Huaraz is quintessential mountain place. It is located at the bottom of the Cordillera Blanca, near of the Huascaran peak (the highest peak of Peru). It is a recommended destination not only for those who wish to climb the most impressive Peruvians mountains but also for those who wish to cycle, trekking, rafting, and paragliding.
It is relatively close to Lima (8 hours by bus). If you like adventure, it is a must-see destination.
If you are preparing your trip to Huaraz, these tips are for you:
- Recommended visit dates. Huaraz is located in the highlands of Peru. This means that between the months of December and March there is abundant rainfall. In contrast, the dry season is between May and October. There are very sunny days and nights of intense cold and frost. Therefore, it is in dry season when we recommend traveling.
- To make the most of the trip you can travel at night. Travel from Lima at the last hour of the day and arrive in Huaraz early in the morning. Do not worry about the rest. There are several bus lines with VIP services in which your seats become bed (similar to the business class of an airplane). The most known and safe are: Cruz del Sur and Oltursa.
- Huaraz is 3,052 metres above sea level, so you may be feel the altitude sickness (soroche in Quechua). To minimize discomfort you can drink coca mate or take paracetamol/Sorojchi pills (basically paracetamol).
- Another of the points to keep in mind for the height is the temperature. It is that maybe the weather is good but it refreshes at night. You should wear warm clothing and several layers
- Keep in mind that the prices vary according to the number of people. If it is the high season it the is not so important, the agency can include you with another people. However, if it is low season, the price will increase and will require a minimum of people (unless you pay private guide).
- We also recommend you hire a formal agency. Check the comments of the agencies on the internet. There are agencies that are not so formal and can then arise problems: schedules, equipment, guide experience …
- We also advise you to ask (and report on the internet) about the difficulty and safety of the routes. There are agencies that indicate that it is simple and it is not. Or there are sections on the route that are not as safe as an organized tour in Spain.
- Be careful of solar radiation. It is necessary to use a good sun cream because the height and the hole of the ozone layer affects more in South America than Europe.
- If you want to do rafting you have zones with different levels of difficulty (class II to class V). It is advisable to travel before the thawing of the mountains. At that time the river is very grown up and it can be more complicated (or you cannot do the activity directly). In case your trip coincides with these dates (December-March), check the possibility of traveling to Lunahuaná, where you can also carry out this activity.
- Measure your strength. Although you can regulate the effort in a trekking, if you choose to make a route by bicycle it gets complicated by the altitude. In addition, agencies often underestimate slopes and you may end up very tired.
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