Huaraz is the capital of the department of Ancash, which is located in the central Andes of Peru, in the steep-sided valley known as the Callejon de Huaylas, at 3090m above sea level, some 400km north of Lima. The town’s spectacular location, between the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra, offers spectacular views of snow-capped peaks.
The town was founded on July 25, 1857. After the catastrophic earthquake of 1970, Huaraz became a cosmopolitan city with modern buildings, wide streets and urban centers.
In the surrounding countryside are found many picturesque villages where the local Quechua people still follow a traditional way of life.
Over the years Huaraz has developed a lot of facilities and it is now a great centre of social, sport, economic, cultural and touristy activities. It is known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Peru’, and is used as a base for trekking and mountaineering expeditions into the surrounding mountains.
Huaraz enjoys a temperate climate with two very distinct seasons, dry and wet. The temperatures range from 9º C to 22º C. From November to April is the rainy season, and from May to October is the dry season also called “Andean Summer” . May to October is the perfect time to visit Huaraz, when clear skies and sunshine are abundant, a weather ideal for outdoor activities.
First To Review: Silke H.
Jul 10, 2011
Huaraz is known as the 'Adventure Capital of Peru'. It is a fantastic base for treks and expeditions into the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash. It might not be a very attractive town at first glance but it has a fantastic atmosphere and is far less touristy than other towns and as such feels authentic. There are some truly great restaurants, bars and hotels in town to suit all budgets and tastes.
Sep 15, 2011
It's a pretty typical highland city with its cold and sunny weather and dry air, but it's definitely worth it if you like mountains and walking - the landscapes around the city are beautiful. Also, most people talk a bit of english, since it does have a lot of tourism.