Cordillera Huayhuash trekking vacation

“An 18-day small group tour from Lima, centred around a fully-supported, challenging 12-day trek in Peru's spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash. With remote camping and experienced guides.”

Highlights

Lima | Huaraz | Cordillera Blanca | Laguna Churup | Llamac | Matacancha | 12-day Cordillera Huayhuash trek including Laguna Siula, Viconga hot springs and Punta Cuyoc Pass | Optional activities: White water rafting on the Rio Santa, trek to the summit of Mt Suerococha, Chavin de Huantar pre-Incan archaeological site

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cordillera Huayhuash trekking vacation

On our trek we use locally produced fresh produce, buying from villages where appropriate ie cheese. In preference we choose local over imported goods, and encourage the use of Andean products in our cooking. We pack out all non-organic waste and minimize this by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp-sites cleaner than we find them. We bury organic waste at a suitable depth.

When out on tour we encourage learning about Peru, the local culture of the teams we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there. We support a childrens health care project in Huaraz. We are happy to distribute much needed warm clothes and shoes to Peruvian children through suitable organizations.

Also, since 2006 we have been able to support the Huchuy Yachaq community project in the marginalised neighbourhood of Hermanos Ayar, on the outskirts of Cusco, with the help of everybody who has travelled with us. We donate USD $3000 a year to this community project.

The project has been set up by volunteer social workers and teachers to provide much needed social and educational support to the children and families of this neighbourhood. Children are encouraged to attend study and games sessions held each afternoon and participate in vacation projects. Our contributions so far have paid for educational books and games, tables and chairs, improvements to the structure of the basic community owned building and the addition of functioning toilets, materials for the children to take to school, school books, vacation programmes.

1 Reviews of Cordillera Huayhuash trekking vacation

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The scenery was fantastic and some great days walking/climbing. The optional climb of Diablo Mudo towards the end was tougher than expected but very rewarding - don't miss it!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It gets very cold at night so make sure you have a good down jacket and a very warm sleeping bag.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good.

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