Huaraz, Hotel Santa Cruz, The View Of The Mountains

by Captain Bill

Huaraz, The Hotel Santa Cruz, the view of the mountains from our room and balcony.

The early morning view from our balcony at the Hotel Santa Cruz, in Huaraz Peru

The early morning view from our balcony at the Hotel Santa Cruz, in Huaraz Peru

Early on the first morning in Huaraz, I looked out our window from the Hotel Santa Cruz and thought we had made a mistake. Huaraz can not be described as a pretty place. We were staying at the hotel with the best view of the mountains. Where were they? The courtyard was attractive, but Huaraz needs the mountains like Iquitos needs the Amazon River and rainforest. Like Mancora needs the ocean waves.

The hot water shower felt good in the chilly room. By the time I got dressed and looked out the window again, it was like, “WOW, Marmelita, wake up, mountains!” Visibility cleared, snow covered mountains appeared. Huaraz was transformed.

Wow, the real view from our balcony at the Hotel Santa Cruz, Huaraz Peru

Wow, the real view from our balcony at the Hotel Santa Cruz, Huaraz Peru

I took my lap top down stairs and answered the most important business emails until Marmelita joined me for breakfast. We met the friendly staff and enjoyed breakfast with the incredible view in front of us. There was a small library with lots of photo books and information about the surrounding mountains.

We learned Huaraz is located in the Valley of Callejon (lane or corridor) de Huaylas at 3,052 meters above sea level between the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, (White Mountains) to the east and the Cordillera Negra, (Black Mountains) to the west.

We can see 20 snow-capped peaks over 5,000 meters tall, 9 of which are “six-thousanders.” Huascarán is 6,768 meters and is magnificently the tallest mountain in Peru.

The view of Huascarán from the court yard of the Santa Cruz Hotel, Huaraz Peru

The view of Huascarán from the court yard of the Santa Cruz Hotel, Huaraz Peru

We are experiencing the tallest tropical mountain range, and the 2nd highest mountain range over all the world. We are in the Switzerland of South America.

Cusco and Huaraz are approximately the same height above sea level. I have been pleasantly surprised not to be adversely affected by the altitude here in Huaraz. I suffered in Cusco, could not catch my breath and had a hard time climbing even simple steps. Now I am 11 years older and in much worse physical shape, but am having no problem climbing and walking around. What is the difference?

I like the Hotel Santa Cruz, the hot water shower, the largest bed I have ever been in, the goose down blanket to stay warm under, the nice people that run the hotel, and the wonderful view, but I only have one requirement of a hotel and that is a wireless internet connection in my room. Don’t most entrepreneurs want wi-fi in the room? How much would that cost? One router, maybe two, and a couple of hours to install? If you don’t need a wireless internet connection in your room I highly recommend the Hotel Santa Cruz if you visit Huaraz.

Huaraz, The Hotel Santa Cruz, the view of the mountains from our room and balcony.

Bill Grimes, president of Dawn on the Amazon, is enjoying being a tourist in Huaraz Peru.

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