The main town in the valley, with a population of 80,000, Huaraz is expanding rapidly as a major tourist centre but it is also a busy commercial hub, especially on market days (Monday and Thursday). The region is both a prime destination for hikers and international climbers, as well as a vacation haven for Peruvian urbanites seeking clean mountain air and a glimpse of the glaciers. School groups flock to the city from mid-September to mid-December (the ‘época de promociones colegiales’). The city was half destroyed in the earthquake of May 1970 so don’t expect red-tiled roofs or overhanging eaves. What the reconstructed city lacks in colonial charm, it makes up for with its spectacular setting at 3091 m between the mountains of the cordilleras Blanca and Negra. The peaks of Huamashraju, Churup, Rima Rima and Vallunaraju loom so close as to seem almost a part of the architecture while, in the distance, the giants Huascarán and Huandoy can also be seen.
The bus offices are in the centre of town and are conveniently close to many of the hotels and hostels. The city is small enough to get around by foot, providing sensible precautions are taken, especially at night. Huaraz has its share of crime, especially since the arrival of mining in the area and during the high tourist season. On no account should women go to surrounding districts and sites alone.
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