What to see & what to do in Huayhuash

One of the main activities of this beautiful Cordillera Huayhuash is go over or hiking along 160 km, above 4000 meters above sea level. Keep in mind that there are many options of itineraries or possible programs for the complete Circuit of Huayhuash, some more challenging than others, that is why we have developed a series of programs (rest days), which can be used to rest, but for those who wish to explore a little more, in those days off you can plan some trips, often the most beautiful parts of the range.

If you want to shorten the itinerary in some way, only the (rest days) are excluded, This alternative is suitable for experienced hikers because it requires a higher level of physical condition and adequate acclimatization.

Apart from the complete circuit, there is a series of alternative hikes with visits to the archaeological center of Huánuco pampa, Queropalca, Cajatambo and others.

Another workable activity is mountaineering. Although much more risky due to the constant snowslides from the highest snowy peaks. This sport is in great demand in the area especially considering the amount of virgin mountains that still remain to be conquered.

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Among the most outstanding avifauna are the Zaratornis stresemanni (Zaratornis stresemanni), the ashy-breasted bullfinch (Anairetes alpinus), the giant honeycreeper (Oreomanes fraseri), the high Andean bluebird (Xenodacnis parina), (Leptashenura yanarencis) and the torrent duck (Merganetta armata). You can also see the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the giant coot (Fulica gigantea). Mammals include the bobcat (Leopardus jacobita), the Andean cat (Leopardus colocolo), the taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis) and the vicuña (Vicugna vicugna).


The area is dominated by queñual species (Polylepis spp.), such as (P. racemosa, P. incana and P. weberbaueri) and alder (Alnus acuminata), which can be seen in the wild.