Alpamayo Trip Report (#75)

  • Signed By: Beto Santillan
  • Date submitted: January 27, 2001
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IMPORTANT TIPS Huaraz city will be your base to access any mountain in the Cordillera Blanca, used to be a quite town, not any more since 3 years ago two big mining companies have started operations in the area bringing a huge change in the town, lot of new trucks, bars, prostitutes and all the noise that could be good and fun for miners, but not for climbers.

Today more than ever is very important to know where to stay and where to eat, here some good and safe places for your stomach and your wallet.

Campo Base - Restaurant Pizzeria, good and safe food, climbers atmosphere Phone: 514-472 5772 Email:

Siam de los Andes "Thai Restaurant", the best thai place of Peru with the personalized attention of Naresuan Phone : 514-472 8006 Email :

Monttrek Pizza-Pub, it has an indoor climbing wall, trekking and climbing beta from Pocho de los Andes Email :

Cafe Andino, the best coffee place of Peru, friendly staff, music, books and the last issues of Rock+Ice, good place for climbers, cool attention of Chris Benway Email:

El Rinconcito Minero , (the miners little corner) despite its name is a good place for climbers - no miners at all Email: use email of cafeandino, they will convey all messages, it's next door.

Monte Rosa- good food, climbers atmosphere

Hotel San Sebastian, (top notch) the best view of the Cordillera Blanca, just from your bed, with the personalized attention of my friends Selio and Anita Villon. Phone: 514-4726960 Email:

La Casa de Zarela - good place to stay, expedition logistic, trekking and climbing information, personalized attention of Zarela Phone : 514-4721694 Email :

Olaza Guest House, comfortable lodging, family environment Phone : 514-4722951 Email :

Las Cordilleras - Centro Turistico, a heaven's branch in Peru, a good place to rest and have good food, far away of the noise, warm attention of Jean Paul and Merlin Glassey. Email :

Churup Albergue- friendly atmosphere, safe and secure. Trekking and climbing beta Email :

English is spoken in all these places and are run by friendly people, customer oriented, many of them are climbers so they "understand" climbers, and give you the best attention. US$ and visa are welcome, there are some ATM in the town so don't worry much about currency

MOUNTAIN RESCUE - Two years ago a police rescue unit has started operations in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash, at no charge at all, they already have many successful operations under their belt, are trained and supported by some European country and have given us some peace of mind. Phone : 514-47 93292 Email : LIMA Like it or not, Lima will be your first contact with Peru, and, as many other big city it has its good and really bad sides, in a past issue of Rock+Ice I've read some info from a girl, who went to the very wrong side of the city and obviously didn't had a good time. Just simple, A-V-O-I-D downtown, go anywhere around Miraflores, San Isidro or Barranco, there are many hotels for all budgets, from family owned pensions to the Marriott Hotel. And take the buses of Cruz del Sur (Phones 511-225 9647, 511-225 6163) to Huaraz.

POLITICAL SITUATION Despite the serious political crisis in Peru, there are absolutely no problems for climbers or other kind of tourism, ex president Fujimori is in Japan, and new President Paniagua has called to new elections and will be held next year, according to politic analysts will be a normal transition.

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