Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park, photo by Ondando
Huascaran National Park (photo by Ondando)
 

Huascaran National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Cordillera Blanca in northwestern Peru.

The region includes one of the biggest mountain ranges in the world, the majority of its peaks nearly 20,000 feet (6000 m). Part of the larger Andes range, it includes 33 major peaks over 18,000 ft (5,500 metres) high in an area 13 miles (21 km) wide and 124 miles (200 km) long. It forms a natural barrier between the coast and the Amazon jungle.

Outdoor activities include trekking and climbing, with a diverse range of trails and peaks.

The main town and travel hub is Huaraz, on the western side of the park. A town of about 1000,00 located at 12,000 feet (3100 m), Huaraz blends a mix of modern and native culture and offers markets and shops catering to traveler and trekker needs.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Andes Lodge Perú

Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountain, Andes Lodge Perú is located in Yanama. Free private parking is available on site. Towels are featured. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The property also offers packed lunches. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$21

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Hotel Rima Rima

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Hotel Rima Rima is set in Yungay in the Ancash Region, 49 km from Huaraz. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 23 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$23

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Albergue Copa

Albergue Copa offers accommodation in Vicos. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Certain rooms have views of the mountain or garden. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 100 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$34

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Copacabaña Lodge

Offering a garden, Copacabaña Lodge is set in Marcará. Huaraz is 28 km away. Free WiFi is featured . All units have a seating area. Some units include a dining area and/or balcony. Free private parking is also available on site. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$80

 
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Hostal Santa Rosa

Conveniently located a 2-minute walk from the main bus station, Hostal Santa Rosa offers accommodations in Caraz. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms here are all fitted with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Daily maid service is provided. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$18

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Copacabaña Lodge

Copacabaña Lodge

Offering a garden, Copacabaña Lodge is set in Marcará. Huaraz is 28 km away. Free WiFi is featured . All units have a seating area. Some units include a dining area and/or balcony. Free private parking is also available on site. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$80

 
$809.5
Cuesta Serena Lodge

Cuesta Serena Lodge

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, Cuesta Serena Lodge offers accommodations with free WiFi access in common areas and mountain views in Anta-Huaraz. It features a games room, and free parking is provided. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$275

$2759.4
Hotel El Abuelo

Hotel El Abuelo

Located at Callejón de Huaylas, close to Huascaran National Park, Hotel El Abuelo offers accommodation in Carhuaz. The property has its own restaurant and offers guests free WiFi access and a complimentary breakfast served daily. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$56

 
$569.2
Albergue Copa

Albergue Copa

Albergue Copa offers accommodation in Vicos. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. Certain rooms have views of the mountain or garden. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 100 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$34

$349.1
Apu Ecolodge

Apu Ecolodge

Offering accommodation in Caraz, Apu Ecolodge welcomes guests with free WiFi in all areas. The property has a restaurant and bar where guests can experience local dishes and drinks. Free on-site parking is available. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$45

 
$458.7
Los Pinos Lodge

Los Pinos Lodge

Featuring free WiFi access, Los Pinos Lodge offers accommodations in Caraz. The accommodation will provide you with a TV and cable channels. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath or shower. Average score from 23 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$44

 
$448.6
Hostal Santa Rosa

Hostal Santa Rosa

Conveniently located a 2-minute walk from the main bus station, Hostal Santa Rosa offers accommodations in Caraz. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms here are all fitted with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Daily maid service is provided. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$18

 
$187.9
Hotel Rima Rima

Hotel Rima Rima

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Hotel Rima Rima is set in Yungay in the Ancash Region, 49 km from Huaraz. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 23 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$23

$237.9
Hostal Country Macshi Wasi

Hostal Country Macshi Wasi

Offering a barbecue and views of the garden, Hostal Country Macshi Wasi is located in Yungar in the Ancash Region, 18 km from Huaraz. Free private parking is available on site. A TV with cable channels is available. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$30

$307.8
Hostal La Alameda

Hostal La Alameda

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Hostal La Alameda offers accommodation in Caraz. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms include a TV with cable channels. All rooms come with a private bathroom. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 6.4/10.

$20

 
$206.4
Andes Lodge Perú

Andes Lodge Perú

Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountain, Andes Lodge Perú is located in Yanama. Free private parking is available on site. Towels are featured. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The property also offers packed lunches. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$21

$21-
Albergue Urpichallay

Albergue Urpichallay

Situated in Carhuaz in the Ancash Region, 31 km from Huaraz, Albergue Urpichallay boasts a terrace and rooms with private bathrooms with hot water. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms have views of the mountain or garden. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Alojamiento El Amanecer "El Patzawararin"

Alojamiento El Amanecer "El Patzawararin"

Alojamiento El Amanecer "El Patzawararin" offers accommodation in Yungar. Rooms have a TV with cable channels. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Montaña Jazz

Montaña Jazz

Montaña Jazz is located in Carhuaz. A free breakfast is provided each morning, featuring locally made breads, cheeses, jams, butter, coffee, and milk. This lodge is 10 blocks from the Main Square of Carhuaz. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$108

$108-

Highlights:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Glaciers

There are an estimated 260 glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca. These are very important to life in the valley of the Callejón de Huaylas, provide water for the irrigation of the puna grasslands and keep the main Santa river drought free year round, and create attractive lagoons for trekkers.
Alpine Mountains
There are sixteen 6,000 m peaks in the Cordillera Blanca with a 400 m topographic prominence, and a further seventeen peaks over 5,500 m. Huascaran Sur, the highest peak, has two commonly quoted heights - 6,746 m from the Peruvian IGM map, and 6,768 m from the OEAV survey map.
Hiking and Trekking
Among the most popular of Huascaran’s many trekking trails:
Laguna Churup
Duration: 4~6 hours. Get In: The trail starts at Llupa. There are frequent combis leaving from Huaraz. It's also possible to hire a taxi and start at Pitec.
Laguna 69
Duration: 1~2 days. Get In: The trail starts at a site called Cebollapampa. There is a combi in the morning leaving from Yungay, which is about 1.5 hours from Huaraz. It's also possible to get a shared taxi.
Santa Cruz
Duration: 4 days. Get in: You can either start from a place called cashapampa, which is about one hour from Caraz, there are frequent colectivos going. Or you can start at the other side at a place called vacaria, which is about two hours from Yungay.
Cordillera Blanca Tour
Duration: 11 días
Also of Interest:
Combination
Archeological Sites
Hotsprings
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Climbing

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