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Natural Heritage of Peru

Established in 1975, the National Park HuascaranContains all the White Mountain Range (With the Exception of the Distant SnowyChampará in its Extreme North), the Highest Range of the Peruvian Andes and the Highest Range in the World's Tropical Zone. Its Total Area is Approximately 1300 Square Miles (340,000 Hectares), Roughly 110 Miles (180 km) North-South, and an Average of Only 12 Miles (20 kin) East-West. Within its Boundaries are Thirty Mountains Above 6000 Meters (19686 ft.) Above Sea Level (Fifteen are Above 20,000 Feet, 6096 Meters), Crowned by Snowy Huascaran itself at 22205 Feet (6768 m). ("Nevado" Means Snow-Covered Peak.) There are Another Thirty Peaks Above 18500 Feet (5640 in), as Well as Hundreds of Glacial Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls, and an Abundance of Flora and Fauna.

Huaraz is known as the 'Switzerland of the South' Because of its Beautiful Peaks That are Visible From the Center of the City.

Huaraz is in North-Central Peru, Near 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 Valley of Callejón de Huaylas. 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).

From the Beginning to the End You Will be Entertained by the Department, You Can See The Most Spectacular Snow Covered Mountains, Among Them Mount Huascaran (6,768, the Tallest Peak in Peru. In Addition, There are Hot Springs and Spectacular Lakes as Those of LLanganuco; It is a Perfect Area 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, Vicuna, Deer, Pumas, Andean Foxes, and Viscachas


The City of Huaraz Has Dry and Moderate Weather With a Maximum Average Temperature of 24 º C (75 º F) and Minimum of 7 º C (44 º F).

The Rainy Season Starts in October and Ends in March.

Ancash Archaeological Museum

Location: Avenue Luzuriaga 762 (Opposite to the Main Square).

Visits: Monday to Saturday From 09:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Their Showrooms Contain a Varied Collection of the Lithic Culture  Called Recuay (0 to 600 AD), This Human Group Developed Before the Inca Settlement; The Recuay Culture was Located  in the Valley of the Santa River after Chavin’s  Decadence, Which was  One of the Matrix Civilizing  Cultures in the Andean World.

Considered One of the Most Important Museums of the Lithic  World (This collection  Has more Than 700 pieces), These  Treasures are  Also Remains of the Chavin, Mochica, Wari and Chimu Culture.

Pastoruri Glacier

Located at 70 kilometers South of Huaraz is the Most Emblematic Snowy Cordillera Blanca for its Beauty and Attraction is Part of the Huascaran National Park. It’s an Easy, Accessible Glacier, so You do Not Need to Have Great knowledge of Mountaineering and Excellent Physical Condition to Climb. Just Think With a Good Dose of Enthusiasm and Willingness to Crown its Summit (5.150 Meters High).

You must take Advantage of the Snowy Journey to Take a Look at the Eye of Lake Pumapashimi With its Sparkling Water and the Stand of Puya Raimondi, the World's Largest Plants. Long and Slender, the Barbs Reach up to 10 Meters High. Its Borders Lifespan is of 100 Years and Only Blooms at the End of its Life, Producing Nearly 6 million Seeds. Also Known by the Name of (Tyrannical), These Inflorescences are Native to the High Andes.


Located 25 kilometers From the New Yungay.

The Geographical Relief of Huaraz Caused These Gaps by the Melting of the Mountains Huascaran, Huandoy, the Yanapaccha, the Chopicalqui and Pisco, With Snowy Waters to Create One of the Most Representative Natural Areas of all the Callejon de Huaylas and the National Park Huascaran. As Mentioned Above, There are Two Gaps LLanganuco Interconnected With the Lake Chinancocha Female (3,850 ASL.) And the Oxbow Lake or Male Lagoon (3,863 ASL.). The First is of a Greater Size and Depth (28 Mts.) and Impresses With the Intensity of its Turquoise Waters, While the Second is Linked by Huge Granite Walls That are Situated Vertically. The Water is Blue and is Located at the End of the Glacier Valley.

In Both Lakes There are Facilities for Travelers. In Chinancocha There are  Boats For  Rent, Horse Riding and There is a Camping Area and a Nice Trail Called Maria Josepha Crossing a Queñual Forest (Polylepis),  That are Highland Trees. Meanwhile, the Oxbow Lake Has a Camping Area and a Ranger Station.

Archaeological Complex of Chavin

 It is Located in the District of Chavin (3,177 m.), Huari Province, 109 kilometers From Huaraz, the Regional Capital. The Trip is Via a Paved Road, by Which You Can See Snow Landscapes and the Attractive Querococha Lagoon.

The Complex Covers an Area of 14 Hectares Highlighting in Construction or Building a Main Temple That has the Shape of a Truncated Pyramid With Huge Stone Blocks Polished and Underground Passages, Enclosures Pyramidal Temples and Sunken Squares, Also Stone Sculptures in High and Low Relief, Located to Create a Mysterious Atmosphere, the Most Impressive Archaeological Complex That  You Can Find in the  Ancash Region, Which According to Research, Has Been Built  by the People of  Chavin Pre-Inca Culture, Around 1200 BC

In Times of Splendor of This Town, Considered One of the Cornerstones in the Andean Development Ceremonies and Rituals were Practiced at the Stone Structures. Thousands of People Watched With Reverence, Perhaps Even Afraid, to Those Priests Who Had the Ability to Disappear From One Place and Appear in Another in Seconds.

What surprised Ritual Participants, is That Beneath the Stone Enclosures, There was a Complex Network of Tunnels, Underground Passages, Which Allowed the Priests to Move From One Place to Another Without Being Seen. These Tunnels were Equipped With Air Ducts and Small Gaps for Which Admitted Faint Sunlight. A Whole Architectural Marvel.

Apart From its Precincts and Galleries in Several Important Chavin Stone Sculptures with Great Artistic Skills Which Manifested Symbolically, Gargoyle Heads with Feline Features and Men Who were Placed on the Exterior of the Temple (Retains its Original Position) and El Lanzon Monolithic that is a Huge Sculpture Four Meters High and Knife-Shaped, Located in the Tunnels. This Piece Features Carving of Birds, Snakes and Cats.

Chavin was Discovered or Presented to the World by Julio C. Tello, the "Father of Peruvian Archaeology", in 1919. Since Then, its Buildings and Galleries Have Generated Admiration, Being Declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985.





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