Caraz is a pretty little town in Peru.
It's one of the few places in Peru that has not been destroyed by earthquakes. With an elevation of 2270 m, near to the Cordillera Blanca and the famous Santa Cruz trek, it's an ideal location for preparing an multiday trek or doing some day hikes.
Caraz can be reached by bus from Lima (10 hours) via Huaraz with several bus companies or from Chimbote directly (4-5 hours) with Yungai Express up to three times daily. There are several buses a day going to Lima.
There are frequent combis from Huaraz leaving at the terminal terrestre (about S/8 direct).
Caraz is a small town. Getting around is basically done by foot. The only public transportation is a taxi or mototaxi.
Caraz is well preserved from earthquakes, and offers an amazing glimpse of a rich colonial past, with its houses plenty of balconies, red tailed roofs, narrow streets and colourful plazas. The Plaza de Armas has a brass water fountain built on 1891, and a Musical Pavilion (called Glorieta) dating from 1927.
- Polleria Jeny: Here you get chicken at very reasonable prices.
- Café La Terraza: Just near the main square, this café serves good coffee, home made ice creams, pizzas, and offers a hearty menu del día.
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.
- Grand Hostal Caraz Dulzura. A family run hotel with ensuite rooms set around an attractive courtyard. Peaceful, relaxing, and a good breakfast is included. US$16.