Go on an adventure full of beautiful landscapes of the Andes and enjoy the most thrilling experience in Peru by trekking in Huaraz.
The Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash have an infinite number of trekking circuits. The starting point to arrive at these Mountain ranges is the city of Huaraz, Capital of the region Ancash. That is why Huaraz is known as the center of adventure in South America. Huaraz is a beautiful city surrounded by gorgeous landscapes along with the Andes scenery.
Truly a wonderful place for people who love nature and are seeking unique outdoor activities. Not to mention, the great variety of lagoons spread over its territory which allows you to experience a countless number of adventures. Plus, Huaraz is a quiet and welcoming city, where you can relax while appreciating the magnificent mountain scenery and learning about the local culture.
Its location near the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, makes it one of the most majestic cities in Peru and even in the world.
Thinking of you, we have gathered some information regarding the best treks you can find in Huaraz for your upcoming trip to Peru. Here are the most exciting and adventurous circuits you may not want to miss out on during your visit.
With cloudy or clear skies, the waters of Laguna 69 reflect an intense blue like the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by snow-capped mountains such as Chacraraju (6112 m), Pisco, Huandoy, Huascaran, and Chopicalqui. To reach this lagoon you have to walk 3 to 4 hours (depending on the rhythm) through the Demanda Creek. On the way, you can see several vizcachas among the rocks, the snowy Yanapaccha and the ex Brogui Glacier.
The Churup Lagoon is located about 20 km east of Huaraz on the road to Llupa and Pitec. It is one of the most beautiful and most visited lagoons in the area. Its access, from Pítec, requires a steep walk that takes between 2 to 3 hours; here, you can appreciate its turquoise waters with impressive beauty and the Churup mountain in the background.
The hike to the Churup Lagoon is one of the most popular hikes and is located very close to Huaraz, but it is not as easy as it seems, so it is better to leave early to walk at a calm pace and be able to rest when needed.
Located to the east of the city of Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca, within this small valley is the Rajucolta lagoon, a peaceful and strategic place from where you can get excellent views of the Huantzan mountain. This is a magnificent circuit for visitors as they can acclimatize thus its difficulty is not that high.
This is a trekking route located in the Cordillera Blanca and a little known trail in the region considered a new trekking circuit. Its access, from Huaraz, is by vehicle to the Ulta valley passing the town of Shilla.
The trail starts in the Huascaran National Park. After crossing the Ulta river it becomes a little vertical that gradually ascends in zigzag, which takes between 2 and 3 hours to reach the lagoon. In the place you can appreciate the Hualcacocha Lagoon of blue color that reflects the mountains Hualcan and Ulta, revealing an impressive beauty.
This is a barely explored route in the Cordillera Blanca, here you can see Puyas Raymondi in much more quantity than in another place. Also in this valley, you can admire 2 spectacular lakes (Jarpococha and Queshquecocha), even with a little more time you can visit 2 more lagoons (Mancacocha and Acococha), which are located in a parallel ravine. This route is a peaceful and quiet place to obtain excellent views of the Puyas forest and some mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.