A Nicer Base For Visiting Chavín de Huántar
Trip Start Sep 13, 2010
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If you intend on visiting Chavín de Huántar then I highly recommend staying in this small, bustling town ten minutes further on. There's a lot more happening day and night, and it’s extremely unlikely that you will meet any gringo’s staying here. It offers two excellent hotels around its Plaza de Armas, which are a lot nicer, and, also cheaper than those in Chavín. San Marcos is ten minutes from Chavín and 1 sole in a colectivo taxi, which depart every fifteen minutes or so in both directions. I couldn’t pick a single fault with the two hotels mentioned, and both had staff that are wonderfully welcoming.
Hostal Antamina, Av. Progreso 302, Plaza de Armas, Tel: (043) 454505. Whilst here I stayed at this excellent 25 bedroom hotel that had only been open a month
Hostal Casona Las Magnolias, Jr. Progreso 125, Plaza de Armas, Tel: (043) 454504. This fine white washed colonial hotel is set around a pleasant courtyard, and would’ve been my preferred choice but they were fully booked. All the rooms have private bathroom, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Their advertised rates were 30 + 50 soles for 1 or 2 persons, which was good value.
Huari – Colectivo cars leave every fifteen minutes or so for the forty five minute journey, at a cost 5 soles.
Huaraz – Colectivo cars leave frequently from the Plaza and cost 20 soles for 2.5 hour journey
On leaving San Marcos I couldn’t decide between heading to the small town Llamellin, four hours North West, or straight to Chacas – around five hours. I opted for the latter but once in Huari I was unsuccessful in hitching a ride to San Luis for a connection on to Chacas. So I decided to back track to Pomachaca where the unpaved road branches off for the three hour journey to Llamellin. I managed to hitch to a small village twenty minutes further on, but once here not a single vehicle approached me for over an hour so I decided to head back to Huari for the night and try again tomorrow for Chacas. I managed to hitch a ride back to Huari from Pomachaca with Raul, Edgard and Cesar who were from Lima but grew up in Huari. They were a good bunch of lads and that evening we went out for a few beers and a bite to eat.