Loro Loco Hostel
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
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Loro Loco Hostel Santa Cruz de la Sierra Reviews
Loro Loco Hostel Jun 19, 2016
Santa Cruz is definitely very overrated place and it stays very low on the list of nice places to see in Bolivia. Aside of large, mostly very dirty market, and nice park there is little to really enjoy in. Another interesting thing are hordes of Mennonites that are buying provisions for their farms. They really stand out in their “Sunday best” clothes and all almost uniformed.
Hostel is on alright location. It is on the inside road ring that circles the center. Couple blocks to large super market, few blocks from food in the market and probably 7 blocks to the center plaza. Next to the supermarket you will find 5-6 ATM machines, each in its own confined area a bit of the pavement. A bit weird to see they lined up like that, but there must be reason for it. Aside of markets, there are loads of restaurants on the ring road, and I have to suggest the Japanese place (forgot the name, but the food was great).
Door to hostel are massive wooden thing and you’ll have to ring for someone to open. Hostel is located in the few buildings that are on the same property. As soon as you enter, you are in the kind of parking area that probably doubles for party place during the season. Reception area has lots of information about the area and you can ask them anything about transportation or places to go. Main bus station is not too far away, but it is not really for carrying heavy bag and walking. Taxis are cheap but know exact address and try to get surrounding crossroads because some taxis have no idea where they are driving…
I was a bit surprised that smoking is allowed in one of the common rooms. That room is directly connected with kitchen and hallway leads to the reception. Smoke goes everywhere and it is a bit hard to breathe if someone is smoking. Surprising thing is that there are two large courtyards where you can smoke as much as you wish without bothering anyone.
They have big kitchen, and you can cook there and also storage your food in the fridge. There is no free breakfast in the morning, and even hot water is not that easy to get. Lady that works there is not really into doing anything so look around for tea bags, powder coffee and milk is in the fridge.
Inside yard is much cozier, hammocks under the roof and dorms lined up around. My room was bit small and kind of made of anything and everything they found around the house hehehh. Bed was alright, walls covered with pages from old magazines and only one plug for electricity… Door was a sliding kind with a small lock to close it. Not really secure or even privacy keeper, but what can you do… sometimes just go with the flow. There is bunch of small lockers close to reception that you can use. Restrooms are clean, located all over, showers are hot.
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