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Parón Lagoon, Caraz © Mallku Producciones / PROMPERÚ


A practical guide for visitors

Ancash is not only synonymous with snow-capped mountains: its narrow undulating coastal strip hosts some of the best beaches in Peru, such as Huarmey and Casma.

Tuquillo Beach © Sebastián Castañeda / PROMPERÚ

รncash Location The coast and northwestern mountains of Peru

Capital Huaraz (3091 meters)

Elevation Min.: Max.:

4 meters (Chimbote) 3910 meters (Shilla)

Climate Temperature


27 ยบC


7 ยบC

Nov - Mar

June - Sept

Mar - June

Sept - Nov

Arriving By car Lima (via Lima-Pativilca-Huaraz): 400 km /

8 hr.

By air Regular flights from Lima to Carhuaz, Anta district /

1 hr. -

Distances By private transport (car) from the city of Huaraz to the cities of: DESTINATION Aija (Aija Province)



Llamellín (Antonio Raimondi Province)



Chacas (Asunción Province)



Chiquián (Bolognesi Province)

111 km


Carhuaz (Carhuaz Province)



San Luis (Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald Province)



Casma (Casma Province),vía Pariacato



Corongo (provincia de Corongo)



Huari (provincia de Huari)



Huarmey (provincia de Huarmey), via Pariacoto 228km


Caraz (Huaylas Province)


1hr. 30 min



Piscobamba (Mariscal Luzuriaga Province), via Ulta gorge Ocros (Ocros Province)



Cabana (Pallasca Province)





Pomabamba (Pomabamba Province), via Ulta gorge Recuay (Recuay Province)



Chimbote (Santa Province), via Casma


4hr. 30 min

Sihuas (Sihuas Province)



Yungay (Yungay Province)



Lanzón at Chavín de Huántar Temple © Alex Bryce / PROMPERÚ

Queñuales at Llanganuco Lagoon © Dickens Rondán / PROMPERÚ


3 days (the minimum recommended stay)

½ day

Huaraz city tour, or Monterrey or Chancos hot springs, or the Willkahuain archaeological sites, or Willcacocha lagoon.

1 day

Llanganuco lagoon, or Lagoon 69, or Parón lagoon, or Churup lagoon, or Mount Pastoruri, or Chavín archaeological monument, or Honcopampa archaeological center, or the Pato canyon, or the villages of Chacas and Chiquián, or the Sechín archaeological monument, or Tortugas and Tuquillo beaches.

2 days

Rural community tourism in Humacchuco, or Vicos, or Acopalca. Rock climbing in the Hatun Machay stone forest.

3 days or more

Hiking in the Huascarán National Park, or the Huayhuash range and rural community tourism in Recuay (llama trekking).

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Mount Huascarán © Dickens Rondán / PROMPERÚ

Ninety-five percent of the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range) is set within the limits of the Huascarรกn National Park, a state-protected natural area, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1985.


What to see? Huaraz Province Áncash Archeological Museum

Av. Luzuriaga 762. Opening hours Tues-Sat: 9:00 am - 5:15 pm / Sun: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Tel. (043) 42 1551. Ticket entry. The museum’s collection consists of ceramic and textile items from the Pre-Inca Chavin, Moche, Wari, Chimu and Huarás White on Red cultures. It also includes stone sculptures that date back to the Recuay culture.

Señor de la Soledad Sanctuary

Plazuela de la Soledad. Opening hours Mon-Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tel. (043) 42 5122. This temple was built after the 1970 earthquake. It holds a 16th century image of the Lord of Solitude, the city’s patron saint.

José Olaya Street

500 meters from the Main Square. Along this street, one of the few not destroyed by the 1970 earthquake, the visitor can discover the city’s original layout and architecture. A gastronomic fair takes place every Sunday from midday.

City of Huaraz © Renzo Tasso / PROMPERÚ

Willcahuain Archeological Sites © Flor Ruiz / PROMPERÚ

Trout Hatchery

Av. Confraternidad Internacional Este s/n. Opening hours Mon-Sun: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. Ticket entry. Rainbow trout are raised in the incubation facilities and ponds of this fish farm, one of the most important fishing stations in the region.

Willcahuain Archeological Sites

7 km to the northeast of the city of Huaraz (35 min. by car / 3 hr. on foot). Opening hours Tues-Sat: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm / Sun: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Ticket entry. The Wari (700-1100) built these religious centers where sacrifices were made. They are notable for their galleries.

Monterrey Hot Springs

7 km to the north of the town of Huaraz (15 min. by car). Opening hours Mon-Sun: 7:00 am - 4:30 pm. Ticket entry. This recreation center has mineral water pools and swimming facilities.

Taricá Handcrafts Area

17 km from the city of Huaraz (20 min. by car). This district is known for the skill its craftsman have in representing their traditions through the clay pieces they produce. The doors of their workshops are open to the public for those interested in discovering how they work and in purchasing their products. 8 -9

Huascarán National Park

83 km from the city of Huaraz (2 hr. by car), entering via the Llanganuco lagoon. Ticket entry. The park’s 340,000 hectares cover 11 provinces and the greater part of the White Mountain Range. Its objective is to conserve the region’s flora (such as Puya raimondi, the plant with the largest flower) and fauna (such as the spectacled bear, the north Andean deer, and the Andean condor—all endangered species), as well as to protect archaeological discoveries. The park houses 663 glaciers, the most outstanding being the Huascarán (6768 meters), the Huandoy (6395 meters) and the Alpamayo (5947 meters). The thawing of the glaciers feeds 434 lagoons, such as the Parón and the Llanganuco.

Churup Lagoon

18 km to the east of Huaraz towards the locality of Pitec (1 hr. 30 min by car) and a 3 km walk (3 hr). Ticket entry. The hike to this lagoon is the perfect way to discover local species of fauna such as vizcachas and wild cats. Wild ducks can be observed on the lagoon itself, which is surrounded by flora such as queñuales, quisuares, and ichu.

Llaca Lagoon

28 km from the city of Huaraz (1 hr. 30 min by car). Ticket entry. Subterranean currents and the thawing of snow caps in the nearby White Mountain Range form this lagoon with a turquoise green color. The landscape displays a variety of high Andrean flora, such as taras, ancosh, and queñuales.

Willcacocha Lagoon

14 km from the city of Huaraz (1 hr. by car). This lagoon can be reached via a three kilometer (two hour) hike from the Santa Cruz bridge. The effort is rewarded by a wonderful view of the White Mountain Range and its peaks (Huandoy, Huascarán, Chopicalqui, Hualcán, Copa, Vallunaraju, Ocshapalca, Ranrapalca, Palcaraju, Churup, Chinchey, San Juan, Huamasraju, Huatzan, and Cashan).

Trekking in the Callejón de Huaylas

These trekking routes suit all types of tourists across the entire spectrum of difficulty. Authorized guides are necessary for all tours. The best time of the year is from April to September. • Olleros-Chavín: 37 km (3 days). Degree of difficulty: easy/moderate. • Quillcayhuanca-Cójup: 72 km (3 days). Degree of difficulty: easy/moderate. • Llanganuco-Santa Cruz: 47 km (4 days). Degree of difficulty: moderate. • Los Cedros-Alpamayo: 92 km (8-9 days). Degree of difficulty: difficult.

Mount Vallunaraju © Andy Martínez / PROMPERÚ

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Carhuaz Province Carhuaz

35 km to the north of the city of Huaraz (40 min. by car). The provincial capital preserves its traditional architecture and customs. The temple of San Pedro faces the Main Square.

Honcopampa Archeological Center

35 km from the city of Huaraz. Ticket entry. The center consists of four buildings with two rectangular plazas which date back to the expansion of the Wari culture between AD 200 and 1200.

Ulta Gorge

The Carhuaz-Chacas route. Ticket entry. For those wishing to enjoy beautiful scenery, this is a good place to do so. The area’s typical flora and fauna can be observed during walks through the gorge. Auquiscocha lagoon is one of the most beautiful, situated at 4300 meters and accessible during a round trip hike of six hours. The Lord of Catay and Ulta lookouts offer outstanding views of the surroundings. At 4730 meters the Punta Olímpica tunnel is the world’s highest.


32 km from the city of Huaraz (50 min. by car). Vicos is ideal for community rural tourism. Its hospitable inhabitants welcome visitors interested in discovering their customs, handcrafts, and beliefs. A popular activity is the visit to the Chancos hot springs, known for the therapeutic properties of its waters. It contains wells, as well as pools and caves that form saunas.  

Yungay Province Yungay

58 km to the north of the city of Huaraz (1 hr. by car). This city was built 1.5 kilometers north of the ancient city of Yungay, which was buried by an avalanche in 1970. The old city is now known as the Campo Santo de Yungay, in reference to a cemetery, because thousands of its inhabitants remain entombed there. Visitors can just make out four palm trees from the Main Square that remained standing, as well as a monument commemorating the tragedy, and a replica of the cathedral. The cemetery is located on a hill.


75 km from the city of Huaraz (2 hr. by car). The inhabitants of this town offer visitors the opportunity to stay with them, to assist them in their agricultural activities, and to take hikes to nearby attractions, such as lagoons and archaeological sites.

Llanganuco lagoons

25 km to the northeast of Yungay (45 min. by car). Ticket entry. In the Huascarán National Park the formation of these lagoons occurs through the thawing of the Huascarán, Huandoy, Pisco, Yanapaccha and Chopicalqui snowy peaks. The turquoise green colored Chinancocha lagoon (‘female lagoon’) is located at the foot of Mount Huascarán and is surrounded by queñual forests. Orconcocha lagoon (‘male lagoon’) has sky blue colored waters.

Laguna 69

96 km from the city of Huaraz towards Cebollapampa (2 hr. 30 min by car) and a 3 hr. walk to the lagoon. Ticket entry. This lagoon is counted as number 69 in the Huascarán National Park. Located at an elevation of 4570 meters its waters are sky blue. From its shores the visitor has excellent views of the nearby snowy peaks of Chacraraju, Pisco, and Yanapaqcha.

Mount Huascarán

21 km to the southeast of Yungay reaching the locality of Musho (1 hr by car) and then a 4 hr. walk to the base camp and another 2 hr. to the Raimondi glacier. The Raimondi glacier is the base camp from where the Huascarán climb begins. The summit of Peru’s highest peak reaches 6768 meters. It is a challenge for all enthusiasts of Andean mountaineering. The expedition takes six or seven days.

Campo Santo de Yungay © Dickens Rondán / PROMPERÚ

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Huaylas Province Caraz

69 km to the north of the city of Huaraz (1 hr. 30 min. by car). Located on the banks of the Santa River in the Callejón de Huaylas, this traditional town in the Peruvian highlands is located at an elevation of 2256 meters. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Amongst a great variety of flower types, its carnations a standout.

Hernán Osorio Herrera de Caraz Municipal Museum

500 m from the Main Square of Caraz. Opening hours Tues-Sat: 9:00 - 13:30 hr / 14:30 - 19:30 hr. This museum is located on the second floor of a mansion built in 1870 and exhibits 700 archaeological items. Since 2001 the home has had the status of National Cultural Heritage.

Municipal Interactive Farm

2 km to the south of Caraz (5 min. by car). Opening hours Mon-Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Ticket entry. On the tour of this farm the visitor can see a variety of creatures including ostriches, quails, peacocks, geese, goats, pigs, and vicuñas. Products available for purchase include ostrich and hen eggs, dairy products made from goat’s milk, as well as blueberries and goldenberries.

Mount Huandoy in Yungay © Daniel Silva / PROMPERÚ

Pato Canyon

25 km to the north of Caraz (30 min. by car). The Santa river flows through the Callejón de Huaylas and forms this canyon with a depth of 1000 meters. The White Mountain Range and the Black Mountain Range reach their closest points here.

Parón Lagoon

32 km to the east of Caraz (1 hr. 30 min. by car). Ticket entry. One of this lagoon’s main attractions is its view of the snow-capped mountains of Artesonraju (6025 meters), the Garcilaso Pyramid (5885 meters), and Chacraraju (6112 meters).

Mount Alpamayo

36 km from Caraz towards Hualcayán (2 hr. 30 min by car) and then a six-day round trip to the base of the mountain. Ticket entry. This ice-covered peak in the White Mountain Range is well known for its symmetry, which gives it the appearance of a pyramid. At an elevation of 5947 meters, it is a very attractive destination for lovers of adventure sports.

Mount Huandoy

87 km from the city of Huaraz towards Cebollapampa (2 hr. 30 min by car) and then a four or five-day hike. Ticket entry. At its highest point this mountain reaches 6395 meters—the third highest peak in the region. Bear in mind that the climb has a high degree of difficulty.


Mama Ashu Sanctuary in Chacas © Dickens Rondán / PROMPERÚ

Recuay Province Recuay

25 km to the south of the city of Huaraz (30 min. by car). This quiet Andean village is a stepping off point for the archaeological centers of Pueblo Viejo, Pumacahuara, Jirash, and the tombs of Yacucancha.

San Patricio Grotto

0.5 km from the main square of Recuay (5 min. by car or 10 min. on foot). This natural formation, which may be a subterranean channel, creates a mythical cavern populated with stalactites and stalagmites. There are tourist facilities and a restaurant serving traditional food from Ancash.

Mount Pastoruri

70 km to the south of the city of Huaraz (2 hr. 30 min. by car). Ticket entry. Although it is only possible to reach the base, this emblematic mountain attracts visitors keen to touch the snow and photograph themselves at its foot. The Patococha lagoon and the Pumapashimi spring can be visited along the way. Cave paintings, gasified waters, and Raimondii puya can also be seen.


Detour at km 131 along on the Huaraz-Lima highway and then travel 6 km (40 min. by car). Ticket entry. This stone forest has something to offer for all tastes. Adventurers who love rock climbing are attracted by its stone walls, which are up to 40 meters high. History enthusiasts can enter caves and view the paintings these contain.

Querocoha Lagoon

48 km from the city of Huaraz (1 hr. 30 min by car). Situated at an elevation of 3980 meters, this lagoon is bordered by reeds and is fed by rivers that flow between the surrounding hills. A silhouette caused by erosion appears on a foothill and resembles the map of Peru.

Asunción Province Chacas Village

118 km to the northeast of the city of Huaraz (3 hr. by car). Located in a valley in the area of Conchucos, this town is renowned for the religious fervor of its people and the skill of its artisans. To see how stained glass, paintings, and wooden altarpieces and sculptures are made, the visitor can arrange a visit to the Don Bosco Workshop and Cooperative, where young people from the region learn to use art to preserve their traditions.

Mama Ashu Sanctuary

Chacas Main Square. This temple was built in 1587. Its facade features two bell towers, a finely carved door, and a stained glass window. Wood predominates the interior, particularly in the carved stalls, sculptures of angels, and a baroque altarpiece with the image of the Virgin.

Chacas Museum

Chacas Main Square. Opening hours, Wed-Sun: 8:00 - 12:00 hr / 14:00 - 18:00 hr. The museum displays a collection of sculptures, ceramics, carved stone objects, and items of Recuay metallurgy found in the area.

Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald Province Señor de la Justicia de Pomallucay Sanctuary

32 km from Chacas (1 hr. 5 min by car). This beautiful basilica was built by Don Bosco artisans and Operation Mato Grosso volunteers to venerate Cristo de la Mirada Triste, the patron of the area. It has beautiful stucco and carved wood decorations.

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Huari Province Chavin Archeological Monument

Jirón 17 de Enero south s/n, 109 km to the south of Huaraz (2 hr. 30 min by car). Opening hours, Tues-Sun: 9:00 - 16:00 h. Tel. (043) 45 4042. Ticket entry. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1985, this ceremonial center was built between 1500 and 500 BC. C. by the Chavin culture. In 1919 the archaeologist Julio C. Tello discovered the monumental area, composed of large stone buildings adorned with nailed heads and connected by galleries, as well as important plazas, such as the main square and the circus. One of the most outstanding discoveries is the monolithic lanzón, a 4.53 meter sculpture of a deity carved with felines and reptile motifs. Adventurous types can begin a guided hike from Olleros that lasts three days and allows them to meet members of the communities that are located along the trail.

Lanzón Monolítico, Chavín de Huántar ©Daniel Silva / PROMPERÚ

Chavin Archeological Monument © Beatrice Velarde / PROMPERÚ

Chavin National Museum

Jirón 17 de Enero north s/n. Opening hours, Tues-Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tel. (043) 45 4011. Dedicated to the Chavín culture, this museum displays ceramic pieces, stone objects, and nailed heads. It also includes a collection of pututos, an Andean shell instrument discovered in the ceremonial center and used for rituals held in the circus.


6 km from Huari (10 min. by car). The visitor can accompany the inhabitants of this quiet town in their daily tasks, such as making bread and handicrafts, tending the garden, and other work in the fields.

María Jiray Waterfall

6 km from the city of Huaraz towards Acopalca (10 min by car) and then a 20 minute walk. The walk to this artificial waterfall that feeds the eponymous hydroelectric plant allows the visitor to enjoy beautiful landscapes and local flora, standout examples of which are orchids, wild shrubs, and the alder tree.

Purhuay Lagoon

8 km from Huari (30 min. by car). This is the closest lagoon to the city of Huari. It is surrounded by bushes, blackberries, queñuales and huagancu flowers, commonly known as orchids. Its waters are the habitat of trout. A newly opened walk of a few meters leads to Llamacorral and an archaeological center. 18 - 19

Bolognesi Province Chiquián Village

111 km from the city of Huaraz (2 hr. by car). This quiet, traditional village of the Peruvian Andes is located on the right bank of the Aynín river. It is considered the gateway to the Huayhuash mountain range and is the starting point for discovering the many attractions of Bolognesi province, such as the Conococha lagoon, Mount Tucu Chira, the Señor del Camino sanctuary, the Usgor waterfall, the Capillapunta and Puscanhuaru archaeological sites, the Huasta and Aquia colonial churches, or the village of Pachapaqui and its raimondi puyas..

The Huayhuash Mountain Range

45 km from Chiquián to Llamac, where the trek begins (1 hr. 45 min by car). This mountain range has a length of approximately 30 kilometers. It is very popular among mountaineering enthusiasts, since six of its many summits surpass 6000 meters in elevation. Mount Yerupajá (6634 meters) is one such example—it is the country’s second highest peak. The Cordillera de Huayhuash (Huayhuash Mountain Range) is located at the meeting point of the departments of Ancash (Bolognesi Province), Huánuco (Lauricocha Province), and Lima (Cajatambo Province).

The Huayhuash Mountain Rang © Dickens Rondán / PROMPERÚ

Trekking in the Huayhuash Mountain Range

This trekking route is considered one of the best in the world. It consists of a circuit of 180 km that skirts the mountain range and takes between 10 and 12 days. Along the way huge towers of ice can be seen, as well as turquoise lagoons, dozens of rivers, and a great diversity of flora and fauna. A human presence, rich in customs and cultures, is another attraction of this famous circuit. Recommended season: from April to December. The rains normally begin in the month of October and extend until March. • Tour of the range (Llámac-Pocpa-Queropalca-QuishuarcanchaTúpac Amaru-Uramaza-Huayapa-Pacllón): 180 km (10-12 days). Degree of difficulty: moderate/high. • Llámac-Jahuacocha: 28 km (2-3 days). Degree of difficulty: moderate/high.

Isla Blanca © J. Vallejo / PROMPERÚ


Casma Province Sechín Archelogical Remains and Max Uhle Site Museum

5 km to the southeast of Casma (10 min. by car). Opening hours, Tues-Sun: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Ticket entry. The Sechín culture (1800-800 BC) built this ceremonial center with adobe and stone walls which in many cases display mural paintings. A wall covered with carved stones at the entrance is striking. The museum covers the different Pre-Hispanic cultures that occupied the region and displays archaeological objects—mainly ceramics—found in the Casma Valley.

Tortugas Beach

Panamericana Norte Highway, km 397, 20 km to the northwest of Casma (30 min by car). This pebbly beach is bookended by two hills: Grande to the north and Tortuga to the south. Its calm waters are perfect for water sports and fishing.

Las Aldas Archeological Center

15 km to the southwest of Casma (30 min. by car). This center, perched on the top of a hill, is a platform surrounded by pyramids constructed in approximately 1600 BC. Due to its location, it is presumed to have served as a site for the performance of religious ceremonies.

Chankillo Archeological Monument

16 km to the southeast of Casma (30 min. by car). The oldest solar observatory in the Americas takes the form of 13 towers dating back 2300 years. A building made of stones has the shape of an oval and stands on a nearby hill.

Sechín Archelogical Remains © Marylin Vergel / PROMPERÚ

Huarmey Beach © Marylin Vergel / PROMPERÚ

La Gramita Beach

Panamericana Norte Highway, km 300, 26 km to the southwest of Casma. The waters here are perfect for water sports and fishing, from either a rock or a boat. Its long stretch of sand is inviting for camping.

Huarmey Province Beaches • Tuquillo Seaside Resort To the north of Huarmey, 301 km along the Panamericana Norte Highway. The section known as Tuquillo Norte is frequented by fishing and underwater hunting enthusiasts. • Antivito To the north of Huarmey, 303 km along the Panamericana Norte Highway. The waves here are perfect for surfing. • Maracaná 7 km to the north of Huarmey. The beach is well known to surfers for its strong waves. • Perú 18 km to the north of the district of Culebras. A wide and blustery beach. • Tamborero To the south of Huarmey, 261 km along the Panamericana Norte Highway. A natural breakwater serves as a pier on this long beach of calm waters ideal for swimming and fishing.

El Castillo Archeological Site

1 km to the northeast of Huarmey. This Wari administrative center consists of rooms constructed with adobe and mud. Its walls are painted in colors of ocher, red, and white.

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Santa Province Forest Greenhouse

437 km from Lima on the Panamericana Norte Highway. Ticket entry. Pintoresco escenario campestre, dispone de una laguna con botes a remo, tren para niños, piscina olímpica, juegos mecánicos y ambientes para pícnics, a la vez se puede encontrar el museo San Pedrito Pescador.

Punkuri Archeological Complex

42 km (50 min. by car) to the southeast of Chimbote, taking a detour at km 405 of the Panamericana Norte Highway. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Displaying architecture similar to that found at Sechin, this site consists of a pyramid of two platforms connected by stairs. It was built 3500 years ago with adobe, stones and mud. Its walls had motifs drawn in white, red, yellow, blue and black, as well as sculptures in relief. The most important representation is the sculpture of a feline deity of 1.60 m in height.

Pañamarca Archeological Site

33 km (40 min. by car) to the southeast of Chimbote, taking a detour at km 405 of the Panamericana Norte Highway. Opening hours: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Ticket entry. This religious center marks the end of the Moche Route. It consists of three stepped pyramids, the most notable of which has five overlapping platforms.

Hornillos Waterfall

97 km to the southwest of Chimbote (2 hr. 15 min. by car). The fall is 12 meters high and 4.8 meters wide. The flow is stronger in summer. The formation makes it possible to ascend and descend by abseiling. This waterfall is surrounded by plentiful vegetation. Cactus of varying sizes and wild birds are both features.

City of Chimbote © Marylin Vergel / PROMPERÚ

Hornillos Waterfall Š Marylin Vergel / PROMPERÚ

El Dorado Beach

10 km to the southeast of Chimbote. This beach is one of the most beautiful in Chimbote due to its calm its waters, which also make it suitable for scuba diving or pleasant boat rides.

Blanca Island

5 km from the port terminal (a 2 hr. trip by boat). This small island in the bay of Chimbote is populated by guano birds such as pelicans and seagulls. A boat trip also provides the visitor with a different perspective on the bay.

Pallasca Province Cabana Archeological Museum

Cabana Square. Opening hours Tues-Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sun: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm The museum displays ceramic and metal items produced by the Recuay culture and recovered during the excavations in Pashash. It also exhibits photographs and plans of the archaeological site.

Pashash Archeological Site

1 km to the south of the city of Cabana (5 min. by car). This religious center was constructed in stone by the Recuay culture. More than 277 offerings linked to the cult of the dead have been found in its four buildings. 24 - 25


City Center Urban area

1 Áncash Archaeological Museum 2 Pumacayán archaeological remains 3 Señor de la Soledad Sanctuary 4 Trout hatchery

Medical attention Police City Hall Post Office Bus stop

Calendar Feb

Carnival (Callejón de Huaylas)

Feb / Mar

Festiverano (Huarmey)

Mar / Apr

Semana Santa

June 29

Feast of San Pedro (Chimbote)


Andinism Festival (Callejón de Huaylas and Conchucos)

July 25

Huaraz Aniversary

Aug 13-22

Virgen de la Asunción “Mama Ashu“ (Asunción and Huaylas)

Sept 24

Virgen de las Mercedes (Carhuaz)

What to eat? The region’s cuisine combines coastal and mountain traditions. From Andean cuisine comes the picante de cuy (barbecued guinea pig seasoned with chili peppers and spices), cuchicanca (marinated and baked piglet accompanied with boiled corn gains), tamales (corn-based dough steamed in a husk or banana leaf), charqui (dried and salted beef loin), llunca kashki (chicken broth with wheat), and pachamanca (meat, potatoes, and corn cooked in a pit). From the coast of Áncash comes Huarmey ceviche and pavo (turkey) pepian. Buttery and fresh cheese, bee honey, and caramel are some of the cottage products available.

What to buy? The region is known for its colorful costumes, each a unique item made by hand. The motifs on woolen blankets are traditionally representative of the product’s place of origin. In addition to these woven and ecological textiles, stone and leather pieces are also made. Chocas is known for its stained glass and wood carvings. Ceramics are very popular in Taricá.

Trekking in the Huayhuash Mountain Range © Arturo Bullard / PROMPERÚ


Áncash Departmental capital Provincial capital District capital Tourist attraction Provincial border Main road Asphalted road Unmade road Port Airport Principal river

Lithic Park at The Áncash Archeological Museum © Iñigo Maneiro / PROMPERÚ

Natural Protected Area

to Trujillo to Chiclayo to Piura to Tumbes

LA LIBERTAD Pashash archeological site


Isla Santa National Reserve

Chimbote Forest Nursery SANTA

Hornillos waterfal


Vesique Beach

Pañamarca archeological site

Los Chimu Beach Tortugas Beach

CASMA Sechín archeo

site and Max Museum s


La Gramita Beach


Monumen archeo Las Aldas archeological site

Punta Culebras National Reserve

Tuquillo Beach Antivito Beach


Punta Colorado National Reserv

Punta L National

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Caraz Yungay

Lagoon 69 Llanganuco Lagoon Mount Huascarán







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Ulta gorge




Purhuay Lagoon



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San Patricio grotto

to Huánuco to Cerro de Pasco

Huascarán National Park

Mount Pastoruri


Hatunmachay Chiquian

Conococha Lagoon


Huayhuash Mountain Range Reserved Area


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La Litera Reserve

to Lima to Callao


Rock climbing at Chancos © J. Vallejo / PROMPERÚ

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(043) 428-812 Main Square Pasaje Alonso Martel (Atusparia), of.1 Mon-Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Opening hours and telephones are subject to variation by each tourist aœraction. Confirm times and phone numbers with IPERÚ. A publication by the Peru Export and Tourism Promotion Board - PROMPERU Calle Uno Oeste N° 50, piso 14, urb. Córpac, San Isidro, Lima - Perú Telephone: (51-1) 616-7300 © PROMPERÚ. All rights reserved. Hecho el Depósito Legal en la Biblioteca Nacional del Perú N° 2017-11120 Imprenta: Quad/Graphics Perú S.A. (Av. Los Frutales No. 344, Ate Vitarte-Lima) Lima, octubre de 2017

The information in this brochure was updated in August 2017. In developing it, PROMPERU has used official information sources, including the Áncash Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism and the Huascarán National Park. FREE DISTRIBUTION. NOT FOR SALE.

Guía del viajero ancash [en]  
Guía del viajero ancash [en]