Mallku Villamar, Bolivia
Mallku Villamar Reviews
a shelter in the middle of nowhere Jul 29, 2011
Unfortunately I do not even remember the name of this accommodation; but it is a very primitive space for the night at the edge of Mallku Villamar. We staid there on our first night of the salt flats tour.
The accommodation is made up of a number of rooms around a courtyard and there's a heated! "comedor" as well as a small block with toilets a sink and a shower.
With 6 girls we were accommodated in a large room with six beds. The beds had sheets and blankets but as there was zero heating in the room and big gaps underneath the door, the space was ice and ice cold. With a heavy duty sleeping bag underneath the bed covers, it was however survivable and even comfy.
The men who shared a sleeping room on the windy side of the building and used no sleeping bag, were all complaining about how cold it was... and those were no whimps.
The "comedor" or "dining room" consisted of two parts, one below and one up, with a stove in between. The stove heated up the place pretty well and it was nice and warm inside. We had our own cook with us who prepared the food and it was all delicious and warm.
No-one tried the showers so I cannot tell how they were ;-) The wash basin however had only cold water so was only useful for brushing teeth :-)
Needless to say that the toilet block was freezing cold so I hardly drank at dinner to avoid going out to the toilet in the middle of the night!
It was a very basic night in the middle of a very barren landscape, but that added also to the charm of the trip. I do not even know if this place is somewhere bookable on the web. I presume the space is rented out through travel companies only.
Part of the Getting chilly in Chile and Bolivia, Summer 2011 travel blog
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