Huaraz, Peru’s adventure capital, is nestled in the steep-sided Callejon de Huaylas valley between the mountain ranges of the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordilllera Negra, some 400km north of Lima.

The capital of the department of Ancash, the town may not look very attractive at first glance, not least because 90 per cent of it was destroyed in a devastating earthquake in 1970. But Huaraz’s privileged location at the foot of the perennially snow-capped peaks of the ‘White Range’ make it the perfect base for exploring the surrounding mountainous region. And, despite the lack of beauty, it is a pleasant town, with a lively atmosphere, where adventure-seeking travellers and locals in colourful traditional attire wander the streets side by side. Many quality restaurants, bars and hotels catering to all budgets can be found in the town, as well as an interesting museum and some pleasant squares and churches.

Whatever your interests – whether scaling 6000m peaks, trekking through pristine alpine valleys, climbing immense granite walls, mountain biking on unmade roads with spectacular vistas, encountering unusual and exotic flora, wandering through traditional Andean villages, or discovering enigmatic pre-Inca ruins - Huaraz has something for everyone
  Elevation: 3091m
Sights: Ancash Archaeological Museum, Soledad Church, Jose Olaya Street, Rataqueñua Viewpoint, Wilkahuain Archaeological Site
Activities: Mountaineering, trekking, ice and rock climbing, mountaing biking, horse riding, skiing, canyoning, rafting,
community tourism

Recommended Hotels:

Alpa-K B&B, Olaza's Bed & Breakfast, El Jacal, Albergue Churup, Hotel San Sebastian, Santa Cruz Hotel

Recommended Restaurants: Mi Chef Kristoff, Encuentro, Creperie Patric, Cafe Andino, El Fogon, El Horno
Festivals: Semana Santa (Holy Week, Easter), El Señor de la Soledad (May 2nd)
Getting there: From Lima to Huaraz by bus (8 hours) with Movil Tours, Oltursa or Cruz del Sur. From Trujillo to Huaraz by bus (9 hours) with Linea or Movil Tours. From Chimbote to Huaraz by bus (7 hours), via the cañon del Pato with Yungay express. By plane from Lima to Anta (45 minutes)
When to go:
May to September (dry season)