Dangers & Annoyances

Time to acclimatize is important. The altitude here will make you feel breathless and may give you a headache during your first few days, so don’t overexert yourself. The surrounding mountains will cause altitude sickness if you venture into them without spending a few days acclimatizing in Huaraz first.

Huaraz is a generally safe city that experiences little crime. However, there has been a small spike in robberies of tourists on the periphery of town in recent years, especially in the area of the Mirador de Retaqeñua and the Wilkahuaín ruins. Stay alert in these areas and walk with a group or hire a taxi to avoid problems.

Always check for safety updates when you arrive in town. The Policìa de Turismo and iPeru offices are good places to inquire.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Casa de Guías runs mountain safety and rescue courses and maintains a list of internationally certified guides. Also mounts rescue operations to assist climbers in emergencies. If you are heading out on a risky ascent, it's worth consulting with these guys first.

Policía de Turismo On the west side of the Plaza de Armas. Moderately helpful.


These banks have ATMs and will exchange US dollars and euros.

Banco de la Nación




Tourist Information

English newspaperthe Huaraz Telegraph (www.huaraztelegraph.com) is a good source of information about the region.

iPerú Has general tourist information but little in the way of trekking info.

Parque Nacional Huascarán Office Staff have some limited information about visiting the park. You can also pay your park fees here.