Huaraz is one of the best places to go hiking in the world, even more so than the crowded trails around Machu Picchu. The city is located in the Callejon de Huaylas valley at 3000m above sea level and act as a perfect base to launch yourself into all the awesome trekking and hiking trails around this part of the Andes.
One of the best treks you can do in Huaraz is the Santa Cruz trail that will take you through the Cordillera Blanca mountains, home to many 6000m+ peaks. This trek only takes 4 days but it will reward you with the view of a stunning turquoise alpine lake, fantastic view from the high pass (highest point at 4,750m), and a front seat row to the one of the most prominent mountains in the region such as the Taulliraju (5,830 m) and Alpamayo (5,947m) etc.
If you are looking for the ultimate backpacking guide on how to hike the Santa Cruz trek in Huaraz in 4 days, completely independent, you are in the right place. Scroll down and let's plan this epic hiking trip together.