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By Eric Rich
From Durham, NC
Mar 10, 2011
near the summit of Yanapaccha (17,913ft) in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru

How does everyone feel about July 14th--August 18th for Peru? I'm thinking about renting a cheap apartment with a friend in Huaraz for 6 weeks and just keeping my options open as to exactly what we climb...dependent on weather, local conditions, partners, etc.
Is this doable? Are partners easy to find this time of the year? Availability of long-term lodging? Thoughts?


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By Chad_N
From SEKI, CA
Mar 10, 2011
topping out on Hamilton Dome with the Angel Wings in the background

tobe945 wrote:
How does everyone feel about July 14th--August 18th for Peru? I'm thinking about renting a cheap apartment with a friend in Huaraz for 6 weeks and just keeping my options open as to exactly what we climb...dependent on weather, local conditions, partners, etc. Is this doable? Are partners easy to find this time of the year? Availability of long-term lodging? Thoughts?




You picked a good time to go. Itīs the dry season and their will be lots of climbers down there. Pretty easy to find partners. I know nothing about renting an apartment but.... Hostels & Hotels will give you a lower rate if you stay for a long time. The longer you stay, the lower rate per night. And bargain for everything! Just about everybody in Peru charges extra for foreigners.(Extranjero Fees). Do you speak spanish? If you donīt, I highly suggest learning some. It will help you from getting ripped off. If unsure about prices ask other people what they pay. In Peru there seems to be a low, middle, high, and extranjero-high price for everything. Speak spanish and bargain. It will save you a lot of money and headache. Good Luck!


edit to add: I have a guidebook for the area I want to sell. www.amazon.com/Climbs-Cordillera-Blanca-David-Sharman/dp/095>>>
If interested....let me know


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By Tom Fralich
From Fort Collins, CO
Mar 22, 2011

I went to Huaraz in 2006 and rented an apartment for 7 weeks. I can tell you that it wasn't as easy to find as I expected. There are some postings around town, but usually the phone number doesn't work, or there's no answer. Likewise, we saw some signs in windows that said "for rent" but there was no obvious way to contact the owner. We spent about 2 days looking and were only able to view 2 or 3 places.

We saw one very basic studio that we could have rented for $80/month. It was kind of grungy and would have been very cramped for 2 people plus gear. We ultimately rented a 3-br in a very nice building, fully furnished, with cable TV and paid $250/month. This was considered expensive by other people that we talked to, but given that I was paying $1800/month for my place in NYC at the time, it seemed like a great deal.

Renting a place is definitely the way to go. You need about 4 days hanging around Huaraz to acclimatize anyway, so go sniffing around town and talk to people at the usual climber hangouts and you'll probably find something.


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By Graham Johnson
Mar 24, 2011

June/July/August is the main climbing season in the peruvian andes - I was there in June/July 2009. We didn't look into staying in Huarez, but if you've got a partner, Caraz, the next town up would be cheaper and is a little bit nicer I think. We decided to camp in the Santa Cruz for all 3 weeks we were there and climb as many peaks as possible from one main basecamp. Alpamayo, Artesonraju, Taulliraju, Quitiraju (I probably spelled all those incorrectly) are all accessible from the santa cruz. Sadly for me, HAPE and pansy-ness took it's toll on my group of partners and I only climbed one peak.

Have fun - and be sure to go to some Peruvian restaurants (not just chicken and fries places) - Peruvian food is awesome.


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By joshdschofield
Mar 25, 2011

I'm trying to plan a trip to peru around the same time frame next year though, was wondering how your finding apartments for rent, and also where did you find the best deals on plane tickets thanks.


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By Phillip Morris
From Flavor Country
Mar 25, 2011
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Just go...with a little bit of street smarts you'll be fine.

First time I went was in 2001, arrived at night with no clue on where to stay or where to go. We asked a taxi driver to take us someplace cheap. He dropped us off at hostel, which was really just a local family's house that had a few spare bedrooms. Super cheap, clean, and a really friendly family. I returned in 2002 and 2006. By 2006, the climber hostel business was so good that they had added a 3rd floor. They also rented rooms long term.

There are a lot of places like this. Some are nicer, some are not. But in a couple of days of stumbling around Huaraz you should be situated.

Easy to meet other climbers. 98% of the white people in Huaraz are there to climb or trek.

Post a trip report when you return.

Suerte


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