Way Up High in Huaraz. The Land of Mountains.


Huaraz (war-az) is a blessed mountain town of about 90 000 people, beautifully located amidst the highest mountain range of the Andes, known as the Cordilleras.


Huaraz is 3000m (or about 9000 ft) above sea level and has been become an adventure destination because of it’s magnificent location. It is surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountains in the world, and some of the highest with Mount Huascaran topping out at 6768m, and with 22 summits over 6000m (18 000ft). It is the highest mountain range in the world outside of the Himalayas (8000m) in Nepal.


I found myself spending my 35th birthday in the Huascaran National Park trekking up to 5000m.


The hike came to a head when I was greeted by a majestic glacier and almost a 360 degree view of Cordillera Blanca. It was a spectacular panorama and made for an exhilarating and rewarding day. I was happy.

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Huaraz, the town, itself is the biggest in the region with a plethora of mountain villages nearby. It welcomes locals and indigenous people selling and buying their goods at the market or on the street. It was a particular busy time with ‘Fiesta’, or the Easter holiday being celebrated.

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2 comments for “Way Up High in Huaraz. The Land of Mountains.

  1. Taylor
    April 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm


  2. Whit
    April 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    What an outstanding way to celebrate your birthday. Thank you for the great account and photo journal. Well done!! Enjoy the continued journey you bright soul!!