Recommended highly and repeatedly by:
LONELY PLANET, PERU ...
"Incas del Peru ... in the same building as the restaurant La Cabaña, offers tours arranged by Luis "Lucho" Hurtado, a local man who speaks English and knows the surrounding area well. He can guide you on adventure treks down the eastern slopes of the Andes and into the high jungle on foot, horseback or public transport. It isn’t luxurious, but it’s a good chance to experience something of the ¨real¨ rural Peru. Lucho´s father has a ranch in the middle of nowhere. You can stay here and meet all kinds of local people. Several people have recommended his trips. If you are unable to get a group together, you may be able to join up with another group. The trips last anywhere from three to eight days and cost about US$35 per person per day including simple food. Accommodations are rustic and trips may involve camping ... Guided day hikes can be arranged for about US$20 per person including lunch. Longer trips beyond the Huancayo area can also be arranged."...
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Let's Go Peru,Ecuador & Bolivia
"Incas del Perú Giraldez 675 (223 303; fax 222 395), attached to Restaurante La Cabana. Run by the charismatic Lucho Hurtado, who speaks near-flawless English. Dedicated to promoting authentic cultural experiences in Huancayo and the Rio Mantaro Valley, Lucho offers crash courses in Spanish, Quechua, weaving, and pan flute. Ask about volunteer/work programs, which include Spanish lessons and a local homestay. Open daily 9am-1pm and 4-7pm. SAE and student discounts. AmEx/DC/MC/V.
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“Lucho Hurtado at “Incas del Perú” speaks flawless English and is full of adventurous options for the Huancayo area. He is well-connected among the artisans in the valley and offers a great crafts tour to shops in several villages ….. a great chance to see how locals live and do some rough-and-tumble exploring. Lucho is a gifted teacher who helps people understand their surroundings."
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - Traveler
. . . La Cabaña Restaurant Av. Giráldez 675, Tel. 22-3303, popular with tourists and local for its pizzas and calientitos (hot toddies), La Cabaña also does sandwiches,pastas, barbecue , and snaks. Musicians bring the place alive Thrusday to Saturday, when there may be dancing ... "
REISE PERU BOLIVIEN 2003
". . . La Casa de la Abuela, Huancayo - Peru, Tel. 22-3303, fax 22-2395; Haus im Kolonialstil, bp, Ww, familiäre Atmosphäre, Garten, preiswert, UF, TIP! Der Besitzer, Lucho Hurtado,, macht auch auf wunsch erlebnisreiche tagesaufluge zu den campesinos der umgebung, zum mittagessen gibt es eine zeremonie zu ehren Pachamama, empfehlenswert, ca. 35e auch fahrradtouren."
". . . La Cabaña, Giráldez 652, letzterez ein beliebter Treff unter Reinsenden und eine gute Infobörse. . . "
FODORS - 2009
"... Around Huancayo you can hike, bike, and explore local village with the amazing Incas del Peru and Lucho Hurtado, which also has a Spanish - Language school, book exchange, and folk art collection. They will also arrange volunteering and hiking throughout the Mantaro Valley and high jungle, as well as music,cooking, weaving and gourd carving workshops...
Incas del Perú (Giraldez 675 , Huancayo, telf. 064-223303 fax 064-222395 http://www.incasdelperu.org/ ... "
WHERE TO EAT
La Cabaña.- A romantic air pervades this cozy, charming restaurant that has long been a travelers' favorite . The cousine combines Peruvian specialties like "anticuchos(grilled marinated beef hearts) and calientitos ("little hotties," a hot punch made of tea , rum and spices) with basic continental fare like pasta, pizza and grills. Dine in the garden on balmy days, or around the fireplace on chilly evenings. There's live music Thrusday through Saturday. TIP -->The owners can arrange cooking classes, Spanish lessons, music instruction, and long term local homestays.
WHERE TO STAY
La Casa de la Abuela .- Hot showers, hearty Peruvian home cooking, and sunny garden gathering spot attract budget travelers and volunteers to this old colonial mansion. Rooms have a mix of contemporary, colonial, and comfortably worn pieces; some are dorms, and some have private bathrooms. The shared laundry is often busy. Pros: Extremely friendly and helpful staff, great breakfasts...."
PERU & BOLIVIA:
"Huancayo has another great advantage: Lucho Hurtado, who runs language and other courses, as well as working as a guide. He either owns or is related to the owner of some nice hotels and restaurants too. If you need something in Huancayo, talk to Lucho! . . ."
Incas del Peru Av. Giráldez N, 675 Tel. (5164) 223303; fax/ans: (5164) 222395 ...Apartado Postal No 510. Language courses in Spanish and Quechua. Also weaving, natural dyes, Peruvian cooking, and traditional musical instruments (panpipes, flute, charango).
Lucho Hurtado (address as in Incas del Peru) will organise trekking in the area, especially the Mantaro Valley, the Huaytapallana area and to the cloud forest of Chanchamayo. Also mountain biking . . ."
By Hilary Bradt ... recommends "INCAS DEL PERU for its learning programs and Lucho Hurtado for trekking. Also recommends staying at La Casa de La Abuela."
The Rough Guide to PERU
Dilwin Jenkis . . . "Restaurants and nightlife . . . Also worth trying is Lucho Hurtado’s Pizzeria, La Cabaña, Av Giraldez 652 ."
"Accommodation La Casa de la Abuela, Huancayo - Peru, Basic, but with good facilities including table tennis, a darts board and an electric shower . . . "
"So if you really want to practice your Spanish while traveling, you're better off going to a place where you can't fall back so readily on your English skills. Yet, chances are you also like some of the amenities that come with visiting an area that regularly welcomes large numbers of tourists." "Hundreds of destinations probably fit those qualifications, but I'm going to suggest a place I visited last month: Huancayo, Peru. The city of about 430,000 has most of what most visitors would expect in a destination worthy of several days: comfortable (although not luxurious) hotels, easy access, safe and pleasant restaurants, reasonable prices, moderate weather, and interesting places to visit during day trips. What it doesn't have are hordes of American tourists or an abundance of establishments where English is spoken. In fact, in three days of visiting the best of what the Huancayo area had to offer, I heard only one local person who spoke English well."
TIMES ON LINE
".. .And in Lima's grey and misty dawn a little group of intrepid obsessives was gathering. They were led by Lucho, a long-haired Peruvian of fine, part-Indian features. But he is no hippy: with his tour company, Incas del Peru, he has worked tirelessly to badger the railway company into keeping the door open to passenger excursions. A practical obsessive, he is showing how railway mania and Andean adventure can mix. He wants regular excursions with stops for sightseeing in the little towns climbing the fertile valleys that line the dusty desert rock of the descending Andes with green. I think he will succeed. ."
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South American Handbook 2000
Ben Box . . . "La Cabaña, Av. Giráldez 675, outstanding pizzas, ice-cream, calientitos, and other dishes, great atmosphere, repeatedly recommended, owned by Lucho Hurtado (also speaks English), also rents rooms (La Casa de La Abuela), organize Spanish courses for beginners, including accommodation with local families, recommended, weaving, playing the pan flute and Peruvian cooking, they also have maps and a book exchange ... Lucho also works as a guide and runs trips in the mountains or jungle and hires bikes for tours of rural communities."
Alan Murphy . . . " La Cabaña, Av. Giráldez 675, Great pizzas, ice-cream, calientitos, and other dishes, folk music at weekends. Great atmosphere, repeatedly recommended, owned by Lucho Hurtado (also speaks English), they also have 2 rooms, G including breakfast, with hot water, washing and cooking facilities. They organize Spanish courses for beginners for US$200 per week including accommodation with local families, as well as weaving, playing traditional music, Peruvian cooking and lots of other things. They also have maps and a book exchange. Lucho also works as a guide and runs trips in the mountains or jungle, and hires bikes for tours of rural communities. Contact him in Huancayo (
) or through the South American Explorers Club in Lima . . ."
ONE FOR THE ROAD
. . . "I actually wanted to go to a different hotel but the taxi driver opined that the Casa de la Abuela - was a much better place and drove me there; and as it turned out it was a good idea, because it is probably the most comfortable hostel in Huancayo. As a little welcome I got a voucher for one Calentito at La Cabaña, a cosy bar and restaurant opposite the hostel and owned by the same guy who owns the hostel, Lucho, with very good business acumen as one can see. After I had put my things in the small dormitory and had refreshed myself a bit, I decided to try one of these Calentitos and have an early night, and just as I closed the door behind me I bumped into Rosario (she is the web designer for Lucho's Incas del Peru site), " ...
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PERU / WESTBOLIVIEN
". . . INCAS DEL PERU veransteltet u.a. tagestouren im Mantaro-tal mit besuch der interessantesten Dörfer und archäologischen stätten. Der camino Huanca, eine fünftägige trekkingtour, führt in die einsame bergregion des Nevado Huaytapallana (5557m.) darüber hinaus kann man auch tages- bvw. 2-tagesflüge zum gletsjer des nevado Huaytapallana und mountainbike-touren unternehmen ..."
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VIVA TRAVEL GUIDES
". . . Self-described as the "learning and travel information center", this agency is all that and more. Since 1991, local owner Lucho Hurtado and his helpful staff are the best sources of information in Huancayo
about what to do, where to go, and how to get there. They organize one to five day treks and horseriding excursion around nearby
Cordillera Huaytapallana, in addition to a historical circuit, visiting five nearby sites of interest ..."
"... Friday 23rd of may We are in Lima in front of the tower of Lima’s station, Desamparados. With us are 90 more travelers waiting, (mostly tourists) to be let in to the - because of the lower situated presidential palace, - strictly guarded train station. We meet up with Lucho Hurtado, a Peruvian railway friend, who will accompany us on our journey on the highest train in the world. With a 2 hour delay, we leave Lima at 9 am. Instead of a clean passenger train, all of a sudden we are riding in a GmP, after which both wagons were simply attached to the susposed cargo train, efficiency principally goes before exclusiveness. The heavy shaking makes us doubt our decision to endure this 13 hours. The train’s horn is ready to warn crossing people and cars. The journey goes trough the povertystricken district of the 8 million metropole, when we’ve left the chaos of Lima behind us, the journey becomes a lot more bearable. "..
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