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Travel Tips

Travel Tips


Weather


Temperatures in Huaraz range from 7°C to 27°C on average all year round. It is generally warm and dry (other than wet season) in the day and chilly at night. Do note that nights spent in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash can be extremely chilly, with temperatures dropping to as low as subzero due to the higher elevation. Come prepared.

The best time to experience the Andean summer is between May to September. These are considered the dry months and the best time to visit as the days are warm and sunny (perfect for mountain exploring) and the nights present clear skies, perfect for stargazing.

While the period between October to end-April is considered the rainy season, showers usually occur only in the afternoon (lasting as brief as a few minutes to several hours), leaving the rest of the day clear and cool. The nights are also warmer during wet season (with clouds trapping the day’s warmth). Increasingly, trekkers prefer such conditions as they get to experience quiet and uninterrupted solitude with the magnificent mountains and luscious greenery.


Getting Here


The best and most common way to get to Huaraz is via Lima, the capital city of Peru. You can do this by way of:

Bus: A popular mode of transport, and is often regarded as a simple and cost efficient way to travel between the two cities. It takes about seven to eight hours to reach Huaraz from Lima by bus and usually costs about US$25 to US$30 per person each way. The frequently recommended bus companies are:

 
 

Air: While a more expensive option, many travelers choose this option for convenience – it is just an hour flight from Lima and you will be faced with magnificent views of the Cordillera Blanca as you arrive at the airport in Anta, which is about 35 minutes from Huaraz. LC Peru offers daily morning flights between the two cities. It costs about US$100 per person each way. Do note the weight restrictions for luggage: Five kilograms for hand carry and 15 kilograms for check-in. To get round this limitation, we are happy to arrange for your baggage to be picked up in Lima and delivered to Huaraz (and vice-versa) by private transport, while you make the journey via air. For more information on LC Peru, please click here.

Please feel free let us know if you require any assistance with your transport arrangements. We will do our best to assist with your travel itinerary to ensure that your journey into and out of Huaraz is a safe and smooth one.


Acclimatization


Given Huaraz’s high altitude, it is essential that you spend two to three days in Huaraz to acclimatize your body properly before commencing any long treks, as they usually involve ascending to higher altitudes.

As altitude increases, there is less oxygen in the atmosphere. This means you breathe in less oxygen, resulting in a lower amount of oxygen in your blood. Without proper acclimatization, you could experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, fatigue, nausea, breathlessness, lack of appetite and energy and insomnia, to more serious conditions such as fluid in the lungs or brain which can be life-threatening.

Some recommended tips for proper acclimatization:

 
  • Avoid strenuous activity in the first two to three days. We offer acclimatization day hikes to help you get used to the environment and terrain better. You will be exposed to higher altitudes during these day hikes, and you then spend the night in your accommodation back at Huaraz. This practice of “climb high, sleep low” will enable you to acclimatize better. Click here to find out more on the day hikes we offer.

  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine.

  • Medication for altitude sickness can assist to prevent or treat the symptoms of altitude sickness. A common medicine is Acetazolamide, otherwise known as Diamox.


We are happy to assist you in planning an appropriate acclimatization schedule in advance of any treks/climbs.