Every bus terminal you arrive to in South America will have a gaggle of Hostel owners ready to whisk you off to their abodes.
When you get off your bus, no matter what time of day or night they will be there. They will all want to speak to you at once.
This is both good and bad.
Good : because you always have somewhere to stay
Bad : They all know you are tired and delirious and will try to over charge you.
Unique Suggestions: The best way to deal with them is to try to ignore them and tell them you already have somewhere to stay.
This is not a deterent, this will simply get them to reduce their price to something more realistic. The next thing to do is to listen in to other squabbles going on around you and try to work out what the most expensive and the most cheap accomodation on offer is....
Try and work out what you need at the accomodation like : Kitchen, hot water, food, laundry, internet, etc and question them if they have the facilities you need. In most cases you will just want a warm bed and a roof over your head. When they finally give you there best price take 50% off and start bargaining with them. You will be able to judge from their reaction as to wether or not they are ripping you off. Don't be afraid to ask them if you can look at the rooms. Things to check for are locks that work, hot water, heaters/fans that work. Another thing you can factor into your bargaining is transfers. Often they will strike a deal with you only to find that you have to take a $10 taxi ride to their hostel on the other side of town. Try and make them drive you themsleves. Tell them you want transfer included. Even if they don't have a car, there is bound to be minivan nearby that they can arrange as your transport.
Fun Alternatives: There are 2 types of Hostels in South America, ones where locals stay and ones where backpackers stay. The hostels for locals are usually very basic, cheap, quiet and have nice people to meet. Backpacker hostels are full of tourists, a little more expensive and always have parties going on.
Some alternatives to hostel accomodation are camping, private hotel, home stay and refugios. They all have their advantages and disadvantages depending on what you are looking for.
At La Boufador the slaes people sometimes try to sell you stuff really expensive because you are a tourist. Im not telling any one not to go because it is really worth it. You get to see the blow hole and stuff its pretty cool!
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