Attractions

Archaeological Site in Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar

The quintessential site of the Mid–Late Formative Period (c 1200–500 BC), Chavín de Huántar is the most intriguing of the many relatively independent, competitive ceremonial centers constructed throughout the centra…
Lagoon in Caraz

Laguna Parón

This postcard pastel-blue lake (4200m), 25km east of Caraz, is surrounded by spectacular snow-covered peaks, of which Pirámide de Garcilaso (5885m), at the end of the lake, looks particularly brilliant. The challeng…
Ruins in Huaraz

Monumento Nacional Wilkahuaín

This small Wari ruin about 8km north of Huaraz is remarkably well preserved, dating from about AD 600 to 900. It’s an imitation of the temple at Chavín done in the Tiwanaku style. Wilkahuaín means ‘grandson’s house’…
Canyon in Caraz

Cañón del Pato

If you continue north from Caraz along the Callejón de Huaylas, you will wind your way through the outstanding Cañón del Pato. It’s here that the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra come to within kissing dis…
Museum in Chavín de Huántar

Museo Nacional de Chavín

This outstanding museum funded jointly by the Peruvian and Japanese governments, houses most of the intricate and horrifyingly carved tenon heads from Chavín de Huántar, as well as the magnificent Tello Obelisk, ano…
Archaeological Site in South of Huaraz

Huellas de los Dinosaurios

When the Antamina Mining Company needed a paved road to move mining equipment from Yanacancha to the Conococha crossroads (some 200km east of Huaraz), they simply built it themselves. During the excavation in 2009, …
Nature Reserve in Caraz

Punta Winchus

A remote 4157m pass in the Cordillera Negra is the center of a huge stand of 5000 rare Puya raimondii plants. This is the biggest-known stand of these 10m-tall members of the pineapple family, which take 100 years t…
Memorial in Yungay

Campo Santo

The site of old Yungay (Yungay Viejo), Campo Santo is marked by a towering white statue of Christ standing on a knoll and overlooking the path of the aluvión. Flower-filled gardens top the hill, with occasional grav…
Zoo in Huaraz

Piscigranja de Truchas

At the trout hatchery Piscigranja de Truchas, you can see the stages of the trout-hatching process from eggs to adults. By the entrance, the Recreo de los Jardínes serves trout for lunch. It’s a half-hour walk from …
Museum in Huaraz

Museo Regional de Ancash

The Museo Regional de Ancash houses one of the most significant collections of ancient stone sculptures in South America. Small but interesting, it has a few mummies, some trepanned skulls and a garden of stone mono…