Huaraz Province

The Huaraz Province is one of twenty provinces of the Ancash Region in Peru. It was created on August 5, 1857 during the presidency of Ramón Castilla.[1] Geographically, the province is located over the Callejón de Huaylas and the western slopes of the Cordillera Negra.

Looking north over Huaraz towards the Cordillera Blanca
Looking north over Huaraz towards the Cordillera Blanca
Flag of Huaraz
Coat of arms of Huaraz
Coat of arms
Location of Huaraz in the Ancash Region
Location of Huaraz in the Ancash Region
 • MayorEliseo Rori Mautino Ángeles
 • Total2,492.91 km2 (962.52 sq mi)
3,052 m (10,013 ft)
 • Total143,415
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)

The Regional Museum of Archaeology – known as the biggest lithic museum in South America[citation needed] - is located here. Some other highlights of the province are the Pumacayán hill, the hot springs of Monterrey (at 6 km or 4 mi from the city) and the Willkawayin ruins, at 13 kilometres (8 mi) to the north of Huaraz, in Paria. There is also a Museum of Miniatures, that is the only one in South America.


The Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra traverse the province. Some of the highest peaks of the province are Pucaranra, Chinchey, Tocllaraju and Huantsán. Other mountains are listed below:[2]

At 30 kilometres (20 mi) from Huaraz, by the route HuarazCasma that crosses the Cordillera Negra, there is a place named Punta Callan in the summit of this mountain range. It offers a panoramic sight of the Cordillera Blanca and the Callejón de Huaylas.

Political divisionEdit

Huaraz is divided into twelve districts, which are the following:

District Mayor
Cochabamba Vido Segundo Sanchez Sifuentes
Colcabamba Jonas Micaias Jamanca Carbajal
Huanchay Dioscorides Felix Leon Fernandez
Huaraz Gelacio Lombardo Mautino Angeles
Independencia Gregorio Emiliano Mezarina Paredes
Jangas Wilder Jhon Hinostroza Minaya
La Libertad Didi Raul Maguiña Salazar
Olleros Sixto Feliciano Blacido Leon
Pampas Inocencio Nemecio Villafuerte Colonia
Pariacoto Artemio Mejia Ramos
Pira Oscar Augusto Morales Salazar
Tarica Fredy Hildo Chinchay Salazar

Ethnic groupsEdit

The province is inhabited by indigenous citizens of Quechua descent. Spanish is the language which the majority of the population (63.43%) learnt to speak in childhood, 36.28% of the residents started speaking using the Quechua language (2007 Peru Census).[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Alberto Tauro del Pino, Enciclopedia Ilustrada del Perú, vol. VIII, p. 1220.
  2. ^ - UGEL map of the Huaraz Province (Ancash Region)
  3. ^ Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine INEI, Peru, Censos Nacionales 2007

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Coordinates: 9°31′38″S 77°32′00″W / 9.52722°S 77.53333°W / -9.52722; -77.53333