The 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).
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.
Hotels 3 stars in Huaraz; hostels 3 stars in Carhuaz and Caraz, Lodging basic Chiquián and in other towns and shelters.
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.
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.
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.
It 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.
Carnival 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).
Hot of guinea pig: guinea pig stew cooked in peanut sauce and chili stover.
Cuchikanca: piglet tender adobado vinegar and baking.
Pecan broth: broth head of sheep with mondongo.
Pachamanca: various meats, potatoes and corn or maize tender cooked underground between stones hot.
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