Finally arrived to Huancayo, with a bit of altitude sickness but it was over next morning :)
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November 20th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
Then I saw a lady holding a sign with the name of the hotel. I was approaching to her, when she asked if I was Miss Yadira, hehehe. I was expecting her to lead us to a cab, but no we would walk to the hotel.
It was raining and it was a bit cold but that wouldn't stop us to go out and look for something to eat. We were located just a couple of blocks away from the main square, great location! So it was very easy to find a nice restaurant. The square and the buildings looked so nice with the lights. Great! I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have any headache, but it wasn't that bad. Having dinner was more important :P
I checked in Lonelyplanet and other guide for recommended places to it and there was one restaurant behind the Cathedral.
When we arrived the place was empty, maybe because it was early but didn't feel strong to keep on walking for more places so we ended up staying here. That was a great decision. The menu was wide and also cheap! I thought it would be better to eat something light since digestion is affected by altitude...
The waitress brought complimentary evil corn, which she kept on bringing when the small plate got empty. There are great artichokes in Huancayo, so the appetizer would be stuffed artichokes. They were stuffed with mushrooms and bechamel sauce, very yummy!!! To drink I asked for a cup of warm coca tea.
For main dish I got a salad. It was very cheap compared to the ones in Lima and was delicious. All the veggies were so fresh, yummy! Shawn got trout. Wow! his dish was big and what a surprise he finished it all, hahaha. Dessert? No more food, it has been to much tasty food... Service was good too and by the time we left the place it was getting crowded, hehehe.
In our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the drugstore. What for? Something against altitude sickness. Had the pills and kept the receipt to come back for another dose the next morning, hihihi. Ok, it was time to walk back to the hotel, climb the stairs and catch some sleep, hopping altitude sickness would be gone by the time I'd wake up :)
I was feeling much better today, no head ache.
The cafeteria was very nice with yummy food. All the desserts looked delicious... maybe it'd be worth to come back later... but now focus on breakfast. Shawn got the "desayuno criollo" a fixed breakfast, which was typical from Huancayo (included bread, tamal, coffee and juice), while I asked for a fruit salad and a coca tea. Wow! Fruit salad was big, but cheap and sooo tasty... perfect way to start the day. I had some time to check the attractions of the area and decided where to go now.
In one of the brochures somebody gave me they mentioned a hill, which is outside the city. It looked cool and it'd be the first stop. It wasn't that close to reach it walking, so it was time to look for a bus. I asked for a bus and they told me there are these "colectivos" mix of taxi/minibus which also go that way. After walking for a couple of minutes, we found the right colectivo and started to drive to the hill.
It was a small hill "Cerrito la Libertad". The minute we arrived, a few children surrounded us offering their services as guide, pfff. These boys were pushy... Thanks, but no thanks... Walked around the hill and took a couple of pics - from the top of the hill you get a nice view from all the city. This place is small, no idea how much the boys could have said about it.
Other sight that was recommended was "Torre Torre" a sandstone formation, which looked very cool! From the hill it was just 10 min away walking. The boys came again to offer their services. We have already said no, plese do not insist... Walking was nice. Definitely this area was just about locals, small houses, some fields, small stores, just nice and charming. In order to reach the sandstone formation you have to follow another path. Usually cars can drive here, but they were working on the road and it was a good idea to walk until I felt something. "What is that?" A drop! OMG! It'd start raining soon and there was no way we could protect ourselves...
Oh well, it was smarter to start going back to the city and then to our next destination. I didn't want to get soaked here.
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