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Lima, Ica, Huacachina & the Huayhuash

Lima, Ica, Huacachina & the Huayhuash: Incorporating Lima & Huaraz

Beginning in Lima; you’ll head to the coastal town of Ica for some local wineyard sampling for the day. Following this; you’ll head to Huacachina; the very definition of a “desert oasis”. Then you’ll experience a sandboarding adventure on the surrounding desert dunes.

Then it’s on to Huaraz: Mini-Huayhuash Trek – 3 Days. The shortened 3 day Mini-Huayhuash trek allows you to experience an abbreviated version of the longer trek; whilst not compromising on the stunning views.

As an aside; this route is a little more demanding than the more classic Santa Cruz trek route. It is considered to be suitable for novice trekkers and hikers; however ensuring that a program of acclimatisation is followed properly before departure. During the trek you will be rewarded with a series of glacial lakes and snow capped nevadas along the way.

This 3 Day trek is centred around the incredible Jahuacocha Lake area; considered one of the most scenic places in alpine trekking, to trek and camp out. Along the route you’ll see the important sights of the Cordillera Huayhuash; hit the Rondoy Valley; scale the impressive Sambunya Pass and experience the beautifully natural Jahuacocha Lake.

Thus; you’ll spend a final night in Huaraz. Then; heading onwards to Lima for your connecting flights. It’s never goodbye, only until the next time!

Day 1
Landing Day - Lima Airport & transfer to Barranco
Arriving at Lima Airport you'll transfer to downtown Barranco. Here you can spend the afternoon exploring this artesenal district and eat some of the best coastal food on offer.
  • Overnight: Hostel Suspiros del Inca
Day 2
Lima - Ica - Viña Tacama Vineyard
Leaving Lima in the morning, driving south to Ica region (4 hrs ride approx.), where you`ll spend the night. Arriving in Ica the first stop is at Viña Tacama, the oldest vineyard in South America. In the 1540`s, Francisco de Carabantes created the Tacama Vineyard, which is the oldest in Peru, and from where the grapevine was disseminated to Chile & Argentina. The original objective of Tacama`s vineyard creation was to supply wine to different religious orders that were recently established in The city of Kings (Lima, capital of the Peruvian Vice Royalty). Since then, its consumption was associated with health and a better quality of life, far away from diseases associated with poverty. After that in 1776, a protectionist measure from Spain prohibited Peruvian wine exports which promoted its own wine distillation, and that is how PISCO was created, a typical Peruvian grape liquor that was a different option for Peruvian Winemakers. (visit and tasting 2 hours approx.) After here we will continue driving for another 15 min. to our accommodation, check in and relax. (time on your own) Accommodation is located at 3 blocks from Huacachina Oasis which is surrounded by Sandunes. Time for a stroll.
  • Overnight: Huacachinero Hotel
Day 3
Lima - Huacachina - Dune Buggying & Sandboarding
Early this morning you`ll take transport from Ica which will drive you for about 30mins to Huacahina for Sand Buggying in the late morning. For the past 12 years, the desert oasis of Huacachina has served as the site of one of the most popular adventure tours in South America: the dune buggy and sandboarding tour. People of all ages - including kids, teenagers, and adults - all visit Huacachina and climb into a 4-wheel-drive dune buggy driven by a professional driver.
  • Activity: Huacachina Dune Buggying
  • Time Estimates: Half Day
Later in the afternoon you'll transfer back to Ica to catch a bus back to Lima.
  • Overnight: Hostel Suspiros del Inka
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Bus from Lima to Huaraz
Bus departure: 11am Today you'll take a bus from Lima's Javier Prado bus station for an 8 hr journey to Huaraz. Arriving early evening you'll be in time to check in and enjoy some of the fresh mountain air
  • Overnight: Jacals Hostel
  • Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5
Free day to relax & acclimatise in Huaraz
Day to acclimatise and prepare for the days trekking that lie ahead.
  • Accommodation recommendation: Jacals Hostel
Day 6
Half Day Trek - Marian Village Hiking
A relaxing and easy short hike to the delightful small village of Marian. Starting from Huaraz, you'll walk through the newly developed suburb of Nueva Florida. Following quiet local paths passing by small farms and poblados, for between 40 minutes to an hour, to the village of Marian which is tucked in underneath the mountains behind Huaraz. From the village plaza there is an amazing view of the massive snow covered mountain of Ranrapalca.
  • Grade: Easy
  • 3 to 4 hours hike
  • Maximum altitude = 3500m
  • Hiking distance approx. = 5km
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Day 1: Huaraz – Pocpa –Rondoy Valley: At 7:30 we start the tour, driving to the south – east through the Andean Villages Conococha, Chiquian, Llamac and Pocpa, after 4 hours we will get to the starting point of the trek, at 3500m. starting the hike to Rondoy 4050m, from where we will have the view of the mountains, Minapata, Ninashjanca and Rondoy, it takes around 4 hours walk.
  • Altitude - 4050m
  • Distance - 7-8 km Time
  • Trekking - 4 Hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Day 2: Rondoy – Sambunya Pass – Jahuacocha Lake: After breakfast we climb to our highest point of the tour, Sambuya Pass 4780m, it is a trail pretty hard up but worth, because from the top you have an amazing view to the most important and highest peaks of the range, and see lakes Solteracocha and Jahuacocha, we will descend from and alternative trail to have better a view of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
  • Altitude - 4780m
  • Distance - 10-11 km
  • Time Trekking - 7 Hours
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Day 3: Jahuacocha – Pampallamac Pass – Llamac –Huaraz: You'll start descending a little bit through the valley from this point on, after this we'll go up to the last pass Pampallamac, having the last view of the range with the stoning Yerupaja 6634m. to after descend 1000m. to the village Llamac. From here you'll take private transport back to Huaraz for a well earned shower, dinner and rest!
  • Altitude - 4150m
  • Distance - 10 km
  • Time Trekking - 6-7 Hrs
  • Accommodation Recommendation: Santa Cruz Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10
Departure Day - Lima Airport
Transferring from Huaraz in the morning to return to Lima by bus (8hrs). You'll arrive in Lima airport in time for your connecting flight out in the evening or you have the option to stay overnight & fly out the following day. It's never goodbye, only until the next time!

Tour Info

Breakfast x 9
Lunch x 5
Dinner x 3
Private Transport – collection & drop-off
Professional bilingual guide
Horsemen & mules
All camping equipment (Sleeping bags to hire + Walking sticks)
Accommodation in Huaraz – x2 nights
Accommodation in Lima – x3 nights
Transfers to Hotel
Hotels before & after (can be organised as part of trip)
Tips for crew
Domestic flights (can be organised as part of trip)
Airport transfers (can be organised as part of trip)
Any additional extras
There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured
Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Peruvian food can be spicy, it can be strong and rich for many European diets. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, so please avoid at all costs on arrival and stick to bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.
We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.
We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request), and a mountain cook. They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude.
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru.
  1. Tiffany McIntyre

    James is such a wonderful specialist and I had the best experience with him. Before, during, and after the trip, he was thorough in keeping contact and made sure that we were on the same page about all of our treks and events we were planning on doing while in Peru. He gave lots of tips about what to pack for a trip such as this one, a trek through the Andes. He went above and beyond all of my expectations; his encouragement and enthusiasm for planning and following through with this trip made the Peru adventure a life-changing experience for the better! Edwin was our official tour guide in Huaraz and the Cordillera Huayhuash. Edwin is a great tour guide who has lots of expert experience. I felt very safe and had such a fun time. Both hiking throughout the mountains and experiencing Peruvian culture changed my perspective on traveling and living, all due to James and Edwin. Working with James was the best option for traveling.

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