Welcome to Caraz

One of the few places in the valley spared total destruction by earthquakes or aluvión, the town still has a gentle whiff of history. Its lazy Plaza de Armas wouldn’t be out of place in a much smaller pueblo (town or village).

Located 70km north of Huaraz, Caraz offers a head start for rugged treks into the remote northern parts of the Cordillera Blanca, which are some of the best in the region. The north side of Alpamayo (5947m), considered by some to be the most beautiful mountain in the world, is accessible from here.

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$2500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Most Beautiful Mountain In The World: Climbing Alpamayo (8 days)

Suggested ItineraryDay 1: Huaraz (3100m) – Cashapampa (2900m) – Llamacorral (3 750 m.). Starting from Huaraz, we drive down the length of the Callejón de Huaylas, the deep valley west and parallel to the main chain of the Cordillera Blanca, to the town of Caraz. From here, we leave the paved road and drive through fields of corn, oats, quinoa and other crops to the village of Cashapampa, at the entrance to the Quebrada Santa Cruz. Here we load our gear on burros and begin the trek to Base Camp. The walk in takes two days, the first to the small plain next to a lake at Ichiccocha at about 3850 meters (12,600 feet). Day 2: Llamacorral – Base Camp (4 200 m.). On day 2 we arrive at Base Camp after about 3 or 4 hours of walking. Base Camp is a lovely place nestled in among the Queñual trees next to a small stream, at 4300 meters (14,100 feet) in altitude. This will be our home for the next few days. Day 3: Base Camp – Moraine Camp  – Base Camp.- Normally, we make a carry to Camp One at about 4880 meters (16,000) feet and then return to Base Camp for the night. Camp One is situated just below the glacier on polished slabs of granite. Day 4: Base Camp – Moraine Camp.- Move up to Camp One. We will have the help of porters for this move. Day 5: Moraine Camp  –  High Camp (5 300 m.).- Move to Camp Two, again with the help of porters. This is a big day, and not easy if one is not acclimated. Camp Two is quite high, at about 5500 meters (18,000 feet), located in the high pass between Alpamayo and Quitaraju. Not far above Camp One we start our climb up the glacier. This is generally quite easy until some 150 meters (500 feet) below the pass. Above we climb on steepening snow and ice, occasionally belaying as necessary to reach the col. High Camp is usually located just past the very high point of the col, and down very slightly on the west side. Day 6: High Camp – Alpamayo summit (5 947 m.) – High Camp. Summit day. Rising early, we cross the glacier between camp and the bergschrund at the base of the Southwest Face proper. Normally we try to time our arrival at the base of the technical climbing to coincide with dawn. But other climbers and conditions on the route may suggest an earlier or later start to the climb. Descent is quick, rappelling the route of ascent. Normally we are able to return to High Camp by late in the afternoon. We'll plan on spending the night again in this camp. Day 7: High Camp – Base Camp.- After our climb of the summit we pack up our gear and descend to Base Camp. Day 8: Return to Huaraz. - 

$600 Outdoor Activities

Huaraz to Santa Cruz Trek 3- or 4-Day Tour with Local Guide

Day 1.- Huaraz - Cashapampa - Llamacorral We will leave Huaraz around 7 am from your hotel and drive along the Callejon de Huaylas passing several villages of Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz. Then continue to the trail head Cashapampa 2900masl, where we will meet our donkey drivers. After to prepare and leave thing to packed. We will start hiking up by narrow and hot valley going up for about 2 hours. Then we will have lunch down the tree’s shadow After lunch we will start going up to almost flat area to the first camp place called Llamacorral. The walking time from the lunch area is 2 hours more so the total hiking time is about 4 hours on day 1. Overnight camping at Llamacorral 3760masl. Approximately 5km Day 2.- Llamacorral - Taullipampa After the Andean breakfast in our camp site we will have a moderate hike along the valley enjoying the beautiful lakes called Ichicocha and Jatuncocha turquoise lakes. We will arrive to a nice spot where will have lunch at the place called Quisuar. Then after it we will go up to the Alpamayo south base camp to take pictures. We will return after a short walk then continue for few hours to the next camp place called Taullipampa camping at 4200masl. Walking time approx 6 hours, about 8 to 9 km. Day 3.- Taullipampa – Huaripampa/Cachinapampa After the Breakfast in the Camp site taullipampa we will start our hiking around 7am. After 3 hours hiking up in the zig-zag path we will reach the Punta Union pass at 4750 masl, from here we will have spectacular views from the mountains such as Taulliraju, Paria, Artesonraju, and others and beautiful lake of Taullicocha then continue hiking down to Morococha lakes pass them and arrive to Cachinapampa Camp place. After 4 hours hiking down form Punta Union Pass, camping at 3850 masl walking time is approximately 8 or 9 hours, 12Km approx Day 4.- Huaripampa - Vaquería - Llanganuco Valley and return to Huaraz Last day breakfast in the camp site, we start hiking along the valley down to Huaripampa then turn to right side and climb a small part for about 40 minutes to get to Vaqueria. Here our minivan will be waiting for us to take us to Huaraz trough a road crossing the Portachuelo Llanganuco Pass (4,750m). The road leads up to the pass through quinoa forests and meadows before opening out as we approach the lakes. Another place to have your camera ready as the lovely Llanganuco Valley which comes into view. You will also see the east flank of Huascaran with both North and South peaks providing the backdrop to a vista that will include the Huandoy group (6,395m), Chopicalqui (6,354m) and the awe-inspiring Chacraraju (6,112m). we will descend down into the Llanganuco Valley.

$115 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru

Breakfast in the Hotel around 6am and depart with our minivan around 7am. We are directed to the North side along the Callejon de Huaylas valley. Our tour will start in Huaraz 3100masl. then we pass the typical small villages of Paltay, Tarica, cross the Rio Santa to the left side and pass more typical villages like Jangas, Yungar and Anta. From here we can appreciate the beautiful white mountains Huandoy, Huascaran, Hualcan, Copa and others. You may take a photo-stop point!Then we continue passing the Marcara district and go to Carhuaz. We can walk around the Plaza de Armas! After we proceeed to the Historical province of Yungay the ancient buried city at 2500masl. A piece of the Huascaran mountain north peak broke and made a huge avalanche mud and ice blocks and in 6 seconds destroyed Yungay province. A guided visit will take you around 45 minutes.Start now the unpaved trail going up along the Paron River full of eucalyptus trees and typical houses of peasants. After a few minutes we will start driving up by a wonderful valley full of polylepis trees called quenuales. Then we finally arrive to Paron lake and enjoy walking around the lake and do a short hike to the top of the lake. Enjoy time taking pictures and then it's time to return to Caraz by the same route for lunch in a typical restaurant.Around 3pm after lunch we drive back to Huaraz arriving at around 6pm.

$670 Outdoor Activities

Santa Cruz Llanganuco Trek Cordillera Blanca

Day 1: Huaraz (3100 m.a.s.l) - Caraz (2290 m.a.s.l) - Cashapampa (2970 m.a.s.l) - Llamacorral Camp (3760 m.a.s.l). Travel by bus approx 3 to 4 hours. Trek approx 5 to 6 hours.Pick up from the hotel at 7.00 a.m. for the transfer from Huaraz to Caraz and then to Cashapampa (2970 m.), here we are waiting the donkey-driver and donkeys, to move all the camping gear, personal gear and food for our camps, in Cashapampa start the trek to Llamacorral camp (3760 m.).Meals Included: Snack, tea time and dinner. Day 2: Llamacorral (3760 m.a.s.l) - Taullipampa Camp (4250 m.a.s.l). Trek approx 5 to 6 hours.Departure after breakfast, the camp Llamacorral, is passed by Ichiccocha and Jatuncocha lakes, up by a zigzag path is reached view point of Alpamayo and start Arhuaycocha Valley, from here you can see many mountain as Aguja de Santa Cruz, Pumapampa, Curuicashajana, Quitaraju, Alpamayo, Pucajirca, Artesonraju, Paria, Millishraju Paron, among others. Then the road continues to Taullipampa camp (4250 m.), from where we have a panoramic view of the snowcapped Taulliraju, Artesonraju and Quitaraju.Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, tea time and dinner.Day 3: Taullipampa (4250 m.a.s.l) - Punta Union Pass (4750 m.a.s.l) - Cachinapampa Camp (3700 m.a.s.l).Trek approx 7 to 8 hours.Departure after breakfast from Taullipampa camp, this day is overcome Punta Union pass (4750 m.), from where you have an amazing view of the Cordillera Blanca and the mountains as Taulliraju, the Rinrijircas, the Pucajircas, Quitaraju, Santa Cruz, Artesonraju, Pyramid of Garcilaso, Paria, Millishraju, among others, also it can be seen Santa Cruz and Morococha Huaripampa valleys. Continuing with the route descending to Cachinapampa camp (3700 m.).Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, teatime and dinner.Day 4: Cachinapampa (3700 m.a.s.l) - Yanachaca (3500 m.a.s.l) - Vaquería (3750 m.a.s.l) - Portachuelo Llanganuco (4767 m.a.s.l) - Huaraz. Trek approx 3 to 4 hours. Travel by bus from 4 to 5 hours.Departure after breakfast from Cachinapampa camp, trek along Valley Huaripampa picturesque villages are observed as Huaripampa, Yanachaca (3500 m.), Colcabamba, also has a spectacular view of Chacraraju, ascent to the village of Vaqueria, here take the bus for the return to Huaraz, On the way we passed by the Portachuelo Llanganuco pass (4767 m.), from where you have panoramic views of Huascaran Chopicalqui, Chacraraju, the four peaks of Huandoys, Pisco. Then we descend to the valley and Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha and Orconcocha), the road continues to Yungay and transfer to Huaraz. Transfer to the hotel, end of our services.Meals Included: Breakfast, snack.

$884.10 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Huascaran National Park from Lima

DAY 1: LIMA/HUARAZ| INC: - LTransfer to the bus station and departure toward the city of Huaraz. Arrival at night and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.DAY 2: HUARAZ (Callejón de Huaylas) | INC: - B/LYou will visit the northern part of the Valley of the Santa River in the morning, which is situated between the Cordillera Blanca and Negra (White and Black Mountain Range). Here some picturesque villages and towns are built such as: Carhuaz, Mancos and Yungay and the most important snow peaks of the Cordillera Blanca.You will climb the Cordillera Blanca in order to visit the valley of Llanganuco, protected by the National Park Huascaran. There you will be able to contemplate a beautiful lagoon with its Turkish blue waters, different Andean flora and the snow peaks that surround itLunch in Caraz.  Overnight at Huaraz.DAY 3: HUARAZ (Chavín de Huántar) | INC: B/L.You will visit the most representative ceremonial center of the High Peruvian Culture that is more than 3,000 years old, it is considered to be the first high Peruvian culture. Here you will appreciate the monumental architecture with hollow squares and underground galleries, the fine stone art distinguishing “Lanzón de Chavín” and “Estelas” that have some anthropomorphic representations. Among them “Portada de las Falcónidas” with its blocks and cornices and “Cabezas Clavas”that surround the Main Temple can be distinguished. Lunch. Return to the hotel. By night, transfer to bus station and departure to Lima.DAY 4: LIMA | INC: B.By the morning arrival to Lima. Reception at the bus station and transfer to the airport or hotel.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Huaraz to Paron Lake Full-Day Hiking Tour Including Admission

Breakfast in the hotel around 6am and depart with private minivan around 7am, direction to North side along the Callejon de Huaylas valley, our tour will start in Huaraz 3100masl. We will pass the typical small village of Paltay, Tarica, cross the Rio Santa and pass several typical villages like Jangas, Yungar, Anta, etc. From here we can appreciate the beautiful white mountains of Huandoy, Huascaran, Hualcan, Copa and others. You may make a photo-stop! We continue to pass the Marcara district, then continue to Carhuaz where you can walk around the Plaza de Armas. Carhuaz is located at 2650masl. Afterwards we continue to the historical province of Yungay the ancient buried city at 2500masl. A piece of Huascaran mountain north peak broke and made a huge avalanche mud and ice blocks and in 6 seconds destroyed Yungay province. A guided visit will take you around 45 minutes, then 1km north side is located the new Yungay. From here we continue to Caraz a small city. Start the unpaved trail going up along the Paron River full of eucalyptus trees and typical houses of peasants. A few minutes later we will start driving up by a wonderful valley full of polylepis trees called quenuales, then arrive to Paron lake and enjoy walking around the lake until we get to the top of the lake. Enjoy time taking pictures!After visiting the Paron lake it's time to return to Caraz by the same route. We will stop for lunch at a typical restaurant around 3pm then after lunch we drive back direct to Huaraz arriving around 6pm.