NATIONAL PARKS TOURS PERU

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HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS

Huascarán National Park or Parque Nacional Huascarán is one of Peru's most spectacular national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, that protects most of the cordillera Blanca mountain range. The highest peak, the Huascarán rises 6,768 m above sea level, being the highest mountain of the Americas and the highest mountain worldwide in the tropics.

The park protects 340.000 ha (3.400 km2) of mountain ecosystems and is managed by the Peruvian "National Parks Service", SERNANP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas.

 

Things to do in Huascarán National Park

Visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as hiking, nature watching, mountain biking, skiing, mountaineering, trekking and cultural tourism. Huascarán has 25 trekking and 102 mountaineering routes.

 

There are 33 archaeological sites within the park, which include: cave paintings, ancient settlements, terraces for agriculture, tombs, fortresses and pre-Columbian irrigation systems.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Mount Huascarán seen from Huaraz.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Huascarán Mountain.

Mount Huascarán seen from Huaraz city.

Huascarán Mountain.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Snowy peaks at sunset.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: The Mid-mountain range breaking through the clouds.

Snowy peaks at sunset.

The Mid-mountain range breaking through the clouds.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: View of the mountains from the Southern puna of the park.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: View of the mountains from Lake Llanganuco.

View of the mountains from the Southern puna of the park.

View of the mountains from Lake Llanganuco.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: The Huascarán National Park entrance to the Ulta Valley.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Ranger station of the park.

The Huascarán National Park entrance to the Ulta Valley.

Ranger station of the park.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: The road from the coast to the southern part of the park near Conococha.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Lake Conocacha from the distance.

The road from the coast to the southern part of the park near Conococha.

Lake Conocacha from the distance.

Mammals of Huascarán National Park

The mammals are represented by about a dozen species, including the colocolo, the Andean mountain cat, the spectacled bear, the taruca and the white-tailed deer, the vicuña, the puma, the northern viscacha, the long-tailed weasel, the hog-nosed skunk and the Andean fox.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: The puna or high Andes grasslands are the favorite ecosystem of the Vicuñas.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: A herd of vicunas in the southern part of the park.

The puna or high Andes grasslands are the favorite ecosystem of the Vicuñas.

A herd of vicunas in the southern part of the park.

 

HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Lamas, though domesticated animals, may be considered part of the highlands ecosystem.HUASCARÁN NATIONAL PARK TOURS: Spectacled Bears seem to be doing well in the park.

Lamas, though domesticated animals, may be considered part of the highlands ecosystem.

Spectacled Bears seem to be doing well in the park.

Plant life

Of the about 800 species of plants known to the park, there is no doubt that Puya raimondii is the most spectacular one of all, a puya bromeliad whose flowers may grow to the spectacular height of 12m. Much of the parks vegetation consists of puna grasslands, dominated by Jarava ichu grass.

 

Another interesting genus is the Polylepis draft tree, which is the highest growing tree in the world, occurring at elevations up to 5000m. The Polylepis serisea lines the shores of Lake Llanganuco. Other conspicuous flowers include the pink flowers of the Oreocallis grandiflora and Vallea stipularis shrubs,  and the pink passion flower vine Passiflora trifoliata.

 

And then of course there are the ever present lupines of the Andes, here represented by Lupinus microphyllus and L. weberbauerii, as well as the conspicuous purple representative of the tomato family, Solanum hispidum.

 

The southern part of the park are flatter grasslands that offer dramatice views of the mountains.

The famous Puya Raimondii grows in the southern part of the park in the high Puna.

 

Puya Raimondii bromeliads flowers can grow as tall as 12m.

Detail of the small but abundant flowers in a Puya Raimondii stock.

 

The U-shaped valley leading to the Chinan Cocha lakes, which includes  LLanganuco Lake.

Solanum hispidum is a common shrub in the Tomato family.

 

The winding road traversing the Ulta Valley.

The Huascarán South peak breaking through the clouds.

 

The steep road leading to the Punta Olimpica tunnel.

The Punta Olimpica tunnels is the world's highest tunnel at 4736 masl at its highest (eastern) exit.

 

Vallea Stipularis is a common shrub in the Sierra Blanca.

Passiflora trifoliata is a common vine, climbing the shrubs of the park.

 

Rowing at LLanganuco Lake.

One of the park's highest lakes at about 4500m is Lake Cancaraga, just past the Punta Olimpica tunnel.

Birds Parque Nacional Huascarán

More than 120 bird species have been reported in this area including the Andean condor, the torrent duck, the puna tinamou, the brown pintail, the Andean crested duck, the giant hummingbird, the yanavico, the white-tufted grebe, the giant coot, the chiguanco thrush and the Andean gull.

 

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