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
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Ancash Attractions Beyond the City
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Ancash Festivals
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