As a continuation of my previous post
about our first night in Coroico, Yungas Bolivia, this post picks up where that one left off...
So when the wifi at the hostal we stayed in the first night wouldn't work, I went across the road to this beautiful, big blue hotel, that I thought might be expensive just based on appearance. Surprisingly the rooms were a modest 160 bs (23 USD) per person. The first night while we still had our rooms at the other place, I went across the road and asked if they had any rooms.
Booked for the night, but they did have some opening in the morning. The owner was so kind, I told him about my problems with internet at the other place and he offered to set me up to just use internet even without a room. Big beautiful clean rooms with big comfy beds, new looking linen, soft sheets and big thick pillows. Gorgeous pool, private parking and many nice places outside to grill out. Even one up a little hill under a huge gazebo with grill area and tables set up.
Internet never did come in. In my room, nothing. I saw the manager in the hall so I brought my laptop over and showed him no signal, and right when I was showing him, it picked up the signal for a second, he said by the pool was better. Never got it anywhere. Plus, my internet modem stopped working after a year's use. I guess my expectation to have internet in the jungle was a bit unrealistic. I was happy it forced me to take time off work and enjoy the Yungas.
We went out in the afternoon and goofed around at the plaza, and then took a taxi to the waterfalls. The beautiful mountain scenery that surrounds Coroico literally has waterfalls everywhere you look. About a 15 minute drive out of town takes you to a very big one, easy to access from the road.
Many taxis park around the plaza with "cascadas" or waterfalls, written on their signs, making it easy to find a cab that knows exactly where to go. Arriving back in Coroico, we asked the taxi driver where the best restaraunt was in town. He took us to a place with great variety, typical decors and decent prices for big plates. Our table ordered two plates of a delicious chicken vegtable alfredo linguini and pique de macho. Everything was excellent. Rico ;)
Holding the same charm as Tarija, and I imagine most Bolivian towns or cities, the plaza was lit up at night and crowded with people. There was music, vendors, a clown who had been entertaining in the plaza since morning and people dancing and singing, travelers selling jewelry and all the typically scenery you would expect, kids, etc. Beautiful. Back to hotel a little after dawn, those rooms were comfortable, but wifi never came in and the cable only had five channels. Did find stuff for kids to watch.
Had a great night's sleep. Breakfast was good, but would not let me take a hot water for coffee up to room to husband, said he had to come down. Hotel manager even helped and called cabs and stood outside until we eventually found one on top of the hill where the hotel was, and that was working on a Sunday. Got charged a gringo price of 300 Bs, when locals pay 200 Bs (I know because on Friday I took the exact same line on the way to the Yungas and I saw a Bolivian man pay 200bs before me for a trufi and charged my 250bs.) I said something and they tried to explain like his was different for some reason for the private trufi back to La Paz.
Great safe ride with a good driver made the two hour ride back to La Paz comfortable, all until my son threw up all over the backseat of the trufi ten minutets before we were back to hotel in La Paz. Oops. At least he charged us a 100 Bs additional cleanup tip. We did our best, but... it was chocolate milk. Disgusting. Ya, it was pretty bad :(
Sorry if you think my posts are a bit boring :( The intent is to be informative on some great places I see or don't see. But I promise, hang in there with me and we will have some fun on here once I get the ball rolling ;)