Huaraz Guide
Skiing in Pastoruri
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Turquoise Lagoons
(Photo © J. Mazzotti)
Titanca or Puya de Raimondi
(Puya raimondii)
(Photo © J. Mazzotti)
Callejón de Huaylas &
Huaraz Travel Guide
It is an excellent destination in one of the most fascinating natural places, with cultural attractiveness, for the adventure and ecological tourism. 

Huaraz City Location:
Northern Andes 10,013 feet (3,052 m) above sea level

Distances to Huaraz:

From Lima 248.5 miles (400 km)  
From Trujillo 298 miles (480 km) via Pativilca.

In the valley, dry and temperate, semi-tropical, average temperature 16.6°C (61.88°F) during the day, and 12.6°C (54.68°F) during the night. Rainy season from October until April. The weather in the summits is freezing.


About Callejón de Huaylas, Cordillera Blanca and Huaraz City

"Callejón de Huaylas" is a paradisiacal place, called this way to the central section of the Andean valley formed by the Santa River, contained between the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range) and the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range). It possesses excellent weather the whole year. It was the cradle of great millennial civilizations, outstanding Chavín Culture.

The landscape of the Cordillera Blanca, with snowy mountains and turquoise lagoons, at the foothill of the snowy mountains; and a little below, near the river, towns and Andean villages, of farmers and shepherds making this place an unique one.

The valley of Santa has an average elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level (9,842 feet) and the flow of the rivers continues from south to north. Their lands are very rich for agriculture, and at the moment big lands dedicated to the cultivation of flowers that are exported, exist leaving in the field a perfumed aroma and beautiful colors.

In the Cordillera Blanca is located the highest peak in Peru, named Huascarán of 6,746 meters above sea level (22,132 feet), the Alpamayo is considered as the most beautiful snowy mountain of the world for its almost perfect pyramidal shape.

For all those who like to climb mountains, ascents to snowy mountains, skiing, rafting, mountaineering, mountain biking, paragliding, there are in "Callejón de Huaylas" immense possibilities of finding the best and bigger challenges.


Visiting the "Callejón de Huaylas"

The starting point to know all the attractiveness of the "Callejón de Huaylas" is the city of Huaraz, arriving there by terrestrial way from Lima, since regular flights do not exist. The trip for itself is a very pleasant experience because of the beauty of the landscapes that can be appreciated during the trip.

The advisable time to visit this area is a minimum of three days.

Huaraz City:  Is the capital of the department of Ancash, and is located in the heart of the "Callejón de Huaylas". It has comfortable tourist services that allow you to enjoy a pleasant trip.

Chavín de Huántar: Archaeological Place. Those are the oldest buildings of carved stone in Peru and any other town or culture did not overcome their highest architectural techniques. Due to this UNESCO considered as a Cultural World Heritage Place.

National Park of Huascarán: Place of incomparable scenic beauty, natural landscapes in which outstand the Cordillera Blanca, and the fauna and flora characteristic of the area. Due to this UNESCO considered as a Natural World Heritage Place.

Cordillera Blanca: (White Mountain Range) Natural scenery of captivating beauty, with more than 35 snowy mountains that overcome 6,000 meters (19,685 feet) of altitude and with more than 650 lagoons with turquoise blue waters. Excellent destination for the practice of mountain sports.

Cordillera Huayhuash: The spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash, located south of Cordillera Blanca, in the Central Peruvian Andes, in spite of being only 40 Km (19 ml) long, has become a favorite for both trekking and to adventure walks. It has 40 km. (24.85 miles) length, and is conformed by eternal snowy mountains, outstanding among those the Yerupajá (6,617 meters - 21,709 feet) above sea level, Siulá (6,536 meters - 21,443 feet) above sea level and Sarapo (6,143 meters - 20,154 feet) above sea level. It has similar characteristics to the Himalaya Mountains.

Towns in "Callejón de Huaylas": Cities, towns and native communities, where the lives culture, rich in folklore and in the kindness of the people, amid green fields, of multicolored flowers that perfume their atmosphere, the red roofs of their humble houses, make it a place without parallel.

Callejon de Conchucos: Is a valley located to east of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range with amazing landscapes and Andean towns as Huari, San Marcos and Chavin de Huantar.

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