The Huaraz region is one of a kind in Peru. The beautiful landscapes, scenic lakes, and spectacular mountain range called Cordillera Blanca makes it unique and famous among tourists. It also has lots to offer in terms of adventure, from trekking to rock climbing, mountaineering to bicycle trips, Huaraz is worth checking out.
The Cordillera Blanca mountain range
The Cordillera Blanca is a spectacular range of mountain, situated in the Ancash Region of Peru and it is part of the larger mountain range famously known as the Andes. It is also the world’s highest tropical mountain range and contains 722 individual glaciers and includes 16 peaks over 6000 m. and 17 peaks over 5500 m.a.s.l. The highest peak in this mountain range is Huascarán – 6768 m.
Viewpoint of the Cordillera Blanca
There are a lot of places where you can admire the beauty of the Cordillera Blanca.
Nice and easy to reach viewpoint of the Cordillera Blanca is situated very close to Huaraz and it is called Abra Punta Callan (4204 m.).
That is also a perfect place for organizing half a day biking tour.
How to organize cheap biking tours near Huaraz
The easiest biking tour to organize on your own, without spending too much money is the tour from Huaraz – Abra Punta Callan – Huaraz. The trip will take you around 4 hours.It is very easy road, only downhill.
First: You need to rent a bike.
Second: You need to catch the bus or taxi which go towards Casma. The bus stop is very close to the center. I recommend you to go very early in the morning, then catch a very cheap local bus. If you will come at 8:30 or later you will have problem finding cheap transport and the only one option will be to hire the taxi, which will charge you around 25-30 soles. It will take around 1 hour to go to the point Abra Punta Callan and maximum 3 hours (with the stops for taking pictures) to come back on bike to Huaraz.
There is only one thing which is not nice during this trip, being the dogs which you have to pass when you get close to Huaraz. The dogs here are not too friendly. I only saw them in one place or two places but it can cause some problems. You need to be prepared for dealing with 5 or even 8 dogs at a time. The best option will be to pedal as quick as possible to escape from this zone!
If you do not want to spend any money, you can go to Abra Punta Callan by bus or by taxi and come back to Huaraz on foot. There are a lot of small trails around, so you can choose one of them and walk down toward the town. During these hours of trekking you will have plenty of time to enjoy very nice views.
Both options about which I wrote above are recommended for acclimatization. A lot of tourists come to Huaraz to do some trekking and very often they forget about the altitude. Then they go the next day to the Laguna 69 or they start Santa Cruz trekking, and suffer. I highly recommend you to stay at least 2 days in Huaraz and do some easier trips before doing tougher trekking or trekking in higher parts of the mountains.