Things to Do in Huaraz Peru

There are many adventurous things to do in Huaraz Peru. Huaraz sits at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, which includes Huascaran, the highest mountain in Peru at 6768 meters. It is one of the most outstanding places for adventure travel and outdoor sports in Peru. The city of Huaraz is surrounded by the Andes mountains with stunning glaciated peaks, lakes, and hot springs.

The Top 5 Things to Do In Huaraz Peru Are:

1) Chavin de Huantar

This fortress-temple was constructed between 1200 and 300 BC. It is thought to have been a major ceremonial center, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Trust Site. It consists of a large central square and a series of underground chambers. The 5 meter-high Lanzon rock depicts important deities worshipped by the Chavin culture: the Serpent, the Condor and the Feline.

2) Huascaran National Park (Parque Nacional Huascaran)

Is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Huascaran mountain is here, and it is the habitat of the Puya Raimondi, the Cougar, the Jaguar, the Llama, the Guanaco, the Marsh Deer, the Peruvian Tapir, the Peruvian Piedtail (a hummingbird species) and many kinds of ducks including the Southern Pochard.

3) Llanganuco Lakes (Lagunas LLanganuco)

These dazzling glacier-fed lakes offer ceramica chavin incredible views of the beautiful peaks of the Cordillera Blanca including Chopicalqui (6,354m), Huandoy (6,395m) and the twin peaks of Huascaran (6,768m and 6,655m). The lower lake, called Laguna Chinacocha, is popular with travelers where rowboats may be hired.

4) Thermal Baths

There are two main thermal baths in the area of Huaraz: the Monterrey and Chancos. The Monterrey Thermal Baths have waters that reach up to 49 C (120 F). The waters of the Chancos Thermal Baths have temperatures ranging from 68 to 72 C (155 to 160 F).

5) Trekking and Climbing the Cordillera Blanca

There are scores of hiking opportunities in the region. The 3-day Olleros to Chavin trek takes you through wide open valleys, close to glaciers and to the ruins of Chavin de Huantar. The popular 3 to 5-day Santa Cruz trek winds through snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes and beautiful meadows.

Many travelers come to Peru specifically to visit the Huaraz area for outdoor adventures. The Cordillera Blanca, in the heart of the tropical Andes, is Peru’s showpiece, a wonderland of ice-encrusted peaks glistening against the bright blue sky.

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