Finally arrived to Huancayo, with a bit of altitude sickness but it was over next morning :)

Huancayo Travel Blog

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wow, Huancayo is modern now
It was almost 7:30pm when we arrived to Huancayo. I haven't been in Huancayo in a few years and it changed since the last time I was here. It grew a lot, just imagine that the first building I saw there was a mall! Actually it was nice and modern. When I called a small hotel to make a reservation they told me they could go for us to the station and this transfer would be complimentary, yay! Well, there's just one train arriving daily, so it wouldn't be hard for them to find us.

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.
Constitucion Square aka Main Square
It turned to be that we were a couple of blocks away from it. The walk was short but seemed to be longer since we were carrying our backpacks. They had the reservation and our room would be the one on the 4th floor. That wouldn't have been an incovenient, but right now it was so difficult to climb the stairs... pffff.

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.
coca tea!
So there we went. The recommendation said it was a great place with a cozy environment. The dining room was warmed by a charcoal stove. It was cold outside, but inside it was very warm and our table was just next to the stove, yay!

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.
Gunther loves evil corn too!!!
.. perfect choice! With the appetizer the waitress brought all the sauces. The aji (sipcy one) was delicious!

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 :)

Saturday 21st:
I was feeling much better today, no head ache.
Minigunther got his bread
It was easy to walk and go down the stairs, sweet! Hotel didn't include breakfast, so we had to look for a place to have it... last night the guide recommendation was very good, so we checked the guide again. The recommended cafeteria was close to the restaurant last night, in fact we saw it when we were looking for the restaurant, cool!

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.
view of Huancayo, this city grew lately!


 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.
chicha de jora (corn beer) for sale
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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.
girl with her arp
That wouldn't have been funny at all. There was a bus and colectivo stop at the entrance of the closed road, so it was easy to take a colectivo. It was 11 by the time we were back in Huancayo. What to do now? What about going to Jauja? This is a small town nearby and there should be anything interesting to know. Yay! there were also colectivos going that way, yupi!!!! We found the correspondant stop and took one which would drive us to Jauja, which is just 40min away from Huancayo :)


yadilitta says:
thanks for your kind words, Carl!!!
Posted on: Mar 26, 2010
geerbox says:
Oh man, those little boys were pushy!
Posted on: Dec 17, 2009
vulindlela says:
Congrats on your feature!
Great job.
Posted on: Dec 14, 2009
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wow, Huancayo is modern now
wow, Huancayo is modern now
Constitucion Square aka Main Square
Constitucion Square aka Main Square
coca tea!
coca tea!
Gunther loves evil corn too!!!
Gunther loves evil corn too!!!
Minigunther got his bread
Minigunther got his bread
view of Huancayo, this city grew l…
view of Huancayo, this city grew …
chicha de jora (corn beer) for sale
chicha de jora (corn beer) for sale
girl with her arp
girl with her arp
arriving to Huancayo after almost …
arriving to Huancayo after almost…
our destination
our destination
3,259m or 10,699 feet above sea le…
3,259m or 10,699 feet above sea l…
Cathedral at night
Cathedral at night
side of the Cathedral
side of the Cathedral
back part of the Cathedral
back part of the Cathedral
Minigunther in Huancacyo
Minigunther in Huancacyo
sauces looking nice!
sauces looking nice!
having dinner
having dinner
as usual no food left...
as usual no food left...
against altitude sickness:
gravim…
against altitude sickness: gravi…
shoe shiners at the main square
shoe shiners at the main square
delicious fruit salad!!!!
delicious fruit salad!!!!
chicken tamal
chicken tamal
as usual nothing was left on the p…
as usual nothing was left on the …
many signs
many signs
Firefighter station
Firefighter station
police station
police station
at Cerrito La Libertad
at Cerrito La Libertad
danger!
danger!
church at Cerrito La Libertad
church at Cerrito La Libertad
view from Cerrito la Libertad
view from Cerrito la Libertad
church at Cerrito La Libertad
church at Cerrito La Libertad
at Cerrito La Libertad
at Cerrito La Libertad
walking around Cerrito La Libertad
walking around Cerrito La Libertad
children always playing
children always playing
plants
plants
in our way to Torre Torre
in our way to Torre Torre
nice views
nice views
view from Huancayo and the valley
view from Huancayo and the valley
Torre Torre area
Torre Torre area
taxi company
taxi company
waiting somebody opens the door
waiting somebody opens the door
colectivos stop
colectivos stop
workers having breakfast
workers having breakfast
D´
in our way to Torre Torre
in our way to Torre Torre
chicharron aka fried pork
chicharron aka fried pork
nice square in Huancayo
nice square in Huancayo
fruit stand
fruit stand
tons of bread
tons of bread
did anyone say mototaxi?
did anyone say mototaxi?
walking around huancayo
walking around huancayo
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