Top things to do in Huaraz & the Cordilleras

Top Choice Lake in Parque Nacional Huascarán

Laguna Parón

Silent awe enters people's expressions when they talk of Laguna Parón. Nestled at 4185m above sea level, along a bumpy road 25km east of Caraz, and surrounded by spectacular snow-covered peaks, this lake is heralded…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar

The quintessential site of Peru's 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 cen…
Top Choice Church in Chacas

Santuario de Mama Ashu

Chacas’ showpiece building, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, is not just a work of art but an admirable rehabilitation project, courtesy of a charitable Italian priest. The original church was constructed in…
Top Choice Peruvian in Chavín de Huántar


Churning out sophisticated dishes that outpunch its location’s weight class, Buongiorno is a pleasant surprise in a cordial garden setting. The lomo a la pimienta, a Peruvian fave of grilled steak in wine, cream and…
Top Choice Italian in Huaraz

Mi Comedia

Many restaurants claim great pizzas with some even uttering the word ‘Naples’ blasphemously in the description. But at Mi Comedia the Italian boasts are no exaggeration. This is about as Neapolitan as a pizza can ge…
Top Choice Peruvian in Huaraz


If you were curious about what happens when Peruvian cocina (cuisine) collides with Italian cucina then, let us tell you, it's a taste worth savoring. For proof, head straight to this simply decorated restaurant who…
Top Choice Bar in Huaraz

Los 13 Buhos

Halfway up some monstrous Andean pass with a 15kg pack on your back, it's not uncommon to start dreaming of 13 Buhos with its Luchos craft beer, pool table and delectable afternoon ‘snacks’ (waffles anyone?).
Top Choice Pizza in Caraz

La Pizza del Abuelo

Most visitors to Caraz, descending from the clouds after trekking at high altitudes, crave carbohydrates. Enter the Abuelo (grandfather), a dark woody restaurant that plies what they call Argentinian-style pizzas wi…
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…
Cafe in Huaraz

Café Andino

This modern top-floor cafe has space and light in spades, comfy lounges, art, photos, crackling fireplace, books and groovy tunes – it’s the ultimate South American traveler hangout and meeting spot. You can get bre…