A Nicer Base For Visiting Chavín de Huántar

Trip Start Sep 13, 2010
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Hostal Antamina

Flag of Peru  , Ancash,
Saturday, November 13, 2010

San Marcos                                      Sat-Sun 13-14/11/10

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. Located on the Plaza de Armas, the nicely tiled rooms are bright and airy with excellent thick mattresses, and all have private bathrooms and cable TV. Eight of the rooms have balconies overlooking the Plaza, so you can just lie on your bed looking out on to the mountains. Their advertised rates were 30, 40, 60 and 80 soles for 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons, but you shall have no problems getting 5-10 soles knocked off if you ask for a bit of discount, as I got offered a room for 20 soles.   

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.

Transport

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.
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