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Backpacker’s Guide to Hostels in Chile & Argentina

Jacqueline Berkery

By | June 25, 2010 | Leave a comment

I recently took a backpacking trip through Chile and Argentina, staying at many a hostel along the way. Contrary to what the movie Hostel might have you think, budget accommodations aren’t all that bad. They can actually be a great way to meet fellow travelers and get to know the underbelly of a city. Below I’ve listed the hostels I recommend in various cities in these two wonderful countries. Check ’em out, or find your own gems and share them below in the comments section!


Santiago, CH

Andes Hostel
Location: Monjitas 506
Phone: 56 2 632 9990
Website: andeshostel.com

Large hostel (many room size options)
Ample & comfortable common areas, Large terrace, Excellent showers & water pressure, Clean, Well-equipped kitchen, Comfortable mattresses, Free breakfast, Pool table, 15-minute walk from Bellavista,5-minute walk from Cerro Santa Lucia


Valparaíso, CH

Angel Hostel
Location: Cumming 160
Phone: 56 32 212 6940
Website: encumming.cl

Small hostel (personal and feels like home), Friendly staff, Clean, Comfortable mattresses, Nice design, Colorful, Free breakfast, Discounts on club entrances, metro cards, and more, Located at the bottom of Cerro Cárcel & Cerro Concepción funicular


Mendoza, AR

Hostel Lao
Location: Rioja 771
Phone: 54 26 14380454
Website: laohostel.com

Small hostel (personal and feels like home), Ample & comfortable common areas, Friendly staff, Clean, Comfortable mattresses, Colorful, Free breakfast, Swimming pool, Foosball table


Puerto Varas, CH

Compass del Sur
Location: Klenner 467
Phone: 56 65 232044
Website: compassdelsur.cl

Small and calm hostel, Friendly staff, Good showers, Clean, Comfortable mattresses, Free breakfast


El Calafate, AR

Che Lagarto
Location: 25 de Mayo 311
Phone: 54 2902 – 496670
Website: chelagarto.com

Medium-sized hostel, Ample & comfortable common areas,Friendly staff, Excellent showers & water pressure, Clean, Comfortable mattresses, Free breakfast, Pool table


Puerto Natales, CH

Kaweskar
Location: Blanco Encalada 754
Phone: +56 61 414553
Email: backpackerskawashkar@yahoo.es

Small hostel (personal and feels like home), Friendly staff (Omar knows everything!), Excellent showers & water pressure, Clean, Comfortable mattresses, Free breakfast (includes eggs), Rents camping gear


Ushuaia, AR

Freestyle Backpackers’ Hostel
Location: Gobernador Paz 866
Phone: 54 2901 432874
Website: ushuaiafreestyle.com

Large hostel, Ample & comfortable common areas, Some rooms with private bathroom, Friendly staff, Excellent showers & water pressure, Clean, Comfortable mattresses, Free breakfast, Pool table

Other options for some places I did not have time to stay at but heard good things about were:

Santiago, Chile

Website:Hostel Santiago
Located at Av. Vicuña Mackenna 92, Santiago de Chile.
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Website:Hostel Mar del Plata
Located at Alberti 1565, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Have fun traveling guys and please feel free to leave your suggestions and tips for other hostels in the comments below!

Updated: February 8, 2012

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