Huascarán National Park (Parque Nacional Huascarán) is a Peruvian National Park that will introduce you to the highest tropical peaks in the world. It's situated in the Cordillera Blanca. The park is home to the highest mountain in Peru - Huascarán, at 6,768 meters above sea level, and Alpamayo, standing at 5,947 meters above sea level.
In 1977, UNESCO recognized Huascarán National Park as a Biosphere Reserve, covering the Santa River valley which is well beyond the park's boundaries. And in 1985, it was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
How To Get There
Access by Air: Flights take 55 minutes from Lima to Huaraz. Huaraz is 20 km from the airport.
Access by Land: Several bus lines cover the 8-hour journey from Lima to Huaraz. The park offers different access roads from Huaraz, depending on which area visitors wish to reach.
The best season for visiting the park is between May and October. The coldest temperatures occurring in the highest parts of the mountain range with the temperature in Huascarán National Park varying between -2 °C and 15 °C (28 and 59 °F). The rainy season occurs from December to March.
What To Do There
Boasting close to 102 climbing routes and 25 trekking circuits with different levels of difficulty, the park offers tons of activities for visitors to enjoy. Visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as visiting archaeological sites, hiking, nature watching, mountain biking, boat rides, rock climbing, skiing, paragliding, camping, trekking and cultural tourism. Huascarán has 25 trekking routes and 102 mountaineering spots.
As a popular spot for nature lovers, the park is home to a unique biodiversity. Visitors will see plant species such as trees of the genera Polylepis and Buddleja, the Queen of the Andes. Animal lovers may catch a glimpse of wildlife such as spectacled bears, vicunas, tarucas, and condors.
Within the park are 33 archaeological sites within the park for those who love to explore and are interested in history. The sites have cave paintings, terraces for agriculture, ancient settlements, tombs, and fortresses. There's even a pre-Columbian road between the towns of Olleros and Chavin.
Close to 300 lagoons formed by glaciers and 660 glaciers exist with the park. The Llanganuco Lagoons (Chinancocha and Orconcocha), located at the foot of Huascarán, is one of the most-visited and easily accessible attractions within the park. Tourists also to visit the Querococha, Parón, and Purhuay lagoons.
Thanks to the snowy peaks that feed the Santa, Marañón and Pativilca river basin, the park boasts extraordinary hydrological potential. For avid mountain climbers seeking snow-capped summits and trekking paths, find peaks measuring between 5,000 - 6,768 meters above sea level in the park.
Did you know…
The Paramount logo is the oldest surviving Hollywood film logo. It was first drawn as a doodle by W.W. Hodkinson. The “Majestic Mountain” was based on the Ben Lomond Mountain from Hodkinson’s childhood in Utah. However, it is believed that the live action version of the logo is based on Artesonraju, the mountain peak located in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in the Peruvian Andes.