Huaraz Travel Guide


Peru's number-one trekking and adventure-sports destination, Huaraz is a perfect starting point for those wishing to explore the vast wilderness of the Cordillera Blanca. Unfortunately, the town has been repeatedly leveled by natural disasters. In the latter part of the 20th century, three large earthquakes destroyed much of the city center, claiming more than 20,000 lives.

Despite the setbacks and death toll, Huaraz rallied, and today it's a pleasant town filled with good-natured people. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Peru, it also has a great international scene, and although sights in the city itself are few and far between, the lively restaurants and hotels are some of the best in the region. Many businesses close between September and May, when the town practically shuts down without its hordes of climbers and trekkers. It can be hard to find an outfitter at this time; call ahead if you plan a rainy-season visit.

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