This is not a four stars hotel as you would picture elsewhere in the world, however, it deserves in my opinion a good overall rating. The reasons for the high rating are mainly the beautiful location at 4.300 mts above sea level in close proximity to the mighty Sajama mountain, the fact that is managed by a local community who does its best to keep it running and the friendliness of the people who work there.
The lodge was build within a small village called Tomarapi and the initiative of having a community managed lodge was supported by the German Cooperation. The lodge has 27 beds and it is the only lodge in this area who caters for middle to high income tourists. There are other much basic guests houses, which apparently are mainly visited by backpackers and climbers. However, I think that specially climbers could find in the the Tomarapi lodge a good place to start their journey in the Sajama. The price for a double room for two people with all meals included is about Bs 560 (about US 80).
Although accomodation is simple, there is hot water available and a heater in the room, which helps in the cold nights. It is advisable however to turn off the heater in the room before retiring to sleep, because it is operated by gas and could contribute to the high altitude headaches.
The meals were good and the cook very friendly. It is amazing how friendly all people working there were, and how willing to accomodate the requests of tourists.
This lodge is not perfect however is special and if you are a tourist who loves beautiful landscapes in unique natural settings, who accept basic accomodation and who recognizes the efforts of the local community to keep this lodge running and to please the guests, than you will like this place.