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Hotel Plaza Cajamarca Reviews
Hotel Plaza Jun 27, 2011
Long old two story building faces whole block right in the front of the central historic park of Cajamarca, surrounded by churches and cars zipping by. Small door and wooden stairs lead to second floor reception. Mismatched items fill up the walls of the passages and small resting area. Thin VIP rope stops you at entering that room, so it must be a shrine or owner’s fetish room…
This is the one of the times when I just followed one of the travel guides without checking anything else. Cost of the dorm is 15 soles per person, but there are other private rooms with bathroom, TV, and they start from 30 soles.
Hotel was almost totally empty for few days that I have been there, which added to creepiness of the place. Wooden rails, large doors and inner verandas surrounding small plazas or courtyards in the middle of the building give this place unique feeling. From the second floor you have everyday life view of many small store owners, restaurants, and people moving with their business. There are some useful shops in these courtyards, such as electronics, travel agency, exchange place, and few restaurants. Someone is at the reception 24 hours, they are super relaxed and will help you with any advice you need, if you know at least some Spanish.
Good side of empty hotel is that I got dorm room just for myself. Room looks like grandmother’s old house, high ceiling, flat painted, rustic window place, with lots of space for only 4 beds. Beds are old, hard and surprisingly comfortable, and bedding in mix-matched pillow cases and sheets just makes it totally unique. Old table with few wooden chairs comes directly from Wild West movies… Bathrooms are large with row of restrooms that continues to showers. All is pretty clean, with warm water available 24 hours (Very Important !!!).
Outside the building many doors hide shops, exchanges and tourist travel offices. I had problem finding my door most of the time, so I waited till dark falls and everyone closes their stores… Cajamarca is nice city, with good food, bunch of Spanish cathedrals, lots of restaurants, good looking girls, and bad dogs in dark alleys.
I took one basic and cheep tour that covered Cumbe Mayo –rock formation that is not really interesting, some hieroglyphic areas and Inca aqueduct. Trip takes few hours, and it is kind of worth going, but for all of you that have seen good places, it is going to be a bit boring. There is family of locals that are selling some food, art and trying to get some money by begging and looking to jump into paid picture. Funny part is when one of them runs pass us with small sheep on her shoulder, and positions herself 20 meters upfront. Now you take photos … Than she lets sheep go, runs again, opens her bag and starts selling shirts and small art pieces… Then she runs around the little hill, and starts begging for money… It would be cool if she did clothing change on the way.
I recommend Inca baths as place to go.
Hostel is recommended for being a very affordable, easy going place.
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