Numerous tour guides in Huaraz offer day trips – most are congregated around or just off of the main street near downtown. For day trips, typically you will be picked up at your hotel between 6 and 8am in the morning and dropped off at your hotel between 6 and 7pm in the evening.
Travelers certainly can arrange independent travel for day trip activities by by hiring a private taxi or taking a mini bus called a “collectivo”. For longer treks or activities, one my want to consider using a tour agency since they will be responsible for all logistics.
Note: anytime you make a reservation online, the cost is often much higher than if you were to reserve in person at one of their offices. We encourage you to talk to some of the tour agencies regarding pricing and availability. Shop around. Find a guide you connect with. Also note that most of the trekking agencies only accept cash.
Also: there are many guides that freelance and will be hired by the agencies depending on their availability and willingness to accept certain prices for their services. As a result, theoretically you may hire one tour company one year and then hire another company the next year and have the same guides. However with the large number of guides in the area, this would be a rarity.
Several of the companies we have used are the following:
Andes Expeditions – ask for the guide Roberto Diaz. Roberto organized a climb of Toclaraju and Ishinca for us – he speaks just a bit of English and was very helpful with trip logistics and offered a very good price.
Casa de Guias is located in a small courtyard just off of the main street in the center of town. This is the Peruvian Mountain Guide Association, is long established and is very knowledgeable about the local mountains, trekking conditions and climbing expeditions. Part of their service is to train professional mountain guides. As a result, all guides on your trip are professionals and well trained.
Chavin Tours – was established in 1983 and are one of the leaders of responsible tourism in Huaraz. This family owned business maintains two offices, one in Lima and one in Huaraz. They offer a number of treks in the Huaraz area including to Lago 69 – and a climbing excursion to Pisco. Besides regional trekking in Huaraz they also offer additional tours in Iquitos, Arequipa and Cusco. They own their own fleet of vehicles. For more information visit: www.chavintours.com.pe/index_b.html
Enrique Expeditions is located on the main street downtown on the second floor of their building. It was founded by Enrique and he is often in the main office arranging trips. They offer a variety of multi day treks and climbs in the Huaraz and Huyuash areas. Enrique is a great guy – honest and very helpful. We have used his services several times for a climb of Ishinca and also for a multi-day nearby trek. Francisco is one of their guides and is very professional; we highly recommended his guiding services.
Enrique Expeditions will also rent you most gear needed for trekking and or climbing. They can arrange bus trips to local attractions. We found their prices sometimes higher for online reservations as compared to reservations made in person at their office. For more info visit: www.enriqueexpeditiontours.com and or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galaxia Expeditions We have used Galaxia Expeditions for several services including renting mountain bikes and transportation options to various one day trek locations. They offer a huge variety of climbing and other tourism services and trips and also have a nice climbing wall in their main office. The guides and owners are extremely professional and helpful with short and long term trekking and climbing options as well as suggesting ideas for local trips.
For more information visit: www.galaxia-expeditions.com
Trek Climb Peru is a climbing and guiding service run by private guide Richard Marquez. Richard is from a small village near Huarascaran and now makes Huaraz his home. He has been guiding for a number of years in the area and guided us on our attempt of the 6000 meter peak, Toclaraju. From personal experience, Richard is extremely professional and a very strong climber in the mountains. You won’t meet a nicer guide and we will definitely use his services again if he is available on our next trip to the great Cordillera Blanca. If you would like to contact him, you can email him here: