Let me tell you about The Way Inn. The owner built it himself, from scratch, over almost a decade, with the aim of creating a modern yet rustic lodge at the edge of the world and a jumping-off point for adventures in the high mountains and beyond. The Way Inn is perched on the edge of a high plateau overlooking the city of Huaraz, and it also sits at the feet of some very tall mountains indeed. The view from the lodge is like a dream I didn't want to wake up from. I sat by the fire for hours staring out over the Andes like a child seeing it all for the first time. It's enormous, it goes on and on, it's basically the entire reason why people travel to a a place like this, because the view itself is better than anything on television.
You can walk out the door of the lodge and ascend right into the rooftop of the world. The day hike to Laguna Churup was a tour of some of the most stunning scenery I've ever seen in South America. When I returned, short of breath and exhausted from the walk, I went directly into the sauna, and then jumped into the icy stream flowing just outside the door--exhilarating!
There are several options for lodging at the Way Inn-- a bunkhouse built right into the hillside with some clever engineering around an enormous boulder, providing great insulation from the elements on chilly nights. I believe there's tent camping as well for those on tight budgets. I opted for a private room with a huge bed (down comforter!) with a woodstove at the foot of it. Every detail of these accommodations are expertly observed-- beautiful bathroom for example, and after you've traveled enough in Latin America you really appreciate those kinds of things--and the craftsmanship of the lodge in general is very impressive.
Because of its remote location, there are no other options for meals apart from the kitchen. They do produce some superb cuisine there, though. While its not cheap, it's really not expensive either. I found it all to be fairly priced. You didn't come all this way up from Huaraz to this boutique lodge just to eat granola and crackers, did you? Relax, enjoy the view, take a hike, feel the enormity of the Andes dwarfing your petty day-to-day concerns and putting things back into a larger perspective. They Way Inn is something wholly unique in all the Andes, in my opinion. The owner's a great guy, and he attracts a very diverse and interesting crowd--there is no lack of good company at the lodge, from what I experienced. I can't wait to go back. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Way Inn is an Ayahuasca-based holistic healing and research centre located high in the Peruvian Andes, offering ten-day retreats, Shamanic Dietas, Organ Cleanses, Work Exchanges, and Apprenticeships. It was founded in 2002 by Alex Good, an Englishman with nine years of experience working and studying with the master plants Ayahuasca and San Pedro in Peru. With a highly experienced healing team comprised of both native Peruvian Shamans and western practitioners, the centre's primary purpose is to deliver the profound healing potential of South American Shamanism in a way that is accessible to those who arguably need it most - people from so-called 'developed' Western societies. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Way Hotel Huaraz