Huaraz is known for being a destination surrounded by mountains, lagoons and many majestic landscapes. It is the starting point to many tours and treks on the Andes. Therefore, if you plan to visit this region, it is very important to keep in mind that you need to be in good physical condition to fully enjoy this destination.
Most of the travelers going to Huaraz are mountain-lovers and you will need to take tours to guide you through all the attractions and help you perform the activities without any problem.
Huaraz is also known as “the very noble and generous city” denomination that dates from the time of the struggle for the independence in Peru, due to the fervor and detachment shown by its inhabitants who united for the cause.
We don’t know much about the history of Huaraz before the arrival of the Spanish in Peru. In January 1533 the conquerors passed through this area under the command of Hernando Pizarro on their way to Pachacámac. They were the first to describe the characteristics of this land, and they said that it was fertile, with many cattle from the mountains and prosperous villages.
This area is known for its continuous seismic movements that several times destroyed the city. The last big earthquake that devastated this area was on May 31, 1970 when, as a result of the movement, almost the entire city of Huaraz was destroyed and the neighboring city of Yungay disappeared due to the detachment of the northern peak of Nevado Huascarán.
The 1970 earthquake (in Huaraz 10,000 died) motivated the solidarity of several countries, and the city then received the name of “Capital of International Friendship”.
Budget: Akilpo – Lovely hostel that features both beds in dorms as well as private bedrooms. You will also be provided a lot of information about the activities to do in the region.
Mid-range: Hotel El Patio de Monterrey – Comfortable hotel with a typical local decoration. It is located close to Huaraz.
Splurge: Andino Club Hotel – Quality hotel offering a stunning view over the Andes as well as indoor and outdoor gardens.
The ideal time to visit Huaraz is from May to September.
There are a lot of trekking options around Huaraz such as:
The Lagoon of Llanganuco: The Lagoon of Llanganuco is undoubtedly the most famous and one of the most beautiful in Peru. At an altitude of 3,850 metres (12,631 ft), this lagoon is located in a mountainous parade called Quebrada de Llanganuco. You can take a tour from Huaraz to visit this natural wonder.
Huascaran National Park: located 43 km south of Huaraz, in the Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world, is Huascaran National Park, declared a World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It contains Huascaran summit, the highest in Peru (6768m, 22,204 ft)).
You don’t have to be an experienced walker to enjoy the area. The park has an excellent network of mountaineering and trekking trails (probably the most developed in Peru), composed of different routes of varying intensity. There are also several refuges and campsites at different altitude levels for travellers to rest.
Laguna 69: You can visit this beautiful lagoon on a day tour from Huaraz. You will first have to take a 3-hour bus ride to the starting point of the trek. It starts from 3,800 meters (12,467 ft) to 4,600 meters (15,092 ft) so you need to be used to altitude to do it. The journey takes from 4 to 6 hours and is pretty steep, but it is definitely worth climbing!
Glacier Pastoruri: you can take a day tour that will stop you at several attractions (both historical and natural points of interest, including lagoons and typical towns) before reaching the wonderful glacier Pastoruri.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
Land – It is the most used service, You easily reach Huaraz from Lima, Trujillo, Chimbote, Chiclayo and other cities in Peru. A journey from Lima takes 7h30 and costs between S/30 and S/85 ($9 to $25) depending on the seat and bus categories that you choose. From Trujillo, the journey takes 8h and costs from S/30 to S/70 ($9 to $21).
Air – There is a daily flight from Lima “Jorge Chavéz” International Airport to Anta Airport which takes 1 hour. Anta airport is located 15 minutes north of the city of Huaraz by car.