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Welcome to Huaraz


The resort destination of Huaraz is the most important hiking and climbing centre in Peru and is situated in the valley of Callejón de Huaylas at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Set at an altitude of over 10,000 feet (3,000m), it is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and icy blue lakes, which has earned it the moniker the 'Switzerland of Peru'; however, it does not fit the typical image of a lofty alpine village. Its rather shabby appearance can be blamed on the destruction caused by several massive earthquakes, but it has a lively atmosphere and a spectacular setting, and is the ideal base from which to organise day walks in the valley or longer hiking expeditions into the mountains beyond. Huaraz town is well set up for outdoor tourism and there is a multitude of hiking shops, guide services and information offices, as well as a wide choice of hotels. While on holiday in Huaraz, one of the most beautiful and popular day excursions in the Cordillera Blanca is the trip to Lagunas Llanhanuco, and for longer hikes, the scenic four or five day Llanhanuco to Santa Cruz loop is the most well travelled.

Information & Facts

Spanish and Quechua are the official languages, but many other dialects are spoken. English is spoken only in major tourist centres and hotels.

The official currency is Nuevo Sol (PEN) divided into 100 céntimos. Visa is the most widely accepted credit card, but all major international credit cards, including Diners Club and MasterCard, are accepted in many, but not all, establishments. Outside Lima facilities may be more limited. Travellers cheques may also be difficult to exchange in small towns and villages, and travellers are advised to have cash on hand. US Dollars are the easiest currency to exchange and plenty of restaurants, hotels and shops in the main cities accept dollars for payment. Casas de cambio(exchange bureaux) often give better rates than hotels and banks and can be found in any town on the tourist circuit. ATMs are available in the main cities.

Local time is GMT -5.
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