|Huaraz was pretty much
flattened by the big earthquake of 1970 and is quit efrankly not a
classic pretty South American sort of town now. However it has
everything you need for a good base to operate from. Lots of
accommodation at reasonable prices. Lots of shops from supermarkets
to the "real" markets. You can even by technical
mountaineering gear but expect to pay pretty high prices.
I stayed in a couple of places.
Hostal Quintana, Mcal Caceres, tel
726060 S/ 20
This was the was the first place I stayed and though pleasant,
friendly and central it was also in a very noisy square and the
noise continued to the early hours and then started up again about
0500 with market stalls etc being set up. I didn't get a lot of
Hostal Virgen del Carmen, Jr de la
Cruz Romero 664, tel 721729 S/ 15
This was just around the corner but very much quieter. It is run
by a lovely old couple who did everything they could to help. We
stored bags there whilst in the hills for no extra cost. They speak
virtually no English but seemed to love struggling to understand my
appalling Spanish! They will also do laundry for you a reasonable
cost. The price is for twin rooms with shower/toilet.
The Way Inn, Buenaventura Mendoza
821 tel 728714 firstname.lastname@example.org
I only found out about this place after we had settled into the
Virgen del Carmen and we didn't stay there. It is run by a couple of
Brits who were incredibly helpful to us in other ways and has a
strange approach to paying. They don't have a fixed fee - you pay
them what you think it is worth! It is clean and well set up but is
a little further from the centre of town - probably about ten
minutes walk. More info...
The California Cafe email@example.com
Tim, the guy who runs this place, is
Californian/German/Canadian (I hope I've remembered that right and
my apologies if not!) and is always happy to help and provides loads
of useful information. Great place to have an extended breakfast and
make plans. Tim also writes some news/weather type pages for the www.huaylas.com
The Guides Office
Very helpful but typically very limited
English, you really need to be able to speak Spanish to get good
information from these folk and to be fair they are mostly
interested in getting you to hire them!
These are names of some arrieros given to me by Tim (above) I never
did manage to contact them so can make no personal recommendation:
Martin Henostroza Lluiya based in Llupa 9692615 and his brother
Carlos Rosales Lamanca 9692468.
Maximo Gamarra, Jr San Martin 722 Phone: 756629 - this is
the guy we eventually got to sort out our trip up Quilcayhuanca -
much cheaper than the agencies - he organised arrieros, mules, cook,
food, cookers etc. Everything went pretty smoothly on the whole and
we were well pleased with the arrangements. With a little more time
I probably could have organised all of this myself directly. See logistics
for all the prices.
Abel Granados Angeles. Avenida Luzuriaga 412, Huaraz. firstname.lastname@example.org
Abel was our cook. He food was generally pretty good but a little
variable. Abel himself had little English but was very helpful and
determined to learn more English (often just sat reading my