Dramatic landscapes are the order of the day on any short drive or hike emanating from or around Huaraz. Some of the most spectacular views are found on the road to and at the Llanganuco Lakes, turquoise lakes hemmed in by some of the Cordillera Blanca’s ice-caps. The lakes are easily reached on day trips from Huaraz or via longer trekking routes.
If you go to Huaraz you can't miss ANDEAN KINGDOM, you have to go there, they gine you free maps and information they have very beautifull and amazing trekkings with a very good service, also there you can do mountain, you don?t have to have experience, I went to 2 mountains there, it was amazing, all the equipment provided by Andean Kingdom, a very good equipment...
and also you have a lot of things to do in Huaraz and I tell you people... do it eith Andean Kingdom
Date: 2 Dec 2003
Climbed up to Churup at 4,450m with a local guide and a guy from the Huaraz university. Great views of the valley didn´t get to see the tops becuase of the cloud. Very much like NZ but very much higher :)
Date: 29 Nov 2003
Interesting temple complex with a 4.5m monilith inside. One of the most interesting things for me was the water system which they think was used to make different sounds come from the temple. These water channels are hidden under the main square and have vents to let the noise through.
The Mirador of Rataquena is a splendid Mirador
Walk up the avenida Villon until the huuuuge cross. You will have a good view of the whole city of Huaraz and the Cordilleras Blanca y Negra.
Le Mirador de rataquena est vraiment splendide. Remontez la rue Villon, tres haut, jusque l immense croix ! Vous y etes et appreciez la vue sur la ville et les Cordilleres blanche et noire
This a Wari ruin that dates back to 1100 AD is an imitation of the temple at Chavin. It is not only interesting in itself but can be visited on a great acclimatization hike that leaves right from town.
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.
Althought it has several advertisements in sight, do take your time to read a book and enjoy the view from the main Plaza in Town. The road that leads to this plaza is the main road in town where most of the travel agencies are located. The Casa de Guias (good place to hire a local guide) is located 1 block away from the plaza.
Climb to the top floor of an ice cream shop and you can get some great views of the town square and the mountains in the distance.
3 really hard hours to go up there, but it was worth it !!
3 heures douloureuses pour y arriver, mais ca valait bien le coup !
Just one more nice square in Huaraz that gets overlooked and is not even mentioned in any of the guidebooks.
The area just in front of this lovely church is a narrow park that locals enjoy wiling away early morning and late afternoon hours. Midday is for madmen and Englishmen only.
This lovely church is on a quiet backstreet of Huaraz and offers a nice reprieve from the hectic area around the market.