These two charming towns are tiny, but they’ve become highly popular with expats and people from Peruvian cities for some reason. Consequently, there’s now an abundance of houses designed and furnished to ‘Western standards,’ and there’s a warm, welcoming community here. There’s also more and more to do, from going to the much-loved Viva Peru cafe and other eateries.
There are also some great walks and hikes here, including one to the waterfall in Arin. Many stop at the cafe in Munay Sonqo retreat and yoga centre in Arin to refresh with a smoothie, coffee or cake afterwards. And let’s not forget they have a gorgeous new spa!
Pros of living in Huaran/Arin
- Some lovely houses, but the area is getting more densely populated than other towns
- A great community of expats
- More and more awesome cafes are opening near here
Cons of living in Huaran/Arin
- Many agricultural fields mean residents are regularly exposed to toxic pesticides
- Increasing population density means more noise, pollution and light
- Prices are getting higher as locals know expats will pay more for housing and land
- Crime is rising as criminals from outside the valley know that richer people live here
What you need to know: Garbage pickup days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, so put your rubbish at the ‘carpas’ (covered areas) along the pista (highway) on that day.
This friendly local hangout offers great service and tasty food, ranging from vegan burgers and soups to salads, tuna melts, and daily specials. Open from 11-4 Monday to Saturday, there are often special events like pub quizzes, games days and musical guests.
The cafe in the Munay Sonqo retreat space is also open to the public, and serves mainly vegetarian snack foods, smoothies, coffees, sweets and teas. Just a 15 minute walk to the waterfall in Arin, the cafe’s hours are irregular; best to check before taking a walk up there, but when you arrive, the environment is lovely.