Not much of a hiker? Or maybe you’ve already trekked your heart out and are looking for something different? Although Huaraz is known for its world-class trekking, this little town nestled in the Andes has a lot more to offer than just hiking. From museums to hot springs, to churches, and culinary experiences, you’ll never get bored in this Peruvian pueblo.
There are plenty of things to do around the city itself. Take a stroll around town, visit the local market, Plaza De Armas, and Iglesia La Soledad. Iglesia La Soledad is a modest but beautiful church and contrasted with the mountains in the background, it makes for a stunning picture. On Sundays you can often catch some dance performances at Plaza De Armas, so be sure to swing by if you happen to be in town during the weekend. The Regional Museum of Ancash is a perfect way to spend a few hours. Wander around the lovely garden and take in some history as you see everything from ancient statues to human skulls. The entrance is inexpensive and it’s worth a visit!
Everyone has to eat, right? Check out the market for a sensory overload of smells and tastes, from fresh local fruits and veggies to cages of chicken. It’s entertaining, delicious, and a great way to enjoy the local culture. Fancy a drink? There are a few great places to try out local craft beer in Huaraz: Craft Huaraz and Sierra Andina. Craft Huaraz is a cute little spot with great beer and tasty food. Cervecería Sierra Andina is a well-known brewery with beers that’ll have your tastebuds dancing. Pick up beers from the actual brewery where the beer is produced or enjoy their taproom and restaurant, Trivio Resto Bar. There are many brew varieties to pick from, you won’t be disappointed. Or maybe you need some souvenirs? Go shopping in Huaraz and enjoy prices lower than what you’ll find in Cusco. Since it is a hiking capital, you can also find lots of outdoor and sports gear if you’re in the market for some.
Outside of town, there are plenty of options for short day trips. We can recommend checking out the Wilcahuain Ruin National Monument to marvel at the ancient structures and artifacts. Visit the nearby towns of Carhuaz, Caraz, and Yungay. The town of Yungay suffered a huge earthquake in 1970 and there is still some remaining damage from the tragedy. The cemetery in Yungay has a striking white Christ statue that stands tall over the grounds and the cemetery holds great views over the town.
There are also two sets of hot springs located within about 45 minutes of Huaraz. One is Monterrey, located about 10km from the center and there’s also Chancos Hot Springs, which are about 27km away. Both are great but we favor Chancos as it is a little less crowded, and is more of a natural setting. Chancos is made up of about 10 steam caves, all with varying temperatures- and all completely natural! Treat yourself to a day of pampering!
Still wanting to do something a little active, maybe try out a new sport? Rock climbing in Huaraz is perfect for beginners. I gave it a go and had an amazing time. There rock faces within walking distance from the city center, as well as places you can drive to check out. Mountain biking is also an option in this region! You can go on a bike tour to explore both Cordillera Negra and Cordillera Blanca.
Huaraz has stunning landscapes perfect for hiking but there’s so much more to explore while in this area of Peru. From great eats, drinks, and history, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during your time here.
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