Skiing in Beautiful Peru
Peru is becoming a great place for a winter holiday but at the moment there are no commercial skiing resorts located in the country. However, those with skiing experience will find that there are plenty of areas of the country where exploratory skiing is an option. Areas such as Pastoruri are popular with skiers and there are even some races and competitions held there although this is not on the same scale as those that can be found in European skiing resorts.
Pastoruri can be found in the southern part of the Cordillera Blanca region of the country and sometimes there is a tow rope in place for the skiers although this is by no means guaranteed. The same region is home to the slopes of Copa and Hualcan although in order to reach the snow it is necessary to climb fairly high. Guides can be arranged to take you to this mountain range if needed. Those who pass through Huaraz will find that they can book guides there as well as hire good quality skiing equipment. You will find most people skiing on the Glacier Pastoruri.
The city of Huaraz is a great place to spend some time when not skiing. The area is known for mild temperatures and travelling there out of season gives the tourist the chance to immerse themselves in the local culture. The city has a great range of accommodation and restaurants and is ideal for those days when the guides are not available for the slopes.
Some ski experts do not consider the Cordillera Blanca to be the best place for skiing due to much of the snow being at very high altitude although those who are experienced and familiar with the area have an advantage. The area is not really suitable for beginners and in some parts of the range the glaciers are retreating quickly so that new crevices are appearing all the time. However, these are some of the most famous mountains in the country and attract many visitors who want to give the skiing a go.
As well as Copa and Hualcan, Alpamayo is a well-known mountain. It is the highest mountain in the country and is popular not just with skiers but also with hikers and those who want to find out more about the ancient civilisations that lived in the region. The Huascaran National Park is a great place for hiking and seeing some of the local flora and fauna at close quarters. If you want to hire a guide for a tour around the National Park then this can usually be arranged quite easily. Some of the larger hotels will run regular excursions.
Alternatively there are other regions of Peru which are perfect for skiing. For those who want to avoid bigger groups of skiing tourists there is the Ritipampa de Quellcaya. This is a fairly remote part of the country but it is an ice cap at high altitude which offers some good skiing conditions. The downside is that reaching it is not the easiest of trips and it is not for the faint-hearted.
Getting to these areas can take some time. International travellers need to fly into Lima, the country’s capital city and then take public transport to both regions. There are direct flights to Lima from many of the major cities around the world. While the flight to Lima may not be as cheap as you would like, travelling within the country is a very inexpensive thing to do. The accommodation in these areas is also very reasonably priced and visitors can choose from low budget options that are basic but comfortable or more luxurious hotels.
Spending some time in Lima is recommended as the city is considered to be one of the most beautiful in South America. There are plenty of cultural attractions and entertainment options here for those who want to relax before heading towards the slopes.
As there are no actual ski resorts in Peru, the region is perfect for those who want to tour and explore at their own pace. This type of skiing is certainly not ideal for a family holiday, but those who are looking for an adventure holiday that is a little different could consider this location. The quality of the skiing facilities is not for those who prefer well planned resorts but the country does rate highly for the beauty of its scenery and the warm welcome that is guaranteed from the friendly locals.