THE WHITE RANGE Huaraz (CORDILLERA BLANCA)(10D)
DESCRIPTION AND PLACES
The Pacific Peruvian coast offers many marvels. Keep it close by as we travel from Lima to Huaraz, capital of the department of Ancash. This unique area sits between two mountain ranges and will be the start of our adventure down rocky paths, past valley lakes and across magnificent views of the Black and White mountain ranges. These ranges are named for the color given to them by their constituent minerals.
– Arrival in Lima
– Night in a Lima hotel
-Bus to Huaraz
-Town of Huaraz
-Hike from Huaraz to campsite at Vaqueira.
-Hike from Vaqueira to campsite at Tuctu.
-Hike from Tuctu to campsite at Taullipampa.
-Hike from Taullipampa to campsite at Llamacoral.
-Bus from Llamacoral to Huaraz.
-Bus from Huaraz to Lima.
-Flight to your home country
*If you have purchased an additional extension, you will connect to it on this day.
DAY 1 LIMA
You’ll arrive at the international airport in Lima (the majority of flights arrive at night between 8pm and 2am). Our team will be waiting with a private vehicle to take you to the hotel of your choice. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll visit some of the most important museums in the city. (Optional)
Day 2 LIMA – HUARAZ
We’ll depart early in bus to arrive in Huaraz by nightfall. During the trip, we’ll stop at two towns: Pativilca and Conococha. Along the way you’ll see part of Peru’s vast, arid coastal desert. Sand dunes will be our constant companions until we turn to enter the Sierra and arrive in Huaraz at night. You’ll spend the night comfortably in a hotel of your choice.
Day 3 HUARAZ
Today, you can travel around the city however you like, exploring at your own pace. You can visit textile and souvenir markets as well as archeological and religious sites. In the afternoon, you’ll return to your hotel and meet your guide for a talk about the activities during the rest of your trip.
Day 4 HUARAZ – VAQUEIRA (CAMP)
Today you’ll visit the beautiful Huascaran National Park, which covers 3,400 square kilometers, 14 peaks, around 434 lakes and a wide diversity of flora and fauna. We’ll also walk a ways down the Demanda Ravine. After lunch, we’ll continue walking towards Portachuelo de Llanganuco (the Llanganuco Gate). Before nightfall we’ll arrive at the small town of Vaqueira, where we’ll eat something delicious and camp for the night.
Day 5 VAQUEIRA – TUCTU (CAMP)
We’ll have an early breakfast to fill you up for the day’s hike. We’ll head through the Huariapampa Valley and take in the panoramic views of peaks and local vegetation. We’ll camp tonight in Tuctu, a small populated area.
Day 6 TUCTU – TAULLIPAMPA
After a tasty breakfast, we’ll climb to the high pass of Punta Union and then continue along a path presumed to have been used by the first inhabitants of Peru. Our journey continues through the shady Santa Cruz Valley and then, after a break and photo opportunity, downwards to Taullipampa, where we’ll camp under the light of the stars.
Day 7 TAULLIPAMPA – LLAMACORAL
Today we’ll explore the beautiful Santa Cruz Valley, but not, of course, before a nutritious breakfast! You’ll descend a narrow path, with the guide explaining things and answering any questions as you go. After lunch you’ll continue hiking to Llamacoral and the journey’s final campsite.
Day 8 LLAMACORAL – HUARAZ
Your feet can take a break today after many tiring days of hiking. A short walk from Llamacoral brings you to Cashapampa, where you’ll get on a bus for Huaraz. You’ll arrive in the afternoon and have the rest of the day free to relax in the comforts of your hotel.
Day 9 HUARAZ – LIMA
We’ll say goodbye to Huaraz today and return to Lima in bus. We’ll arrive at night and be taken directly the hotel so that you can relax after the long bus ride.
DAY 10 LIMA
On the final day, we’ll take you to the Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima and your connecting flight home.
*In case you want to visit any additional sites, you can add extensions on to your original package. If you choose an extension, we’ll organize the connection to your next destination. Someone from the Land of the Inkas team will accompany you to ensure that you make your connection and that everything goes smoothly.
A bilingual guide for all the tours described in the itinerary
-All flights within Peru
-All ground transportation during the trip
-The entrance costs for all the tours/sites mentioned.
-All hotels (Double beds, with continental breakfast)
-All the meals mentioned. (The guide will carry a first aid kit)
-An additional room can be obtained at the client’s request.
-Transportation (e.g. international flights) to and from Peru.
-Lunch and dinner in cities (aside from those specifically mentioned)
-Hiking boots and personal equipment
-Personal costs (tips and gratuities, alcoholic beverages, travel/medical insurance, medical costs, laundromat charges, airport taxes, etc.)
- Av. La Cultura N° 1318 Wanchaq, Cusco.
- +51 84 233451 (Cusco)
- +51 1 2241816 (Lima)
Our hours are in Peruvian time (GTM -5)