We are four enthusiastic people, from Holland and Peru, with lots of travel experience. Like most backpackers, we thought we could do a better job with a hostel. So we took our chances, found a building in Lima and started our hostel. It worked out better than we ever thought and within a year we were given the opportunity to start a second hostel in Mancora.
Who is Kokopelli?
We believe Kokopelli was one of the first backpackers in the world…
According to the legend, 3000 years ago, Kokopelli was a wandering minstrel who carried songs on his back, trading new songs for old ones. Kokopelli brought good luck and prosperity to anyone who listened to his songs. He embodied everything pure and spiritual about music. He and his magical flute travelled from village to village bestowing gifts and spreading cheer to all whom he visited. His flute was said to symbolize happiness and joy. When he played his flute, the sun came out, the snow melted, grass began to grow, birds began to sing, and all the animals gathered around to hear his songs. His flute music soothed the Earth and made it ready to receive his seed. The magic of his flute was also thought to stimulate creativity and help good dreams come true.
Although his true origins are unknown, this travelling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many South Western Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest and along the west coast from Canada to Peru.