The main reason for visiting Huaraz, however, is to travel into the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. All treks and climbing trips are distributed between these two mountain ranges.

The cordillera Blanca is packed with crystal-clear lakes, breathtaking mountains and, because it’s off the beaten track, it has remained remarkably unspoiled.

A visit to the Llanganuco lakes or a trek part-way up the Nevado Pastoruri give you not just beauty but a real sense of tranquility. The Cordillera Blanca is also the mountaineering, hiking, trekking centre for Peru.

It contains Huascaran – the highest mountain in Peru at 6,768m above sea level – and 15 other peaks above 6,000m.

As well as climbing and trekking options, it’s also the destination for winter and adventure sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, Ice climbing, horse riding, lovely and interesting day tours, snowboarding and skiing. Huascarán and Alpamayo, are part of the highest tropical mountain range in the world, known as the White Mountain Range (“Cordillera Blanca”), not just due to its perpetual snow caps but also for the chemical constitution of its quartz and feldspar rocks.