The busy little city of Huaraz is the base for trekkers eager to explore the jagged ice peaks and turquoise lagoons of the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash.
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.
Where to go when - our guide to Huaraz
The weather in Huaraz is wide and varied
To be confident of views in clear dry weather and to take advantage of the trekking and climbing opportunities, most visitors arrive here between May and October when there is little or no rain.View our Huaraz weather guide
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