The Santa River originates from Lake Conococha and is the only river suitable for adventure rafting. It runs north down the Callejón de Huaylas, flanked by the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra and ends in the Pacific Ocean. The degree of difficulty varies from easy to demanding and technical. The most popular section lies between Jangas and Caraz.
A different way to travel through the mountains is on horseback. There are many winding trails that allow you to enjoy nature at its finest. Trips are organized according to your requirements, visit the website: www.thelazidoginn.com
The most popular and easily reached place for skiing is the Pastoruri Glacier, appropriate for skiers of all levels of ability. On Huascarán there are steep slopes which challenge the abilities of the best skiers. Extreme skiers have descended these slopes, as well as those on Hualcán and Copa. Since there are no ski lifts, there is no alternative but to haul one’s own equipment in order to enjoy this adventure.
Fishing is not very common in this area and opportunities are very few, though there are possibilities all along the rivers and lakes. There are natural fish hatcheries in some lakes, the most popular being Lake Querococha in the Cordillera Blanca, easily reached by the road from Cátac to Chavín de Huántar, and Lake Jahuacocha in the Cordillera Huayhuash.
The world belongs to everyone, so we should learn to respect and take care of nature in all of its forms. The Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra are the best areas to explore because of the immense biodiversity that they contain. The geological features and the abundant flora and fauna allow us to understand the natural richness of our region.
Flights in this area tend to be dynamic or thermal, making possible cross country flights of up to 80 km that can reach 6000 meters elevation. Successful flights have been reported from high points in both the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra. Usually, you have to bring your own equipment.