Helen and Paul World Tour 2005/06 travel blog

Views from the top of our hostel in Huaraz

Upstairs sitting area with open log fire

Arrived in Huaraz in the middle of a rain storm and we were immediately bugged by touts trying to sell their hostel - it was more aggressive than we've had before and it took some firm words to get them to leave us alone. Eventually flagged down a taxi to take us to a hostel recommended in the lonely planet. When we reached it we were more than pleasantly surprised, it was just like a Swiss hotel you imagine in the Alps, each floor has its own sitting area, downstairs was a TV lounge and the top floor was an open plan lounge kitchen area with a log fire. Spiral staircases led out onto the roof to a sun deck with views of the mountains - all for £10 a night!

Huaraz itself is a bit of a nothing town serving hikers who want to visit the Cordillera Blanca although it is making efforts to be a little more tourist friendly - our hostel being the prime example.

Unfortunately after speaking with the hostel management it became apparent we arrived at the wrong time of year. Due to the climate and the surrounding mountains it rains heavily without fail every afternoon. The option of a four day hike through the range in damp gear and having to be holed up in the tent by 3pm didn't appeal so we took the decision to move on to Trujillo a little further North and nearer the coast for better weather.

Paul managed to watch a pirate copy of Stars III - unfortunately with 5 minutes to go the DVD stopped and wouldn't show the end - he was gutted!

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