Hostal Chasqui opened in the year 2000 when local Otavalan, Roberto, purchased a block of land located five blocks from Parque Bolivar. Over the past years, Roberto has gradually built up the hostal to its current three levels, creating fantastic views over the town from the roof top terrace. The purchase of the colonial house next door has helped to expand his capacity and he also has future plans to create a relaxing garden area with hammocks.
facilities...Hostal Chasqui offers double and twin rooms for $9 per person with private bathroom. Rooms are clean and colourfully decorated, there is gas heated hot water and most of the double and twin rooms have their own TV/DVD with a small selection of movies in various languages.
There is a kitchen available for guest use and there is also a BBQ on the roof top terrace which can be pulled out when there are a number of people interested. You are free to make yourself a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Guests can use the laundry machine for free and WiFi is available throughout for those travelling with a laptop.
For those feeling energetic, the hostal rents out bikes for $4 per day. For over-land travellers, the hostal has a garage available for cars or motorbikes. There is a bar (and karaoke!) downstairs which generally opens most weekends, or when there is demand. This area also boasts a projector for big screen movie nights.
Roberto and Sofia (who work in the hostel and speak English)are both happy to help you out with tourist information for the town and surrounding areas. They are also happy to accommodate groups and long term stays.
How to get there...Coming from the bus terminal in Otavalo, a taxi to the hostel will cost $1. For those walking, from the south east corner of Parque Bolivar, head south for one block along Calle Bolivar and take a left onto Calle Piedrahita. You will then see the Hostal Chasqui about one and a half blocks up ahead on the right, look for the 3 story white building, with Hostal Chasqui clearly marked.
Report & Photos by: Kate Dombkins and James Marsden
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