So I arrived there at 10.30am in the morning, found the Plaza de Armas (city centre) and a tourist point. The city was deserted, a ghost like place. And the tourist point was closed, I rang a bell and some Alberto tried to answer all my questions. It was too late to go the Laguna de Paron and too expensive to go alone anywhere actually as December “no es la temporada de turistas” so you’ve got two options: a private tour which costs an arm and a leg or you can travel alone, on your own, something that I do not recommend, it’s dangerous to set off to the Andes alone (I found it out the hard way).
The canyon is situated between Caraz and Huallanca (north of Huaraz) and it’s a nice journey, you pass through 36 tunnels before arriving to Huallanca. The canyon was formed by the river Santa where the north end of the Cordillera Negra range (to the west) converges with the Cordillera Blanca mountain range (to the east) and the place to see is the point where the cordilleras almost abut. We left the car there and went for a walk. I visited the Cañón with Milton, a nice Peruvian guide and school teacher. It’s better to go there with someone who knows the area otherwise you won’t be able to make the most of it as there are no indications at all. This is how It looks: Milton was so patient and agreed to stop every time I wanted to take some photos. What I liked about this place is that it was something new for me, a different type of landscape,a different adventure.