Experience an authentic Peruvian city in the mountains
Huaraz sits in the Andes at an altitude of 3,050 metres and is the capital of the region of Ancash. It’s located about 450 km north of Lima and is considered the window to the high mountain region, the Cordillera Blanca.
You have the most incredible alpine views from the city and it’s hard to miss the mighty Huarascán, Peru’s highest mountain at 6,768 metres. When you check out Huaraz, stop at the main square, the Plaza de Armas, and drink in this jaw-dropping vista.
If you just arrived in town, you might want to take it easy for the first 24 hours, given that it takes about a day to acclimatise at this altitude. Stroll around the main square, watch locals go about their business (with the occasional alpaca in tow) and browse through the artisanal market to stock up on woollen beanies, sweaters and ponchos.