This is an intermontane valley situated between the Cordilleras Blanca and Negra. It runs approximately 180 km from the village of Conococha in the south to the Cañón del Pato (Duck Canyon) in the north. Through this valley courses the fast-flowing Santa River, which is fed by melt water from the glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca bringing life to its banks as it goes.
All the way down the Huaylas Valley are beautiful spots beyond number with spectacular views of the Cordillera Blanca, lakes, rivers, and streams. There are many archeological sites such as: Wilkawain, Cueva de Guitarreros, Honcopampa, Tumshukaiko, etc. Here we also find various picturesque towns like: Catac, Recuay, Huaraz, Tarica, Carhuaz, Mancos, Yungay, Caraz, etc.
The Huaylas valley is without a doubt an excellent place for adventure sports and to experience the countryside with trekking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, paragliding, and more all available.
April Through October are the best months to visit; November through March is the rainy season.