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Getting to Huaraz

Getting to Huaraz

Huaraz is Peru’s hiking capital. Located at 3060 meters above sea level, is the gateway to “La Cordillera Blanca” (The White Mountain Range). This range is in Peru's Ancash region. Its great scenery, tall peaks, and clear glacial lakes are known for their beauty. 

Huaraz is part of the Andes mountain range, home to some of Peru's tallest peaks, including Huascarán, the country's highest mountain.

If you've opted to visit Huaraz, you're probably wondering how to get there. Your choice of how to get to this magnificent city will have an impact on your vacation experience. Being well-informed on how to go to Huaraz might make your trip more manageable and enjoyable.

By Plane

This is the quickest way to get from Lima to Huaraz Anta Airport is to take around 1 hour. The General FAP Germán Arias Graziani Airport is located in the Anta area, 44 kilometers north of Huaraz. Flights are best planned between April and September, during the dry season.

 During the rainy season, bad weather may cause flight delays or cancellations. Leaving the airport, we may take a bus to Huaraz, which takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes. So, flying by plane will save you time and energy on your journey to Huaraz.

Tip: Keep in mind the drastic change into a high altitude makes you experience headaches, dizziness, and nausea, all of which are symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Here’s some help we can provide you to deal with it, give it a look.

Update: Since August 2023, Huaraz Airport has been in maintenance. The work will finish around the start of 2024. Huaraz Airport will open its doors in July 2024, when Peru’s main flight will operate this route from Lima. You can now buy tickets in advance.

By Bus

This is the most popular service. Many companies operate from Lima and other Peruvian cities. Most of these buses give good service, you just need to choose wisely. 

They have Internet, TV, restrooms, reclining seats, and air conditioning. The cost of these extras varies by quality. The most recommended firms for this route are Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Civa, and Movil Bus.

Huaraz offers bus services that also connect to other towns in Peru, such as Trujillo, Huánuco, Chimbote, Ayacucho, Cerro de Pasco, and Huancayo. Buses depart from many terminals across the city, going directly from their offices.

It is essential to note that these buses provide a variety of facilities and scheduling alternatives for passengers. The city's terminals are well-placed for access and ticket handling. Qualified staff are ready to give travelers information and help. 

Some bus services may also have extra facilities. These include onboard Wi-Fi, reclining seats, and entertainment. They make sure that all customers have a pleasant journey.

Tip: If you travel by bus, we recommend taking the overnight bus. You will save a lot of time, and won’t miss the trip. Arriving in Huaraz early in the morning allows you to find lodging and have some rest.

By Car

Few visitors opt for this alternative. However, driving is another good way to go to Huaraz from Lima. This option is great for people who are familiar with the roads and traffic or want to spend more time in Peru. Choosing this option has an advantage. You can take your time to see some stunning places that few know. These include the Caral Ruins and el Cañon del Pato. 

You can stop in Chimbote, a lovely little town that has a fish terminal. There, you can eat some of Peru’s best ceviche and discover its beautiful beaches. We recommend traveling during the day. Because the roads are slippery and phone reception is low in the mountains.

After analyzing your alternatives for getting to Huaraz, which one do you prefer?

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