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Getting to the Cordillera Huayhuash

Getting to Cordillera Huayhuash Peru

Almost all flights to Perú arrive at Jorge Chavez International Airport, which is located on the coast in the city of Lima. From Lima you have the option of traveling to the Cordillera Huayhuash by land or by air.

By land

The most popular route is to take one of the many daily interprovincial buses from Lima to the city of Huaraz (3090m), which is an eight-hour journey of about 400km. From Huaraz you may arrange for a private vehicle to bring you directly to the first campsite, Cuartelwain (a trip of 150 km), or you can take the public bus directly from Huaraz to the village of Llámac (135 km). The public bus takes about five hours, departing every day at 5:00 a.m., and arrives in Llamac at around 10:30 a.m. For most of the treks in the region, if you are using public transport the village of Llamac will be your starting point, but keep in mind that in this case, to arrive at the first campsite, Cuartelwain, you must walk for hours along a dusty road, which was built by a mining company.

If you opt to use the interprovincial bus from Lima to Huaraz, we recommend these two companies: Cruz del Sur and Movil tours. From Huaraz to Llamac we suggest Turismo Nazario.

A second alternative to access the Cordillera Huayhuash is to travel from Lima to Cajatambo (3376m). This is an 11-hour trip of about 320km. Only the first part of the road is paved; the rest is via a dirt road.

Another route, this one less common, is to travel from Lima to the city of Huanuco. This is an eight-hour journey of approximately 410km. From Huanuco there are busses to the town of La Unión (189km). From La Unión it is possible to arrange for private transportation to the trailhead at Queropalca or to Cuartelwain, but there are no colectivos.

By air

LC Busre is an airline offering direct flights from Lima to Huaraz in 19-seat turboprop airplanes. It is a 50-minute flight with spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca that departs from Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima and arrives at the airport in Anta, which is located in the Callejon de Huaylas 20 minutes from Huaraz. Both flights, from Lima to Huaraz and from Huaraz to Lima, are in the morning. For more information visit its website.