High in the Peruvian Andes is a viewpoint called Punta Winchus. At 14,370 feet (4,380 meters), travelers are treated to mountain landscapes, thousands of enormous puya raimondii plants, and a stunning panoramic view of the Cordillera Blanca spanning 90 miles (145 km) of this astonishing mountain range.
Punta Winchus (sometimes called Puyas de Winchus or Mirador Winchus) is located 25 miles (42 km) each way from the town of Caraz via the village of Pueblo Libre or 30 miles (48 km) each way from the town of Caraz via the village of Huata. When we did this drive, we were told that the road via Huata was in better condition so that’s the way we went.
Even though the distance was short, the drive took about three hours each way via a dirt road that was mostly in fair condition with some rocky sections with a few ditches through the road and lots and lots of hairpin turns. Along the way, we passed through a few tiny villages where local farmers were busy herding livestock. The view of the Cordillera Blanca from Punta Winches is spectacular, but we also got fantastic mountain vistas during the drive from Caraz via Huanta.
Here are some of our favorite photos from this spectacular drive spectacular viewpoint.
Continue planning your trip to the Cordillera Blanca and Huascarán National Park in Peru with our day-by-day trail guide for the iconic Santa Cruz trek, our post about the day hike to Laguna 69, our post about hiking around Laguna Parón, our post about the epic drive through the Cañon del Pato, our post about visiting the Pastoruri Glacier, our adventure town travel guide to Caraz, and our adventure town travel guide to Huaraz, the self-proclaimed Adventure Capital of Peru.
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