Ancash is located in the central western part of the country, alongside the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Chimbote, and it is well known because of its port activity and for its fishing and steel industry.
In Ancash can find snowy mountains as the Huscaran (6,768 masl), lakes, valleys, beaches and unique flora and fauna. You can also see some buildings of ancient pre-Inca civilizations, and enjoy the tradition and festivities of the local people.
The main attractions in Ancash are:
Huascarán National Park
It is located in the White Mountains, in the central highlands of Peru, in the upper parts of the Callejon de Huaylas and the Eastern Sierra of Ancash, at 6,650 masl. Within its 340,000 acres, you can see a variety of high andean plant species and 300 lakes. Among the local animals include the spectacled bear and the Andean condor, the puma, andean cat and a variety of birds.
Callejón de Huaylas
It is located at the north of Lima, between the Pacific Ocean and the Marañón River. It is a broad open valley between the Andean Blanca Mountain and the Black Mountain. Here you can enjoy a clear sky, warm sunshine, mild climate, snowy peaks, pristine lakes, hot springs, breathtaking scenery where experiential tourism and adventure sports like mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing, canoeing and trekking is practiced.
It has dozens of peaks, suitable for trekking. The whole route takes nine days to complete and crosses four passes over 4,700 masl. It is away from any large urban area with places in nature and wildlife.
El Pato Canyon
It was formed by the Santa River as it passes through the Callejón de Huaylas, this is the point where the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra are closest to each other. The canyon, between 1,400 and 1,850 masl, is 15 m wide and almost 1,000 m deep. It was built here the Pato Canyon hydroelectric, that supplies electricity for most of northern Peru.