The Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world, is a Mecca for adventure lovers.
Trekking, mountain-biking and rock or ice climbing are popular outdoor activities in the area and Huaraz village is usually to be found full of travellers heading out on or returning from a trekking expedition.
Travellers usually stay in Huaraz, the perfect base from which to explore the Cordilleras.
The Andes are impressive here, with turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains.
There are more than 50 peaks above 5,500 m, 18 above 6,000 m and Huascarán itself at 6,768 m, Peru’s highest peak.