Rain, tin barons and an enormous Jesus
Cochabamba Travel Blog› entry 28 of 177 › view all entries
March 2nd, 2008 – by: sissanoel
Seeing as it was still raining, we decided to get a taxi over to the Cristo de la Concordia and took a cablecar up to the statue´s base. Surprisingly, the view was quite good over the city as we went up, even allowing for the constant drizzle. This statue of Christ is actually bigger than the one in Rio and sits about 2900m above sea level. WE walked back along the Heroinas and had lunch at a place just off it called Donals. Interesting experience here - a bs15 set menu was advertised, but when we asked for it, the waiter said it wasn´t available and we would have to order off the meal list, where of course most dishes alone were twice the set menu price. When we got up to leave because didn´t actually want anything that was on the meal list, the waiter rushed over and told us to sit down because he´d miraculously found just two extra servings of the set menu!! In other words, lets scam as much out of the tourist as we can, but if they´re not prepared to be scammed, we might as well get something off them. Also interesting that half a dozen locals came in after us and had no trouble getting the set menu! Went back to the hotel, as we´d arrange a late check-out at Hostal Elisa (which it proudly advertises is recommended in Lonely Planet, Lets Go, etc), to find that our bed had been stripped, the towels removed and the hot water turned off. And being able to speak some Spanish, we did not find it amusing to hear the owner outside our room (after I´d asked for a towel to have a shower and got one between us) laughing that it didn´t matter, because there was no hot water anyway. Another case of take the tourists´ money but don´t actually give them anything for it. Think we´ll write to Lonely Planet about this one, because the hotel is using their fame to push an inferior service. Some of the others in our group had rooms that were like dungeons with parts of the ceiling falling in.
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