The height of the tourist season mirrors the climbing season from mid May through the end of September. We have been to Huaraz a number of times, mostly in the climbing season. However during our latest visit we came to Huaraz outside of the climbing season and it was amazing to see how few tourists were in town, and as a result the hostels and hotels were rather empty.
La Cabana Hotel is a small family run hotel/guesthouse located within walking distance of the main street, downtown, and the main plaza. It takes about 10 minutes to walk here from the center of town. One walks up hill to reach this hostel passing several convenience stores on the way. Guests can enter one of two ways, either through a gate on the main street into the family’s living room where you will proceed to your room, or as most people do through a main gate directly into the guesthouse quarters.
This hostel is a great place to stay and meet other climbers – photographs of nearby summits and climbing photos line one of the walls in the family living room. A storage room is provided to leave gear in between stays. The staff here is very friendly. Rooms offer private hot showers, TV’s, free use of a kitchen, a garden and a roof top patio with excellent views of Huaraz (minus the annoying electrical lines) and the Huascaran range in the distance. All of this makes this guesthouse Dave’s choice when staying in Huaraz. Laundry services are provided for additional fees. Spanish speaking staff. Cost per night per person is about $20. Ask for Senora Flor. Located at Jr. Jose De Sucre 1224. PHONE 043 423428 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The hotel is comprised of two main buildings, each containing multiple stories. Rooms are single, double or multiple. Don’t tell anyone, but we always stay in lucky double bed room number 206 before our climbs or treks 🙂
Also note as you walk out of the Cabana Hotel there is an extremely cheap restaurant about a block to your right hand side. Dinner typically will be around 4 or 5 soles; portions are so big that you cannot eat it all! The restaurant advertises “economical meals”!
Way Inn is located at 3172 meters or above 12,000 feet in the foothills of the Cordillera Blanca above the town of Huaraz. It takes about 25 minutes to reach the inn from downtown Huaraz which as of our latest update to this review, costs around 30 soles for the one way trip.
Owner Alex, is from the UK and also has a vehicle on site for transportation. This lodge is certainly not in Huaraz and is rather isolated however it is the gateway to excellent nearby bike rides and treks. It also has great views -because of its elevation could be considered as a place to stay after initially adjusting to the altitude in Huaraz. The grounds are scenic with comfortable beds, an indoor fireplace, a small sauna and hammocks. Breakfast is also served on site.
Horse back riding can be arranged and bikes are also available for rent on site (a must do!). Camping, private rooms and dorm style rooms are available. Reserve well in advance during the high summer tourist season.
For more information visit: www.thewayinn.com