What you need to take to Huaraz
big backpacks are the best to carry to huaraz. Remember It is a mountaneering town. Or you can bring on big suitcase that you can leave on your hotel and a backpack that you will take to your 1 or 2 day trips * sneakers or trekking shoes with supporting ankle a must (there is a lot to walk and a lot to see)
* several t-shirts , at least one long sleeve termal not to heavy to keep you warm at night or early morning. once you go back you can give away your t-shirts
*bathing suit there will be plenty of opportunities to swim in the termal waters or white water rafting , etc.
* A medium size light backpack to carry your items on a one day trip
* snow clothing (pants or overall) if you are planning to go iceclimbing
*snow jacket very handy on cold nights and to go trekking overnight
* light socks , since you can purchase a good wool sock handmade and cheap
* sun block and lip protector the mid day sun rays are strong
* sun glasses. no matter if you are in Huaraz during the winter you will have sunlight hair conditioner, if you have long hair , there are not good hair conditioners for sale in peru
*tylenol or something that you are used to for aches and pains otherwise you can buy almost anything in the pharmacies cheaper than in the USA. the pharmacists are kind of like doctors, they prescribe.
* your perfume, body lotion etc try to bring it in an unbreakable form a must bring your camera with sufficient film, memory cards , batteries etc. there will be places where there is no electrical outlets to recharge your equipment towel towel bring your towel
bring water sandles bring tons of pens and pencils that you can spare and give away as a kind gesture to those who help you. any gift of that type is really appreciated by the locals. just because it is different of has inscriptions in english
Parque Nacional Huascaran
Though the city is nice enough, it is the Cordillera Blanca that draws most travelers. The National Park is a Mecca for backpackers and full of amazing plant life as well as the spectacular moutains that leave most with mouth agape.
Plaza de Armas
Though not particularly attractive compared to the main square of Cuzco, Lima or Arepquipa, this Plaza stands as a testament of the resiliency of the people of Huaraz. The town has been devasted by several earthquakes, the most recent one in 1970, that leveled nearly the entire city. Though perhaps a bit 70s in design, the Plaza as all those in the Latin American countries is a central area for meeting and relaxing.
Huaraz, a city of about 100,000 people, is situated in the central-northern part of the country. At an altitude of 3052 m, Huaraz sits in the valley of Callejón de Huaylas.
Along the route in this valley, you can view the Cordillera Negra (Black) and Cordillera Blanca (White) mountain ranges which are more or less parallel.
These mountain ranges are so named because the Cordillera Negra mountain range is along the Pacific coast and hence, although quite high in altitutde, does not have a snowline. Meanwhile, the Cordillera Blanca mountain range is gorgeously snow-capped.
The Cordillera Blanca mountain range includes Huascarán, the highest mountain in Peru at 6768 m.
PERU 2005 >>
... +| Part of SA 2005 |+ ...
For more details of my HUARAZ Travelogue (SA 2005), please visit :
08) TOUCH OF PERU
( .. Chiclayo .. Cajamarca .. Huaraz .. Lima .. Arequipa .. Puno .. )
Mountain Bike Competition - Andinism Week - Huaraz
"Janett Depaz 3rd place in mtn bike competition"
the competition started in the top of a mountain in Nicrupampa -Huaraz (i dont remember the name of the mountain)
and it was 18km of pure adventure
I rented a bike and went to compete for the sake of the sport. I had a mountain bike with airsuspention and all.
"Prinsalsita Receving the 3rd prize"
Circuito El Pinar en Huanchac: Novel
Lugar de partida: Nueva Esperanza. Urb. Nicrupampa (Huaraz)
Master (mayores de 30 años) Recorrido: 18 Km.
1º Héctor Sánchez (35 años) 59' 33"
2º Carlos Morales C. (38 años) 1h 02' 57"
3º Janet de Paz (40 años) 1h 07' 30"
"a Cheer for the only woman competing that day"
I was given a beer to cheer my award. the only thing I had to do was to drink it ... I guess ... although I do not drink
"beer bath of cheer was a ritual in Huaraz"
the organizer shaked the can and bathe me with the beer. I did not know that was a ritual there.
I was so glad because it was a good excuse not to drin the beer
"Beer fight here it comes unexpected from Janett"
So I fought back with relieve that I did not have to drink it.
and everyone laught because, it was an unexpected reaction. the normal thing is to cheer by drinking it and not by beer fighting
"cicling competition May 3, 2004 Huaraz Peru"
Sábado 3 mayo
COMPETENCIA DE CICLISMO
Organiza: Club de Ciclismo FST - Huaraz
Nº de participantes: 64
"Semana del Andinismo en Huaraz - Peru"
the competition was in the morning and the award ceremony in the afternoon ended with a rock concert