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Central Peruvian Andes Highlights

  • Three to four hours east of Huaraz, the ChavĂ­n de Huántar temple complex should be on the to-do list of anyone with an interest in Peruvian archaeology. It features the largest stone carved buildings in Peru and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985.
  • Lesser known and far less frequented than its more famous neighbors, the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra, the Cordillera Huayhuash is one of the most gorgeous mountain ranges on the continent. It's remote (it takes a day or two to even reach it), but those who seek real isolation won't be disappointed.
  • It may not be the prettiest town in Peru (must of the city was rebuilt following the destruction caused by the 1970 earthquake), but Huaraz has a charming and often festive feel, and it's the main base for hiking and trekking in the region.
  • At 6768 meters (22,200 ft), Huascarán is the highest peak in the Peruvian Andes. If you’re a climber, this is a summit not to be missed. If you’re not into mountain climbing, many companies offer tours to the base or treks and walks through the valley that provide excellent views of the mountain itself.

  • Regarded by some as one of the most beautiful treks in South America, the four or five day Santa Cruz/Llanganuco Trek winds past Huascarán as well as the brilliantly turquoise Lagunas de Llanganuco, incorporating some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

10 Jul 2012

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