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Central Peruvian Andes

The Central Peruvian Andes are home to the famous Cordillera Blanca (or White Mountain Range). The region is known for excellent hiking, trekking and mountain climbing. It is also where you will find Huascarán National Park, location of Peru’s tallest peak (also named Huascarán).


The Central Peruvian Andes are best known for the variety of world class mountaineering options they offer. They are not, however, a playground restricted to elite mountain climbers. Anyone with an appreciation for the massive ridges of the Cordillera Blanca can find things to enjoy in the area.There are plenty of alpine lakes, ruins and deserted trails begging to be explored. Therefore, even if your goal isn’t to summit a bunch of sky-scraping peaks you’ll find more than enough to keep you busy.

Several ruins left behind by the various pre-Inca cultures inhabit the region. The Chavín culture left the largest legacy, including Chavín de Huántar. Here you can see the work of this nation, one of the first pan-Andean cultures who influenced the development of many succeeding civilizations, such as the Wari and Inca cultures.

The largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region is Huaraz. Many tour operators are based in Huaraz and can take visitors on single-day or multi-day trips.

Caraz also offers many climbing and trekking operators, however, it is much smaller and more focused on adventure tourism than Huaraz. If you are not looking to climb or trek great distances then you will find more suitable options in Huaraz.









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Hiking in the Central Andes

Laguna ParĂłn

Laguna ParĂłn sparkles deep with turquoise waters. The surrounding snow-capped peaks are reflected in the depths of the lagoon, making them feel even taller and more magnificent. At the end of the ...
Climbing, Hiking
Caraz, Peru

Hiking and Trekking Acclimatization

Before heading out with your backpack, even very experienced adventurers should follow a few common sense steps to ensure a safe journey. The most important is to acclimatize gradually. The first ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Alpamayo Trek

In addition to the challenge of tackling the rugged slopes of Alpamayo, this 150-kilometer (93 mi) trek promises captivating views of remote mountain scenery. Adventurers have several trekking ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Huayhuash Trek

With some of the most pristine mountain scenery, this 160-kilometer (99.5 mi) trek weaves past turquoise, trout-filled lakes, through wide open grasslands and up knee-jarring ridgelines. The 12-day ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Olleros-Chavin Trek

This visually astounding and physically accessible trek starts from Olleros, a small village located a few kilometers south of Huaraz. The three-day hike to the spectacular fortress temple of ChavĂ­n ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Santa Cruz-Llanganuco Trek

The four-to-five-day, 45-kilometer (28 mi) Santa Cruz trek is one of the most popular hikes near Huaraz. Weaving its way past massive Huascarán and the azure lakes at Llanganuco, the trail ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Hiking and Trekking Routes

The mountains in the Central Andes boast a seemingly infinite number of trekking and mountaineering routes to suit adventurers of all levels and abilities. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Hiking and Trekking Safety

Every year climbers of all skill levels perish in this region after failing to take weather conditions seriously. The intense sun makes mountain snow more porous and causes glaciers to move rapidly, ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Hiking and Trekking Gear

Many people arriving in the Central Andes have their own gear, but top-notch equipment can be rented from a number of places. It\'s wise to e-mail agencies ahead of time to request certain gear, ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Hiking and Trekking Fees

The entrance fees to Parque Nacional Huascarán help with trail maintenance, trash removal, endangered species protection, community-based programs and funding for search and rescue teams. Entry for ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Peru

Lagunas de Llanganuco

Like turquoise teardrops poised at the base of the Cordillera Blanca’s highest peaks, these two alpine lakes offer a delicate contrast to the massive glacial faces of the nearby mountains of ...
Hiking, Trekking
Peru

Outdoor Adventures in the Central Peruvian Andes

Motorbike Tours

Motorcycling in Huascarán National Park. Bring strong boots. Daily, 9 a.m.-10.30 p.m. ...
Adventure Tour
Huaraz, Peru

Historic Sites not to be missed

Chavín de Huántar

Located about three to four hours east of Huaraz, the massive temple fortress of Chavín de Huántar is one of the last remaining large scale reminders of the Chavín culture, which stretched across ...
Ruin
Peru

Tumshukaiko

Approximately two kilometers (1.24 mi) north of Caraz are the ChavĂ­n ruins of Tumshukaiko. There is no fee or sign, and the ruins are only partially excavated. It takes the shape of a pyramid with ...
Ruin
Caraz, Peru

Monumento Nacional WilcahuaĂ­n

Just eight kilometers (5 mi) north-east of Huaraz is the WilcahuaĂ­n archaeological site. The ruins date to the Wari Empire, which dominated the region from 700 to 1000 AD. Gravity-defying vertical ...
Ruin
Huaraz, Peru

Central Peruvian Andes Hotels

Hotel Colomba

Peaceful and spacious, Hotel Colomba has accommodations in bungalows spread throughout appealing, plant-filled gardens. It\'s a good option for families, as facilities include a small football court, ...
Hotel
Huaraz, Peru

Hostal Yungay

Rooms start at $5, and the owners are proud to let you know that the price includes a private bath, hot water, color TV, 24-hour service and security. For an extra cost, they also offer laundry ...
Hotel
Yungay, Peru

Hotel Huascaran

This hostel, just on the edge of the city of Yungay, charges $10 per night for a double private room with a bathroom and cable TV. The rooms are above average, and the hotel offers free laundry ...
Hotel
Yungay, Peru

Caraz Dulzura Hostal

11 clean, cool rooms are set around a pleasant interior patio, all with private bath and hot water. There\'s also a restaurant, bar, luggage storage and laundry service, and breakfast is included. ...
Hotel
Caraz, Peru

Los Pinos Lodge

The Los Pinos Lodge is one of the most attractive and appealing accommodations in Caraz, largely due to the creative enthusiasm that its owner, LuĂ­s Rojas Lara, brings to the facility. The common ...
Hotel
Caraz, Peru

Hostal Perla de los Andes

With its three-story, neo-classical design and location facing the Plaza de Armas, this three-star hotel should be a perennial favorite for travelers for some time to come. Among its amenities are a ...
Hotel
Caraz, Peru

El Abuelo Hostal

This modern three-star facility, like the restaurant whose name it shares, is easily the best of its kind in Carhuaz, complete with a stylish garden in the back, with fruit trees and colorful ...
Hotel
Carhuaz, Peru

The Lazy Dog Inn

An ecological adobe lodge, the Lazy Dog Inn has small cabins with fireplaces, home-cooked meals, horses, an outdoor firepit and community volunteer projects, all set in gorgeous surroundings. The ...
Hotel
Huaraz, Peru

Hotel Piramide

This relatively new hotel is surprisingly expensive for a city that isn’t. They are a bit small, but clean and pleasant to look at. The Hotel Piramide also offers a nice view of the Huascarán, ...
Hotel
Huaraz, Peru

Hotel Huaraz

A single room here costs $7-25, depending on the season, and they are more than adequate; clean, comfortable and congenial. Rooms come with cable TV, and the hotel itself has a common-area kitchen, ...
Hotel
Huaraz, Peru

Hostal Concorde SRL

This competent two-star facility close to downtown offers decent single, double and triple rooms. All rooms have private baths, cable TV and WiFi. You\'ll have to go elsewhere for breakfast however. ...
Hotel
Huaraz, Peru
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