10 Things to Do in Huaraz That You Shouldn't Miss

October 13, 2017 Hector Krause

Huaraz dates back to before the Incan Empire and is a great destination for travelers looking to combine cultural education with relaxation. Explore archaeological sites and the ancient stone monoliths at the Museo Regional de Ancash. Squeeze into narrow Duck Canyon or, for a challenge with a massively beautiful payoff, hike a mountain trail in Huascarán National Park.
Restaurants in Huaraz

1. Laguna Llanganuco

A 84 kms de Huaraz - Yungay | Huascaran National Park, Huaraz, Peru
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4.5 based on 289 reviews

Laguna Llanganuco

Reviewed By Rachel J - Toddington, United Kingdom

The hike up to this magnificent turquoise lake is not easy due to the altitude but with determination the view and serenity is just reward. I spent 4 days on the Santa Cruz trek that took in this lake and the base of the Alpamayo mountain peak.
Loved the whole experience - outdoors, clear skies, extremes of temperature - makes you feel alive and appreciate the simple things in life.
#just me #loveperu

2. Nevado Pastoruri

Huaraz, Peru
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Nevado Pastoruri

Reviewed By Angeline S - Nottingham, United Kingdom

The hike to the Glacier is only about an hour. However you are at 5050 metres above sea level so it can be tricky. Definitely worth it though. Stunning views, weather permitting, and you can get surprisingly close the Glacier. Word of warning, the weather can change dramatically. We got out of the car and it's was cloudy but clear. By the time we got to the mirador, there was strong winds, hail and then a bit of a snow storm on the way down. Take a waterproof jacket and wear proper boots, just in case. Either way, an excellent day trip from Huaraz. Not to be missed.

3. Plaza de Armas

Av. Luzuriaga, Huaraz, Peru
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3.5 based on 320 reviews

Plaza de Armas

Reviewed By Jacqueline T

The place looks really nice, with lots of trees and flowers. It's a pity they have not yet finished the church, it would really upgrade the view of the square.

4. The Archeology Museum of Ancash

Av. Luzuriaga 780, Huaraz, Peru +51 44 721551
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4 based on 83 reviews

The Archeology Museum of Ancash

Reviewed By Mark V

It was a little empty of artifacts and interesting things to see. Had a lot of models and recreations. The information is in Spanish only. The garden outside is nice and there is this hilarious cat who just walks about meowing. It's worth paying just to see it.

5. Iglesia La Soledad

2 Sur con 13 Oriente, Huaraz, Peru (012) 232 4974
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4 based on 50 reviews

Iglesia La Soledad

Reviewed By stormbird - Pennsylvania

located a couple blocks away from the plaza, higher up on a little rise above all the noise and commotion, it is a nice and peaceful place to visit

6. Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin

Huaraz, Peru
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4 based on 81 reviews

Monumento Nacional Wilcahuain Ruin

Reviewed By ForesterLady - Seattle WA

We took this walk for acclimatization right from our guesthouse in Huaraz. It was an interesting route through the outskirts of town and a view into real Huaraz life. The ruins weren't particularly large or interesting but enough of a destination to be worthwhile for a half-day walk.

7. Cementerio General Presbitero Villon

Av. Confraternidad Internacional Este C/ Av. Villon, Huaraz, Peru
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4 based on 38 reviews

Cementerio General Presbitero Villon

Reviewed By Carlo B - Huaraz

The contemporary veneration of the dead in Huaraz is not only an acculturation from christian beliefs but also from Andean ones. Although the Huaraz cemetery has a christian/contemporary outlook, certain days of the year, like on November 1st, you can see some syncretic practices like eating, drinking and listening to music shared with the late relatives.

8. Callejon de Conchucos

Cordillera Blanca, Huaraz, Peru
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5 based on 20 reviews

Callejon de Conchucos

Reviewed By JaimeOF - Chacas, Ancash, Peru

This place is not as well known as the Callejón de Huaylas, where Huaraz city is located, because it has been isolated by decades because of the difficult geology. Now it is easier to go by the new paved highway, with impressive scenic views when you drive across a hill wall of 1000+ meters and cross the highest world tunnel (almost 5000 meters over sea level).
The touristic services are still incipient but the landscapes are unbeatable. Ask any tourist agent for it while you are in Huaraz. Chacas city, the portal to this region with superb colonial architecture, is about 2.5 hours from Huaraz. Take some previsions because you will experience altitude sickness during the trip.
In Chacas ask to visit for free all the artisans "cooperativas", where you will be surprised by sacred art craft (sculpture, glass works, etc.) as well as fine carved wood furniture, sponsored by an italian community of volunteers. In the main plaza look for the "Artesanías de la Caridad" shop, where you can buy textiles sold for charity funding. There are more cooperativas in the following towns.

9. Jiron Jose Olaya

Jr. Jose Olaya - Barrio la Soledad, Huaraz, Peru +51 943 202 123
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4 based on 30 reviews

Jiron Jose Olaya

Reviewed By Cissa C - Chamonix, France

Jose Olaya street still has remaining original architecture that survived the 70s earthquake, and on Sundays you can try all sorts of typical foods (pachamanca, cuy, etc) in the outside Seating. A must if you truly appreciate local cuisine in this interesting and original setting.

10. Laguna Willkacocha

Centro Poblado de Santa Cruz | (cruzar el Puente Huamarin hacia la Cordillera Negra), Huaraz, Peru
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4 based on 22 reviews

Laguna Willkacocha

Reviewed By ernieLoomisCa - loomis ca

A cheap taxi 20 soles and 20 minutes to the trailhead. Enjoy a half day hike to the small lake and enjoy a picnic lunch from a fabulous viewpoint over the spectacular mountain range. Great intro to the Mountains and begin acclimatizing. Windy up top. Come prepared. Small tienda at the trailhead if you wish to purchase Beverages. Trail a bit steep in places, but very doable. We really enjoyed it. Save some money and hail a collectivo on the return to Huaraz. One sole per person.

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