We finally settled on La Posada del Sol. We only stayed a night as we felt that it was overpriced for what it offered. A gringo(foreigner)/local partnership, perhaps they had gotten a little too comfortable and forgotten about what really mattered. You couldn't do this and you couldn't do that; it was totally geared at money, money. And don't, I repeat don't do your own laundry! Having said that, we did meet a wonderful couple at the cafe there; Roy and Raquel from Cochabamba. Roy was a professor and specialist in Andean rock art and Raquel a batik artist. Really lovely people whom we spent hours chatting to.
We ended up spending the next few days at the friendly, family-run Residencial Kim. Basic and clean rooms with a lovely courtyard and kitchen (always a deal-clincher for me) with lovely and helpful staff.
|Fresh fruit at Residencial Kim.|
The place to see in Samaipata is the mystical pre-Inca site of El Fuerte, or the Fort. Just an uphill from the village but most easily accessed by public transport. We had also made some new English friends at La Posada, so we decided to go along together.