The Andes in Peru is home to some of the most spectacular peaks in the world. These mountains have granite peaks rising above the snow-covered ridges and glaciers. The Cordillera Blanca is undoubtedly one of the most popular ranges. It includes over 33 peaks spanning over an area of 180Km in length and 21Km wide.
The Cordillera houses the highest peak of Peru, the Huascaran, rising to a height of 6768m. The peak lies in the Huascaran National Park. The Cordillera has around 260 glaciers that are a very important source of water in the valley of Callejon de Huaylas.
There are also a number of glacial lakes in the Cordillera, the biggest being the Lake Paron. The lake has turquoise waters and is located towards the north of the mountain Huandoy in Caraz. There are several other lakes in the region such as the Llankanuku Lakes: the green-turquoise Chinanqucha and Urqunqucha in the Llankanuku valley; the Santa Cruz Chica and the Santa Cruz Grande.
The Cordillera gives a wide contrast as it also has a number of hot springs, especially in the Callejon de Huaylas. It is possible for visitors to take a swim in some of these lakes. The waters are considered good for certain health conditions. There are several other hot springs in the region. Hiking and climbing the peaks is the most preferred activity in the region and it is best to get a guide or explore the area in tour groups.
The Cordillera can be accessed from the city of Huaraz. Several treks and climbs start from Huaraz. Accommodation is also available in the city and you can also hire guides or make tour arrangements in the city. There is no availability of masjids or halal restaurants in Huaraz, however you can find some restaurants serving vegetarian and fish delicacies.