small showroom ceramics of this civilization. Later we started the walk towards the town of San Miguel de Recrish from this village began walking downhill to take us 02 hours approx. to the thermal baths of Monterrey, then take a relaxing dip in the swimming pools or the hot springs of healing properties. Return to Huaraz on a bus. End of service.
- Transport Monterrey – Huaraz.
- Box lunch
- Ticket payment of sites to visit.
- official bilingual guide.
Laguna Churup; Second day of acclimatization. Output private mobility to the east of the city of Huaraz to Pitec, passing the towns of Unchus 3300 m. Llupa village 3500 meters. Then we get Pitec 3850 m. From where you have a panoramic view of the central part of the Cordillera Blanca and then started to walk entering the path ascend to the 4450 m.s.n.m. where is located the lagoon Churup beautiful colors called aprox.a 3 hour walk, on the way some rocky areas scale. The Laguna Churup is a classic destination in Huaraz to acclimatize, then return to the city of Huaraz. End of our service.
- Pitec Transport Huaraz – Huaraz.
- Box lunch
- Ticket payment of sites to visit.
- official bilingual guide.
HUARAZ – CASHAPAMPA. Duration: 4 hours approx. Journey to the north of Huaraz, in the journey you can appreciate landscapes and cities of the Callejon de Huaylas, near the holy river, the first stop is in the village of Anta to photograph the mountains of Huandoy, Huascaran Chopicalqui, Cup, Urus and Vallunaraju, continuing the tour through the villages of Marcara, Acopampa then we will have our second stop in the city of Carhuaz, which is characterized by its traditional customs and traditional dress, they visit the square and the church St. Peter and delight the rich ice cream made of typical fruits of Carhuaz and the alley of Huaylas. The trip continues north and visit the ancient city of Yungay (2500 meters), this city disappeared after the earthquake by an avalanche of Nevado Huascaran on May 31, 1970, now called holy field of Yungay, in this place alone remained as silent witnesses to this tragedy 04 palm trees and white image of christ on the top of the cemetery. Currently the new city of Yungay is located 1 km. North of the cemetery. From Caraz started to climb to the village of Cashapampa (2990 m) where is our first camp. Dinner. 4/5 hrs- L.D.
CASHAPAMPA – ICHIC COCHA. Duration: 06 hours day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am aprox.Los drovers with donkeys arrive early in the morning, the tents are collected, From the camp walked up the narrow valley Santa Cruz. As we go up the valley we climb near the Santa Cruz River, ascending gradually, passing the Atun Paccha waterfall, you arrive at Llama Corral (3670 m) where the mountain Taulliraju you can see in the front. camp in Ichic Cocha lake. 385m B.L.D.
ICHIC COCHA – TAULLIPAMPA Duration: 07 hours. day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am aprox.Continuando by an easy road, in the gorge of Santa Cruz to Taullipampa, we see the snow-capped Alpamayo, Arteson Quitaraju Raju, the amazing towers of rock and ice Taulliraju. From Quiswar by a moderate path climbs to the mountain viewpoint Alpamayo and then visit the lagoon Arhuaycocha (4350 m) 4200m.After lunch we will return to our third camp Taullipampa to 4250msnm. B.L.D.
TAULLIPAMPA. Duration: 3/4 hours. We spent the second night in camp in Taullipampa, for a day of rest, (an opportunity to acclimate more slowly and enjoy the Andean scenery of the Cordillera Blanca) or to take a short tour to the side or up the valley to the area Artesonraju mountain with views of the Alpamayo, the best known in Peru and the world as “the most beautiful mountain in the world”; lunch at the camp, B.L.D..
TAULLIPAMPA – PARIA. Duration: 6/7 hours. Day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am approx. the ascent begins with an ancestral way watching mountains as Taulliraju, Quitaraju, Alpamayo, Rinrijirca, Paria, after reaching the first step Punta Union (4750msnm) from where we have a panoramic view of 360 °, then start the descent down a rocky path to the edge of the lagoon Morococha after lunch we continue down the valley Huaripampa to our camp in Paria (3870msnm) B.L.D.
PARIA – VAQUERIA – LLANGANUCO –HUARAZ. Duration: 06 hours approximately. Day walk begins in the Cordillera Blanca. At 6:00 am an alarm tea after breakfast at 7:30 am approx. It descends on an easy path, which leads through cultivated land, to the town of Huaripampa. Rural scenes where we provide a nice contrast to the environment of the highest mountain in which we have spent the last few days. From the village of Collo the trail begins to climb again towards the village of Vaquería (4800m), after a rest we take our bus to portachuelo of LLanganuco one step away from 4767msnm, where you have a spectacular view of the Huascaran, Huandoy, Pisco mountains, Pyramid and Chacraraju, descending have the full view of the gorge LLanganuco with gaps Orcon cocha and Chinan Cocha, after reaching the city of Yungay, continue our trip back to Huaraz-Hotel. End of service. B.L
The bus leaves early for Lima stopping for lunch on the way.
Depart Jorge Chavez International, Lima Airport and flight back.