Where: Ancash, Peru, South America
Best Season: Spring (Feb to May)
Top Sights: Pre-inca monuments, dense and colourful forests & Andean tribes.
Remember to Bring: A sturdy saddle bag with plenty of water & food for you and the horse
Watch out for: Pricey and pushy guides
Where It’s At
Huascarán National Park in the Ancash Area is named after the Huscarán Mountain, one of the highest peaks, standing at 20,000ft above sea level. An area of 340,000 hectares, UNESCO declared it World Heritage Site in 1985.
One of the richest eco-systems in the world, the Park hosts hundreds of glaciers, lakes, mountain peaks and 41 rivers. Rich, also, in flora and fauna, it is an extraordinary place to visit, not only for the breathtaking scenery and views, but also for extreme sports including rafting in Santa River and climbing up the snowfields.
Visiting the glaciers on horseback has become a highly commercialised tourist activity, so be careful to set the price before actually starting your journey. For the visitors interested in the history of Peru, The Huascarán Park is the place to find pre-Inca archaeological monuments and traditional Andean Incan communities still speaking their original language (Quechua), and still using traditional methods of farming and cattle breeding.
On the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is among the most popular treks in the world. Thousands of trekkers arrive every year in Cuzco to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas to Machu Picchu. It is a part of the stone roads built by Incas and it is 30 miles long up to Machu Picchu. There are different itineraries to be followed but the most common is a tough 4 day trail.
On the way you will go through magnificent ecosystems, dense and colourful forests, amazing landscapes and scenery along architectural Inca remains. Halfway along the path, travellers can stay at Winay Winah hostel for $10 a night. The most adventurous can choose to camp and fully enjoy the experience.
Trekking in Peru
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