This city of roughly 75,000 inhabitants is located 3,091
meters above sea level in the Callejon de Huaylas, a valley overlooked
by the Andes mountain ranges of the "Cordillera Blanca" and the "Cordillera
Negra". Due to its glacial lakes and snowbound peaks the area is often
referred to as the "Peruvian Switzerland". Closeby mountain "Huascaran"
is the tallest in Peru (6,800 meters). Huaraz is mostly sunny and dry during
the daytime and cold at night, with rainfalls December thru April. Mountain
climbers from all over the world relish visiting Huaraz.