There are many interesting day bus tour and day hike options available around the Huaraz area. Places such as Llanganuco Lakes, Ruins of Chavin the Huantar, Pastoruri Glacier, Lake 69 walk, Llaca Valley and Glacier hike and Lake Churup walk are all easily accessible from Morales Hotel.
Huaraz is also the departure point for tours to see the Ruins of Chavin de Huantar, the center of a cultural and artistic revolution in Peru that took place between 600 and 300 B.C. Museums in Huaraz contain many fine examples of Chavin sculpture and older Cupinisque pottery.
Archeological Sites, within walking distance of Huaraz is the Wari ruin of Wilcahuaín, it is a small Wari ruin that dates back to 600 to 900 AD. This temple complex is virtually undamaged, providing a unique opportunity to see a complete pre-Columbian building in Peru. It is an imitation of the temple at Chavín, in the Tiahuanaco style. Wilcahuaín is a Quechua word which means ‘grandson’s house’. The ruin was originally filled with mummies who were kept dry by using a sophisticated ventilation system. It is not only interesting in itself but can be visited on a great acclimatization hike that leaves right from town.
Puya Raimondi is the biggest pineapple plants of the world. They bloom once every 50-75 years for 9 months with 8.000-10.000 inches and flower heights of up to 10m, then they die. They grow at altitudes between 3500 and 4700m.
The Museo Regional de Ancash, houses the largest collection of ancient stone sculptures in South America. It gives information about all the cultures that have inhabited the Cordillera Blanca area. It is small but interesting, it has a few mummies, some trepanned skulls (an ancient form of surgery involving cutting into the skull) and a garden of stone monoliths from the Recuay culture (400 BC to AD 600) and the Wari culture (AD 600 to 1000). A pottery collection, textiles, and metal works cover the Wari, Chimú, and Inca cultures.
At the Plaza de Armas there is an Artesania Market with a broad offer of nice souvenirs, bags, jewelry and clothing. Definitely worth a visit. Furthermore there are some nice shops on the Av. Luzuriaga as well. The big market with food and a lot of small shops selling everything you can think of is situated at a street which goes parallel to the Av. Luzuriaga.
Jirón José de Olaya, is the only street that remained intact through Huaraz various earthquakes. It gives a good indication of what the town once looked like. On Sundays there is a street market where the local population sells regional foods. Sit down at one of the little “restaurants” and enjoy your Picante de Cuy or Pachamanca.