A helpful guide of some of our favorite places to stay, things to do, and how to get around...
Bus Terminal (Ave. Mariscal Castilla) - the bus terminal is located on the main road on the Western part of town.
Collectivos - shared vans, you can pick one up at the bus station or flag down any collectivo from teh side of the road heading in your direction, be sure to ask if they are going to your desired location
Taxi - you can flag a taxi down just about anywhere, but at the central gas station there is a place where the taxis line up and wait
Tuk Tuk - generally 2 soles to go anywhere in town
Kaia (Ave. Berriozabal) - top favorite restaurant with a great vibe, amazing food (large vegetarian selection), helpful staff, outdoor eating area, fire pit, and a new store with herbs and gifts
Munai - look for the heart sign just up the road from the central gas station. Be sure to check out their upstairs eating area
El Mercado Market - Baratto as in cheap meals, we sat in a restaurant for 5 soles you get soup, chicha morada, a chicken or beef entree, and a jelly shot (non alcoholic)
El Huacatay (Jr. Arica) - a twist on the local cuisine, beautiful and elegant restaurant frequented by locals and foreigners alike. Expect to pay around $25-$30 pp(including drinks)
Urubamba is a great center place to head to Moray, the salt flats at Maras, Ollayantaytambo (train to Machu Picchu) or Chincheros
Puma Wanka Valley - the Puma Stream Valley winds up the road from the Sol y Luna hotel just around the corner from the Llama Packbackers Hostel, as in most hikes there is a fast elevation gain, there is an un-excavated Huaca called Ca that is split between two streams running down the valley
Lago YannaCocha - take a collectivo to the Eastern Part of Huacacaro where you will see a sign for Lago YannaCoacha, take the dirt road North till you wind to a Church and a plaza, from there just continue straight up the mountain towards the Eucalyptus trees about half way to the lake
Llama Backpackers Hostel - Llama backpackers hostel was built as a base camp for the non-profit that bears it's name. Half, full and multiple day treks are available to book, on the treks Llamas are used instead of the larger foreign pack-animals most commonly used, these foreign pack animals erode the ancient paths and destroy the fauna. On these treks you will get to go to and meet with Andean Communities that have very little contact with the cities and towns, preferring to live in the old ways
BCP - on Av. Ferrocarril - has ATM and fullbank
ScotiBank ATM - across the street from BCP
Global Net - at Gas Station on Av. Ferrocarril and Berriozabal)