The city of Huaraz is situated in the Ancash region, in the central northern part of Peru, at a distance of around 420 km from the capital city of Peru, Lima.
A major part of Huaraz, Peru was destroyed in the 1970 earthquake. The city has recovered significantly with time, and currently is a major base for trekkers, hikers and climbers.
The Cordillera Blanca is one of the most picturesque and magnificent mountain ranges of the world. It is a paradise for trekkers and hikers. The city of Huaraz is in close proximity to this range, a fact that accounts for most of its popularity. Huaraz is accessible from major locations of Peru by road, there being a number of car services taking to Huaraz.
The Cordillera Blanca has a number of popular trek and hike routes, as well as being a great destination for climbers and mountaineers. Huaraz is a natural base for these travelers, as it has great proximity to these places, and offers good accommodation and food facilities. Other attractions include visits to picturesque mountain lakes, skiing, paragliding, mountain biking, and visits to pre-Colombian ruins.
There are a number of backpackers hostels, hotels and restaurants in Huaraz, as well as great bustling markets which take care of the needs of tourists and locals.