Huaraz is known as the 'Switzerland of the South'
because of its beautiful peaks that are visible from the city centre.
Huaraz is in north-central Peru, about 420 km north of Lima, and at an
altitude of 3,052 meters (10,013 ft). It is the largest population
center in the agriculturally important Callejón de Huaylas valley. The
Callejón (in Spanish roughly meaning large valley or corridor) is a
north-south valley bounded on the east by the Cordillera Blanca (permanent
white snowcaps and glaciers) and on the west by the Cordillera Negra (no
permanent snowcapped peaks or glaciers, hence black). Huaraz is in north-central
Peru, about 420 km north of Lima, and at an altitude of 3,052 meters
(10,013 ft). It is the largest population center in the agriculturally
important Callejón de Huaylas valley. The Callejón (in Spanish roughly
meaning large valley or corridor) is a north-south valley bounded on the
east by the Cordillera Blanca (permanent white snowcaps and glaciers)
and on the west by the Cordillera Negra (no permanent snowcapped peaks
or glaciers, hence black).
Throughout the entire department, you can see the most spectacular snow
covered mountains, among them Mount Huascaran (6,768 ma.s.l.), the
tallest peak in Peru. In addition, there are hot springs and spectacular
lakes as those of Llanganuco; in all, it is an area perfect for
adventure sports like white water rafting, mountain climbing, mountain
biking, and trekking.
The Huascaran National Park, placed on the World Natural Heritage List
by UNESCO, guards wildlife species in its beautiful surroundings like
condors, vicuñas, deer, pumas, Andean foxes, and viscachas
CLIMATE The city of Huaraz has dry and moderate weather with an average
maximum temperature of 24ºC (75ºF) and minimum of 7ºC (44ºF).
The rainy season starts in October and ends in March.
Chavín de Huántar is an archaeological site containing ruins
and artifacts constructed beginning at least by 1200 BCE and occupied by later
cultures until around 400-500 BCE by the Chavín, a major pre-Inca culture. The
site is located 250 kilometers (160 mi) north of Lima, Peru, at an elevation of
3,180 meters (10,430 ft), east of the Cordillera Blanca at the start of the
Conchucos Valley. Chavín de Huántar has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Some of the Chavín relics from this archaeological site are on display in
the Museo de la Naciónin Lima and the Museo Nacional de Chavín in Chavin itself.
The complex includes ceremonial rooms and pyramidal structures built of massive
stone blocks. The Old Temple has a group of subterranean galleries that open an
access way to the Room of the Lanzon, an impressive stone knife-like sculpture.
This sculpture is 4.5-meter high (15 feet) and has been carefully carved with
feline, bird and snake patterns, characteristic of the Chavin iconography.
Duration 4 Days and 3
nights Departures Daily departures from Lima Peru Activities You will know the little Peruvian Switzerland. Customizable YES, feels free to ask for extra services
DAY 1 LLANGANUCO LAGOON AND CALLEJON DE HUAYLAS
Pick up at your hotel in lima to take the bus to huaraz that departs
at 10.30pm. After 8 hours of bus riding we pick you up at the Bus
station (you will arrive at 6.00am) and transfer to the hotel to
take your breakfast.
After breakfast, we will cross the Northern part of the Valley of
the River Santa located between the Cordillera Blanca White and the
Cordillera Negra Black Mountain Ranges, where we will pass through
towns and cities like: Carhuaz, Mancos and Yungay. We will
appreciate most important snowy peaks of the Cordillera Blanca -
White Mountain Range like the Huascaran (6768 ms), Huandoy (6356 ms)
and Hualcan (6162 ms). From Yungay we will ascend to the Cordillera
Blanca - White Mountain Range to visit the Llanganuco Gorge,
protected by the National Park Huascaran, where we will appreciate
the beautiful lagoons: Chinacocha and Orcocha. Return to Huaraz (B)
DAY 2 FULL DAY TO CHAVIN DE HUANTAR
After breakfast, we will make the excursion to the Temple of Chavin
de Huantar at 3500 m.a.s.l., being this one of the oldest
civilizations of America, In this place we will be able to
appreciate the impressive Lanzon Monolithic, the Gallery of the
Labyrinths, the Choquechinchay Stone, the Stone Heads, the
Ceremonial Plazas, the Gate of the Falcons and the Queracocha.
During the route we will visit mining Towns, the Lagoon of
Queracocha. Also, the Tunnel of Cahuish, that crosses the Cordillera
Blanca - White Mountain Range, uniting the Callejón de Huaylas
Valley with the Callejón de Conchucos Valley. Return to the
DAY 3 PASTORURI SNOWED AND PUYA RAYMONDI FULL DAY TOUR
After breakfast begins our adventure tourist circuit located 106
kilometers from Huaraz at an altitude of 5240 meters., is partly the
direction of the South and the sketch will know the formation of
lagoons, glaciers, exotic plants such as the Puya Raimondi, spring
water tiger eye .
We will board our bus to go to south side Huaraz pass through small
typical villages Recuay to 3400 meters, Ticapampa 3470 m, 3640 m
Catac and the small village of Pachacoto to 3700m., from this point
leave the road and continue along the east side surrounded by lots
of brush, begin to enjoy the beautiful scenery combined with the
blue sky and the dark green of the hills and the distance the snowy
peaks of the mountains combined with the landscape, the first
tourist will appreciate Patococha Lake, then arrive at the National
Park where we find water Pumapampa, a few miles from this point will
stop at a colorful little lake called Pumapashimin color-changing
solar radiation. At the same time we will be near the great
Bromeliadis called Puya Raimondi. The highest exponent of the high
Andean flora, a single inflorescence in the world for their height,
which can reach 12 feet, and his lifetime that borders 100 years,
continue up the road toward the glacier at 5000 m Pastoruri , to
finally arrive and see the Nevado Pastoruri 5240m., and all its
beauty, here you can see ice caves and ice candles which can be
accessed after a short walk or ride from the parking area for cars
and buses. .
Today is prohibited Pastoruri snowy ascent, we can only observe it
close and then return to Huaraz for overnight (B)
DAY 4 HUARAZ CITY TOUR AND MONTERREY HOT SPRINGS
After breakfast we begin the visit of the town of Huaraz that
includes the Main Square and the Regional Museum of Ancash (often
referred to as the biggest lithical museum of South America), the
church of Soledad and the traditional street José Olaya, Psicultura,
the lookout point of Pinar, the archeological ruins of Waullac or
Willcawain (optional) and Monterrey hot springs.
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ANCASH
Considered the biggest lytic museum of South America, this museum
contains more than 700 lithical sculptures dating mainly from the
Recuay culture with some artifacts from other cultures, such as the
Chavin, Waras, Recuay, Moche, Wari, Chimú, Chancay, and Inca
cultures. Among the artifacts are: tools, mummies with cranial
deformations, textiles, all collected by the priest Augusto Soriano
Infante. Presently the museum is undergoing restoration work.
THE TEMPLE AND SANCTUARY OF SOLEDAD (SOLITUDE)
Is located in the highest part of the town, the neighborhood of
Soledad (Solitude). Within this temple are found the main images
used during the Holy week of Huaraz, such as: The lord if Ramos,
which whom the holy week is initiated; the Nazareno, an image that
recalls the three falls of Christ on the way to the cross, the
Christ, the lord of Resurrection, with which the ceremony is closed.
We find as well images of the Virgin in pain, Maria Magdalena and
Located in Huaraz, this fishery is one of the biggest in the
country, known for the production of trout (especially the rainbow
species) and salmon.
JOSÉ OLAYA STREET
Although not very well maintained, this street is one of the few
that survived the 1970 earthquake, and preserves its charm in the
narrow alleys and its balconies. Moreover, it is still used as the
entry of the villagers to the neighborhoods of Soledad and San
Francisco. This street used to divide the town of Huaraz in two
parts: Ichoc - waras (left side of Huaraz) and Allauca waras (right
side of Huaraz). On Sundays, on this street one can join local
families for traditional food of the region, such as chicha de jora,
tamales, pachamanca and other typical food.
Not far from Huaraz (7 km) are the hot thermal pools at Monterrey,
with two swimming pools with hot water at a temperature of about 48ºC
and with a high content of sulfur, chlorine and bicarbonate.
At the end return to Huaraz and afternoon free just in time to catch
your return bus to Lima (Bus fare included) that departs at 10.30pm
and arrives Lima at 6.00am next day. Upon arrival transfer to your
Bus tickets Lima – Huaraz – Huaraz – Lima –Bus Bed Móvil tours
transfer in / out
Private transport for each place
Hotel 3 stars
Breakfast each day
Entrances to each tourist place.
Nothing that is not specified here
CLIMATE: The climate is very dry, in the morning usualy the
sky is clean and the climate is warm. In the morning the temperature
is between 7º until 15º. In the shadow is cold. The Night is very
cold, between 5º until 0º. Exist two seasons very different: dry
epoch from April to September, accentuating between June and August
and epoch of rain from October and May, the maxim rains are between
January and April.
- T-shirts polyester, several changes
- 1 jacket
- 1 impermeable dress coat
- 2 trousers
- socks several changes
if you bring medicine, we recommended:
- Tablet for altitude sickness: acetosolamida
- Tablets for the stomach
- 1 book
INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations
based on double or single occupancy. All scheduled transportation. All
transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services.
All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch;
IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it
has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with
another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking
into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if
this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa
fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to
flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled
water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls
or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of
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