Huaraz is a Peruvian town, capital of the province named after it in the Ancash Department. The Metropolitan Area, which is part of Huaraz and Independencia District is located in the central part of Callejon de Huaylas, to the right hand of the Santa River, at 10,013.12 ft.o.s.l. or 3,052 mt.o.s.l.; Huaraz is also known as the Peruvian Swiss, because its location, surrounded by the majestic snow cape in the White Mountain Range.
In 1970, 95% of the town was destroyed by an earthquake that isolated the region, when around 20,000 local people died. Due to the international aid received to help the survivors, the city inherited the name of the International Capital of Friendship.
Economic activity in Huaraz support itself by the agriculture, trading and tourism, leading by the tourism; it is a popular spot for the practice of adventure sports and alpinism in the snow cape of the White Mountain Range, as well as for the Chavin de Huantar archeological site and the Oriental part of the Ancash mountains.