the Story

Welcome to The Hostel blog! 

We are a young international couple (USA/England, and Bolivia/Germany) who have moved to Inti’s native country to start a hostel. Let us tell you a little bit about how we ended up here.

Nosotros somos una pareja internacional (EEUU/Inglaterra, y Bolivia/Alemania) de jóvenes que decidieron abrir un hostal en el país nativo de Inti. Déjanos contarte la historia de cómo llegamos acá.

In 2010, when the opportunity presented itself to us to move to Bolivia and open a hostel, we were so ecstatic about the idea that we finished our studies and started saving up as fast as we could. Finally in July of 2012, we left our lives behind and we moved here to Coroico, Bolivia, where we have been working on the hostel ever since. This project combines our mutual interests and offers us a canvas to express the creative ideas that we’ve always hoped could become real. It is also deeply representative for us; after all, it was in a hostel in Guadalajara, Mexico where we first met and fell in love back in 2009. Hostelling has a special place in both of our hearts, and we are thrilled to be entering the world of international travelers once again, this time from a new angle.

El año 2010, cuando se nos presentó la oportunidad de mudarnos a Bolivia para abrir un hostal, estábamos tan emocionados y felices con la idea que decidimos terminar nuestros estudios y ahorrar dinero lo más pronto posible para emprender la aventura rumbo a Bolivia. Finalmente en julio del  año 2012, dejamos todo atrás y nos mudamos al otro lado del hemisferio para llegar a Coroico, donde estamos trabajando ahora en el hostal. Hacer un hostal en este lugar tropical es como combinar las cosas lindas y creativas que siempre quisimos realizar en nuestras vidas. Además es algo profundamente representativo para nosotros, ya que fue en un hostal en Guadalajara México donde nos conocimos y enamoramos en el año 2009. 

We want to dedicate this blog very specially to all of our friends and family who support us in this leap of faith; to the traveler’s spirit that lives within each one of us; and of course, to the hostel that we hope will not only be our livelihood, but also our passion, our joy and our home.

Actually Erin left the project ( on December 06.2012 five mounts after we started the project). Right now Inti is running the Hostel alone. 

I´ll continue building the hostel and I´am starting to build a new Life!

inti solo en el patio

Queremos dedicar este blog muy especialmente a todos nuestros amigos y familiares quienes nos apoyan en este salto de fe, al espíritu de viajero que vive dentro de cada uno de nosotros, y por supuesto, al hostal, el cual queremos que sea no sólo nuestra fuente de sustento, sino también nuestra pasión, alegría y hogar. 

Erin abandonó el proyecto en Diciembre del 2012 ( cinco meses despues que el proyecto nació). Por ahora Inti está manejando elnegocio solo.

 Desde ahora este proyecto no solo será el construir un Hostal… más bien se convirtió en construir una nueva vida que al comenzar el proyecto era in imaginada!.

Welcome to the crazy story of building a Hostel in Coroico Bolivia!

15 Responses to “the Story”

  1. Lippy 04/12/2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi, I am my boyfriend are thinking of the same. I visited Coroico once and just couldn’t take it out of my head. I wonder if you are still running your hostel and if you would be willing to meet us in February of next year (2016). I will bring him there because we are tired of living a life where we cannot do what we really want, spread good vibes through our talents in arts and science. However, it does make me feel a bit nervous about it. It is a big step, I hope It will be become clear to em after my second visit next year, it will be my third time in Bolivia. I really love it.

    • intiferino 07/12/2015 at 2:21 pm #

      Hello Lippy!
      Thank you for the message and the interest! Coroico is a very nice place to be and visit. Im not running the place anymore but my mom is. If you want I could give you more information about things you need to know. Just go to the hostel webside and send me an email from there. I dont want to post my email address here.
      weside is hostalchawi.com

  2. R 12/06/2013 at 5:27 pm #

    How’re thing going up/down in Coroico?

    • intiferino 13/06/2013 at 4:10 pm #

      things here are fine. We have a lot of customers and the tourist season has just begun. To be honest I only stay at the hostel and go to the market a couple times every week. We have winter and it means that we will have sun every day and just less rain till October.

  3. carla 10/06/2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Me encanta la propuesta!! Estare en Julio por Coroico, como puedo hacer para contactarme con ustedes y reservar??

  4. Jasmin 19/02/2013 at 11:41 am #

    Hey Inti! I am a follower. It is a very impressiv project you’re on to. I am really thinking about visiting you one day! Bleib dran! Liebe Grüße aus Mainz Jasmin

    • intiferino 19/02/2013 at 9:57 pm #

      Danke! komm doch mal vorbei…wäre schon Leute aus der Pfalz hier zu haben. Außerdem gibt es andere Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Umgebung! Grüße aus Coroico

  5. mARY 04/01/2013 at 4:54 am #

    Cool!! go on Inti, you can do it!!!

    • intiferino 05/01/2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Than you for your support Mary. keep checking the blog

  6. Matze 27/09/2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Hi Intin and Erin! My mother just told me about this blog. Wow, your project really sounds great! All the best from Germany!
    I hope we will be able to visit you some day…

    • erinmerrihew 22/10/2012 at 6:28 pm #

      Thanks, Matze! So glad you found our blog. We hope you can visit too!

  7. postcardsfromistanbul 15/09/2012 at 6:50 pm #

    This is great! I look forward to following your progress and stories!

    • erinmerrihew 15/09/2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Thank you! How did you find out about our blog?

      • postcardsfromistanbul 16/09/2012 at 8:29 pm #

        Hey Erin! I found your blog via your facebook post. This is Adrian…our paths crossed during your time at Scripps. Good luck with your project and fundraising efforts! We have a similar dream to start a hostel in Southern Turkey. I love that you made it happen!

      • erinmerrihew 20/09/2012 at 12:19 pm #

        Hi Adrian! So glad you are following our blog. What an amazing journey it sounds like you are on, too. Hope you can make your dream to build a hostel happen, as well! We’ll be in touch.

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