Huaraz is a city in the department of Áncash, located at an elevation of 3,050 m.a.s.l. and has an area of 9 km². Below, we’ve outlined some of the tourism attractions that make a visit to Huaraz a no-brainer for your next trip to Peru. It’s tourism in Huaraz unveiled.
Tourism in Huaraz: The Cordillera Blanca
Part of the Andes Moutains, the Cordillera Blanca is a an extensive tropical mountain range. Huascarán is its highest mountain and the highest in Peru.
The Cordillera Blanca lies within the region of Ancash, where Huascarán National Park is located. The meltwater of the Cordillera provides the annual supply of water for northern Peru.
In the Cordillera Blanca, one can trek along several famous trails through snowy mountain passes and territories that once belonged to the Chavin culture, the most important pre-Inca culture of Peru.
The mountains aren’t the only draw. Scattered throughout the peaks are a series of lagoons including several stand-outs: Laguna de Llanganuco, located north of Huascarán and Laguna Parón, the largest body of water in the entire Cordillera Blanca and located north of the snow-capped Huandoy. It’s known for its beautiful turquoise waters. These lakes are only accessible via a trek.
Tourism in The Cordillera Huayhuash
Another mountain range in the Andes, albeit a smaller one, is the Cordillera Huayhuash. This mountainous chain includes Yerupajá, the second highest mountain in Peru at 6,000 meters.
The trekking routes through the Cordillera Huayhuash are little visited due to their inaccessibility. Only the hard core trekkers and mountaineers find their way to this patch of earth.
Tourism in Huaraz is focused around trekking thanks to the impressive snow-capped giants that surround this mountain town in northern Peru. If you’re a mountaineer or adventurer, you’ll enjoy what Huaraz has to offer. For more information about Huaraz and its trekking routes, contact us.