Ancash is a region in central W Peru. The population is 1,039,415 within 13,867 sq. mi. (35,914 sq. km.) or about 1.1 times the size of Maryland. Huarez is the capital and Chimbote is the largest city. La Libertad is NW, N, and NE, Huanuco is E, Lima is S, and the Pacific Ocean is SW and W.