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

Get­ting there

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.

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