Huaraz Travel Guide

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Capital of the Ancash department, Huaraz is an important tourist destination. The town itself is not very special. Most of it was destroyed in the 1970 earthquake. But it is a prime destination for hikers and ideal for climbers. The setting at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca is great. It is located in a valley called the Callejon de Huaylas. This beautiful area is comparable to the Swiss Alps...

Even if you are not into hiking & climbing yourself, you should at least go to the Mirador Rataquena where you get a great view of the mountains. It is a one hour walk form the town. But it is worthwhile to continue to Pukaventana, where the views over the valley are astonishing.

From the town you can also make nice day trips to Willkawain where there is an archeological site and Monterrey which has thermal baths.

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