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Tourism Office

The Asociación de Guis Locales Coroico has two offices on the north side of the plaza. These should be your first port of call to find out about all the activities that are available around Coroico such as trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking or rafting. If you decide you want to do a trip, they can organize everything for you but there’s no hard sell; they’re primarily there to give you information. In theory the main office is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. but frustratingly it’s often closed and you might have to come back later. The website www.coroi.co.cc is a great source of information on Coroico.

Money

There is no ATM in Coroico so make sure you have enough money with you. You can get cash advances on your credit card with a commission at Prodem (Tuesday 2.30p.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday - Friday 8.30p.m.- midday, 2.30p.m.- 6p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8a.m. - 3 p.m.), just off the main plaza, or at the FIE financial institution on the west side of the plaza (commission free). You can also change dollars here and at the Aned financial service. If the banks are closed, then try at some of the main hotels or restaurants. There are also some shop owners who may change money for you.

Keeping in Touch

You’ll have no problem finding somewhere to make a call in Coroico; there are phone shops all over town, especially around the main plaza. The internet connection in Coroico, however, is painfully slow and relatively expensive (around $1 an hour). If you have to get online, there’s an internet café on the south west side of the plaza and one on Calle Sagarnaga near the plaza. Hotel Esmerelda also has internet.

Medical

The hospital in Coroico can be found southeast of the town center on Calle Rafael Miranda. Here you can see a doctor and get blood and stool tests for next to nothing. There are plenty of pharmacies around the village, most of which are open seven days a week. Try the tiny Farmacia Bristol on Calle Bristol, which always seems to be open.

Laundry

There’s a lavanderia at Calle Julio Suazo Cuenca 56, and another on Calle Thomas Manning. Most hotels also have laundry services, including Hotel Bella Vista and Sol y Luna.

Shopping 

The Café Arte Pasteleria Arco Irís on the south of the main plaza sells a range of artesania including good quality jewellery with precious stones. There are normally a number of artesanos selling handmade jewellery and weavings in and around the main plaza – you should find a few in front of the Back-Stube restaurant. You will also find a variety of crafts on sale in the restaurant at El Cafetal.

Organic coffee, chocolate and artesania can be bought at the new cafe on Calle Sagarnaga called Cafe Pachamama. The Blue Pine Farm shop (Calle Monje Gutierrez, just down from main plaza, Tel: 7955-9705) sells organic and gourmet produce, including hams, jams and cheeses.

 

 

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Coroico: Safety and Shopping.








09 Nov 2009




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