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Peru Trekking


Trekking in Peru

April 14 - 25,  2019

Explore the breathtaking peaks of the Peruvian Andes while trekking through the spectacular Cordillera Blanca mountain range on this unique College Outdoors trip.

This 12-day excursion is designed to coordinate with the Ecuador 2019 study abroad program, but open to all students, staff, and faculty. From the Lima airport you’ll head up to the town of Huaraz at 10,000ft, where you will spend several days immersed in the local culture and acclimatizing to the high elevation. From there, you’ll depart for a week-long back-country trek through the spectacular and rugged Cordillera Blanca. A donkey team will carry your gear, and you’ll spend nights camping in the mountains.

If you are participating in the Ecuador study-abroad program, this trip will offer a phenomenal contrast to the Amazonian rainforest and illustrate the diverse beauty of the region. You’ll learn about mountain ecosystems and Peruvian land management while taking in vistas from the highest peaks in the Andes. No technical mountaineering skills are required, but you will be hiking at high elevation for several miles each day on steep terrain. This trip is the perfect capstone to your semester in South America!


One credit for PE/A 101: Outdoor Adventures is available for participation in this trip, which fulfills a general education requirement.


Day 1: Arrive in Lima and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2: Travel to Huaraz and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3 & 4: Acclimatization hikes followed by dinner in town and nights in a hotel.
Day 5: Food planning and shopping at the local market, followed by an afternoon free. Night in a hotel.
Day 6-11: Santa Cruz Trek through the breathtaking Cordillera Blanca. Plan to hike 5-7 hours each day carrying a light day pack. Donkeys will carry all your gear, and you’ll camp in tents each night.
Day 12: Travel to Lima and fly out.

Cost: $1,350
  • All transportation once you arrive in Lima
  • All meals
  • All hotel stays in town (6 nights)
  • Donkeys to carry your gear
  • Group gear, including tents and camp kitchen items
  • L&C staff guide for the duration of the trip, local guides for acclimatization hikes, and donkey drivers
  • Travel insurance through iNext
Not Included:
  • Flights to/from Lima
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Tips for local guides, donkey drivers, etc.

To register call 503-768-7116. A deposit of $300 is due at the time of registration.

Additional Information:

For more details email Kori Rosenstiel at or stop by the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244. Additional information will be posted on this site as it becomes available.