Huaraz.- Capital of the department of Ancash, recognized as “Natural Paradise of the World” is a city full of activity and commerce, has a wide range of tourist services for being the gateway to the Callejón de Huaylas and the Huascaran National Park. It is the starting point of the various expeditions to the Cordillera Blanca, Callejón de Huaylas and Cordillera Huayhuash
Where is Ancash?
Location: North of Lima
Capital: Huaraz City
Distance: 400 km from Lima
Altitude: 3,091 m.a.s.l.
Climate: The city of Huaraz has a dry and temperate climate, with a maximum average temperature of 24 ° C (75º F) and a minimum of 7 ° C (44º F). The rainy season is from October to April.
How do I get to Ancash?
Terrestrial Road: Lima-Pativilca-Huaraz 400 km (8 hours by paved bus)
Trujillo-Chimbote-Casma-Huaraz 312 km (7 hours by bus)
Airway: Daily flights to the airport Cap. Arias Graziani from Anta-Carhuaz (40 minutes)
What activities can be done?
National park huascaran
It was created in 1975, with the aim of preserving the animal and plant wealth of this place and in 1985, it was declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is located in the Cordillera Blanca, which is in turn the highest tropical mountain range in the world because it is closer than others in the equator. The Park is 158 km long from south to north and 20 km wide; 340 thousand hectares. It has 663 glaciers, 27 of which exceed 6 thousand m.a.s.l. and 200 thousand. The estimated volume of these glaciers is 22, 458 cubic km, has 296 lagoons with 28.14 km2 of surface and 435 million cubic meters of water, has three basins: Río Santa, Pativilca and Marañón. It comprises part of the provinces of Recuay, Huaraz, Carhuaz, Yungay, Huaylas, Bolognesi, Huari, Asunción, Piscobamba and Pomabamba.
Cordillera Blanca Considered “the Peruvian capital of mountaineering”, it has the highest and most beautiful peaks of Peru among its most famous peaks, the snowy Huascaran (6,768 m), Chopicalqui (6,354 m) Huandoy (6,000 m) and the Alpamayo (5,947m ); What constitutes, the highest tropical mountain range in the world, has an extension of 180 km in length with 663 glaciers, 269 emerald lagoons and 41 rivers, in addition to 33 archaeological sites. The flora and fauna are impressive in the mountains, the Raimondi puya, ancient quenual and cactus forests. It has an infinite number of tourist circuits of Trekking, rock and ice climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, etc.
Alley of Huaylas. With an extension of 150 km. Formed by the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra, divided by the Santa River that runs through the provinces of Recuay, Huaraz, Carhuaz, Yungay and Huaylas. A valley dedicated to agriculture and livestock, with picturesque villages and very friendly people.
Huayhuash mountain range. Located 50 km south of the white mountain range, between the limits of Ancash, Huánuco and Lima. Known as the most splendid of the Peruvian mountain ranges, it has an area of 30 km. It has beautiful mountains, peaks among which are the Yerupaja (6,634 m), Jirishanca (6,094 m), Siula Grande (6,344 m), Rasac (6,017 m) and lagoons of incomparable beauty, Carhuacocha, Jahuacocha, Mitucocha, Huayhuash and others. It has impressive trekking circuits, considered one of the most spectacular trekking on the planet.
Archaeological Complex of Chavín de Huantar. Located in the town of the same name in the Alley of Conchucos, it was one of the main religious – cultural centers of the Western Hemisphere. They constitute brilliant samples of its stone architecture, the Lanzón gallery and its labyrinths, a mysterious construction of narrow corridors and a multitude of enigmatic carved stone figures, such as the “nail heads” sculpted with fierce faces.
Where to sleep?
There is accommodation for all budgets, from US $ 8 per night per person other from US $ 20 to US $ 45 per night per couple, in more central locations, in general all are located in the same city. Reference prices not valid for high seasons.