A decade ago, Fernando and Marité founded PIRWA HOSTELS with the dream of creating a welcoming haven where travelers could relax and interact, one providing an experience rather than merely a bed and shower. It all began with only Pirwa Colonial Backpackers in Cusco, but despite these modest beginnings, the Pirwa Family has grown incredibly. As we approach our 10 year anniversary this June, we wanted to look back at some of the milestones along the way.
We've grown a lot in the last ten years, improving facilities and services based on your feedback along the way. Today, Pirwa Hostels boasts backpackers' hostels or Bed & Breakfasts throughout Peru and Bolivia: two in Lima, four in Cusco, two in Machu Picchu, and one each in Nazca, Puno, Arequipa, and La Paz. The Pirwa family has also grown into a one-stop shop offering transport and excursions through our own travel agency, Pirwa Travel Service, whose friendly s staff helps travelers with all aspects of their trip.
There's also been quite a bit of formal recognition over the years, none prouder than when the agency became an officially recognized Inca Trail operator. Other notable events were Pirwa Colonial winning Hostelworld's #1 Hostel in Peru award in 2009, and Pirwa Machu Picchu B&B winning Hosltebooker's Cleanest Hostel award in 2011.
It hasn't been all work, however. Last year was a blast: We added new activities we hadn't done before, such as free weekly walking tours of Cusco that always ended with free drinks, and the New Year's Eve Party at Pirwa Colonial was the biggest we ever had!
This year, we renovated Pirwa Colonial and Pirwa Posada del Corregidor, so that even after all these years and the memories they hold, they feel new again, and more adapted to the needs of our friends and guests from around the world.
Through hard work, trial and error, and lots of listening, Marité and Fernando have created something different, and you'll see them at various events still putting their all into making sure that guests enjoy their stay and have an unforgettable. Were it not for the support of our backpacking and traveling friends, we could never have experienced all of these things. So from all of us to all of you, thank you for the memories. The next decade will be even better- we hope that you'll experience it with us as part of the Pirwa Family!