Áncash: Monterrey, Chancos and Chavín
Monterrey and Chancos
In Áncash, when travelling through the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), visitors have the chance to take a rejuvenating bath in the hot springs. Monterrey's hot springs are the closest to the city of Huaraz, with its water reaching 49 °C (120 °F). The spas offer swimming pools and natural pools. Another option is Chancos, at the foot of the snow-capped Copa Mountain, with even warmer waters that reach temperatures of 74ºC. These establishments offer swimming pools, natural pools, pools with aromatic herbs, caves and massage treatments. The waters of both spa resorts are suitable for the treatment of rheumatism, nervous disorders and paralysis.
Location: Monterrey (2,703 masl - 8,868 fasl), 7 km (4 miles) from Huaraz (3,052 masl - 10,013 fasl).
Chancos (2,800 masl - 9,186 fasl), 28 km (17 miles) from Huaraz.
Access by Land: There is a permanent public transport route from Huaraz both to Monterrey and Chancos.
The medicinal hot springs at Quercos, in the Callejon de Conchucos, are recommended for treating joint and skin complaints. Its sulfurous water comes up from deep within the rock. The complex has rooms, pools and a small swimming pool. It is a destination for hundreds of visitors seeking relief for their rheumatic condition.
Location: 2 km (1.2 mile) from Chavín, Áncash, (3,150 masl - 10,335 fasl).
Access by Land: There is public transport from Huaraz to Chavín. The journey takes approximately 4 hours.