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Rock Climbing in Peru

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This page mostly deals with the areas around Huaraz in the foothills of the Cordillera Blanca and Negra as these are the areas I have done most climbing personally. There is also a couple of photos of some mountain rock routes in the Cordillera Carabaya near Macusani and the smaller sport climbing crags near the Colca Canyon.

The best area to climb in Peru is certainly still in and around Huaraz in the north, however rock-climbing is becoming quite a developed as a sport in many areas of Peru now and there are new climbing areas outside several of the larger cities in the mountains.

Huaraz Area

Hatunmachay

Quebrada Llaca

Cordillera Carabaya

Arequipa & Colca Canyon Area

Sadly, as of July 2016 climbing is no longer possible at Hatunmachay near Huaraz due to disputes over ownership and entrance fees. Many routes have been stripped of their bolts or bolts have been left in an unsafe state. This is a great shame as this was a fantastic climbing area and a great draw for tourists to the region. See this news article for more details:-

Huaraz telegraph July 2017

 

Hatunmachay

Hatunmachay

 


Callejon de Huaylas - Huaraz

There are several developed rock-climbing areas just outside the city of Huaraz in the scenic Callejon de Huaylas valley. There are small crags at Los Olivos and Chancos equipped with bolts and/or pegs.

Rock Climbing at Los Olivos near Huaraz

Rock climbing on the crags at Los Olivos near Huaraz, Peru.

 

There is also some limited but good quality bouldering at Huanchac near Huaraz.

There is also some limited but good quality bouldering at Huanchac near Huaraz. The boulders are in a kind of communal field just by the small stream in the middle of the village.  You can walk here in about hour (all downhill) from the ruins at Huilcahuain.


Hatunmachay

Sadly, as of July 2016 climbing is no longer possible at Hatunmachay due to disputes over ownership and entrance fees. Many routes have been stripped of their bolts or bolts have been left in an unsafe state. This is a great shame as this was a fantastic climbing area and a great draw for tourists to the region. See this news article for more details:-

Huaraz telegraph July 2017

About 1 hours drive south of Huaraz on the slopes of the Cordillera Negra is the newly developed climbing area of Hatunmachay, with dozens of sport routes and some good bouldering. There is a small refuge and a camping area here. It is easy to arrange transport here from Huaraz, but there is no public transport. Just use a taxi or ask with one of the tour agencies in town.  As well as top quality sport climbing there are incredible views of the southern Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash from the wee hill near the refugio.

Hatunmachay - Overview

An overview of the climbing area

Climbing at Hatunmachay, Cordillera Negra, Peru

Climbing at Hatunmachay

Climbing at Hatunmachay, Cordillera Negra, Ancash, Peru

Linda Biggar climbing on the Placa Verde at Hatunmachay, Cordillera Negra, Ancash, Peru

Another view of the Placa Verde climbing area at Hatunmachay

Another view of the Placa Verde climbing area at Hatunmachay.

The climbing area at Hatunmachay from the refugio.


Quebrada Llaca

In this valley in the Cordillera Blanca there are two or three small sport climbing areas. Compared to Hatunmachay the grades are a bit stiffer and the climbing is a bit sketchy... but if anything the views are even better! Once again there is no public transport up here, but it easy and not too expensive to arrange a taxi to drop you off, then pick you up again later.

Rock climbing in Quebrada Llaca, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Rock climbing in Quebrada Llaca, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Rock climbing in Quebrada Llaca, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Rock climbing in Quebrada Llaca, Cordillera Blanca, Peru


The Sphinx

For big wall enthusiasts the main attraction in Peru is the 600m granite wall of the Sphinx, also known as the Torre de Paron, located at the entrance to the Quebrada Paron

Torre de Paron

Torre de Paron, also known as the Sphinx.


Bosque de Piedras, Huayllay

An area with great bouldering potential at 4300m, located south of the highland town of Cerro de Pasco.

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Cordillera Carabaya

I have done a number of routes on good quality mountain rock in the Cordillera Carabaya, generally finishing at about 5000m.
Mountian rock in the Cordillera Carabaya near Macusani, Peru

Mountain rock climbing in the Cordillera Carabaya near Macusani, Peru

Mountian rock in the Cordillera Carabaya near Macusani, Peru

Mountian rock in the Cordillera Carabaya near Macusani, Per

Mountain rock climbing in the Cordillera Carabaya near Macusani, Peru. This was a mass ascent of the 5267m rock tower above Laguna Chambine, by all six of us on the expedition. Two short pitches with routes form V.Diff to HVS, all at over 5000m above sea level.


Ventana del Colca

There are several areas with some developed rock climbing near Chivay in the Colca Canyon, near the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa.

The climbing area at the Ventana del Colca

The climbing area at the Ventana del Colca is right by the road, but is at 4200m above sea level. There are a about a dozen routes here, but potential for many more.


Callalli

Approaching the crags at Callalli,  hour drive form the town of Chivay

Approaching the crags at Callalli, hour drive from the town of Chivay.

Climbing at Callalli, at 3900m

Climbing at Callalli, at 3900m.


 

 




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