The capital of the department of Ancash is located in the center of the Huaylas Valley and is the base of operations for nearly all the excursions in this region. After the 1970 earthquake, the city was rebuilt, and today it is growing at a colossal rate on account of mining and a rise in tourism. The city’s major attraction is the Regional Museum, on the Town Square, at which they display pottery and stone artifacts from the Chavin and Recuay cultures. You will find the best hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and mountain climbing equipment rental stores in the city. Nearby Huaraz is the town of Monterrey, famed for its rustic hotels and hot springs, a wonderful place to recover from a long day’s hike out in the open.