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Huaraz, Peru - Tours Offer Trekking To High Altitude Mountains

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2011   » View Photoset (46 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Trekking, trekking, trekking, this is the principal reason to visit Huaraz, the Callejon de Huaylas has the highest snow-capped mountain peaks in Peru.
Peru Photo - Church and monument at Plaza de Armas in Huaraz.
Church and monument at Plaza de Armas in Huaraz.
The city of Huaraz itself is at an altitude of 3100m, the peaks of the Callejon de Huaylas are over 6000m above sea level. You need to take it slowly over a period of days to get used to these altitudes, do not arrive in Huaraz from sea level and go hiking the next day!

Trekking Tour Companies

Huaraz has many tour companies along the main street, treks can be organised to peaks such as Quitaraju (6036m), Chacraraju W (6112m) and Artescuraju (6025m). Some tour companies run tours that last several days and cost several hundred US dollars, you camp out in the wilderness in tents, these places include Huascaran National Park, Olleros mountain bike trail, Alpamayo peak, Huatzan peak, Huayhuash mountain range, Churup Lake and the Cedros Alpamayo circuit. I didn't do a trek in Huaraz this time. I will in the future though, yeah right...

How to Get Here

From Lima, Huaraz is
Peru Photo - The river and a park in Huaraz.
The river and a park in Huaraz.
around 8hrs by bus. I came here from Yungay, an hour north.

City Tour

This time I made my own city tour and was lucky to see a street festival with dancers in costume. Huaraz is not exactly what I would call a beautiful city, a shame considering its surroundings. On a walk around the city I first came across a monument to Pedro Pablo Atusparia, he was a peasant leader who led the revolution of the natives of Huaraz in 1885. The Plaza de Armas is not terribly mind-blowing, there's a gold monument and a church. Later in the day I explored the city
Peru Photo - Girl lifts hat above her head in street dancing celebrations in Huaraz.
Girl lifts hat above her head in street dancing celebrations in Huaraz.
some more. I found Plaza Belen which is I think nicer than the Plaza de Armas with more trees and gardens. A fountain and a little yellow church beside it. Nearby I found another park with a red church that I had seen from the lookout tower the day before, a bunch of monuments around here include the Minister of Marine - Guillermo Tirado, Military Leader - Jose de la Mar (1778-1830) and in Parque Bombero one of a fireman with a child in recognition to the volunteer firemen of Huaraz.

The River

Down beside the river, there's a nice little park with many white statues and a fountain. On the other side of the river is a lot of slum housing, the people throw their rubbish into the river, this is not very intelligent - the water should be clean, it's not attractive to tourists. At the top of this park and walkway is the mirador lookout tower where you can climb the stairway to the top for fantastic views
Peru Photo - Woman with orange head band with pink beads and red flowers performs in Huaraz.
Woman with orange head band with pink beads and red flowers performs in Huaraz.
of the rubbish in the river below and peoples washing hanging out at the slum houses over the other side, you can see a few snow-capped mountains also of course. I found the side streets around the markets far more interesting.

Street Festival With Dancing

On the next day beside the plaza there was a mini-festival with many performers in colorful traditional clothing dancing and putting on a show. I am not sure what the occasion was but it was very entertaining.

Distances to Elsewhere

Distances from Huaraz to other cities / places in Peru, Recuay 25kms, Carhuaz 35kms, Yungay 58kms, Caraz 69kms, Huari 150kms, Chimbote 210kms, Casma 160kms, Huarmey 297kms, Lake Paron 98kms (4200m), Pastoruri Glacier 70kms (5000m), Chavin 109kms, Lima 400kms, Trujillo 315kms, Chiclayo 546kms, Piura 767kms, Ica 710kms. After a couple of nights in Huaraz I made my only deviation to the coast on my journey from north to south Peru in the highlands. I travelled 7hrs to Santa Rosa which is 1hr north of Lima and spent the night, next day I travelled down to Lima and onto Huancayo which took 8hrs.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Huaraz (Peru) to:


Map location: Huaraz, Peru. Trekking is the main reason to visit Huaraz, the Callejon de Huaylas has the highest snow-capped mountain peaks in Peru. The city of Huaraz itself is at an altitude of 3100m, the peaks of the Callejon de Huaylas are over 6000m above sea level, you need to take it slowly over a period of days to get used to these altitudes!
 A : Yungay & Caraz - Peru 55 kms 55 kms straight distance | 1hr 41mins 1hr 41mins by car (71 kms) | 2hrs 1min 2hrs 1min by bus (71 kms) (71 kms)
 B : Chimbote - Peru 125 kms 125 kms straight distance | 3hrs 59mins 3hrs 59mins by car (200 kms) | 4hrs 46mins 4hrs 46mins by bus (200 kms) (200 kms)
 C : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 148 kms 148 kms straight distance | 5hrs 19mins 5hrs 19mins by car (252 kms) | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by bus (252 kms) (252 kms)
 D : Huanuco - Peru 137 kms 137 kms straight distance | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by car (268 kms) | 8hrs 8hrs by bus (268 kms) (268 kms)
 E : Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru 226 kms 226 kms straight distance | 6hrs 6hrs by car (330 kms) | 7hrs 12mins 7hrs 12mins by bus (330 kms) (330 kms)
 F : Tingo Maria - Peru 168 kms 168 kms straight distance | 9hrs 56mins 9hrs 56mins by car (396 kms) | 11hrs 55mins 11hrs 55mins by bus (396 kms) (396 kms)
 G : Lima - Peru 287 kms 287 kms straight distance | 6hrs 47mins 6hrs 47mins by car (410 kms) | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by bus (410 kms) (410 kms)
 H : Huamachuco - Peru 195 kms 195 kms straight distance | 8hrs 19mins 8hrs 19mins by car (428 kms) | 9hrs 58mins 9hrs 58mins by bus (428 kms) (428 kms)
 I : Cajabamba - Peru 217 kms 217 kms straight distance | 9hrs 56mins 9hrs 56mins by car (450 kms) | 11hrs 55mins 11hrs 55mins by bus (450 kms) (450 kms)
 J : Cajamarca - Peru 283 kms 283 kms straight distance | 10hrs 34mins 10hrs 34mins by car (584 kms) | 12hrs 40mins 12hrs 40mins by bus (584 kms) (584 kms)
 K : Pucallpa - Peru 343 kms 343 kms straight distance | 14hrs 21mins 14hrs 21mins by car (636 kms) | 17hrs 13mins 17hrs 13mins by bus (636 kms) (636 kms)
 L : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 301 kms 301 kms straight distance | 13hrs 58mins 13hrs 58mins by car (733 kms) | 16hrs 45mins 16hrs 45mins by bus (733 kms) (733 kms)
 M : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 359 kms 359 kms straight distance | 15hrs 47mins 15hrs 47mins by car (767 kms) | 18hrs 56mins 18hrs 56mins by bus (767 kms) (767 kms)
 N : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 254 kms 254 kms straight distance
 O : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 176 kms 176 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Huaraz, Peru:

Hospedaje El Chinito, Huaraz, Peru - Large Photo
Hospedaje El Chinito, Huaraz, Peru (August 2011 - 2 nights) - Quite a spacious room with private bathroom and tv. Secure with good locks on the doors. I had a window over the busy sidestreet below which was entertaining. Reasonable price. Located not far from the markets. Recommended.

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