"Santa Cruz Trek Cheers" Caraz by richiecdisc

Caraz Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 41 photos

While Huaraz dominates the tourist trade of the Cordillera Blanca, smaller towns like Caraz are starting to realize the lure of gringo dollars and are slowly developing the infrastructure to help pry said money from the visitors that invariably pass through. The town itself was miraculously spared from the near total destruction via earthquakes that neighboring rivals experienced so with some forethought there is no reason that it cannot compete admirably with them. My personal experience of Caraz was that while the town was smaller and had less facilities, those that were trying to make a living from tourism were a bit on the aggressive side. It can only be hoped that in the future, that not only will development lead towards greater prosperity for the mountain village but also towards a realization that tourists need to be treated with some respect. Groping at travelers will only turn them away from their town and back to Huaraz. It is pretty much impossible to avoid contact with the town entirely, as it is the jumping off point for the Santa Cruz Trek and that is the true subject of this page. The Santa Cruz Trek is a four-day hike that passes through some of the most magnificent scenery in the Cordillera Blanca, the highest of Peru’s mountain ranges. Backpackers from around the world come for the varied flora and spectacular jagged peaks. One day can bring you through dry dusty valleys and the next up close to calving glaciers. It is both tropical and alpine all in one and in few places will you find such a juxtaposition of different terrain. Add to this, well-spaced campsites and clear trails, and you have a good trek for the moderately experienced. But do not underestimate the mighty mountain range. The trail keeps you well above 3000 meters throughout, peaking out at 4750 on the Punta Union, and must be attempted only after thorough acclimatization. But with the proper preparation, the experience is tough to beat and hope that what follows entices lovers of nature to come and experience it.

  • Last visit to Caraz: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated Jan 30, 2003
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    Sep 6, 2006 at 11:08 AM

    Gosh, what a trek ! Although I also sometimes have 25 kg in the back - never ever took it that high ! The scenery is absolutely stunning - msut have been a highlight during your Peru trip ! Thanks for sharing ! (yep, this was the one :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2005 at 5:16 PM

    Richie, an amazing ascent!! What memories you and D must have of this experience, especially after so much exertion to reach the summit! Great tips and beautiful scenery on your climb.

  • Apr 14, 2004 at 11:49 AM

    That was an awesome trek! I can't think of doing that myself with such a load...I can imagine the feeling when you reached the pass though!! Superb writing...

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 9:39 PM

    Happy Housewarming ;-) ! & a marvelous start to the Spring!!!

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2003 at 9:32 PM

    My applause to both you and Doreen. I doubt if I'd ever do something like this but reading your stories alone brings me there.

  • chrissyalex's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2003 at 2:27 PM

    Outstanding page! It is like a mini travel novel! The variety of landscapes here is truly amazing. I am not sure if I could make this trek or not! Sounds grueling,but definately well worth it!

  • Mar 25, 2003 at 11:10 PM

    ...and this....

  • mary_birt's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2003 at 2:38 PM

    Wow!!! amazing, great pictures too, I don't think I could do that. Well done!! Thanks

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2003 at 8:31 AM

    top class page} i agree> determination is the key word

  • j-san's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2003 at 6:52 AM

    would never get me doing that sort of thing (:P), but it sure looks spectacular!!


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