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Jaguar House Cochabamba Reviews
Jaguar House Jul 24, 2016
This was my first visit to the “city of eternal spring” and I can’t believe that I did not get here before. Surrounding is fantastic, there are awesome national parks and the markets are on the grand scale.
There were few hostels with good reviews and Jaguar House was not the one I was going for. We arrived to the bus station in the morning and got a TAXI to takes us the place. Cabs are very cheap and you could go all over the city for few dollars. On the way to another hostel we told the guy to takes us to Jaguar and we did not make a mistake.
Jaguar House is in the quiet street, right behind their central avenue and few blocks from the town center. Most of the buildings are smaller family homes but this area is experiencing revival and modernization. To walk from here to the bus station would take some 20-25 minutes. Hostel is marked only with a small wooden plank that is kind of hard to read, so you’ll need to know the address. They have two floors of rooms and couple more of the smaller buildings that host restaurant and some private rooms. Middle of the hostel is sizable patio with chairs, tables ping pong table and foosball table.
Very “homey feeling” is what elevates this hostel from ordinary. There is large kitchen area on the first floor which is used only by staff and ladies that prepare food for lunch that is sold some days in the back of the hostel. That food is FANTASTIC, and they have many choices and many souses to support your choice . There is another kitchen that everyone can use and it is located on the second floor. That area is kind of indoor hang out place if it is rainy in the courtyard.
Smoking is permitted in the little courtyard and hallway in the hostel and that is just horrible because smoke goes in every place around the courtyard and when people are smoking, you won’t be able to breathe at all. Internet is available only around the reception area, and it is usually fairly slow.
Our room was a bit dark, and the bed was totally ok. Price for the private room is $25 which is kind of average through the country. There is breakfast that is included in the morning consisting of bread and some spreads. Good thing about it is strong coffee and fruits. Surrounding area has bunch of restaurants, mostly not the good ones but that depends on your taste. For food you MUST go to the some markets and try their hearty, simple, local specialties. I love this markets for variety of soups and even bigger variety of fruit juices that are incredibly cheap.
Hostel staff is very good, they can help you with your exploration or transit options. The city is very much alive all the time, there are pretty good clubs and nice bars short walk from the hostel. City also features many cathedrals and churches from the Spanish time.
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