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ISSUE:  060
DATE:  March 06, 2002
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Lima & Arequipa Peru - What is a Hostel?
TIP:  What is a Hostel?:
LOCATION:  Arequipa, Peru


Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Lima & Arequipa, Peru - What is a Hostel?
Issue 60 - Hobotraveler.com - March 6, 2002
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 4


https://www.hobotraveler.com/ Travel Directory
I purchased another domain for my favorite accomodations.
Added a database to: ( or Brett did!)
A world guidebook online wannabe.


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The question on whether I am the only one
writing a newsletter, and making large WebPages filled with
photos while traveling has elicited some good
responses. I thought a big claim would get them hobos out
of the woods.


FROM JOHN DEBBINS... (I think he is in Paraguay)

hey andy, for what it is worth....

your travel news letter is the ONLY one that i read
regularly... so maybe that can be your claim...

HOBO TT... The only travel news letter that john
debbins reads regularly...

and yes i think i realize the squalor in which you
write and send these news letters.... that's part of
the beauty of your letter.... it makes me think of
iquitos at 6:30 am as get up to go to work.. while you
are still sleeping.... nice thoughts....

ok.. got to go... peace and love... john


Hello John,
I think that comment makes me feel better than to
think that it is a big newsletter. In reality it is the
connection I get with lots of my friends like you
that helps me enjoy the road life.

Lots of people ask me,
“Don’t you get lonely?”
Not really I have lots of friends like John that
e-mail me on a somewhat regular basis.
Austin S, John T, Jeff W, Justin B, Chris S. (Hotsprings)
Jenny H, German E, John S, Anna K, Linda B, Mary S,
Brett C, Mike P, Jackie C, William B, Mom, Dad,
etc, etc, etc,
and being the Mujeriego I am... Muchas Chicas

I have found the friendship of world class travelers that
can and do empathize with me. The have been there
and done that, and so will you.

SERIOUS....OK... I will be a little more serious.

Scott Stolls right in my own backyard is doing the same.
He has been writing me and using some of my newsletters
in his webpage for a couple of years.
“He has left the building.” hehehe



“Dennis and myself, Scott, are riding are bicycles
around the world over the next two years. Why would
anyone ride their bicycle around the world?
This is the most popular question people ask me. There
are many answers but it mostly boils down to my belief
that one has an obligation to live the best life they
know how. For myself and Dennis, living the best life
means bicycling around the world. We hope to inspire
many people to follow their dreams.

To see photos and read stories about our trip visit:

To subscribe to my newsletter, send a blank email to:
[email protected]



One very noteworthy webpage has a collection of
travelogues, or in their vernacular. Trek sharing.
To share with other travelers your diary, journal, or story.
And of course photos when possible. There are various
webpage where a traveler can post his or her story.
This is one that has lots of promise.

I suppose I should rescind on my claim....
That maybe I am the only one in the world doing
this. I am sure I am not. But I am the only one
doing it for so long, and so big, and in such magnitude.
Or the bottom line.
I write a lot of words, and post a lot of pictures.
A newsletter that has news and stands alone, and
WebPages that have lots of information and photos.


So are you the only one doing that kind of trip, maybe,
and if there are some others they are very few. Why ?
I guess money is the key word, even if you don't spend
too much you need some.



They jumped on a train to go to another city for jobs
and adventure. Definition of Hobos link:

I guess I should and always will thank the
Gods for my good fortune. I am able to somehow
live with the help of family, friends, and my meager
earnings from my WebPages.

Lots of chisme.... (Gossip in Spanish)


I have started another webpage and put my mark
on its first Hostel or Hotel. I am trying avoid the word
Hostel because the term has taken on them bad feelings for me.
I do not want a place that convinces you that you
should love to sleep in bunkbed in a dormitory.

The number one reason I like to travel is to meet
people. I meet two types of people. The local people and
and the other travelers. For the most
part I only meet the other travelers in the place where I live.
Every once in awhile I find a place that seems like the
perfect Hobo Home.

Platypus in Bogota, Colombia ( In the Candalaria)
Grand Hotel in Quito, Ecuador (Old part of Quito Ecuador)
Danish Hostel in Oaxaca, Mexico (Does it still exist?)

Some of you search for Hiltons, or Holiday Inns,
or Sheratons. I look for my Hobo Home.

A couple of letters back I wrote a letter about the
marks that Hobos put on building to say things are

I look in every city I meet for a good place for Hobos.
Talking with other travelers I ask,
“Where are you staying?
Does it have a kitchen?
Is it fun?
How much does it cost?
Are there other travelers hanging out there?”

So, I have figured out a way for us world travelers
to collect and mark these places...
Everyone that travels a lot, knows how to read
the guidebook. They will try to point out the fun
and best places, by saying things like...
“Popular with backpacker”
That phrase can make a hotel or hostel a small fortune.

But as we all know the guidebooks are sometimes biased
or are just not up to standards. So here is a way
for you to choose the places you like by your comments
or opinions. Hobohideout.com is a place where you can
submit your favorite hostels, or hotels. etc.
We will make a message board webpage on every hostel for you
to post your opinions. The opinions will be posted by
you the readers, not me, not a guidebook, but
real travelers that have visited these places.

There will be a minimum of three thing needed for
entry into the directory.
Cheap Beds, Free Kitchen, and a Common area
to talk with other travelers.
SEE guidelines:

Hopefully you other travelers will save me a lot
of time in my world travelers and submit your favorite
places. If the place seems up to Hobo standards
and all of you travelers have said its a good place
to get stuck in, then we can put a hobo mark on it.

I went to Lima, Peru and I am now am in Arequipa, Peru.
Arequipa is clean, and has a great Plaza de Armas and a bar
where I can watch movie everynight. But so far I have not found
a Hotel with a kitchen to use by visitors.

I taught English in Arequipa about a year ago. One of them
times when you really know you are not earning your money.
I am not an English teacher, although for most countries I am
highly qualified.

Linda and Mary though are qualified. A couple of teachers
that are actually good at it. I have returned and they have welcomed
me. Telling me the who and whatnots. There was a earthquake
and one of the towers of the Plaza de Armas church fell over.
It is under construction.

There is a decrease in tourist because of the September 11
destruction of the World Trade Center. I am sure that Tourism
will increase soon. I am sure that Osama Bin Stupid surely knows
by now, that his life is over, and the world is also clear on how
dangerous it is to pull on Supermans Cape. So... The bottom
line is that people will feel safe, and start to come out and play soon.

The world is very safe, and not really that dangerous.
You have to go looking for danger to get
in trouble. I am sad to say, but there are a lot of travelers that
volunteer to have trouble. I for the most part am just a voyeur.
I love to hear, and see them perform, and how they got, or will
get in trouble. I suppose that is not the best way to enjoy myself
in a healthy way, but it is a great way to people watch.

I suppose in reality that is why I travel. I love to watch people.
I love to see just how stupid or intelligent they can be.
The had another strike here in Peru. I think they average about
one per month. This is the silliest. They all are suppose to close
their business for the day. But ALL the business’s are open.
But you do have to knock on the doors to enter.
So they have all agreed to strike and they have all agreed to ignore
the strike. What better fun can you have in life. A comedy.

But the developed countries are not better.
Male Politicians with girlfriends or boyfriends.
Movie Stars that become presidents.

La Vida Buena
Beso y Abrazos

Andy the hobo

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The Melting Pot

A couple of years of thinking on this, and I have
to do it. I have to recommend people visit
the “La España Hostal” when they come to
South America. I am not saying this as a recommendation
of a place to live (although very good) I am saying that
I think “La España Hostal” is a tourist attraction.

It is the most fascinating place I have ever been to sit
down and talk with other travelers. There are people in
this place from everywhere in the world. Norway, Argentina,
Asia, Australia, Japan.... etc. It doe not matter.
They are all there, at one time or another.

Interestingly enough, the word for Hotel in Peru is
Hostal. It is not Hotel. One of the few countries that I have
entered where they do not use the word Hotel.
Of course it would be easy to confuse this word with
Hostel but a Hostal is not a Hostel either. The changing
use of words is a constant dilemma in deciding what
to call a place. By the common or correct name
or maybe by the name in English. If you came to Peru
and asked for “La España Hotel”, they would think you
a little strange.

That is the reason to go to La España. To be able to sit
down, and compare notes on the world in English. Most world
travelers speak English and in this location they are ready and
willing to talk to anyone and everyone. If you go to France I am
sure there are people from all over the world, but will they be
talking with you? Or will you just be looking at them? In
La España Hostal you will find young and old people happy
to have a pleasant conversation.

The travelers in Peru are bound by a common theme.
We are traveling Peru, and feel like visitors. Like two girls
in a party of fifty men, the traveler tend to come together
in groups in Peru and most of South America. There is
an unspoken permission that certain things are permitted.
You may ask a person...
Can I borrow your guidebook for a minute?
What country are you from?
Where have you come from and where are you going?
What is good?
These phrase are the glue that brings two traveler together
in a conversation and hold them together. To share a common
goal like two boys in a foxhole, looking out over the side
to see what is there. Curious.

I lived in the place very happily the first time for 2 days
and did not know that have this garden restaurant on top.
If you climb the spiral staircase you will find a garden and
a restaurant on top. Parrot, turtles, and all sort of strange
and delightful corners to explore. If you are lucky you
can rent a room on the top, and look at the stars at night
and enjoy the sun in the day. There is a real delight
in rising early and eating breakfast in the shade of
a rooftop jungle of plants, and feeling the sun creeping
up over the edges of the building. Watching a Swedish
girl waltz in and sit down, and the a 15 pound turtle
follow after her. This is not breakfast.
It is paradise.

These are young and old people. Carrying with them the trends and
styles of the world. Non-conformist and ready to conquer the world.
They will dress and act as they think is appropriate. Israel with
there small glasses. and Germans with Dreads. A collection
of clothes from all over the world.

Hostels and Budget Hotels are known for being sparse
and sometimes bleak in nature. Quite the opposite for
La España. There are statues that are life-size, and
painting that cover the whole wall. There is a bust of a man
that is as big as a refrigerator. Largeness and size are
used to decorate this Hostal combined with impeccable
taste. La España is large enough to accommodate the rare
and unusual in art. If you have ever wanted to buy a piece
of art, and fell in love with it, but knew that you home was
too small, and although you love the piece of art.
It was impossible to purchase because it was too large.
La España has that art.

Three floors and two sections of building. There are two
atriums in this building and plants hanging down from
the top of the building to the bottom. From the outside it
appears to be a warehouse or old building with no promise.
But upon entering steel & wood door it opens to a cornucopia
of strange delights. Remember going to a resort and saying
to your friends.
“Let's go look at the swimming pool”.
The feeling is the same. You will need to walk around and
explore. There is an internet cafe, a small travel agency, a
book exchange, dorm rooms full of people, and people
coming and going. The roof top garden, restaurant, and you
may walk into a room, and see 20 people watching the movie.
“What about Mary” ,
on the television. If you climb to the top of the spiral staircase
it will lead you to a fourth landing on the top of the building.
Then you will be free to look out over the city. Churches, and
homes, parks, and streets. The Historical center of Lima
Peru, in its grandeur or times long since past, but not hidden.

Dorms for three dollars USA or room for a few dollar more.
Singles, doubles, triplesl etc rooms. The twelve foot ceilings and the
French doors adapted now for the door to your room will
help you to see that this building has a history and would
tell another story if you stopped and asked,
but more importantly listened.

Jr. Azangaro 105 LIMA 1 PERU.
Five dollars USA or 15 soles from the Airport, or if you
pay Gringo fare, pay 15 dollars USA from the Airport.
The taxi driver may say it dangerous if you are not
carrying a backpack, and are dressed in tourist garb.
Ignore him, this trip is worth your time. Close to
the San Francisco Convent, and Government Palace
with large a large central park square. This is in
the center of Lima and Spanish Peruvian Culture.

The Hotel is named La España Hostal.
This literally in English means:
The Spain Hotel.

Conquistadors and men in the armor of war walked
these rooms and halls, and planned their adventures
in a strange world.
So can you!

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Dorm beds?
Heavens NO


Good conversation and fun.?
For sure.

Antonio from the Netherlands said,
“A place where you get stuck”

I ask a friend, a world traveler, and guidebook writer
for his definition of a Hostel. I think it is clear and
correct in spirit.


A hostel is a place where people from all around the world will go
to find an inexpensive but friendly night's accommodation.
The hostel's warden, or caretaker, will often require their guests
to perform a small chore to help with the upkeep. They often
provide kitchen and lounge facilities where international travelers
will gather around to share a meal or a story. Accommodations
are very basic, not always private, and can be as minimal as a
bed and pillow without bedding.

I don't know if there really are any musts to a hostel these days
as the distinction between a guest house and hostel have
definitely been blurred. For me, to be a true hostel, you
should provide kitchen facilities.

Michael Koeppel
bureaucrat, writer, photographer, traveller


As a person that has traveled for years
I have struggle with this question:
“What is a Hostel?”

I like to think in bottom lines. I never feel I can explain something
correctly until I can say it in one sentence. The task of
explaining a hostel in one sentence has alluded me for years.
But I am ready for the task. Here goes...

“A bed, kitchen, and a common room filled with the
conversation of travelers that makes it difficult to
leave because you feel you have arrived home.”

My goal as I travel is to find this place in each city. It doubles
the enjoyment of the city, and I leave with lots of friends. I have
lived in places where the owner despised travelers and they
place was dirty and difficult. But by some stroke of luck they
provided these three things for the traveler. They place
could becAme very popular in spite of the owner.

If you are planning to backpack the world,
and plan on being away from home for over a few weeks.
There will come a time when you would either like to
go home or have some friends around. A good hostel
will provide this. And like your home, you will receive
the help and advice of friends to guide you on your
travels when you leave.

I could name 100’s of words for places to sleep.
The goal is to find a place that is safe, friendly,
and provides the services that you need. If you
remember to search for the place that has:

1. A cheap bed.
2. A kitchen free to use by the guest.
3. A common area filled with travelers talking.

You will enjoy your trip.

I have stayed in a few places that are part of Hostel
organizations. I had to pay a couple dollars more because
I was not a member. I am not a big fan of these organizations
but they are helpful and do provide guidance. But if you
stay in these Hostel listed in their books you will miss out
on some of the best places in the world. There are small family run
hotels that you will remember for the rest of your life,
that are not in the guidebook, not a member of an organization,
just a great place to live.

I have created a new webpage to list places that provide:

1. A cheap bed.
2. A kitchen free to use by the guest.
3. A common area filled with travelers talking.

These places are not my choices or a guidebook writers choice,
but the favorites as provided by the visitors to the webpage.
The do not need a webpage, or speak English, they
do not need listed in the guidebooks. They should be
a places you call your:
“Home away from home.”

Please submit your favorites:




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Hobo’s mark your locations so we remember.
Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery” Fun tips
Here's a little tip from me, to you, as an experienced traveler.

When in doubt.
Feeling frustrated?
Do not know where to turn?
Clean your room.
You will feel better.




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