Huaraz Peru is a Hiker's Paradise!

Huaraz Peru - You have the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) on one side of the valley. The Cordillera Negra (Black Mountains) on the other side. Trek the White Mountains!

The Cordillera Blanca!
The Cordillera Blanca, huaraz peru

Ideal for hard core hikers, only a short distance away is the remote, high Cordillera Huayhuash. Some 420 km north of Lima, Huaraz, at an altitude of 10,013 feet (3,052 m), it is located in the central northern part of the country. Huaraz sits at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, which includes Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru at 22,204 feet (6,768 m), in the agriculturally important Callejon de Huaylas valley.

Huascaran, huaraz peru

For trekking and tourism, Huascaran National Park is a popular destination. For expeditions to the Huayhuash and Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz is a frequent base.

The Huayhuash
The Huayhuash, huaraz peru

Huascaran National Park

In Ancash of central Peru, Huascaran National Park is a national park in the Cordillera Blanca, a range of the Andes. It was also recognized as Reserve of Biosphere Core and pronounced as Natural Heritage of Humanity.

Huascaran National Park
Huascaran National Park, huaraz peru

Located in the park, the highest mountain in Peru is also named Huascaran. This park is the habitat of the Peruvian Piedtail, a hummingbird species, the Peruvian Tapir, the Marsh Deer, the Guanaco, the Llama, the Jaguar, the Cougar, the Puya raimondi and many kinds of ducks including the Southern Pochard.

The Marsh Deer
The Marsh Deer, huaraz peru

In 1975, its protection was initially arranged by the Peruvian government in order to encourage scientific research into the area's cultural and natural resources, and to safeguard the panoramic scenery of the Cordillera Blanca, archaeological remains, geological formations, fauna and flora.

Making its protected status a source of wealth for others and its inhabitants, tourism is promoted in the area. The park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

UNESCO, huaraz peru

Huascaran National Park is home to mountains ranging from over 6,000 m to 2,000 m in height. The mountain from which the park takes its name, Huascaran, rises above nearby peaks such as Pisco and Alpamayo, and is the highest in Peru.

Alpamayo, huaraz peru

During the year, the climate of the park is characterized by two periods. This depends on two major factors: the humid, warm winds from the Amazon Basin, which generate abundant rain between December and March; and a pronounced dry period between May and October, with nights of intense cold during which temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius, and well below that at higher altitudes and sunny days that reach 25 degrees Celsius.

The Amazon Basin
The Amazon Basin, huaraz peru

There are peaks which attract the most dedicated climbers, although it is possible to walk among mountains of over 6,000 m in height without being an experienced mountaineer. You will love Huaraz Peru, if you're interested in mountains!

You will love Huaraz Peru!
You will love Huaraz Peru!

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