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Huaraz is the capital of the Ancash Region and the seat of government of the Huaraz Province. Located at 3,080 MASL in the North of Peru, the city of Huaraz is perfectly located at the heart of the Callejon Huaylas Valley and possesses breathtaking landscapes like the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca. Many tourists begin their trek in Huaraz because it is very close to the Cordillera Blanca (White Range) and the Cordillera Negra. One of the best attractions of the region is the Huascaran snow peak at 6,768 MASL , which is the highest moutain of the country. Huaraz was rebuilt after the 1970 earthquake that destroyed the city, affected the whole Valley, and during which around 70,000 people died. The architecture of the city is of little importance, however, it is a dynamic and lively city where we can find a rather cosmopolitan population.


Archeological museum: This museum possesses a collection of pre-Columbian remains.

Mercado: Typical market in which we can find products directly set on the ground or in small wooden sheds.

Mirador de Rataquena: It overlooks the city and gives a splendid view over the mountain range.

Ruinas de Wilcawain: Dating from about AD 600 to 900, this archeological site has preserved a pyramid of the Wari civilisation.

Laguna Churup : Located in the eastern part of the city, it is one of the most beautiful lake of the moutain range.

Laguna 69 : Splendid turquoise-blue lake situated at 4,550 MASL at the foot of the Chacraju.

Pastoruri : This is a summit located at 5,240 MASL at about 70 km from Huaraz.

Nearby attractions:

The Huascarán is the highest peak of Peru with an elevation of 6,768 meters.

Huascarán National Park was pronounced as UNESCO's Natural Heritage of Humanity. This park shelters many wild species including condors, vicunas, deers, pumas, and Andean Foxes.

Chavin de Huantar : This archeological complex is located at the foot of a mountain, and is one of the oldest complex of the continent (between 1,500 and 300 BC). The temple is a massive flat-topped pyramid surrounded by lower platforms, and it was originally a place of worship.

We can also find some hot springs and beautiful lagoons like the Llanganuco one, not far from Huaraz.









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