Hike the most popular trekking circuit in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca Mountain Range, Huascaran National Park. Our Santa Cruz Trek is one of the most popular and famous circuits in the Cordillera Blanca and it can be done between three to four days. It heads up the spectacular Quebrada Huaripampa Valley through little villages, native Quenual forest, crosses the Punta Union Pass at 4750m, below stunning peaks of the Cordillera Blanca such as Taulliraju, Alpamayo, Santa Cruz and Artesonraju mountains and skirting turquoise glacial lakes.
The valleys are great places to observe native Andean alpine flora, especially the many wildflowers that bloom during the trekking season, including buttercups, ranunculus, lupines and several species of orchids. Many encrustations of deep-red bromeliads can be seen along the track, sprouting from boulders and on rock faces.
Fauna includes few llamas, mountain caracaras, falcons, Andean geese and ducks, hawks, hummingbirds, American kestrels, puna ibis, Andean swifts, Andean foxes and mountain vizcachas.