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Huaraz's most visited attraction are the Llanganuco Lakes. It also offers some amazing trekking and mountain climbing opportunities, and a decent number of travelers making their way through Peru stop by Huaraz to check those items out. Huaraz has some of the better natural Peru attractions, and you can check out this guide to find out more about them.

Huaraz, Peru’s adventure capital, is nestled in the steep-sided Callejon de Huaylas valley between the mountain ranges of the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordilllera Negra, some 400km north of Lima. The capital of the department of Ancash, the town may not look very attractive at first glance, not least because 90 per cent of it was destroyed in a devastating earthquake in 1970. But Huaraz’s privileged location at the foot of the perennially snow-capped peaks of the ‘White Range’ make it the perfect base for exploring the surrounding mountainous region. And, despite the lack of beauty, it is a pleasant town, with a lively atmosphere, where adventure-seeking travellers and locals in colourful traditional attire wander the streets side by side. Many quality restaurants, bars and hotels catering to all budgets can be found in the town, as well as an interesting museum and some pleasant squares and churches. Whatever your interests – whether scaling 6000m peaks, trekking through pristine alpine valleys, climbing immense granite walls, mountain biking on unmade roads with spectacular vistas, encountering unusual and exotic flora, wandering through traditional Andean villages, or discovering enigmatic pre-Inca ruins - Huaraz has something for everyone.          
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Don't buy tours or treks from people at the bus station, on the streets or at your hotel, instead go directly to the travel agency. These people have a very limited knowledge of the trips they offer, most have never gone into the mountains. Chances are they will charge you more than the travel agencies, they will also most likely lie about what is included in the price and make false promises. These people work illegally and are just after one thing, your money. They have no interest in providing the best trip according to your needs and will transfer you to whichever agency offers them the biggest commission. This means that you have no idea or control over which agency will organise the trip for you. Since the quality of service varies hugely depending on the agency, it really isn't a good idea to let these people make the decision for you.
Instead visit several agencies in town, check the equipment, be very specific about what's included in the price. These 'touts' also work in many hostels. Very few hostels have their own travel agency. Make sure you get a receipt that has the name, address and RUC number (11 numbers) of the agency. Also don't accept lifts to hostels from the bus station. Most of these hostels are located a long way from the town centre (such as Ishinca Hostel), and they hope that you will buy trips from them since it's a long way to town. 
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Great hangout and gateway to the best known cordilleras of Peru.  While preparing for your climbing expedition, drink a mixed fresh juice (JUGO) at one of the many terraces, have a coffee at the Café Andina and try the Rinconcito Mineron for a good dinner.
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just do all kinds of extreme sport... the guys of "shelek trek" are great! if you're swiss: get yourself some rösti @ pachamama's! =) (it's almost the same as in switzerland...) you get the best coffee @ café andina and believe me: I know what I'm talking about ;)
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