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1. Peru 301 routes in Region

Summary:
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seasonality
Sport, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: -74.540214, -9.070314

Description:

1.1. Lima 72 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: -76.924781, -12.119184

1.1.1. La Tiza 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Aid

1.1.2. Vichuya 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.1.3. Las Viñas 32 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: -76.924627, -12.119278

Description:

Las Viñas (the vineyard) is one of the most classic climbing areas in Lima, it offers multiple options, from grade 4 routes to powerful ceilings, there are routes in both trad and sport, after Camacho it is the most accessible area that we have. At the bottom are boulders.

Approach:

This crag is accessible by both car and public transport or.

Once at the foot of the hill we have several possibilities to climb the hill. The first and most common is to be the normal rise, shown in the photo as the version on the right. This route is slightly longer than the others but is softer. There are even steps in parts of the route. Another route is the most widely used edge, as in the photo appears as the variant of the left side. This road is a bit shorter but steeper, around one avoids the annoying dogs down there. You just have to go into the tank of water and take the ridge behind it. A point in favor of the way up is your best access to the walls, because there are going by the normal to cross a moraine can be dangerous and confusing days of heavy fog.

Once the walls only need "ratonear" to reach all our destinations.

Always beware of unstable stones and getting lost in foggy days.

History:

Las Viñas was first climbed by a TECSUP climbers in those days was called "Skull tower" by the skull-shaped boulder that is down.

1.1.4. Camacho 31 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.1.5. La Escuela de Roca 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.2. Cordillera Blanca 7 routes in Crag

Summary:
Alpine, Unknown and Trad

1.2.1. La Esfinge 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Trad

1.3. Cordillera de Huayuash 0 routes in Crag

1.4. Escuela de Roca 0 routes in Crag

1.5. Bosque de Piedras de Huayllay 0 routes in Crag

1.6. Huaraz 186 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: -77.349707, -10.095262

Description:

Huaraz, located 415 kms north of Peru's capital Lima, is an outdoor lover's paradise. There are dozens of hiking and mountain bike trails.

It is an alpine climbing mecca with thousands of people coming here each year to complete epic tours up the Andes.

There are plenty of alpine climbing stores and there are some sport climbing stores scattered amongst them. The town center is the best place to find these stores

Getting there

There are night busses running from Lima everyday from most bus companies. The cost is between 70-135 PEN (sols) (26-46 USD). The three main bus companies are Cial: Chepest of the lot, however the 9 hour night ride is still very manageable. Movil Tours: Mid range Cruz Del Sur: Top of the line, however the 21:00-06:00 travel time brings very little advantage over Cial.

Where to stay

There are loads of hostels for all budgets. I can highly recommend Olaza. It is a mid range hostel costing 100 Sols per night per room. It is very very clean, well run, breakfast (with massive pot of coffe), hot water with great pressure located about 15min walk from the town center.

1.6.1. Hatun Machay 164 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: -77.349707, -10.095262

Unique Features And Strengths:

One of the highest crags in the world (4290m.a.s.l) with a mystic rock forest formed by the erosion of time.

Description:

It is a mystic rock forest formed by the erosion of time and one of the most impressive geological attractions of the region. Hatun Machay – which in Quechua language means Big Cave - is a mere 1 1/2 hours from Huaraz, situated in the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountain Range) at an altitude of 4290 m.a.s.l.. This zone is home to an amazing stone forest of divers and interesting array of rock formations. The area is over 200 hectares in total and offers in its many sectors caves, ruins, and stone carvings and paintings dating back 10,000 years.

Today Hatun Machay is the largest Rock Climbing Centre in Peru. There is an extensive variety of all levels sport routes from absolute beginner to the truly hard core. Hatun Machay is also a boulders dream with enough problems to last a life time.

On top of climbing, Hatun also offers alternative activities such as mountain biking, trekking, archaeological and mystic tours and horse riding.

This is not all. Hatun Machay now has his own refuge sleeping up to 50 people. The Refuge offer beds, kitchen facilities, camping and bathrooms.

Hatun Machay is a sport climber’s paradise, with bolted routs ranging from level 4 up to 8a. There are also hundreds of bouldering routes within a 15 minute walk of the refuge, ranging from mild difficulty to near-impossible.

The most developed area to date is the northern sector, which faces the refuge, but whole areas are being added every month as we open up the amazing potential of Hatun Machay.

In the lower part of the valley we are currently opening up a new region with rock walls at up to 100m (300 feet). It’s a 30 minute walk from the refuge and offers a breathtaking view of the rock formations.

Hatun Machay now boats more than 250 sport routs in a radius of 1 Km or so. A detailed topographical map is available with routes, names, grades, heights and quality at climbs.

Hatun Machay is now considered the number one rock climbing destination in Peru.

Because of this and much more Hatun Machay is a place you can't miss.

Access Issues:

A local company "Andean Kingdom" (http://www.andeankingdom.com/) organizes a daily bus trips to and from the crag from Huaraz costing 25 Sols (10 USD) for each way for each person.

There is a modern hut with full kitchen and hot water located a 5min walk from the crag for 30 Sols (12USD) per night. You need to bring your own food, however beer is available at the hut.

Approach:

The archaeological complex and rock formations of Hatun Machay are located near the community of Pampas Chico not far from the Laguna Conococha in Ancash, at an altitude of 4290 meters (14,000 feet).

Andean Kingdom offers private transport to Hatun Machay every day.

From Huaraz, Private Transport: The turn off for Hatun Machay is 69 km from Huaraz. Leave town on the main road towards Lima, passing through Recuay and Catac, until you reach km # 131. (This will be on your right hand side, approximately 35 – 40 minutes from Catac.) Turn right onto a small dirt road which switchbacks up the mountainside. After approximately 6km (4 miles) you will come to a road junction – turn left and follows the road up and over the hill and down into the valley. You won’t see the refuge until you are almost there, so have faith and don’t give up!

  • From Huaraz there is no direct public transportation to the refuge. You can take a kombi / shared taxi to Catac; 3-5 soles, and from there hire a taxi to the Refuge of Hatun Machay 40 – 50 soles each way.
Where To Stay:

Hatun Machay now has his own refuge sleeping up to 50 people. The Refuge offer beds, kitchen facilities, camping and bathrooms.

Ethic:

In agreement with the local community many areas of Hatun Machay have been declared “nature zones”. The aim is to preserve the ecological balance in the area whilst respecting the community’s land and cultural history.

1.6.2. Cordillera Blanca 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.6.3. Monterrey 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport
Description:

This small crag is located just 20 minutes from the center of Huaraz. Once you've worn yourself out on the handful of routes you can relax at the hot springs nearby

Approach:

Take a colectivo to Monterrey, it will terminate at the hot springs. Hike 5 minutes up the path to the right of the hotel

1.6.4. Los piños- chancos 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport
Unique Features And Strengths:

Ruralised mini crag, 40min from Huaraz or 10min from Chanco. Tranquil setting with great views of the river. Popular with groups/guides from Huaraz.

Description:

8 routes, marked 1-8 left to right. #1 now slightly overgrown... Increasingly hard as they move right. Shady from about 11am onwards in Summer

Note that many climbs have fixed hangers as anchors. Suggest topping out where possible, check route descriptions before climbing.

Approach:

Clearly visible from road heading towards Chanco, 1km back from hot springs, on opposite side of road to river... Your guide will get you there... About 30-40min from Huaraz

Alternatively you can take public transport: take a colectivo towards caraz and get off at Marcara, then take a second colectivo (this one will likely be just an overfilled car) towards Chancos and ask to be let off at the climbing area. Crag is opposite los pinos recreation area and clearly visible from the road

Where To Stay:

Anywhere in Huaraz... I believe there are a few rooms and the Small community at the hot springs, but this is well out of the way. Stay anywhere in Huaraz and just grab a guide from a reputable company or take public transport if you have your own gear and partner

1.6.5. Los Olivos 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport
Description:

The closest climbing to Huaraz, offers excellent views of the cordilleras blancas. All routes are bolted, 10 draws are all you need. More bolted routes exist (some much easier) than are listed here.

Access Issues:

10 minutes via colective from Huaraz, ask to get off at cruse para escalar rocas

Approach:

Crags are visible from the road (look west), cross the river upstream

1.7. Quebrada Llaca 36 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.7.1. Izquierda A 10 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.7.2. Izquierda B 12 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.3. Izquierda C 7 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.7.4. Derecha 7 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.8. South America/Peru/ Cusco/ Pachar 0 routes in Crag