Hi folks, long time member here but I haven't posted in a couple years and forgot my login info, etc, so hence the new account
I am travelling to Huaraz soon for a peak bagging trip in the Blanca. I have 5 days planned in Huaraz to acclimatize and explore the immediate area. One thing I consistently read in trip reports is that people have trouble staying healthy there, developing illnesses (especially GI issues) for seemingly no reason - even when taking strict precautions. Obviously you guys know I don't want this to happen and potentially ruin a trip which costs so much in time an money to even start!
I know I am over-reacting, but part of me wants to just drink bottled water and eat powerbars for 5 days; but since that is foolish I would appreciate some of your top tips for staying healthy in Huaraz - especially some suggestions for safe places to eat gringo-friendly food (I am aware of Cafe Andino but not many others). Thanks for your help - I hope this posting can be useful to not only me but others visiting Peru!
PS - My one piece of checked baggage is about to explode at the seams, I figured this is a no-brainier but could someone assure me that a closed cell foam sleeping pad, like a ridgerest or something (used or new), is easy to purchase in Huaraz? Thanks!