Central plaza of Caraz
Location of Caraz in the Huaylas province
|Founded||December 29, 1856|
|• Mayor||Fidel Mario Broncano Vasquez|
|Elevation||2,285 m (7,497 ft)|
|Population (1981 census)|
|Time zone||PET (UTC-5)|
The Caraz District (Spanish: Distrito de Caraz) is one of 10 districts of the Huaylas Province in the Ancash Region of Peru. The capital of the district is Caraz. It is located at 2,235 msnm. In Caraz the paved road that comes from Pativilca ends.
The snow-capped mountains of Tullparahu (6,356 m), Pukarahu (6,259 m), Allpamayu (6,120 m) and others, constitute a splendid frame for the city. Near Parun Lake the snow summits are reflected. There are also mineral-medicinal springs like Colca and Shongor.
Departing from Caraz to the north, the Santa River is crossed to arrive to the Cañón del Pato. The Callejón de Huaylas has become narrow between the highest and vertical walls of rock, without any vegetation and, in this stretch, the rocks of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra come closer (less than 5 m of distance).
In Huallanca, 1,410 msnm, the hydroelectric power station of the Cañón del Pato is located. In this place, the highway that goes up to Chimbote began. This highway is planned over the ancient embankment of the railroad Chimbote-Huallanca that was destroyed by a cataclysm in 1970. In this place, it also began the highway that leads to the Callejón de Conchucos.
The district is located in the south-eastern part of the province at an elevation of 2,285m, 67 km from the regions capital Huaraz.
The district was founded by Don Simón Bolívar on December 29, 1856.
- Cruz viva
- L Rinconada
- Official web site of the Huaylas province
- escale.minedu.gob.pe - UGEL map of the Huaylas Province (Ancash Region)