HUARAZ, Parque Nacional de Huascarán

chavin de huantarThe Huascaran National Park, located in the Cordillera Blanca, has a length of 340 000 ha. It includes 296 lakes and 663 glaciers including the highest peaks of Peru, as the Huascaran (6768 meters), Huandoy and Alpamayo- and protection zones plant species such as the Andean Puya Raimondi tree queñual and species wildlife such as the Andean condor and the vicuna.
He was recognized by UNESCO as a nucleus of the Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and, as World Heritage Site in 1985. Very visited the glacier Pastoruri (70 km south of Huaraz), the lagoon Llanganuco (at the foot of Huascaran) and the thermal baths of Monterey (5 km north of Huaraz).
The Alley Conchucos, southeast of the city of Huaraz, is the Archeological site of Chavin de Huantar (3810 m) which consists of temples, galleries, stonework and squares. This place was the most important center ceremonial former Chavin culture and an underground gallery is the Sandeel, monolith of 4.53 m tall, which impresses with its fierce mythical image.
The Cordillera Huayhuash is located at the southern tip of the Cordillera Blanca, on the border with the
Huanuco region. There is the gap Conococha, point of origin of the river and Santa Peak Yerupajá (6634 meters), the second highest in the nation, and the most difficult access. The most important town in the area is Chiquián (3200 meters), where the route begins trekking most important (8 days).
Altitude
Huaraz: 3100 m; Caraz: 2250 m; trekking routes, between 3200 and 4900 meters above sea level.
Getting there by land: buses daily from Lima to Huaraz, 400 km in 8 hours, from Trujillo, traveling 570
Km for 10 hours.
Lodging havin de Huantar
Hotels 3 stars in Huaraz; hostels 3 stars in Carhuaz and Caraz, Lodging basic Chiquián and in other towns and shelters.
Activities
Tourism in archaeological Chavin (Huari), Recuay and Willcahuain (Callejon de Huaylas) Yayno (Conchucos) and Sechin (Casma). Camping and hiking conventional trekking with llamas, mountaineering, ecotourism, flora and fauna observation, canoeing on the River St., skiing on snow and tours cycling. Crafts in Chacas (Conchucos), famous for its carved in wood.
Chavin de HuantarTravel Services
Tourism Transport and auxiliary personnel and specialized trekking routes and the long snowy. Team full ascents to the snow and various excursions. Service mountain guides and conventional for major trekking routes, wranglers, acémilas and cooks Mountain, among others.
Minimum
5 days (including days round trip); trekking routes from 2 to 14 days. The complex
Archaeological Chavin can be visited in one day from Huaraz.
Recommendations
HuarazIt is essential to have a day of acclimatization before any physical effort, consuming food
Easy digestion and drinking coca tea. The activities in the Cordillera Blanca are subject to
Regulation National Park.
Season / Climate
The best time is from May to September, when the sky is clear. There is perpetual snow passing the 4600 meters. The nights are cold in the mountains, and other fresh in Huaraz peoples.
Festivities
HuascaranCarnival huaracino (February).
Mountaineering Week (May / June). In the alley de Huaylas. There are powers feast of San Pedro de Corongo (June 29): Celebrating religious and popular where introducing the famous dance of the pallas.
Anniversary of Huaraz (July 25).
Eating Out
Hot of guinea pig: guinea pig stew cooked in peanut sauce and chili stover.
Cuchikanca: piglet tender adobado vinegar and baking. Huascaran
Pecan broth: broth head of sheep with mondongo.
Pachamanca: various meats, potatoes and corn or maize tender cooked underground between stones hot.
Craftsmanship
In the area highlights the clothes and embroidery of colorful skirts (skirts); moreover, it preserves the art of making candles, widely used in various processions of the region. They can also find blankets wool sheep Chavin, ceramic Taricá, iron objects, repujado leather, basketry, and tissues and blankets ponchos fiber flame
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AREQUIPA, The White City and the Misty Majestic

arequipaArequipa is the second largest city in Peru, recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 2000.
He was known in the colonial era as “The White City” for its many temples and houses built with ashlar (volcanic lava). Three volcanoes stand compared to Arequipa, including the majestic Misti (5821), which can be seen from anywhere in the city.
One of its main attractions is the monastery of St. Catherine, considered a ” Small city within a city “, founded in 1580 for cloistered nuns and opened its doors to the public in 1970. There are also old houses such as Casa del Moral and House Goyeneche, who retain their doorways carved in ashlar. Another stunning attraction The city is the “Lady of Ampato” or “Momia Juanita”, a teenager who was inca offered in sacrifice and that today can be accessed at the Museum of the Andean shrines Catholic University of Santa Maria (UCSM). A vast countryside surrounding the city, emphasizing She picturesque Mill Sabandía and the thermal baths of Yura.
ArequipaAt present, Arequipa is a major trading hub in the area south of the country,
Which emphasizes the textile production of alpaca wool with export quality. It has a
Exquisite cuisine, in addition to excellent tourism infrastructure suitable for events.
Altitude
2335 m altitude.
Getting there
By air: from Lima (1 hour 25 minutes), from Cusco (50 minutes), from Juliaca (30 minutes).
By land: South Panamerican Highway from Lima (15 hours or so), from the Nasca (9 pm), from Puno (4 hours), from Lima (8 hours).
Lodging
Hotels up to 5 stars.
Activities
City tours in the city, visiting houses and churches, visiting the countryside, trekking.
Tourist services. Arequipa offers transportation, full-service food and other tourism services.
Recommendations
ArequipaAvoid efforts during the early hours of easy digestion consume food and drink mate Coca to avoid altitude sickness.
Nearby attractions
Valle and Colca Canyon, Canyon Cotahuasi, promotion to the volcanoes Misti and Chachani,
Petroglyphs Toro Muerto, National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca.
Minimum
2 days for rides and tours in the city of Arequipa, 3 days to visit the Canyon
Colca. To visit the Canyon Cotahuasi recommended 6 days.
Season / Weather
ArequipaWeather dry, warm, cool evenings and nights.
Feasts
Feast of the Virgin of Chapi (May): These are the traditional pilgrimage to the Shrine
Chapi, about 90 km from the city of Arequipa.
Anniversary of the city of Arequipa (August 15): In this era occur Fair
International Arequipa (located on the Cerro Juli), craft exhibits in the Fundo
Fierro, the Festival of Dancing – Festidanza, and the International Competition Climbing the Misti.
Feast of St. Ursula (October 21): festival very popular and entrenched in the population, which
Celebrated with the entry of Capos, there are firework displays, masses and processions.
Restaurants
ArequipaThe kitchen Arequipenian is one of the most varied of Peru and has succulent dishes.
Chupe shrimp: shrimp soup with milk, eggs and oregano.
Rocoto filling: rocoto stripped filled with minced meat with cheese, milk and potatoes.
Single: cheese salad, beans, onions, olives, tomato and rocoto.
Adobo Arequipa: pork adobada with chicha and spices, cooked in the pot.
Ocopa: boiled potatoes, washed with fresh cheese sauce.
Escribano: potato salad.
Pebre: soup with beef and mutton, beef, or cecina chalona of ram.
Sango: sweet sort of being prepared with wheat, raisins, honey and milk.
Craftsmanship
ArequipaIn Arequipa working with the leather embossed occurring belts, articles desktop
And furniture; ashlar used to make decorative items and wrought iron in the manufacture of
Lanterns, grills, lamps and decorative furniture.