Santa Cruz Trek, Peru
When people think of hiking in Peru, Santa Cruz is not the trek that first pops into people's minds. However, the relatively high alpine trek through the Cordillera Blanca offers many subtle splendors without the ills of the more famed Inca Trail. While noted as a busy trek, we found the Santa Cruz trek to be relatively quiet and sparsely populated compared to the much heavier traveled Inca Trial. While walking through the soft expansive meadow floor of the valleys one can gaze and enjoy many alpine views above and a widely varied view of flora and fauna. Just keep watch of your feet as cow poop is everywhere!
Day to Day Account - Jeff Salvage - Santa Cruz Trek, Peru
After completing A Journey Along the World’s Great Treks, I hadn’t any plans to head back to the trail quickly. In fact, we had booked a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. However, when the opportunity came to become The Arthritis Society of Canada’s National Trekking Trainer, how could I refuse. The Arthritis Society’s Joints In Motion program trains fund raisers to trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As their trainer, I designed their training program and accompanied them on the trip. Since I’d already hiked the trail before, I decided to go early with my wife Jennifer and friend Ben and trek a trail in the north, the Santa Cruz Trail. The story continues...