This post is as much as a plug for the Luz de Luna Hostel as it is a description of our experience there. After consulting the Lonely Planet Guidebook we checked two or three budget hotels and hostels and found that many were booked out. We came to the Luz de Luna and found that dormitory style rooms were available that slept 4 or 6 to a room. The prices were quite reasonable, only about $8 per night per person. Additionally, the owner was able to arrange secure car parking for the Blazer which made me feel a lot more secure about my truck.
The hotel had a warm and friendly staff of family members who made us feel right at home. The guests were a nice mix of people from all over the world; a French family (mother, father and two young children), three girls from Germany, some young men from Ecuador and a few other travelers from all over the world. In the common courtyard everyone chatted and shared Central American travel stories. We lounged in the hammocks, absorbed some sun and Vitamin D, played chess (below) and enjoyed an occasional cocktail.
… Robi and Jeff enjoying a game of chess…
The hostel had full cooking facilities and was a short walk from the downtown Zocalo. I watched the French family for a few days. They were travelling for several months in North, Central and South America in a small Volkswagen Van. The family made breakfast in the morning, packed a lunch, went sightseeing, then to the market and came back to the hostel to cook a family dinner. The young children spoke 3 or 4 languages and were seeing and experiencing things that most children will never see. This was the first time that I realized that it is possible to go backpacking on the road – for months at a time – with your family (small children included). If families can homeschool their children at home, why not on the road where every day is an adventure, kids learn new languages and experience new cultures, and learn invaluable life lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom.
In the top photo, Jeff relaxes in the hammock, the German girls to the left and the French family is just coming through the front gate of the hostel (background).
The entire guest list and the hostel owners all agreed that we would collectively celebrate Christmas and the German girls all agreed to make the dinner. The men thought of some creative ways to be of service for the party that was being planned.
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