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HUAYHUASH TREK

It is located southeast of the Cordillera Blanca, extending for 30 kilometers, following a north-south orientation. Nevertheless, seven of the peaks exceed 6000 meters in elevation and another seven top 5500 meters. The highest of all is without doubt Yerupajá (6634 meters), the second highest mountain in Peru and the highest peak of the vast Amazon drainage. Other important peaks in the area are Rondoy (5879 meters), Jirishanca (6094 meters), Yerupajá Chico(6121 meters), also known as "the Bull", Siulá Grande (6356 meters), Sarapo (5975 meters), Carnicero (5975 meters) and Trapecio (5644 meters).

The landscape around the Huayhuash tends to be vast, having few of the narrow valleys that characterize the Cordillera Blanca. Its eastern flank is a vast region of ridges covered by natural pasturage, with steep walls of rock rising up to 6000 meters in elevation. Lovely, emerald-colored lakes filled with trout are located at the feet of many glaciers.

Huayhuash is an extraordinary example of what a high mountain Andean ecosystem can be. Its flora and fauna are similar to those existing in the Cordillera Blanca, but are less altered by man and are concentrated in a wide range of ecosystems in small sections of terrain. The lakes are home to many species of birds, both migratory and resident, and the queñual forests on the western flanks shelter some of the rarest endemic species in the Andes. Small herds of vicuñas browse unconcerned in the inaccessible valleys.

Huayhuash 6 days

Duration: 6 days
Months: April – November
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: La Unión / Queropalca
Exit: Cajatambo / Barranca
Minimum Altitude: 3300m (Llamac)
Maximum Altitude: 4750m (Portachuelo)

ITINERARY
Day 1 Huaraz – Queropalca
Day 2 Queropalca – Laguna de Carhuacocha
Day 3 Carhuacocha – Paso Siulá – Huayhuash
Day 4 Huayhuash – Col Portachuelo - Laguna Viconga
Day 5 Laguna de Viconga - Quebrada Pumarinri (4000m)
Day 6 Quebrada Pumarinri – Cajatambo (3375m)

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Huayhuash 7 days

Duration: 7 days
Months: April – November
Difficulty: Moderate

ITINERARY
Day 1 Huaraz - Llamac - Cuartelhuain
Day 2 Cuartelhuain – Col of Cacananpunta – Lake of Mitucocha
Day 3 Mitucocha – Col of Carhuac Punta – Lake of Carhuacocha
Day 4 Carhuacocha – Col Punta Carnicero - Huayhuash
Day 5 Huayhuash – Col of Portachuelo - Lake Viconga
Day 6 Lake of Viconga- Quebrada Pumarinri
Day 7 Quebrada Pumarinri– Cajatambo – Barranca

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Huayhuash 8 days

Duration: 8 days
Months: April – November
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: La Unión / Queropalca
Exit: Cajatambo / Barranca
Minimum Altitude: 3300m (Llamac)
Maximum Altitude: 4750m (Portachuelo)

ITINERARY
Day 1 Huaraz – Queropalca
Day 2 Queropalca – Lake de Carhuacocha
Day 3 Descanso at Carhuacocha
Day 4 Carhuacocha – Paso de Carhuac Punta - Lake de Mitucocha
Day 5 Lake de Mitucocha – Col de Cacananpunta – Matacancha
Day 6 Matacancha – Col de Sambuya - Lake Jahuacocha
Day 7 Descanso at Jahuacocha
Day 8 Lake de Jahuacocha - Pampa Llamac - Llamac - Huaraz

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Huayhuash 11 days - Route 1

Duration: 11 days
Months: April - November
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: La Unión / Huallanca
Exit: Llamac / Huaraz
Minimum Altitude: 3300m (Llamac)
Maximum Altitude: 5000 (Col of Cuyoc)

ITINERARY
Day 1 Huaraz – Col of Cuncush – Cuartelhuain
Day 2 Cuartelhuain- Cacananpunta – Lake of Mitucocha
Day 3 Lake of Mitucocha – Col of Carhuacpunta -Lake of Carhuacocha
Day 4 Descanso at Carhuacocha
Day 5 Lake of Carhuacocha – Col of Punta carnicero – Huayhuash
Day 6 Huayhuash- Portachuelo of Huayhuash – Viconga
Day 7 Viconga – Punta Cuyoc – Guanacpatay
Day 8 Guanacpatay – Huayllapa - Huatiac
Day 9 Huatiac-Punta Tapush – Punta Yaucha - laguna of Jahuacocha
Day 10 Descanso at Jahuacocha
Day 11 Jahuacocha- Pampa Llamac – Llamac - Huaraz

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Huayhuash 11 days - Route 2

Duration: 11 days
Months: April - November
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: La Unión / Huallanca
Exit: Llamac / Huaraz
Altitude Mínima: 3300m (Llamac)
Maximum Altitude: 5000m (Col of Cuyoc)

ITINERARY
Day 1 Huaraz – Col of Cuncush – Cuartelhuain
Day 2 Cuartelhuain- Cacananpunta – Lake Mitucocha
Day 3 Lake Mitucocha – Col of Carhuacpunta - Lake Carhuacocha
Day 4 Lake Carhuacocha – Paso Siulá – Huayhuash
Day 5 Huayhuash- Portachuelo of Huayhuash – Viconga
Day 6 Viconga – Punta Cuyoc – Yanapampa
Day 7 Yanapampa – Paso San Antonio – Lake Jurao
Day 8 Lake Jurao – Huayllapa – Huatiac
Day 9 Huatiac – Punta Tapush - Punta Yaucha – Lake Jahuacocha
Day 10 Descanso at Jahuacocha
Day 11 Jahuacocha - Pampa Llamac –Llamac –Huaraz

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Chavín de Huántar archaeological site
Geographic Location

Chavín is located at the beginning of a narrow valley formed by the Pukcha or Mosna River, which originates from the melt water of the Cordillera Blanca and runs down to the Marañón River, one of the tributaries of the Amazon.

It lies in the heart of the Andes at 3180 meters above sea level, forming part of the so-called Callejón de Conchucos that runs from south to north. Two mountain ranges, the Cordilleras Blanca and Negra, separate Chavín from the ocean and two other chains separate it from the Amazon jungle. The central one rises between the Marañón and Huallaga drainages and the eastern one separates the waters of the Huallaga and Ucayali rivers. This geographic situation creates a series of difficulties for communication among resident human populations, whose relative proximity is mediated by the altitude and the irregularity of the terrain.

This is the birthplace of early civilization. A visitor leaving Chavín de Huántar may feel a complex sensation that is a mixture of emotion, stupor and magic, not only for having come in contact with one of the most powerful and sensitive archaeological centers, but also because Chavín is capable of transmitting a unique vision of our identity, history and strengths.

As great and imposing as Machu Picchu, Chavín de Huántar is an archaeological complex built by the Chavín culture more than three thousand years ago. Declared to be a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985, the monument is composed of impressive stone constructions with enigmatic interior galleries. Its stone carvings consist of tenoned heads, incised stone slabs and hydraulic canals. The enigmatic Lanzón shows fine technique, a heightened aesthetic sense and, above all, a refined sense of cult and spirituality.

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