The Huayhuash circuit is in fact awesome not terrible but I needed a way to warn people about a dodgy agency. We wanted to do the circuit independently rather than as part of a group. We just needed a donkey driver and donkeys and everything (tent,sleeping bag etc.) for the donkey driver. We used an agency "Ganesa" to organize that and paid them 1340soles for the privilege. It was a bit confusing as to who the agency was as we ended up dealing with several different people all claiming to be from different agencies but our contract ultimately said it was with Ganesa. All seemed ok as we headed out to the trek until a guy jumped on the bus asking for me. He handed me 400 soles and told me that was to pay the donkey guy. I was shocked and horrified that was all they were paying him. On the second night the donkey driver told us he wasn't being paid enough and he was going to abandon us unless we paid him an extra 300 soles, we had no house being in the middle of nowhere at that point. The tent also had broken poles and the agency forgot the sleeping bag do we had to pay again to hire another. The donkey driver was an inexperienced teenager who complained a lot and made us feel a bit like his mum and dad. All in all lots of issues. I recommend doing it independently but call an Arriero directly don't use an agency and if your Spanish isn't up to it find someone who can make the call for you.
Huayhuash was the most beautiful place I have been do despite the issues it was still worth it.
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