Departamento de Ancash Travel Guide

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  • Get your HUARAZ Hand made scarf

    Huaraz Shopping

    the woman sell woven scarfs , hats , mittens etc in the streets near the "Plaza de Armas" or near the bus stops. scarfs, hats, globes, socks all hand madethe scarfs are the ones I like the most, they are so soft . all white with HUARAZ written in black wool the price for the scarfs is around s/7 soles (around $4 ) they are superb and it is a must...

  • Llanganuco Mountain Lodge

    Huaraz Hotels

    Lake and Ruins of Keushu, Border of Huascaran National Park

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Pizza & more while you rock climb while...

    Huaraz Restaurants

    Excellent desserts ( I had a mango pastrie ) that was out of this world. I am not a pizza lover so it was just another pizza but the ambience was greatwhile you wait for your food you can climb the big wall with the various levels or organize your trekking trip. your ice adventure or any activity surrounding Huaraz including mountain biking,...



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  • Laguna Paron

    Caraz Things to Do

    Some 30 kms from Caraz you can either walk to this natural Laguna or rent a taxi with other people (60 soles).

  • slapping hands/taunt skin...

    Caraz Favorites

    The slapping of hands on taut skin intermingled with curses was the first thing I heard on the trail. The Slovenians had gotten a head start on us as we sloppily readied ourselves for the initial climb but much to their dismay they had walked in shorts into a swarm of voracious mosquitoes and were now hastily swatting for dear blood. We gladly...

  • don't buy too much

    Caraz Shopping

    The local street market in Huaraz provides most anything you will need on the trek and is a colorful place to observe locals too. I got some good soft asian noodles which cooked quickly though were a bit heavy. I got five kilo packs, which was far too much! lol Good to buy some powdered drink mix to made the iodized water taste better. Instant...


Chavín de Huantar

  • Chavin de Huantar Tour

    Chavín de Huantar Transportation

    I took a tour from Huaraz to Chavin de Huantar. I can't remember the exact price, but judging on how low my budget in Peru was at the time I reckon it was for under $20 USD for the whole day, maybe less. Trust me, it's worth every penny!

  • Chavin de Huantar

    Chavín de Huantar Things to Do

    The ruins of Chavin de Huantar are amazing. According to the guide, the society of Chavin de Huantar was obsessed with the number 7. The main plaza measures 49 meters by 49 meters (perfect square of 7). Apparently, they got to measure the size of the Earth and from there calculated a measuring unit identical to the meter. I noticed that the plaza...

  • Cauisin tunnel

    Chavín de Huantar Things to Do

    For those with claustrophobia, may I suggest a nap for a few hours later we passed through the Cauisin tunnel at 4550 meters above sea level. It's not that long, but since it was constructed at such a high elevation is probably one of the highest tunnels of its kind in the world.


Cordillera Blanca

  • Santa Cruz Trek near Huaraz, Peru

    Cordillera Blanca Sports & Outdoors

    The Cordillera Blanca Mountains is what trekking is all about. Beautiful views, unspoilt by mass tourism, friendly natives, and the optional comforts of guides, porters and cooks, make trekking these mountains a delight all around. The trail takes you to altitudes ranging from 3,000m to 4800m, which provide gorgeous views of snow-capped peaks,...

  • Trekking at the "Huarascan National...

    Cordillera Blanca Things to Do

    The park is close to Huaraz; the city where you can arrange the trekking in one of the dozens of companies you can find there. I advise one day aclimatization in Huaraz before going to the trekking and to hire mules to carry your stuff, due to the high altittudes.

  • People speak Spanish not English

    Cordillera Blanca Local Customs

    This may sound ridiculously simplistic advice but Huaraz is not a place where you find many English speakers.Either learning some basic Spanish or going with a Spanish speaker will make the logisitics of planning a climbing trip so much easier.Trying to organise mules/food/tents/supplies in sign language is a nightmare.



See all 3 Chancos Tips
  • Bike tour to Natural Sauna (Turkish...

    Chancos Things to Do

    From Huaraz you can ride your mountain bike to Chancos. It is an amazing bike tour.You will border the Santa River (a white water raft river) and you will pass through an alley where the White mountains are on the Right side and the Rocky type of Mountains on the left.It is about 25 km from Huaraz to Chancos and you can stop in small towns along...

  • Natural Saunas

    Chancos Things to Do

    These naturally caves have been converted into saunas, a great place to relax in.They have different tempatures so open the doors of a couple to see how hot it will be before choosing.

  • Watch out for fake Soles

    Chancos Tourist Traps

    I not 100% certain that these Soles are fake but the collectivo's won't touch them!The only difference you can see is that the Sol has a slight yellow tinge to it.Fortunately it was a local who had this problem and not me :)



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  • Sechin

    Casma Off The Beaten Path

    Once in Casma, I visited the pre-Inca site of Sechin. The site itself is small enough you can walk around it in a few minutes. It took me longer, cause as luck had it; I spotted the rare desert fox. The site itself is nice. Its walls depict some sort of weird grueling battle in graphic detail. The wall art reminds me of the Flinstone, you know, the...

  • Sechin's Desert Fox

    Casma Favorites

    It took me longer to tour the ruins because as luck had it; I spotted the rare desert fox. It just sat there without moving or nothing. I manage to score a few pictures of it, which I hope, come all right. It is one amazing animal I tell you. It is just Ironic that I liked the desert fox more then the site itself :).

  • Getting there and around

    Casma Transportation

    There are plenty of Buses and collectivos (shared taxis/minivans) that ply the coastal roads of Peru. The views one gets of the Peruvian desert coast are unreal. They almost remind me of the pictures I have seen of Mars, but its on Earth :). The Peruvian Coast is a vast arid desert and it is the first I have seen of its kind. Sure I've seen other...



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  • Yungay - the New Yungay

    Yungay Favorites

    North from the place for the old Yungay, a new city has been constructed: Nueva Yungay.The place for the new town is protected from future landslides.(note: this is an old photo, before construction of the new town, which - if I am right orientated - now lies to the "left" of this view) Yungay is a good starting point if you want to see the...

  • Imagen del Cristo

    Yungay Favorites

    The old cemetery where a handful of persons did escape the disaster.The cemetary is situated on a small hill top.

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