Ancash

(4 meters) above sea level

 

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Among its wide variety of attractions you can find snow-capped mountains, lakes, valleys, beaches and unique flora and fauna. You can also appreciate the buildings of ancient, pre-Incan civilizations, and enjoy festivals that bring together tradition and the present-day way of life of its new inhabitants. Áncash has strikingly varied scenery, with its high peaks, like the snow-capped mountain Huascarán (6,768 meters above sea level), hundreds of lakes, picturesque valleys, like the Callejón de Huaylas, and trails bordered by eucalyptus trees and retama flowers that cross over the Andes to the archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar.

This is just a small taste of the cultural richness of Áncash – a destination that promises adrenaline-filled experiences.

  • Location: Northwest coast and highlands of Peru. Very diverse geography, with beaches and very steep, snowy mountains in the Andes Mountain Range, the highest in Peru (Huascarán, 6,768 masl – 22,205 fasl).
  • Size: 35,459 Km2 (15,154 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

5 Days

(minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1 day: Churches: In the towns of Tauca
    and Pallasca.
  • 1 day: Lagoons and villages:
    Llanganuco Lagoon and the
    Huaylas Valley.
  • 1 day: Archeology: Excursion to Chavín
    de Huántar.
  • 1 day: Mountains: Mount Pastoruri.
  • 1 day: Archeology: Excursion to Sechín.
  • 1 day: Áncash beaches.
  • 2 days: Churches: in the towns of Chacas
    and Pumallucay.
  • 2 days: Huayhuash mountain range.

Recommended for Ancash

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  • People interested in ancient civilizations, who will be amazed by Chavín de Huántar, Wilcahuain and the temple at Sechín (Casma, on the coast).
  • Handicraft collectors, who should not pass on visiting any of the department’s charming villages, the likes of Tarica, Chavín and Chacas.
  • Plant and animal watchers, who, once inside the Huascarán National Park, will have a universe of possibilities at their fingertips, where they can see enormous puya plants (standing an average 39 feet tall), tarucas (type of Andean deer) with their striking fur and antlers and the majestic condor as it flies overhead.
  • Mountain lovers, who have in this area some of the most beautiful and tallest mountains in Peru (mounts Huascarán, Huandoy, Yerupajá, Alpamayo, etc).
  • Trekkers, who, with three well developed circuits, will have a tough time deciding which to take first: the famous Llanganuco – Santa Cruz circuit and its mesmerizing mountain vistas, or the Huayhuash circuit that takes 12 days, crosses forests and passes by multicolored lagoons, or the historic Olleros – Chavin trek, with its singular offer of llamas as beasts of burden.

What to buy?

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This is the area to find elaborate traditional outfits and intricately embroidered skirts (polleras) as well as the art of handmade candles, which people use in their religious processions. One can also find sheep’s wool blankets from Chavín, pottery from Tarica, wrought iron pieces, embossed leather articles, baskets and llama wool shawls and ponchos. The town of Chacas (in Conchucos) is famous for its wood carvings.

What to eat?

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The city of Huaraz has every type of restaurant for every type of taste.

Finding international food is no problem, and there are good spots for Italian food and even those offering crepes. And for vegetarians, one can find restaurants offering made-to-order dishes. The regional cuisine boasts dishes like chancho al horno (pork roast), pachamanca (pit roasted meats, like beef, pork, chicken, etc., and vegetables, like potatoes, corn, faba beans, etc., as well as humitas – a type of corn roll).

Besides these, the most popular one is picante de cuy, a stew of sorts, cooked over an open flame, seasoned with chili peppers and spices, and featuring Guinea pig. Fresh trout caught in mountain rivers, lagoons or cultivated in farms abounds, and either fried or barbecued is a real treat.

Speaking of fish, not to be left out are the coastal contributions in the way of fish and seafood.

Typical dishes Ancash

  • Patasca: Is one of the pans of the Altiplano, more nutritious and rich Peru. Today you can find anywhere in the country, it is also known as soup nickname. It takes various ingredients such as corn peeled, mutton or beef, mote (boiled corn), mint, pepper, onion and others.
  • Llunca Cashqui: Is a typical soup of Huaraz, Ancash. It is produced from wheat, poultry chicken, chopped Chinese onions, red pepper sauce, celery, carrot, parsley, oregano roasted potato Yungay, olive oil and other ingredients more. It is preferably prepared in a clay pot. It is a succulent dish that was customary at funerals serve to thank the people who came to bid farewell to the deceased, considered by some as a ritual dish Huaracinos in many ways.
  • Kuchi kanka: The Kuchi kanka or Cuchi Canca (roast pork), takes various ingredients like vinegar, garlic, mirasol chili, pepper, cumin and others to taste. It must first marinate to take the taste and longer overnight before putting it in the oven.). The piglet is prepared in a pan and put in the oven to warm. He served with golden potatoes or white rice.
Ancash Attractions in the City
Willcahuain and Ichic Willcahuain Archaeological Sites – Peru Tours

Willcahuain and Ichic Willcahuain Archaeological Sites – Peru Tours

Visiting Hours : Tues – Sun and public holidays 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Location : 7 km north-east from Huaraz (35 minutes by car or 3 hours on foot). Ancash This site is home to architecture from the...

Monterrey Thermal Baths – Baths Hot Thermal Monterrey

Monterrey Thermal Baths – Baths Hot Thermal Monterrey

Visiting Hours : All day, everyday. Location : 7 km from Huaraz (30 minutes by car). Ancash The water in its swimming pools and ponds reaches temperatures close to 50°C. Recommended for treating rheumatic and nerve-related conditions. There is...

Sanctuary of Our Lord of Solitude – Our Lord Solitude

Sanctuary of Our Lord of Solitude – Our Lord Solitude

Visiting Hours : Monday – Sunday 8.00 am – 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm. Location : Plazuela del Señor de la Soledad Ancash Built after the 1970 earthquake, the temple holds a 16th century image of...

Áncash Archaeological Museum – Ancash Museum

Áncash Archaeological Museum – Ancash Museum

Visiting Hours : Tues – Sat 8.30 am – 5.15 pm, Sun 9.00 am – 2.00 pm (opening times may vary). Location : Av. Luzuriaga 762. Ancash A large collection of stone sculptures from the Recuay civilization, as well...

Ancash Attractions Beyond the City
Duck Canyon – Grand  Duck Canyon Tours

Duck Canyon – Grand Duck Canyon Tours

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 25 km to the north of Caraz (30 minutes by car). Ancash Formed by the Santa (Saintly) river as it passes through the Callejón de Huaylas, this is the point where the Cordillera...

Huayhuash Mountain Range – Huayhuash Circuit Trek

Huayhuash Mountain Range – Huayhuash Circuit Trek

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : 50 kilometres to the south of the Cordillera Blanca (White Range) and 111 km from Huaraz (2 hours and 30 minutes). Ancash The dozens of peaks make the area ideal for trekking. The...

alley from conchucos – Ancash Tours Peru

alley from conchucos – Ancash Tours Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : To the east of the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), by the Catac to Huallanca road. Ancash With its back to the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), parallel to the Alley from Huaylas, the area...

alley from Huaylas – City Tours in Ancash Peru

alley from Huaylas – City Tours in Ancash Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime. Location : It forms a narrow and picturesque valley, approximately 180 km long (measured between Cátac and Huallanca). It is home to important cities including Recuay, Huaraz, Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz. Ancash Alley from Huaylas...

Huascarán National Park – Andean Peru Mountain Peaks

Huascarán National Park – Andean Peru Mountain Peaks

Visiting Hours : During the day, times may vary according to the season and management. Location : In the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), in the central mountains of Peru, in the high parts of the Callejón de Huaylas and...

Ancash Festivals
Mama Ashu, Virgin of the Assumption

Mama Ashu, Virgin of the Assumption

Begins: August-13 Ends: August-22 Virgin of the Assumption  Religious, social, cultural and sporting activities are held. On this date, the whole population gets ready for the festival. This is the most important activity of the town and determines time, project, work...

Easter Week in Áncash – Peru Attractions

Easter Week in Áncash – Peru Attractions

  Ancash Begins: 01-April Ends: 30-April Easter Week All over the area, in the cities of Huaraz, Caraz, Chavín and Huari. In each city, Palm Sunday and Good Friday processions take place. The Huaraqui “wake up” or “dawn” procession begins at...

Virgin of the Assumption – Peru Festivals in Ancash

Virgin of the Assumption – Peru Festivals in Ancash

  Ancash Begins: 13-August Ends: 22-August Religious, social, cultural and sporting activities are held. On this date, the whole population gets ready for the festival. This is the most important activity of the town and determines time, project, work and travel...

Huaraz Anniversary – Tour Huaraz

Huaraz Anniversary – Tour Huaraz

  Ancash Begins: 25-July Ends: 25-July Civic, cultural, and artistic activities organised by the Municipal Government are held in the main streets of the city.

Adventure Festival – Peru Festivals

Adventure Festival – Peru Festivals

  Ancash Begins: 27-June Ends: 29-June A series of events take place, such as adventure sports, cultural and gastronomic activities, folk and rock festivals, exhibitions and more.

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