In 1975, the Peruvian government made the Cordillera Blanca part of the Huascarán National Park.
Ten years later it was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 840,158 acres of land was given title due to its ecological value.
The beauty of this place really lies in its natural wealth. The combination of altitude, rocky terrain and fresh water create optimal conditions that boost the biodiversity of the area.
Huaraz, the perfect place for explorers
In the foothills of the Peruvian mountains is Huaraz, a rustic and magical town that could be considered the heart of the Cordillera Blanca.
A few decades ago only the locals and some explorers knew about this place. Today Huaraz has become the center of activities of these frozen mountains. Backpackers and adventurers from all over the world roam the streets of this town in search of adrenaline-filled experiences.
Many travelers say that the people of Huaraz are the most hospitable in Peru. This town has been untouched by urbanization and hectic new lifestyles, so the locals remain incredibly friendly and laid back.
If you get to walk the streets of Huaraz, it is likely that you will meet someone who offers you authentic Peruvian food.
How can I get to the Cordillera Blanca?
Huaraz is an 8-hour drive from Lima. This makes access very easy.
There are some public bus routes that can take you into town. If you are traveling in a small group, you and your companions can book a private bus.
The best time to visit the Cordillera Blanca
Although these mountains can be explored throughout the year, the altitude of the Cordillera causes the climate to have extreme variations. So you should always prepare for the worst.
In this area the seasons are divided into two: the rainy season and the dry season. To avoid these drastic changes in temperature, you should visit during the dry season.
The dry season for Cordillera Blanca begins in April and ends in October.
In addition, some of the most popular routes in the Cordillera, such as Santa Cruz and Huayhuash, are closed during the rainy season.
Therefore, if you plan to visit these mountains, you should plan your visit between spring and autumn.
The best routes of the Cordillera Blanca.
Touring the Cordillera Blanca is something that anyone can do. Different routes, affordable entrance fees and experienced guides make this destination ideal for all kinds of expeditions.
The routes of this mountain range are much less crowded than those that are closer to Machu Picchu. So if you don’t like big crowds this will be the perfect place for you.
It doesn’t matter if your budget is tight, or if you have little time to explore, these mountains will have an option that fits your needs.