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Hostal Limoncocha Feb 08, 2014
Hostel Limon Cocha is located on the hill above the bus terminal, and it is not a hard walk or a steep hill. Distance is some 300m and area is totally safe, even if it does not look like it is. Tena is the city you go to check out primary jungle, enjoy in world class rafting and try to accept nature that surrounds you. There is many cheep lodging options in the city and surrounding area and you will probably find something that you like (prices range from 7 to 16$ which sometimes includes breakfast). Limon Cocha was a good choice because you have to pass by food carts on the way to the hostel, and that was the fact at least in the beginning, but then we found our self in good, clean and orderly hostel. It must be orderly because it is run by German owner that totally does not look like someone who would offer rooms to backpackers.
As I understood Limon Cocha got its name by the name of national park that is in surrounding, and the family that runs hostel in town also has a building in the park vicinity. They also run successful adventure company, with rafting, kayaking, canyoning, long hiking through the jungle and stay with local tribes. When you are entering the hostels property you’ll see storage area with lots of well maintained and cleaned items for all kinds of fun adventures. Organization of the shaman ceremonies is also possible and if you have time it would be a good opportunity to try ayawaska ceremony. All prices in hostel are on the level of other tourist places in the area, so if you ask me I would recommend only the local tribal organization and their tours. We did talk to very open and pleasant tribal organization that has small kiosk with information on the tours that they have, but unfortunately all really interesting places required at least three days and we did not have that option.
Hostel has three floors and the basement rooms. There are also “cabana” rooms that slope down next to the parking area. Office and all information you can get on the first floor. Breakfast is available if you are into paying extra for it, but we always preferred to go around and make our own breakfast experience. Second floor has cool patio/balcony that is edged with two hammocks and it is a nice place for sunsets. Even better place is third floor and its larger terrace that is adjacent to the kitchen area. Kitchen has all necessary things for cooking and preparations and also refrigerator and water filters.
Rooms are good, spacey. Most of them have large bed and few smaller on the side. Our room had good bed, strong fan and enough power sources for our equipment. Hostel was pretty empty so we had luxury of choosing room with the best view, so our sunset was really special. Mosquito nets ensure quiet and relaxed sleep. WiFi is available all over this place.
Bathrooms are well maintained, pretty new, with solid hot water system. There are soap and shampoo containers on the walls but their emptiness shows some saving options for the owner.
In general it is good and cheap place with its 8$ per night per person worth revisiting.
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Average hostel, brusque service Feb 12, 2010
Our whole experience at this hostel started on the wrong foot. On the bus on the way to Tena we called ahead to say we would be arriving around 1 AM and was there space for 5 people. On the phone they said no problem and that there was room. However, when we got to the hostel, there was a sign that said there were no vacancies. We disregarded that since they told us to come and it was raining and we had no way of finding another taxi to another hostel. We rang the bell and a men stood on the balcony watching us but did not come let us in. We could not figure out how to get in and he just stood there watching (it was very rude). When we finally figured it out, he had us pick between shared or private bathrooms. We chose shared because it was cheaper. The hostel owner then led us to our rooms. The rooms were very clean and nice. They were definitely the best part about the hostel. The shared bathrooms were also immaculate. The weirdest thing is that we found that only ONE other girl was staying in the entire hostel!! Why was that sign up???? Another issue is that there must be a rooster farm outside of the hostel because we were woken up at 3:30 by incredibly loud cockadoodledooing. I know this has nothing to do with this hostel but I thought I would mention it.
The next morning they made us a great breakfast (I think it was 2 dollars). The jam was delicious and the woman who served breakfast was nicer than the German man who owned the hostel. They did hold all of our stuff while we went white water rafting which was great. And when we came back, they let us change in the storage room so we would not be wet on the bus back to Quito. Instead of us calling us a taxi, we paid the hostel owner to drive us to the bus stop which was great because we left right away. Speaking of the bus station, this hostel has the closest proximity to it. The other hostels are all downtown. Basically, it just depends on which location you are looking for.