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Peru: Huaraz

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The busy little city of Huaraz, 3,052m, in the Callejón de Huaylas, Ancash, is the base for tourists, trekkers and climbers eager to explore the jagged ice peaks and turquoise lagoons of the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash. You don’t have to be a hiker to see them - some of the most stunning landscapes in Peru and the Andes are just a short drive away. The vast bulk of snow-jacketed Huascarán – part of which shattered to devastating effect in the earthquake of 1970 - rears above the town. There are guides and mules for hire here, and plenty of places to stock up with provisions.

Things to do in Huaraz

Sculpture

Visit the ruins of Chavin

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek

Cordillera Huayhuash Trek


Trees

Santa Cruz Trek

Our insider tips for Huaraz

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Surveying Lago Llanganuco, a skinny cobalt glacial lake with a backdrop of some of Peru’s highest snow peaks.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Spotting  the puya raimundi, the world’s largest bromeliad, dotted throughout the Huascarán National Park. When it flowers in May any one of these plants, up to 12m high, averages 8,000 blooms.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Exploring the huge fortress temple of Chavín de Huantar is one of the most ancient and impressive archaeological sites in Peru with marvellous carved stone heads and sculptures.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Visiting Caraz, a little whitewashed town just over an hour’s drive from Huaraz, at a lower altitude. It has a lovely flower-filled plaza and is close to the aquamarine Laguna Parón.

What our experts say

“Huaraz isn’t much of a tourist destination in itself, but the town is the jumping off point for some of the best hiking in the Andes : there you will feel the fever of anticipation among the trekkers as they stock up for their adventure.  Why  not join them?"

Adrian Gallop

Adrian Gallop

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