Surface: 2, 492.91 km2.
Population: 140,000 inhabitants.
Altitude: 3,090 m.a.s.l.
Name of Huaraz: The word Huaraz is of Andean origin and comes from the Quechua term (Waraq or waras) which means “Dawn”.
Huaraz & The Cordilleras
Situated in the perfectly steep-sided Callejón de Huaylas valley, Huaraz – 400 km from Lima – is the focal point of inland Ancash. Only a day’s bus ride from either Lima or Trujillo, it’s one of the best places in Peru to base yourself if you have any interest in outdoor adventure or just sightseeing. As a market town and magnet for hikers, mountain bike riding and climbers, the city centre has a naturally lively atmosphere, making it the ideal springboard for exploring the surrounding mountainous region; besides the stunning mountain scenery, the area boasts spectacular ruins, natural thermal baths and beautiful glacial lakes.
The valley is dominated by the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range, and Huascarán, Peru’s highest peak. The region is best experienced between May and September when the skies are nearly always blue and it rains very little. Between October and April, however, it’s often cloudy and most afternoons you can expect some rain.
Huaraz is a vibrant and exciting city in a beautiful location and a wonderful time is guaranteed to all who visit.