INTRODUCTION

Itineraries 9
When to go 16

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Guided or independent?
Arrieros 19 – Agencies 19
Getting there
To Peru 20 – From Lima to the trails 20
Budgeting
Accommodation 21 – Food 21 – Transport 21
What to take
Clothing 22 – Equipment 23 – Maps 24
Recommended reading 24
Health precautions, inoculations and insurance
Fitness 25 – Health 25 – Inoculations 26 – High altitude travel 26
Insurance 26

PART 2: PERU & THE CORDILLERAS BLANCA & HUAYHUASH

Facts about the region
History of the Cordilleras 27 – Modern Peru 29 – Flora 30
Parque Nacional Huascarán 31 – Fauna 32
Practical information for the visitor
Documents and visas 33 – Money 33 – Local transport 33 – Food 34
Safety 38 – Other information 38

PART 3: MINIMUM IMPACT HIKING, HEALTH & SAFETY

Minimum impact hiking and biking
Environmental impact 39 – Economic impact 41
Cultural impact 41
Health and safety in the mountains
Safety while trekking 43 – Health in the mountains 43

 

PART 4: CITY AND TOWN GUIDES

Lima 45 – Huaraz 52 – Caraz 62 – Carhuaz 64 – Chavín 66
Chiquián 68 – Pomabamba 69 – Yungay 70 – Yanama 71
Chacas 71 – Huari 72 – San Marcos 72

 

PART 5: HIKING ROUTES & MAPS

Using this guide 73 Trekking route map key 74
Northern Cordillera Blanca Alpamayo Basecamp 74 – Santa
Cruz 88 – Santa Cruz-Alpamayo Circuit (Linking section) 99
Ulta-Yanama 104 – Laguna 69 107 – Artesonraju Basecamp 109
Hikes near Huaraz Laguna Lejiacocha 111 – Akilpo-Ishinca
112 – Quebrada and Laguna Ishinca 116 – Laguna Wilcacocha 119
Quebradas above Huaraz Laguna Churup 121
Laguna Shallap 121 – Quilcayhuanca-Cojup 123
Conchucos Chacas-Huari 128 – Quebrada Rurichinchay 132
Quebrada Rurec (Conchucos) 133 – Quebrada Carhuascancha 137
Southern Cordillera Blanca Olleros-Chavín 143
Quebrada Rurec (Huaylas) 146 – Quebrada Raria 148
Cordillera Huayhuash Huayhuash Circuit 152

PART 6: CYCLE TOURING

Introduction
Practical information 175 (Transport 175, Spares 176, Renting 176)
Routes
Day rides near Huaraz 178 (Huaraz Ruins Loop 178, Negra
Acclimatization Loop 179, Blanca Acclimatization Loop 183,
Santo Toribio Circuit 184, Laguna Llaca 185) – Huascarán
Circuit 186 – Huayhuash and Puya Raimondii Loop 192
Cordillera Blanca Circuit 197 – Laguna Parón 209
Winchus Loop 210

PART 7: MOUNTAIN BIKING

Introduction
Mountain biking agencies 214 – Bike setup 215
Routes
Pitec Descent 215 – Negra Downhill 218 – Bikepacking the
Huayhuash 218 – Cross country routes near Huaraz 219 (Laguna
Rajucolta 219, Quebrada Quilcayhuanca 219, Quebrada Ishinca 220,
Other downhill rides 220)

APPENDICES

A: Spanish words and phrases 221
B: Glossary 225 C: GPS waypoints 228
INDEX 237