My girlfriend and I stayed here in June of this year. Our double room was large and comfortable with cable tv and a hot shower in the en suite. Breakfast was great and cooked by Liz whose family own and run the hostel. There was bread, eggs, fruit, tea, coffee, yogurt and really delicious hot chocolate. Oruro itself doesn't have too much, but everything that is worth seeing should be seen with Luis who helps run the hostel and does all the tours that Hostel Graciela offer. Luis had a great knowledge of the local area and particularly the history and archaeology around Oruro. He took us to see ancient burials and to an amazing place absolutely littered with ancient Incan pottery. We became really good friends with Liz and Luis and they invited us to come back after we had been to Tarija (where if you visit you should stay in Hostel Casablanca) to spend the Winter Solstice festival with them. We accepted their invitation and had one of the most amazing experiences we had anywhere in South America. They took us to a sacred place where we joined in the Winter Solstice celebrations of the Aymara people. We made offerings to Pacha Mammadrank beer and local moonshine (powerful stuff!) with all the Aymaran elders until 3am and then we all hiked together up a nearby hill as the Aymaras played instruments and sang (they drink and hike like nothing I've ever seen). At the top of the mountain we heard the rising of the Sun with more drinking and the sacrifice of a llama. After we had paid tribute to the Sun and Mother Earth, Luis showed us the archaeological ruins on top of the mountain. Afterwards we hiked down again to find the Aymara were still partying and had made soup from the llama which we all share. Hostel Graciela was great value for many and as comfortable as anywhere we stayed in South America but it was really Luis and Liz that make it a special place. On our last night they made us a delicious meal that we shared with a few bottles of wine. If you visit Oruro, don't story anywhere else. Liz and.Luis are two of the most beautiful people we have ever met and our friends for life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Make Hostel Graciela your home in Oruro, Bolivia-home to Carnival and a perfect base to explore the mystical altiplano, or rest before traveling on to Salar de Uyuni. Stay in our comfortable single, double or triple rooms with private baths (hot showers! towel included) and cable TV, as well as daily housekeeping service, Enjoy free WIFI and start your day with a delicious breakfast in our sunny dining room, with a small terrace overlooking the city. Free tea and coffee, 24 hours check in and security and luggage storage provided. Laundry service available. Our tourism agency offers personalized advice and excursions to surrounding archaeological and natural wonders. We also arrange reservations for your travels by bus, train or air to Uyuni, La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre and other destinations in Bolivia. Our warm and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you with any questions, requests or advice and make your stay in Oruro wonderful. ... more less
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