Travel by Bus from Caraz to Huaraz
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Caraz is a city located in the Department of Ancash, at the shores of the Santa River, within the Callejón de Huaylas valley. It is the second most important city of the department after Huaraz, its capital. Caraz was occupied long before the Spanish arrival, first by the Chavín and afterwards by the Recuay, Huari and Inca, civilizations which managed to gain control over the local chiefdoms and effectively rule the valley. Caraz was created as a city by Simón Bolívar, and was oficially recognized as such the 29th of december of 1856. Its name derives from quechua qaaray, which refers to Agave Americana plant which grows in the area. Due its location, Caraz is an attraction to those looking for adventure tourism, as it is near beautiful snow peaks such as the Alpamayo. It also has an important historical and cultural heritage in the city, along with many interesting archeological sites.
The name Huaraz comes from “waraq”, a word in quechua which means sunrise. The origins of Huaraz go back to the Pre-Inca period, when the first human settlement took place close to the rivers Quilcay and Santa. It has been verified the human presence in the area of Callejón de Huaylas since 10.000 B. C., when the human beings were dedicated to harvest and hunting; this is testified by the Guitarrero cave in front of Mancos village. It was the chavín culture that was developed in this area during the Horizonte Temprano. Many years later, Spanish people founded the city as San Sebastián de Huaraz, in 1574 and Simón Bolívar called the city “noble and generous”, because of its support to the liberating army during the independence of Peru. It was also called the “capital of international friendship”, in recognition of its help to the victims of the earthquake of 1970 in Áncash; on the seism 20.000 people from Huaraz died and 95% of the city was reduced to ashes.Huaraz is the capital of Áncash department and is considered the “Peruvian Switzerland” for being located on the surroundings of the snowy mountain of Cordillera Blanca. The development of Huaraz is based in the agriculture, trade and tourism, because in Huaraz is concentrated most of the tourist activity of the Sierra de Áncash.