Huaraz and el Callejon de Huaylas

Machupicchu Guia en EspañolChavin Culture


Is the capital of Ancash, and is located in the heart of the Callejón de Huaylas. It has comfortable tourist services that let you enjoy a pleasant stay. It is the capital of Ancash, its altitude is 3080 meters above sea level, is one of the most important cities of the highlands of Peru. Huaraz is the title of the most generous city of Huaraz, and sacrificed for his strong support for the cause of American Independence (1824).

It is also known as the CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP, after the May 31 earthquake of 1970 which completely destroyed the colonial city, causing more than 10 thousand deaths. The latter won the title by focusing support around the world, which was overturned in a gesture of solidarity rarely seen, with aid for survivors of the earthquake.

Today the city is projected at a sustained development of trade and tourism as the largest proportion of tourism infrastructure in the area. Huaraz in its urban area has five (5) integrated in two neighborhoods: Soledad, Bethlehem, San Francisco, and Centennial Huarupampa and expansion areas such as Los Olivos, Pedregal, Nicrupampa, Shancayun and Vichay, is a modern city with streets and broad avenues, squares and parks that give it an aspect of modern and comfortable city.

From all points of the city you can appreciate the Cordillera Blanca with its magnificent tropical glaciers. From Huaraz part westward Saving Cordillera Negra, a road that leaves the coast by the city of Casma, this tour is done in four or five hours in comfortably.

Main Square Ayacucho



Located at Av Luzuriaga 762. Phone (043) 72-1551. The tours are Monday to Saturday 9:00-17:00, Sunday 9:00-14:00. On site there is a large collection of stone sculptures Recuay of culture, as well as ceramics and textiles from pre-Inca cultures Chavin, Huara White on Red, Mochica, Wari and Chimu.


Located in the Plaza of the Lord of Soledad. Phone (043) 72-8878. Visits from Monday to Sunday 8:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00. Built after the earthquake of 1970, save the image of the Lord de la Soledad, patron of the town of Huara, whose image dates from the time of the founding of the city, in the sixteenth century.

Archaeological remains of WAULLAC

A 2 km east of Lima (5 minutes by car). Waullac is an archaeological site dating from the era and belongs to the pre-Inca Wari period (600 AD). It would be a burial place of use consisting of five stone structures that resemble small niches.


A 28 km east of Lima (1 hour and 30 minutes by car), you reach the town of Pitec, thence by walking about 2 hours more. The lagoon is surrounded queñual of, and quisuares ichu. In the vicinity there are species typical of the Andean fauna vizcacha, wild cats and several species of birds such as wild ducks.

Archaeological remains of WILLCAHUAIN E Ichic WILLCAHUAIN

A 7 km northeast of Cusco (35 minutes by car or 3 hours walking). Is indicative of the Wari architecture that developed in what we now call Middle Horizon (700 BC - 100 AD). The buildings have a network of galleries and interior spaces were used as offerings.

Huascaran National Park

There are several entrances to the park, according to the interest of visitors. Variants, which include income from the sector Llanganuco, where are the gaps Chinancocha (a beautiful turquoise) and Orconconcha and income from the tent, which allows access to the snow Pastoruri.

The park was created in 1975 with the aim of conserving the flora and fauna, geological formations, archaeological remains and scenic beauty and was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Within its 340,000 hectares, including almost all the Cordillera Blanca, you can appreciate a wide variety of plant species highlands, the Puya Raimondi in areas Quesque and Pumapampa (whose head is considered the largest in the plant kingdom and once flowering, it dies) and the gaps in queñual Llanganuco.

Among the 296 lakes that has highlights of the park Paron, Cullicocha, Llanganuco, Auquiscocha, Rajucolta, and Querococha Cuchillococha. Of its 663 glaciers are the Huascaran (6768 m), the Huandoy (6395 masl), the Chopicalqui (6354 masl), the Hualca (6122 m) and Alpamayo (5947 masl).

Among the animals include the spectacled bear, the Andean condor and taruca (the three endangered species), puma, deer, the Andean cat and a diversity of birds. The Callejón de Huaylas is a paradise, and is named for the central section of the Andean valley formed by the Santa River, enclosed in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra, has an excellent climate throughout the year was the cradle of great ancient civilizations, emphasizing the Chavin culture. The city base to discover this area is Huaraz.

The landscape of the Cordillera Blanca, east of the valley, with snow-capped mountains and turquoise lagoons, at the foot of the mountains, and little further down, near the Santa River, Andean village of farmers and pastoralists make this a unique destination in Peru.

q, has an average elevation of 3000 m. (9842 feet) and the course of the water continues south to north. The land is very rich for agriculture, fruit and flower crops in the field makes a perfume smell and beautiful colors. New mining projects have now turned their economic life.

In the Cordillera Blanca is the highest peak in Peru, Huascaran of 6746 m (22132 feet), Alpamayo is considered the most beautiful nevado the world for its almost perfect pyramid. For those who like mountain climbing, promotions glaciers, snow skiing, boating (rafting), trekking, mountain biking, paragliding declines are in the Callejon de Huaylas immense possibilities of finding the best and biggest challenges, There is also the challenge of the Cordillera Huayhuash.

Visiting Huaraz and Callejon de Huaylas

The best starting point for all the attractions of the Callejon de Huaylas is the city of Huaraz, and reached it by road from Lima normally because there are no regular flights. The day trip by itself is a very pleasant experience for the beauty of the landscape that runs between the road.

The minimum time recommended for this area is known for three days. Huascaran National Park Place of incomparable scenic beauty, natural landscapes in which they stressed the Cordillera Blanca and the fauna and flora typical of the area, you have earned to be declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Chavin de Huantar: Extraordinary archaeological site of Chavin Culture (1000 - 200 BC), one of the brightest megalithic architecture, and lush specimens of mathematical and astronomical domain, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Peoples of the Callejon de Huaylas: Cities, towns and communities, rich in folklore and friendly people, embedded in green fields, flowers that scent the atmosphere, the red roofs of their humble homes, make it a place without any parallel. Notable people of Monterrey, Recuay, Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz near the Canyon del Pato.

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