Huaraz: Attractions and more...
Ancash Regional Museum
The Ancash Regional Museum is locally called as Museo Regional de Ancash and is situated in the southwest corner of the Plaza de Armas. Although the museum is not very big, still one can observe mummies and description pertaining to mummification.
There are also some skulls that are an evidence of trepanning, which was an ancient form of surgery that involved cutting the skull.
There are about 100 Recuay and Wari monoliths in the garden that belong to the period from 400 BC to 600 AD. There are also some stone sculptures belonging to the Chavin culture that date back to 800 to 200 BC.
Some other sculptures from the Recuay culture extend back to 200 to 700 AD. Some metal works, textiles and pottery collection are related to the Inca, Chimu and Wari cultures.
Huascaran National park
The Huascaran National park has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Center and Biosphere Reserve. It is spread over an area of 0.34 million hectares.
Puya Raimondi, also called as Cunco, which is a plant that can reach a height of 10 meters can be seen here. Apart from hundreds of birds, it is possible to view wild animals like vizcachas, wild cats, ducks, foxes, vicunas, spectacled bears, pumas, tarucas and gray deers.
Plants like Ilancahuasi, huamaripa, escorponera, shakapa, rimarima, quenuales, shascshas and quishuar are grown here. Apart from a large variety of unique ecosystems, this park comprises of the White Mountain Range.