Huaraz (pop. 80,000), the most important trekking and climbing base in Peru, is situated in Callejon de Huaylas Valley at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. The city is an 8 hr. bus ride from Lima. At an altitude of over 10,000 ft, Huaraz is set in a stunning natural setting of lush valleys, snow-capped mountains, and icy blue lakes. Its unique location makes it the ideal point to organize day hikes in the valley and longer trekking expeditions to the peaks beyond. Huaraz is also gateway to the mystifying Chavin de Huantar fortress temple which dates to 800 BC.
Three to seven nights
Best time to go
Best time to visit is during dry season (May-October). The rest of the year is characterized by continuous rain and cold temperatures.
What to do
• Visit Chavin de Huantar: One of the most fascinating and mysterious archaeological sites in the Americas.
• Huascaran National Park: World class mountaineering, trekking, and hiking.
• Llama Trekking: Popular option for weeklong treks.