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National Parks

HUASCARAN NATIONAL PARK

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Description:

There are different entrances to the park to be chosen according to the interest of the visitor. The most important entrances are the one by the Llanganuco sector, where Lake Chinancocha is (beautifully turquoise in color), that of Orconconcha, and the entrance by the Carpa sector, which allows access to snow capped Mount Pastoruri.

The park was created in 1975 with the purpose of preserving the wild animal and plant life, geological formations, archeological sites, and beautiful scenery. UNESCO placed it on the Natural World Heritage List in 1985. Inside the 340.000 hectares, which include almost the entire White Cordillera, you can observe the great variety of high Andean plant life like the Puyas Raimondi in the areas of Quesque and Pumapampa (this flower is considered the biggest in the plant realm, and once it has blossomed, the plant dies), and the queñual trees in the Llanganuco Lakes.

Among the 296 lakes of the park, the most outstanding are Paron, Culliconcha, Llanganuco, Auquiscocha, Rajucolta, Querococha, and Cuchillococha. Of its 663 glaciers, the most impressive are Huascaran (6768 masl/ 22.199 fasl), Huandoy (6395 masl / 20.976 fasl), Chopicalqui (6354 masl / 20.841 fasl), Hualcan (6122 masl / 20.080 fasl), and Alpamayo (5947 masl / 19.506 fasl).

It also houses a great diversity of birds and animals such as pumas, deer, Andean cats, and three endangered species, the spectacled bear, the Andean deer, the Andean condor.

 
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Useful Information :
 
   
Location
Location:
Province of Huarás - Department of Ancash .
Area: 340.000 hectares
Altitude: 2400-6768 masl.
   
Weather
Weather:
Temperature:  -2 °C to 15 °C
Rainy Season:
Season: May - October
   
Type of etrance
Services :
Restrooms, life-guard,  radio, shelters, information office, police, Stores.
 
Access
Access:
From Huarás: 22 km in 40 minutes
 
Activities
Activities:
Nature observation, birdwatching, andinism, trekking, cycling, rappel, sandboard, photo and filmmaking.
   
Administrative
Administrative office:
Federico Sal y Rosas Nº 555 Huarás.
Telephone: (043) 42-2086 fax : (043) 42-2086
E-mail: tourism@peru.com
Attention: Mon - Fri 8:30 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 17:00 hrs (subject to changes without previous warning).
 
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