Pedro Ruiz, Peru
Hospidaje Pedro Ruiz Reviews
Hospidaje in Pedro Ruiz Jun 19, 2011
I was stranded on the bus station in Pedro Ruiz, but at least city is on the main road towards Tarapoto…
Next bus was leaving early tomorrow morning, so I needed cheep and clean hostel to spend the night. There was a hotel at the station, that was charging 40-50 Soles (1$=2.75S), but that is simply too much for Peru prices. Some people around the station tried to scam me, but I just walked to the central crossroads in the city and looked around for a place to stay.
There are few places that were charging 15 soles for basic room, and I got into second floor, no name hospidaje, that offered small clean room with bathroom and TV.
Only mark is wooden plank with “hospidaje” written on right next to the door, and from the street you have to go up steep staircase to the second floor to the reception area. Place is mostly in tiles and it is kind of hospital clean. It is run by older lady, soft spoken, not trying to hustle you by any means, just doing her job.
Just to try to locate this place for anyone that gets to Pedro Ruiz and looks for the good night sleep, hospidaje is on the main road, around 20 meters opposite from the bridge which you have to pass coming from Chachapoyas. Right across there is large bottom floor open restaurant. Building is ugly three floor with dark and kind of modern windows.
Only one bed in the room is welcome change, so I laid down, turn on the TV and I enjoyed it to the fullest. Shower and bathroom is continuation of the room, clean, but there is weird window looking towards the lobby (window is made of thick glass tiles, but you can still see shades and forms of the people outside).
Pedro Ruiz is stop for all buses going from coastal areas (such as Lima, Trujillo…) to Tarapoto and surrounding Amazon areas. Close by is city of Chachapoyas, amazing ruins, ancient tombs, beautiful nature and all you need is some time to see it all. There is minimal number of tourist moving around which is great change from other, easily accessible areas of Peru so if you are interested in real adventure (outside of commercial stuff) this is good place to go from. As usual for this country, every bus has its own station, so you have to go around and ask about transportation at many places. Be wary of resellers, because they will try to trick you into committing to “next” bus, which is not necessarily at the time they promote… Busses are usually arriving early morning and around mid day, going towards the coast or Amazon region. Bus station that I was at has bakery attached to it, and whole morning they were making excellent rolls. At the center, I had very good soup and breakfast. Chicken in central mountains part of Peru tends to be very hard to chow. It is real struggle to eat or cut it…
This Hospidaje is recommended, simple, cheep, clean place. Unfortunately, no name place is a bit harder to find… Unfortunately, my camera with photos from this place got stolen, so I am adding photos of the area.
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