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A Hostal It is an establishment designed to provide services accommodation . In ancient times, these were places that, in exchange for money, allowed peasants, merchants or travelers to stay in their facilities.

Today, certain Hotels They are called inns, usually when they are small establishments. In this sense, these are buildings with few rooms and offer basic services. In general, inns are businesses run by their own owners, unlike what happens with large hotels. They are also usually located in places far from cities.

For example: “When we went to Patagonia on vacation, we stayed at an inn overlooking the lake”, “My parents have an inn located thirty meters from the sea, “I did not like the inn in Buzios: his hygiene was poor and the food was not tasty”.

Some of the most recommended inns in Latin America are the following:

* Apu Lodge, in Peru : to have the opportunity to explore for a few days the ancient city of Ollantaytambo de la culture Inca, as well as to enjoy the centuries-old ruins and the Sacred Valley, there is no better option than the Apu Lodge inn, which has the ideal amenities for every explorer, such as spectacular showers and orthopedic beds;

* Las Olas, in Bolivia : as is often the case with German constructions, this inn has an exquisite finish. From its stairs to its windows, through its comfortable beds, it is the ideal place to enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Titicaca;

* Capricho, in Argentina : Located in the province of Salta, northwest of the country, this inn offers a perfect combination of good service , beautiful style, delicious homemade food and, perhaps most importantly, a prime location.

In everyday language, it is likely that Hostal , hostel , lodging house , hostel or even hotel, appear as synonyms. On some occasions, the notion of an inn is also used to name a restaurant or yet Pub , although this is less frequent.

From December 16 to 24, some are held in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador parties popular names with the name of the inns, which seek to remember the pilgrimage of the Virgin and Joseph to Bethlehem, to find the best place to bring the baby Jesus into the world.

Just like Christmas, this celebration has certain associated customs that many people adopt regardless of their religious beliefs. For example, one of the fundamental elements of the Posadas is the piñata , which is made with mache paper (made from old newspapers and paste), confetti and mud. The piñata has seven peaks, each of which represents a capital sin , and symbolizes a tempting image, capable of corrupting the innocent to lead them to sin.

During the Posadas, a person is chosen to break the piñata; To do this, you must be blindfolded and use a stick. In the darkness of not being able to use the sense of sight, the search for knockout is a experience truly exciting. The religious sense behind this tradition is that by destroying the piñata, temptation is overcome and the gifts are recovered to achieve salvation, which are symbolized by the sweets and fruits that fall from within.

Posada, on the other hand, is a conjugation of verb pose (sit in a space, rest): "The eagle was perched on the rock for a few minutes and then continued its flight", "It's common to see seagulls perched on whales", "Can I get the bottle that is perched on the table?".

Posada, finally, is the name of a town of Sardinia (in the Republic of Italy ) and from a village of Asturias (Spain ).

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