Location

Huaraz to The Hof

The Hof is located between the Cojup and Quilcayhuanca valley. You have several options including driving yourself, taking a taxi all the way, riding a local combi to Llupa and walking the rest or simply walking the whole way.

1. COMBI:

Huaraz to The Hof via Llupa (S/.3) – Approximately 1 hour walking from Llupa, combis to Llupa leave from the intersection of Avenida Gamarra & Avenida Raymondi. You’ll see several white combi’s parked near or across the street from the gas station, ask for the ones going to Llupa.  Ask that he drop you at the steps of “camino a Huanca”.

Follow this path sticking to the stream.  You’ll find that the path crosses the road several times before coming over the hill where the path again meets the road.  You’ll pass The Way Inn on your left, continue on the main road for about 15 minutes following The Hof signs.  After two turns of the road, you’ll find a small waterfall on your left.  Head up the path next to that and you’re here.  Come on in.

The way to Hilario’s House – Huaraz to The Hof via Unchus (S/.1 – combis to Unchus are more regular) - Approximately 15 minutes to Hilario’s house and about 1 hour 20 minutes walking from Unchus to The Hof Hostel.

Again, catch the combi to Unchus, which is #15, from the intersection of Avenida Gamarra & Avenida Raymondi for Unchus. You will arrive in Unchus’ main plaza. Continue the road up from this plaza for a little way until you see the road fork. Here is where you would take a left to get to The Hof, but for Hilario’s House just continue straight for another 10 minutes or so until you reach house number A58.  Knock on the wooden door to the left where the adobe wall is, you’re there!

For The Hof:  From the aforementioned fork in the road after the plaza in Unchus the best way to The Hof is to follow the path to the left (camino a Huanca).  This will take you down a little, across the river on a cement bridge, then straight up the hill from there.  You’ll come across a cemetery for Llupa and on the other side of it continue following the path to the right.  After that stick to the stone wall running along to your left until you hit the dirt road again.  From there the stream runs along the path the entire way to the top.

You’ll cross the road several times and eventually come to a level spot where the path merges with the road.  The Way Inn farmhouse will be to your left, then a little further up you’ll pass The Way Inn main house to your left as well.  About fifteen minutes walk down the road from there you’ll find a waterfall to your left.  Walk up the path on its left and you’ll see the orange tiled roofs of The Hof.

2. TAXI: approximately 1 hour drive.  The Hof works with a few taxis in town. Please call 963 800 725 to have us arrange it for you.  If you speak Spanish call 959-476-523 (Americo) or 943-115-727 (Lucho), to organize a pick up from the bus.  The current (2015) price our taxis charge is S/.40 with Americo, S/.50 with Lucho, straight to the front door.

3. WALKING (free): approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

Start with finding the intersection of Gamarra & Raymondi.  From there, follow Raymondi up the hill until it dead ends.  Then go left then right so that you are going up a dirt road on the right side of the river.  Follow that past the foot bridge to the first car bridge and cross that into Nueva Florida.

Follow the paved road from there keeping to the right until you are back on a dirt road again.  The rest of the way will be dirt after that.  Eventually you’ll come across a three way split, take the middle road going up the hill and follow that straight on.  You’ll cross the main road before heading on toward the center of Unchus.

Past Unchus, where you’ll see a number of combis milling about, you’ll encounter another split.  Either way will take you where you’re going, but the left will be more direct.  This will take you down a little, across the river on a cement bridge, then straight up the hill from there.  You’ll come across a cemetery for Llupa and on the other side of it continue following the path to the right.  After that stick to the stone wall running along to your left until you hit the dirt road again.  From there the stream runs along the path the entire way to the top.

You’ll cross the road several times and eventually come to a level spot where the path merges with the road.  The Way Inn farmhouse will be to your left, then a little further up you’ll pass The Way Inn main house to your left as well.  About fifteen minutes walk down the road from there you’ll find a waterfall to your left.  Walk up the path on its left and you’ll see the orange tiled roofs of The Hof.

4. DRIVING: approximately 40 minutes from Huaraz

Find Avenida Raymondi and follow this road all the way to the top. When it comes to a dead end go left and then right before the river. Follow the river up to the next bridge on your left and cross it. This road will fork further on, stay on the right of this paved road.

As you leave Nueva Florida, the road turns into a very rough dirt road. Keep going up past houses until you come to a clearing of trees with the river below on your left. When you see a house beyond just before a steep incline, take the path to the left before the house going around past a water treatment plant and the Centro de Salud.

You will take a wide curve around the local elementary school to know you’re on the right road.  Follow this road all the way up through the many switchbacks.  You will have avoided Unchus entirely, which is very useful especially if you don’t have a 4×4, as that road is steep and rough.  At about 17 kilometres out of Huaraz, you will find The Hof just past km 21.  At the head of the drive is a sign that reads The Hof, that’s where you turn in.

The Lima Airport

There are a few options on how to get from the airport to the bus stations.

1. The Standard Approach – Once you exit the baggage area at the airport there will be a slew of cabbies.  Most people are heading to Miraflores, so it might be a good idea to find a buddy from your flight to split the fare into town if you’re going the same way.  There is a sign by the door that illustrates the appropriate fare to pay.  I believe it is S/.40 to Miraflores which should be the same to any of the bus stations like Oltursa in San Isidro, Movil Tours in Central Lima, or Cruz del Sur of Javier Prado.

2. The Other Cab Option – If you want a cheaper cab push past this hoard of shouting cabbies and exit the airport parking lot to the right.  Once you leave the lot you’ll be face to face with the highway and to your right will be a turn off filled with cabs and combis.  Here its more likely you can negotiate a cab to Miraflores for S/.25 ($10 USD), S/.30 for Barranco.

3. The Combi Route – The cheapest option, though not if you’ve heavily loaded with baggage, again, push past the cabbies in the airport lobby and lot.  Leave the parking lot to the right and just outside to your right you’ll find a turn off filled with cabs and combis.  There you can find a combi going to Miraflores for S/.2.50 ($0.80 USD).  The ride is about an hour, but if you tell the guy at the door when you get in I’ve always been amazed that they remember an hour later to let you off on Ave. Arequipa.  This is two blocks from Saga Falabella which marks the beginning of the super touristy area of Miraflores.

If you’re continuing on to a bus station directly the best option by combi is to cross the street and head up Arequipa, away from Miraflores for S/.1.  If you’re going to Oltursa ask to get out at Aramburu then pick another up there, or walk it 20 minutes to the right, and ask the driver to let you out at Oltursa.

For Cruz del Sur get out on Javier Prado, again to the right, and ask the next combi driver to let you out at Cruz del Sur.

For Movil Tours, ask to get out at the Estadium Nacional.  You’ll get out by a park, head to the far end of the park and toward the stadium.  Once you reach the stadium go to the other side where you’ll see the highway, and on the other side of that the Movil Tours station.  There are bridges on both sides of the stadium to cross the highway, but I recommend crossing on the north side as its much closer to the station.

Lima to Huaraz

1. BY BUS

There are several buses headed to Huaraz from Lima depending on your pricing preference. Oltursa (708-5000) , Cruz Del Sur (043 424-390), and Movil Tours (043 422-555) are a few examples. The journey is approximately 8 hours, so we recommend taking the overnight buses if you want to sleep or take the 1pm with Oltursa for the daytime views.

2. BY AIR

A daily morning flight passes between Huaraz and Lima to make journey times as quick as 1 hour and a half for those just anxious to get here quick.  The bird`s eye views of the coast line and stark Andes contours are quite the treat, however be weary of the shift in altitude over such a short period. Contact LC Busre for flight information and tickets.