Peruvian Andes

Laguna Paron - Peru

Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca

Andean people - Peru

Hiking in the Cordillera Blanca

Hiking in the Cordillera Blanca

Hiking in the Cordillera Blanca

Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca

Alpamayo - Peru

Trekking in Peru

Laguna Paron

CORDILLERA BLANCA

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The Cordillera Blanca... this White Mountain Range is known as one of biggest of the world. It is located eight hours north of Lima. Traveling from the capital city to the Huaraz will take you through many wonderful sites.
The first mountain pass is called Conococha at el. 4100 m.a.s.l / 13448 feet a.s.l. From this vista you will see the wonderful peaks along the Cordillera Blanca including Mount Huascaran at el. 6768 m.a.s.l / 22199 feet a.s.l..

 

 

NATIONAL PARC OF HUASCARAN

The Huascaran National Park is located in the department of Ancash, in the Cordillera Blanca massif, the world’s highest tropical mountain chain. It was established as a national park in 1975 over an area of 340,000 hectares and declared Mankind Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

The park is home to one of the most extraordinary high-mountain eco-systems on Earth: 663 glaciers, 269 lakes and 41 rivers, as well as hundreds of mountain peaks, 26 of which top 6,000 meters. The park teems with an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna, including 800 plant species and dozens of kinds of animals.

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It is also the site of 33 pre-Inca archaeological complexes (such as Wilcahuain) and dozens of Quechua-speaking peasant farming communities who use traditional farming and livestock herding techniques.

The park was created in 1975 with the purpose of preserving the wild animal and plant life, geological formations, archeological sites, and beautiful scenery. Inside the 340,000 hectares, which include almost the entire White Cordillera, you can observe the great variety of high Andean plant life like the Puyas Raimondi in the areas of Quesque and Pumapampa (this flower is considered the biggest in the plant realm, and once it has blossomed, the plant dies), and the queñual trees in the Llanganuco Lakes. Of its 663 glaciers, the most impressive are Huascaran (6768 masl/ 22.199 fasl), Huandoy (6395 m.a.s.l. / 20,976 f.a.s.l.), Chopicalqui (6354 m.a.s.l. / 20.841 f.a.s.l.), Hualcan (6122 m.a.s.l. / 20,080 f.a.s.l.), and Alpamayo (5947 m.a.s.l. / 19,506 f.a.s.l.). It also houses a great diversity of birds and animals such as pumas, deer, Andean cats, and three endangered species, the spectacled bear, the Andean deer, and the Andean condor.

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The Huscaran National Park is a paradise for mountain climbers, hikers and mountain lovers.

 

 

Huaraz: a mountaineer’s paradise

The department of Ancash starts on a slightly hilly coastal strip and climbs up to the highest snow-capped mountains in Peru. Spread out along the Callejon de Huaylas, a dazzling valley stuck between two mountain ranges, the Blanca and Negra Cordilleras, you will find picturesque and pleasant cities like Recuay, Carhuas, Yungay, and Caras, while the urban and commercial center of the area is the capital of Ancash, the energetic city of Huarás.

It was between the years 1200 B.C. and 200 B.C. that the Chavín lived in the region, the same that left as their legacy the impressive archeological complex of Chavin de Huantar, which, in 1985, UNESCO placed on the World Cultural Heritage List. Throughout the entire department, you can see the most spectacular snow covered mountains, among them Mount Huascaran (6,768 m.a.s.l./ 22199 feet a.s.l), the tallest peak in Peru. In addition, there are hot springs and spectacular lakes as those of Llanganuco; in all, it is an area perfect for adventure sports like white water rafting, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and trekking.

The Huascaran National Park, placed on the World Natural Heritage List by UNESCO, guards wildlife species in its beautiful surroundings like condors, vicuñas, deer, pumas, Andean foxes, and viscachas.

 

 

EXCURSIONS

CHAVIN DE HUANTAR / EXPLORATION

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for Chavin de Huantar. Visit of the archaeological site that used to be, more than 2500 years ago, an important pilgrimage centre, where people traveled great distances to bring offerings in order to consult the prestigious oracle of the temple. In the late morning, return by road and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz.
Free time at the end of the day. Meals open.
Please note: around 70 miles.

LAGUNA LLANGANUCO / EXPLORATION

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for the Llanganuco Lagoon. Arrival at the edge of the lagoon and its turquoise waters, then climb to the Portchuelo pass, at an altitude of 4767 meters above sea level. Unobstructed view over the White Cordillera and its peaks, with some culminating at more than 6000 meters.
Return by road and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz.
Meals open.

LAGUNA PARON / TREK

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for the Paron Lagoon, one of the largest lakes of the White Cordillera, with turquoise waters, and surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Return by road and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz.
Cold lunch included. Dinner open.
Hiking time: around 6 hours; Distance: 9 miles; Elevation gain: + 170 meters – 170 meters.

LAGUNA 69 / TREK

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for the Lagoon 69, situated at the base of Chacraraju, at an altitude of 6112 meters above sea level. Observation of the surrounding glaciers including Huascaran, culminating at 6768 meters.
Return by road and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz.
Cold lunch included. Dinner open.
Hiking time: around 6 hours; Distance: 13 miles; Elevation gain: + 650 meters – 650 meters.

PITEC – LAKE CHURUP – UNCHUS / TREK

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for Pitec. After three hours of travel time, we start hiking to Lake Churup and its strangely-shaped banks and waters of variable colors. Descent to the village of Unchus.
Return by road in local transportation and transfer to the hotel in Huaraz.
Cold lunch included. Dinner open.
Hiking time: around 7 to 8 hours; Distance: 9 miles; Elevation gain: + 585 meters – 1100 meters.

COMMUNITIES OF THE CORDILLERA BLANCA / TREK

Day dedicated to a walk below 3800 meters high, at the heart of the communities of the White Cordillera.
Night at Huaraz. Lunch included (picnic). Dinner open.
Duration of the walk: 4 to 5 hours; Distance: 12 kilometers; Height difference: + 590 meters – 590 meters.





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