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Peruvian Andean Treks: Organization Trekking, Hiking, Peru Tours & Climbing Expeditions in Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash, Inca Trail Machu Picchu, Treks & Climbs Arequipa, Lake Titicaca Puno, with local in Peru mountains.
Altitude: 3,100 m
Best time to visit: April – September
Located 408 km north of Lima, Huaraz is accessible via a nicely paved highway and can be reached by public bus in a 8 hour journey.
This Andean climbing capital (3,100mt), at the foot of the Cordillera Blanca is the meeting point for trekkers and climbers from all over the world. One can find anything in this town of 114.000. It is a base for expeditions and for all tourists visiting the Callejo de Huaylas region. As capital of the department, it contains all the different government departments; the town offers the traveller all possible comforts and facilities. North of Huaraz, Monterey is a charming small spa town, where it is pleasant to sunbathe at the swimming pool or enjoy the hot springs.
The Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountains, faces north – west / south – east, parallel to the pacific coast. Only seven million years old, it is mainly formed of granite. It is also the best known mountain range in Peru and one of the best known in the world, considered as the most beautiful of the Andes. The range has over 300 summits, 29 of which are over 6000mt, including Huascaran 6768mt, Peru’s highest mountain. Pyramids and domes of ice, dizzy heights and wind – tortured ridges of snow, give the landscape an extraordinary appearance. Walking through the eucalyptus forests or by the side of the countless lakes is a daily experience for trekkers and mountaineers.
To the south – east of the Cordillera Blanca lies the Cordillera Huayhuash, One of the most remote mountain range in Peru. It is renowned for its peaks, which offer the hardest routes in the Andes. The Cordillera Huayhuash massif has some of the hardest climbs in the Peruvian Andes, not to mention the second highest summit in the country, Yerupaja (6634mt) the complete circuit of the Cordillera Huayhuash is an isolated trek, crossing several 5000mt passes. Only experienced trekkers in good physical condition should attempt it. To summarize, the Cordillera Huayhuash offers mountaineers, an excellent choice of classic routes and modern.
Altitude: 3, 460 m
Best time to visit:March –December
Cusco is located in Huatanay River Valley, in the southeasts Andes of Peru, in the jurisdiction of province and region Cusco, its high is 3,399 m.s.n.m. (11151,44 feet above the level sea), it’s located at 13º30’45’’ south latitude and at 71º58’33’’ west longitude from Greenwich Meridian.
At north it borders on the jungle of Junín and Ucayali departments; at south, in the southwest area, it borders on Arequipa and Puno; at east, it borders on a huge part of the Amazonie and the jungle flats of Madre de Dios; and at west, it is united to Apurimac Mountains and Ayacucho Jungle.
This rainy season starts on November and it lasts until May; at the beginnings of this season, the rain is light and as the season continues the rain becomes more intense during the months of January through March.
Altitude: 3, 827 m
Best time to visit: March –December
At the edge of Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 3,860 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.) lies Puno, a captivating, enchanting city. The city has a strange magnetism that seems to emanate from the surrounding mountains, its lake that's looks more like an ocean, and its people, descendants of the Aymara, a strong people who once ruled the high plateaus.
Puno, according to legend, was also the cradle of Inca civilization, as Manco Capac, the first Inca, rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca, under the orders of the Sun God, to found the Inca Empire. Lake Titicaca, at 3,815 m.a.s.l., is the world's highest navigable lake and, with an area of 8,400 square kilometers, the second largest in South America.
This region of Peru is famous for its varied and colorful folk traditions, as it has some of the most dazzling and richest folk ceremonies to be witnessed in this part of the continent. The most dazzling of all, without doubt, is the celebration of the Virgen de la Candelaria, held in February.
Today, Puno, capital of the department of the same name, is an important agricultural and livestock region; particularly of South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) which graze on its immense plateaus and plains.
Altitude: 2, 350 m
Best time to visit: March –December
On the skirts of the western range of arequioa of the Andes, at the foot of the Misti volcano, Arequipa (2,350 m.a.s.l.), is the capital of the department of the same name. It is a beautiful city of mansions, temples and convents built out of 'sillar' - a material of solidified volcanic rock -, and distinguished by a unique architectural style. Arequipa is surrounded by magical countryside giving it a refreshing, bucolic air.
In the Arequipa Historical Centre you can admire a wholly 'arequipeño' architecturural style. Formed towards the end of the 17th century, it's a blend of Italian baroque, Spanish silver-plating and Andean creativity.
The ancestral mansions and the ancient churches and convents are built out of 'sillar', a pearl-white building material which, when the sun's light hits it, produces a glimmer, a magnificent glow, therefore causing people to affectionately call Arequipa "La Ciudad Blanca of Peru" ("The White City").
Two of the world's deepest canyons are found in the department of Arequipa: Cotahuasi, in the province of La Union, and Colca, in the province of Cailloma. The spectacular Valley of the Volcanoes in Andagua, the beaches of Mollendo and Camana and Puerto Inca beach in Caraveli, are all fascinating places which must also be visited.