Caraz is a pretty little town in Peru. Until now its one of the few places, that has not been destroyed by earthquakes. With an elevation of 2270m and its location near to the Cordillera Blanca and the famous Santa Cruz trek, its an ideal location for preparing an multiday trek or doing some day hikes.
Caraz is a small town. Getting around is basically done by foot. The only public transportation is a taxi or mototaxi.
Santa Cruz trek: This is the most famous and most spectacular trek in the Cordillera Blanca. There are killer views to a lot of giant mountains. To walk the take a Collectivo taxi to the starting point at Cashampa (US$1,50). The trek can be done in 4 or 5 days. For orientation its best to use the map of the Alpenverein of the Cordillera Blanca area.
Laguna Paron: This is a bright blue lake at a distance of 30 km east of Caraz. It is surrounded by spectacular snowcaped mountains. You can reach the lake either by taxi or try to ride there by mountainbike. But be aware that the lake is located at an altitude of 4200m. Going up by taxi and going downhill with the mountainbike is a third possibility.
Pony Expeditions: is a very good source for trekking information. It´s also a good address to rent equipment for a trek or bicycles. It´s also possible to arrange flights, excursions or multiday treks at Pony Expeditions. ph: 968-2848; www.ponyexpeditions.com.
Polleria Jeny: Here you get defintely the best chicken in town at very reasonable prices.
Hostal la Alameda (US$ 17): Its a pretty hostal, run by some elderly women who will mother you. The hostal has a nice garden to hang around or to relax after a exhausting trek.