City surrounded by the “Cordillera Blanca” and “Cordillera Negra” (White Mountain Range and Black Mountain Range) at first glance it looks different from other Andean cities; because in 1970, an earthquake destroyed the city and was rebuilt with a new style. Its main attractions are the Huascaran National Park, Callejon de Huaylas, Llanganuco Lagoon and the enigmatic Chavin. Huaraz is the starting point for lovers of sport adventure.
Huaraz nearby tourist attractions
- Chavin de Huantar:
The archaeological site of “Chavin de Huantar” is located 115 km from the city of Huaraz, was built around 1200 B.C. and discovered by archaeologist Julio Cesar Tello in 1919. In 1985 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It consists of ceremonial rooms and pyramidal structures built with huge blocks of stone.
- Huascaran National Park:
declared Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 is located in the Cordillera Blanca between the valley of Conchucos and the valley of Huaylas. It extends over an area of 340,000 hectares and the highest mountain in Peru is located in this park: the Huascaran (6,768m)
- Callejón de Huaylas:
Andean valley of 200 km, formed by the Santa River and the White and Black Mountain Range offers breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful lakes. It is a suitable place to practice adventure sports including mountain trekking.