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LOCATION The Cordillera Blanca is located in central Peru, between Trujillo and Lima and less than 62 miles (100 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean
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CLIMATE Coastal winds keep temperatures between 59°F (15°C) and 81°F (27°C) for most of the year
This little-explored mountain range not far inland from Peru’s humid central coast is becoming increasing popular with adventurous travelers.
The route is less than 112 miles (180 km) long, yet the range comprises more than 60 peaks above 16,400 ft (5,000 m), making it a mountaineer’s delight. And when you consider that the weather here is not as harsh as it is in Peru’s windswept Altiplano (Andean plateau) farther east, that there are plenty of trekking outfitters along the way who can provide equipment and guides, and that the landscape boasts some of the most awesome mountains in the world, you’ll have more than enough reasons to make this unforgettable trip.
Getting There Fly north from Lima to the town of Huaraz. One access route leads from here, although a more popular option starts in the Llanganuco valley 25 miles (40 km) to the north.
When to Go The best weather is between May and September. The earlier part of the season tends to be the most popular with climbers.