Conchucos Valley or Callejón de Conchucos
Behind the Cordillera Blanca mountain range one finds the beautiful Konchukos valley, through which the Rio Mosna flows. Boasting spectacular views and a rugged landscape, it is a perfect retreat for those looking for” off the beaten path “tranquility. It is at once a place for relaxation, for breathing crystal clear air and for removing the stresses and tensions of daily life.
Callejon de Conchucos and Cordillera Huayhuash in Ancash have a number of valleys that are home to important archaeological sites, peasant communities and ideal landscapes for doing extreme adventures sports. There in a well conserved Capaq Ñan section, going to Huánuco Pampa (Kotosh). This area is not prepared for tourism yet.
There is an evident need to install better accommodation facilities to respond to current demand and the area’s potential, taking into account that this area is highly attractive for tourists going from foreign countries, and for corporate and family tourism generated by large tourism operations.
The Conchucos Valley (locally called the Callejón de Conchucos) runs parallel to the Callejón de Huaylas on the eastern side of the Cordillera. Sprinkled liberally with remote and rarely visited gems, this captivating dale is steeped in history and blessed with isolated, postcard-perfect Andean villages so tranquil that they’d fall into comas if they were any sleepier. Interlaced with excellent yet rarely visited hiking trails, this untapped region begs for exploration. Tourist infrastructure is still in its infancy, with a handful of welcoming but modest hotels and erratic transport along rough, unpaved roads that can be impassable in the wet season, and are plagued by breakdowns and accidents. If you do make the effort to get here, the highland hospitality of Quechua-speaking campesinos and awe-inspiring scenery will more than make up for the butt-smacking, time-consuming bumps in the road.
Chavín de Huántar, at the south end of the valley, is the most accessible area of the lot and lays claim to some of the most important and mysterious pre-Inca ruins on the continent. Access to the northern part of the valley is via the new Tunel Olímpica, said to be the highest road tunnel on the continent and gateway to the striking mountain town of Chacas and the remote outpost of Pomabamba. Direct transport between the two regions is almost nonexistent; if you don't want to double back through Huaraz you'll either need a lot of patience or serious stamina and solid hiking boots.