Callejón de Conchucos
The Callejón de Conchucos is a set of valleys located on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Blanca: (White Mountain Range), in the department of Ancash. These territories were inhabited by pre-Hispanic civilizations as Huaris, Pincos, Piscopampas, Conchucos and Chavin culture.
The villages in this area typically involved in agriculture with wheat and corn, and important mineral development with Antamina mine. Beautiful Andean landscapes, rural life and shepherds, big celebrations and religious festivities, women who dance, the pallas, wear beautiful dresses. In many places you will find remains of the Great Inca Trail or Qapaq Ñan. In the area have also been discovered (2008) dinosaur fossil sites and early Cretaceous animals over 4,600 m.a.s.l., the highest in the world finding.
To reach this area, there are several alternatives. The most used for tourism, and safer with unpaved track, the route leading from Huaraz to Catac forwarding thence east to Chavin de Huantar, the road crosses the Querococha lagoon and tunnel Cahuish (to 74 km), the longest in the Peru of 580 m. and is 4.516 m.a.s.l., from there begins the descent of the mountains to the east to the short cut of Chavin de Huantar (109 km)
The second route Carhuaz / Punta Olímpica / Chacas, crosses the National Park of Huascarán at its center, is the most beautiful landscapes and emotions, beautiful views of mountains and lakes. Punta Olímpica area reaches 4,900 m.a.s.l. and your pass is recommended as early as possible. Not recommended in rainy season (January-March) can be snow and/or hail that make dangerous, recommended for 4x4 vehicles.
The third route Yungay / Llangarsuco / Yanama / Llacma is the recommended route through the northern part, also crosses the National Park of Huascarán for its central area, with ascent Llanganuco - Portachuelo, beautiful views of mountains and lakes.
Another way to get to this area is through Llama Trek, operate in Olleros community.
Towns and places in Callejón de Conchucos (south to north)
Chavín de Huántar: 109 km / 68 miles east of Huaraz (3 hours and 30 minutes by car) It was built around 1200 B.C. and discovered by Julio C. Tello in 1919. UNESCO placed it on the World Cultural Heritage List in 1985. The complex includes ceremonial rooms and pyramidal structures built of massive stone blocks. The Old Temple has a group of subterranean galleries that open an access way to the Room of the Lanzon, an impressive stone knife-like sculpture. This sculpture is 4.5-meter high (15 feet) and has been carefully carved with feline, bird and snake patterns, characteristic of the Chavin iconography.
Chavin National Museum: Visists Mon-Sun 9:00-17:00. Opened in July 2008. Exhibition and research center of cultural property have been recovered both archaeological monument area, such as those found in the village, from the time it was first excavated by Dr. Julio Cesar Tello Rojas to the present. Therefore, in this fabulous new museum will appreciate the Tello Obelisk, pututos, gargoyle heads, ceramic vessels, etc., in short a whole range of cultural artifacts that reveal the high degree of development reached the Chavin culture.
This complex is located in the district of Chavín de Huantar (3.148 m.a.s.l.), in the valley of Mosna, basic accommodation, restaurants, craft sales, horse riding.
San Marcos: Located 9 km north of Chavin de Huantar, at 2.960 meters above sea level in the valley of Mosna. Known as the "paradise of magnolias" by the large number of these flowers in the area. Peaceful architecture typical Andean village with a beautiful church square and Renaissance facade. Basic services of accommodation and restaurants, good places to practice mountain biking. From San Marcos side road to the mine Antamina, the world's largest producer of copper and zinc and the area where the remains of dinosaur fossils.
Chacas: Capital city of the province of Asunción, is located 122 kilometers northeast of Huaraz, via Carhuaz , (4 hours by car.) and 3.359 m.a.s.l. This quaint village of Andean Andalusian style architecture, with narrow streets and cobbled double-roofed houses with balconies and water gates adorned with fine carvings made by craftsmen Don Bosco. It is recognized by the wood carvings that are made on site and the religiosity of its people. The wood carving is a ward of Priest Ugo de Censi and Operation Mato Grosso, were responsible for the restoration of the Baroque altarpiece dating from the seventeenth century, the Shrine Mama Ashu and the Teatro Municipal de Lima, are now developing artwork for export to Europe and the U.S.A, has the only stained glass factory in South America. It is the only town in Peru where the bullfight and the race to the tapes are held in the Plaza de Armas, in addition to the ritual dance Dance Mozo declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation and the Provincial Museum which exhibits of the largest collections of pre-Columbian pieces of Ancash. Celebrating the festival of the Virgin of the Assumption (August 15). Basic services of accommodation and restaurants.
Mama Ashu Sanctuary: Main Square of Chacas. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 8:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. It was built around 1587 and declared a National Historical Monument. Its classical structure features a double bell tower, a finely carved front door, and a stained-glass window in the upper part of the façade. Inside, you can appreciate the doors, the windows, the wood carved pews, ornaments like wooden angels and stained-glass windows; at the back, there is a Baroque shrine covered with gold leaf and containing a representation of the Virgin Mary.
Chacas Museum: Main Square of Chacas. Visiting hours: Mon. – Fri. Prior arrangements with the City Hal required. Sun.: Open all day long. It features a collection of stone sculptures, displaying a variety of figurines, stone carved artifacts, an assortment of pottery, Recuay metal objects, and other discoveries.
Huari: Capital city of the province of the same name, founded in 1572, located 150 km from the city of Huaraz and 3.150 meters above sea level, the river Huaritambo. Viewpoint Huacón with beautiful views of the landscape. Famed celebration of the patronal feast of the Virgin of the Rosary and Our Lady Huarina (October 7). A 7 km from the city lies the lagoon Purhuay, camping area, hiking and mountain biking. Brand Jirca Archaeological Center, cataract and Mary Jiray Huanchac area to practice adventure sports and rock climbing.
San Luis: Capital city of the province of Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald, located in the central part of Conchucos to 3131 m, 142 km from the city of Huaraz, and 233 km via road Carhuaz Cátac (6 hours). Celebrating the festival of the Virgin of Mercy (24 September). Cashajirca archaeological site located 3 km north of the city. Pomallucay Sanctuary: beautiful church that houses the image of Lord Justice Pomallucay. Basic accommodation and restaurants.