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OK So Lima is not part of the C. Blanca but we had to pass through it on our way and so I figured I'd share some of the info we gathered. I have spent several nights in Lima now and I have to say my personal advise is get out as quickly as possible. For me at least it really has very little going for it.

Accomodation
Most of my experience of accommodation in Lima has been bad - dirty, expensive and uncomfortable. That was until I discovered the Marfil. This place is run by several young Peruvians is cheap (for Lima), clean and friendly. It does take a little finding however. There is no sign on the front - it just looks like an ordinary house. However do knock on the door and you will get a friendly welcome. I strongly recommend you contact them to book as they stay pretty busy and have a number of semi-permanent residents. They will also pick you up from the airport if you want, they will meet you and organise taxis (the price will be just the same as if you had organised them yourself and it's a lot less hassle!). If you get taxi's yourself you will need to show them the map and expect them to get lost a few times along the way (make sure you have agreed the price beforehand). View details on Marfil here...

Transport to Huaraz
There are a number of different bus companies running coaches to Huaraz all at, I think, pretty similar prices. We used Morvil Tours and were very happy. Especially as all luggage was checked on and checked off so your bags will not disappear at some place along the way.

Phone: 4633161
Address: Av Paseo De La Republica 749
Baggage limit 30kg (for 50kg extra it cost me just /S10)
Times:

Depart  Arrive Direct  Price /S
0800  1630  no  24
1300  2015  yes  41
2100  0530  no  30
2300  0615  yes  47

I think the 0800 bus is the only one that will take you down the main valley, Callejon De Huaraz, alongside the Mountains in daylight and if getting that one then book a seat on the right hand side as the last part of the drive offers great views of both C. Blanca and C. Huayhuash. I think all other buses will be doing this stage in the dark.