Best parks in Ancash

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Best parks (2)
#1 - Huascarán National Park
Ancash, Peru
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Sitting on the western slope and encompassing most of the beautiful Cordillera Blanca mountain range, the Huascarán National Park is full of deep ravines, glacial lakes, and a variety of species. The park covers approximately 340,000 ha and is managed by the SERNANP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas) and in 1985, the park was declared a World Heritage Site. The Cordillera Blanca is the highest tropical mountain range in the central Andes running an elevational range from approximately 2,500 m to 6,000 m. Included in those peaks are Huascarán, Copa, Huandoy and others. The geographical features of the region are unique - it has a multitude of tropical glaciers, glacial lakes, valleys, and plateaus. Along with the geography, it has a variety of climates which is why it has such unique fauna and flora. The fauna included in this region are the Andean condor, the Andean crested duck, the giant hummingbird, the Andean mountain cat, the white-tailed deer, the puma, and the Andean fox, among many others. There is an approximation of 779 species of plants that have been found inside the park. There is much to do in Huascarán National Park, such as hiking, mountain biking, trekking, and mountaineering. Visitors can also explore a number of archaeological sites throughout the park. Come plan out your next adventure at Huascarán National Park. Show more
#2 - Cordillera Huayhuash Reserved Zone
Ancash, Peru
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The Cordillera Huayhuash has around 20 peaks with a mountain chain of minor peaks belonging to the Peruvian Andes and extends through the regions of Ancash, Huánuco and Lima. No wonder it is considered one of the 10 most spectacular circuits in the world for trekking! The altitude is around 4,000 meters above sea level and offers various routes that can have different distances and durations, such as the 165-180 km walking circuit that completely surrounds the mountain range and allows you to appreciate its scenic value. Mountaineering is also very popular. Regarding the autochthonous fauna, there are 61 species of birds (10 of which have been identified in danger of extinction), 14 mammals, among which the Andean foxes stand out, 2 types of amphibians and 2 species of fish. The native flora is also present with species such as totoras, ichu, quenual, escorzonera, and huamanripa.Show more