Day 1: Huaraz
We arrive in Huaraz via private vehicle. After checking in at ourhotel, we’ll have the rest of the afternoon to ourselves.
Day 2: Huaraz – Callejon de Huaylas – Llanganuco lagoon
Today we’ll travel through the northern part of the Santa River valley, between the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra mountain ranges, home to picturesque cities and towns such as Carhuaz, Mancos and Yungay, the latter destroyed by an avalanche in 1970. We depart from Huaraz, and during our trip we’ll enjoy impressive views of the major snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, such as the Huascaran (6768 meters (22204 feet) above sea level), Huandoy (6356 meters (20853 feet) above sea level) and Hualcan (6162 meters (20216 feet) above sea level). Once we reach Yungay, we’ll begin our ascent to the Cordillera Blanca to visit the Llanganuco ravine (protected by the Huascaran National Park). Here we’ll see the beautiful Chinacocha and Orcocha lakes, with their turquoise blue waters set among the flora and fauna of the high Andes Mountains and the surrounding glaciers. We’ll trek down the Chinacocha path, where our guide will provide us with an orientation about the environment of the high Andes. We then return to Yungay, where we’ll have lunch, and then we head to the picturesque town of Caraz. At the end of this trip we return to Huaraz.
Day 3: Huaraz – Chavín de Huántar
Today we’ll head out on an excursion to Chavin de Huantar, the ceremonial center that best represents high Peruvian culture. We’ll head to the southern part of the Callejon de Huaylas, and we’ll visit the town of Recuay, after passing through Ticapampa and Catac. In our ascent to the Cordillera Blanca, we’ll visit Lake Querococha. After crossing the Cahuish tunnel, we’ll go down to the Mosna River Valley to reach the Chavin archaeological complex. Over 3000 years old, the complex is made up of a series of stone structures in a truncated pyramid form, with superimposed platforms and sunken courts joined together by steps. The buildings have indoor galleries with complex designs, and one of them contains the Lanzón, a 4.5 m (15 feet) tall monolith depicting the main deity of Chavin culture. We’ll also appreciate the fine lithic artwork developed by Chavin culture, with anthropomorphic depictions including the Corniche of the Falcons and the Corniche of the Jaguars, as well as the columns of the Gate of the Falons. We’ll have lunch in Chavin, and in the afternoon we’ll visit the Chavin National Museum, home to a collection of significant archaeological artifacts from Chavin culture, including the Tello Obelisk, the tenon heads, and several stele with anthropomorphic depictions, strombus shells, pottery, and bones. At the end of the visit we will return to Huaraz. Please note: By order of the National Institute of Culture, it is not possible to visit Chavin de Huantar on Mondays.
Day 4: Return to Lima
At the scheduled time, a private car will be waiting for us for our return trip.