We went to Pampa Linda to hike and had planned to stay 4 nights. We shortened our stay to only two nights after we discovered that only one of the trails, the one to Refugio Otto Meiling, was actually open for hiking. The other trails were closed because of damage to either the trail itself or to the stream crossings from a flood last May. It has also been raining a lot and the rivers are all running very high. The trail to Otto Meiling was very wet and muddy at the bottom. It is a very beautiful area and I am sorry that we couldn´t enjoy it more. Apparently if you want to ride horses, you have a few more choices because the horses can cross streams that hikers cannot.
We were paying US $146 per night. That included breakfast and dinner, but it still seems like a lot. We stayed in room number 2, which is quite small and next to the stairway. There was some noise from the stairs. You are paying for the remoteness of the location. The staff was very nice about letting us cancel our remaining two nights without penalty. In fact, the staff generally tried to be very helpful. Only a couple of the staff speak English, and my Spanish is very limited, but we were able to communicate without problems.
As for the food, we were offered two choices for starters and two choices for entrees for dinner. The first night was OK but not great. I asked about the choices for the next day after breakfast the following morning, and didn´t like either of the choices mentioned first. When I asked if there were anything else, they did offer other choices and we ended up having trout, which I liked much better than the first night´s dinner. They also had whole wheat bread available if you asked, but didn´t offer it initially. So, I would encourage you to have a conversation about food if you are picky about it. (admittedly, we are).
This is a beautiful, remote location and I am glad that we got to see it, but be prepared for the weather to be a challenge. It rains a lot. There is no Internet and the telephone sounds unreliable. We made our reservations over the Internet, but I think someone must be doing that from a nearby town. With the current conditions, this seems like a better place for horseback riders than for hikers.
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