Where to stay
La Casa de Zarela ( lacasadezarelahuaraz.com) is an excellent hostel. The average price per night is $15, with hot meals, hot showers, Wifi, crashpad rentals, taxi service, and a wonderful hostess and staff
From Lima, Peru, take an LC Peru flight to Ancash/ Huaraz ($140; only available two days a week). From the airport, a 30-minute taxi drive gets you into Huaraz. Alternatively, a bus company from Lima (Cruz del Sur) can take you. The taxi from Huaraz to Huascarán National Park costs around $40.
The Climbing Guide Huaraz Peru ( 2014), by David Lazo and Marie Timmerman.
Montañas Magicas and other gear shops in Huaraz rent tents and sleeping bags. A standard big wall- free rack, a double set of cams, and 16 quickdraws will get you up most routes on La Esfinge. A 70- meter rope is a must— though two will allow for easy retreat. You can rappel the descent route with one rope.