:: Callejón de Huaylas
Suggested length of stay: 5 days
This valley lies 400 km (248 miles) northeast of Lima, wedged between the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra mountain ranges. The Cordillera Blanca, so-called for its snow-capped peaks, is the highest mountain range in the Andes and the world´s highest tropical mointain region.
The region is reached from the Peruvian capital by the Lima-Pativilca road as far the city of Huaraz, capital of the departament of Ancash. The journey takes around seven hours by car or bus. Huaraz is the center of operations for the region.
The Callejón de Huaylas offers attractions, services and infrastructure for adventure sports lovers. Climbers have at their disposal an expert rescue team backed by a helicopter. The area features climbing routes that take just a few days and others that can take two weeks. In addition to montain climbing, adventure seekers can also try rafting, hang gliding, mountain biking, skiing and trekking in the Callejón de Huaylas.
Visitors can tour tows of Recuay, Carhuaz, Yungay and Caraz. Life here follows the old traditions, and the local inhabitants rear livestock, sow their fields and live tranquil lives.
The best time to visit the area is from May to September. Visitors should take it easy the first day of arrival due to the high altitude (see travel tips: altitude sickness). Take along a heavy jacket and warm cloting and plenty of water or other beverages.