San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico
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Iguana Hostel San Cristobal de Las Casas Reviews
Iguana Hostel Mar 18, 2011
Arriving to the bus station, bunch of guys will be trying to interest you in their hostel deal, and there is also tourist desk on the terminal with lots of hotel pamphlets. There are lots of hostels and hotels in the town so you are not going to be stuck without a room. San Cristobal is mesmerizing colonial town, with usual bunch of cathedrals, large fresh market, few pedestrian streets and colorful colonial houses. It is well preserved and larger than most of the colonial towns that I have been to.
Hostel Iguana is pretty far from the bus station (probably more then 10 blocks), having city’s main park and cathedral somewhere in the middle between hostel and bus. Good thing about that is that you have to see it all as soon as you come. Most of the hostels have offers with free taxi to their location so you should not worry about carrying your stuff. Hostel is located at the square with one of the churches, and painted bright green and easy to spot. I paid $9 per day for pleasure of sleeping there, which is on lower end price range in San Cristobal.
They have weird way to enter the premises. Someone from hostel has to physically come to the gate and open it for you. Hopefully they will get tired of it one day, and find better system because this one is too time consuming. There is one large dorm with around twenty beds and few smaller dorms/privates. Lockers are provided and it is comfy and clean inside the rooms. On the second floor there is kitchen, shower/bathroom, internet/computers and nice chill area on the terrace. In the front of the building there is large garden occupied by table tennis, fire place and some hammocks.
Nights get colder here, and that fireplace is very nice add-on. You are not allowed to use your sleeping bag, and you can get as many blankets as you need. Reason for this is that some people travel with bed-bugs in their sleeping bags, and hostel does not want those animals…
They do not provide food, but you are welcome to cook anything you want, and bring any alcoholic beverage. There is large market just block away from hostel, and you can get any fresh local food that you want. Also there are few stores around the market with fairly priced food. Everyone exchanges dollars, but for Euros you’ll have to make deal that is not really good for you.
As usual, tours and transportation is provided from the receptionist desk. Most of the backpackers stop in this town on the way south and there is lots of things to do at affordable prices. Receptionists are very helpful/knowledgeable and they provide you with map and list of things to do. Other things to do would be visit to Sumidero Canyon, and little village close by, Chiapas del Corzo or maybe go visit the waterfalls Mishol -Ha, river cascades on Aqua Azul… I was lucky that they had festival in Chiapas so I went there for couple of days.
Place is not bad, but you can find more interesting hostel in the town for similar or lesser price.
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