HUARAZ (3100 masl)
The name of Huaraz comes from the Quechua word “Waraq” which means “Dawn”. It´s located north of Lima, about 400 km, is the capital of the Ancash region and one of the cities that form part of the Callejon de Huaylas.
Huaraz is surrounded by important Jirkas (mountains and hills in Quechua language) of the Cordillera Blanca as guardians in the heights, between them are the San Cristóbal, Vallunaraju, Ranrapalca, Rimarima, Churup, Huamashraju, Huantsan, and Cashan. Huaraz also counts on different cultural legacies of our ancestors, and is one strategic point to organize expeditions as trekking, climbing and others, to different destinations of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera de Huayhuash.
The tragic earthquake of 1970 has changed the typical traits of Huaraz city, houses made of adobe, roofed with tiles and the narrow streets have been replaced by modern buildings, houses and avenues, with traits similar to coastal cities. The historical Jose Olaya street is the only one which wasn`t affected by the earthquake, this street still maintains its traditional adobe houses with balconies and narrow streets paved with stones, that´s why nowaday it´s visited by tourists, specially on Sundays when there are fairs of traditional food of the region.
Recommended places to visit in and outside Huaraz.
The archaeological museum of Ancash
The museum contains a remarkable collection of ancient Stone sculptures belonging to the Recuay culture, as well as ceramics, pottery, and a model of a tomb found at Jancu in 1969. Also vestiges of different cultures of our country as Chavin, considered to be the oldest andean culture of Peru, Mochica, Wari, and Chimu. This museum has the largest collection of Stone sculptures throughout Southamerica.
Located on the main street of Huaraz N°762 Luzuriaga Avenue, on the west side of the main square of Huaraz.
From Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Sanctuary of Señor de la Soledad (Lord of solitude).
The old sanctuary was destroyed by the earthquake of 1970, but it´s been rebuilt and houses the image of Señor de la Soledad, dating back of the XVI century, patron saint of Huaraz, a celebrataion is carried out in early may to pay homage to the Señor de la Soledad, accompanied by typical music and dancers such as shacshas, negritos, huanquillas and others. This sanctuary is located in the Soledad neighbourhood.
Everyday from: 8:00 am - 13:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Waullac Archaeological Site
Belonging to the Wari cultura (Pre-Inca), it was a construction of burial use, conformed by five stone structures similar to small niches. Located east of Huaraz, about 2 km.
Willcahuaín Archaeological Site
Temple belonging to the Wari cultura (Pre-Inca), considered to be the first andean empire, one construction with inner galleries roofed with massive stone slabs. Located northeast of Huaraz, about 6 km.
Monterrey Thermal Waters
Offers one variety of swimming pools with natural thermal waters, ideal for stress and tiredness after a long expedition. Located north of Huaraz, about 6 km.
Is one of the most beautiful lakes within the Huascaran National Park, turquoise in color, located east of Huaraz, right below the mountain with the same name, among rocks, surronded by ichu grass, quenual trees, and a variety of wild birds, there is also one smaller lake that lies in the upper part on the east side of the Churup lake for those who want to trek more, about 22 km from Huaraz.
Is one of the most beautiful valleys of our zone, located northeats of Huaraz, with a great diversity of wild flora and fauna as quenual tree forests, quisuar trees, rimarima flowers, taulli, vizcachas as well as wild birds ideal for taking photos, surrounded by mountains as Vallunarju, Ocshapalca, Ranrapalca and the Rimarimal, about 28 km from Huaraz.
Is a magic trout-filled lake hidden in the Andes, located east of Huaraz, right below the Huamashraju mountain, among the rocks and surrounded by ichu grass and medicinal plants as the Pucamaca, wira wira, and others, about 22 km from Huaraz.
Is a magic valley located east of Huaraz, with a great diversity of wild flora y fauna as quenual tree forests, quisuar, medicinal plants, vizcachas and birds as Huachua, wild duck and others, there is also one lake below the San Juan and Tumarinaraju mountains.