Huaraz is the climbing capitol of Peru and a super cool town nestled at the base of some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. From the above description I'd think it was a lame bouldering area full of ornery cows. Also, when I think of picturesque, hell isn't the first place that comes to mind.
No doubt, Kurt. The above description definitely doesn't do the place justice. Huaraz is THE hub for trekking, mountaineering and climbing in the Cordillera Blanca, Negra, and Huayhuash. Ridiculously sick mountains all around Huaraz but be clear, Watch out for those Cows!