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Peru: Andahuaylas
26 Jan 2014

Andahuaylas is a cute little mountain town with countless Karaoke bars and an absolutely massive Sunday market.

Arrival

Jan 26, 2014

from Ayacucho, Peru

Departure

Jan 27, 2014

to Abancay, Peru

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: Andahuaylas, Peru

Friday, January 24, 2014 15:32

Population: 30,000. 2,926m above sea level.

Do

Sunday Market

From wikitravel:

Along the river at the east end of town. Surely one of the largest and most colorful markets in South America. With nearly all of the participants being native Quechua indigenous people, it’s a photographer’s dream. Every manner of fruit, vegetable, grain, livestock (rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs), housewares, clothing (shoes, jeans, jackets, etc), snake oil potions for treating all manner of ailments. Both sides of the river for about 1/2 km. Sundays only, early morning until around 5PM.

The Laguna de Pacucha

From wikitravel:

At 3,300m is easy to reach during the day. Take a colectivo (3 Soles) or a taxi. Both leave from the same place at the top of the market (ferria). The colectivos run via the village of Pucucha up to the head of the lake (40 minutes). From here, it’s a 7 km walk to the ruins of Sondor from the Chanca era. Look for the sign for Sondor on the left side of the lake. If it has been raining, be prepared for a lot of mud. Or take a combi (1-2 sol); the combi drops you off (and returns from)the beginning of the road uphill to Sondor (the smaller, upper road on the left) – a 15-20 min walk up hill to the entrance to the archeological site (2 soles). Beautiful ruins; spectacular views of the mountains. If you have enough time, walk back to Pacucha on the other side of the laguna (2.30h). It’s a beautiful stroll (all flat) and the villagers are quite friendly. The village gives a good impression of campesinos ‘s life. But be sure to reach Pucucha before dark, otherwise it’s going to be difficult to find a colectivo or taxi back to Andahuaylas.

Getting to Abancay

From wikitravel:

Luxury combis (minivans) leave for Abancay approximately six times a day for 15 Soles. There are several companies operating this trip, some based out of the bus terminal, one at the base of Jr. Juan Talleres. Don’t believe them that it only takes 3 1/2 hours - inevitably there are delays, making the trip 5 hours. Beautiful scenery through a series of hairpin turns and switchbacks.

Bussing from Ayacucho to Andahuaylas

Sunday, January 26, 2014 06:44
TimeLocation
6:00AMWoke up.
6:31AMBreakfast in bed!
7:05AMGrabbed a tuk-tuk to the bus station.
7:17AMBoarded.
7:39AMAnd we’re off.
1:05PMArrived.
1:25PMFound a hostel.
TotalsTotals
Total bus time5:26

Hotel Pradera

Sunday, January 26, 2014 13:37

Where we stayed.

Marketplace

Sunday, January 26, 2014 14:53

This market was huge!

Sunday, January 26, 2014 15:59

Bussing from Andahuaylas to Abancay

Monday, January 27, 2014 12:16
TimeLocation
12:05PMBought a ticket.
12:12PMLoaded our bags.
12:30PMFinally leaving.
4:44PMArrived!
TotalsTotals
Total bus time3:46

Views From The Road

Monday, January 27, 2014 14:01

Flooded Roads

Monday, January 27, 2014 16:30

Arrival

Jan 26, 2014

from Ayacucho, Peru

Departure

Jan 27, 2014

to Abancay, Peru