Huaraz: the Capital of the Andinismo
Huaraz is known as the capital of mountaineering in South America. The Spanish founded Huaraz in 1574 and at the time of independence it was named a “noble and generous city” by Simon Bolivar.
Located in the central part of northern Peru, about 420 km north of Lima, at an altitude of 3052 meters (10,013 feet) Huaraz sits in the enviable Andean valley called the “Callejon de Huaylas” , surrounded by the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra. South of the Cordillera Blanca lies the spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash renowned among the trekking community all over the world. Around Huaraz various activities can be performed such as trekking, wildlife watching, camping and many more.
Huaraz’s main attractions are: Parque Nacional Huascaran, Lagunas Llanganuco, Cordillera Huayhuash, and the archaeological site of Chavin de Huantar.
Cordillera Blanca: Parque Nacional Huascaran & Laguna Llanganuco
With 25 glaciers over 6,000 meters high and over 50 above 5,550 meters, the Cordillera Blanca is one of the most attractive mountain ranges in the world with the world’s highest tropical mountain. Among its main peaks, the majestic Alpamayo and Peru’s highest mountain the magnificent Huascaran (6,768 meters). With more than 3,400 sq km the Parque Nacional Huascaran covers almost the entire Cordillera Blanca. The park has many trekking paths, of different technical difficulty and an experienced guide is strongly advised. The park boasts emerald green lagunas, like the Laguna 69 or the most famous the Laguna Llanganuco.
The unspoilt Cordillera Huayhuash is a pristine mountain range which lately is becoming more and more sought after by trekkers who treasure this preserved area of the Peruvian Andes. The classic trekking route takes 10 days to reach the remote eastern side of the Huayhuash.
Chavin de Huantar
Part of one of the oldest civilization to be found in South America, the Chavin ruins, an authentic Peruvain wonder, were built between 1,200 and 800 BC and can be explored with a one day trip from Huraz .