Eastern flank of the Cordillera Blanca

A trip to Chavín de Huantar is a must if you are in the area, as it is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. At the height of its power, Chavín's influence was felt over a vast area. Along the east side of the Cordillera Blanca, which is known as the Callejón de Conchucos, runs a good, but narrow, dirt road, subject to rapid deterioration when it rains. The region has seen fewer foreign tourists than the Callejón de Huaylas, so some discretion is called for.

Ins and outs

Many people only go as far as Chavín de Huantar, taking a tour with a Huaraz company. If you decide to go north from Chavín all, or part way up the eastern side of the Cordillera Blanca, note that public transport is less frequent and less reliable here than in the Callejón de Huaylas, with some towns getting only two buses per week, direct from Lima. Private vehicles, usually large trucks, are few and far between, although there are some buses running across the passes back to the Callejón de Huaylas.

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