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CHILE

Chile is located in the southeast corner of South America, squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The country is only 240 km across at its widest point, but being more than 4,200 km long, it has an impressive range of geography and climate. In the extreme north you will find the most arid desert in the world, whereas towards the centre the environment changes completely into fertile lands, beautiful beaches and stunning mountains with excellent skiing. The south is the area of lakes, forests and volcanoes, leading to the ancient glaciers of Patagonia and Antarctica. Chile also has plenty of attractions off-shore, like Easter Island and its surrounding treasures, Robinson Crusoe with its unique fauna and vegetation, and ChiloĂŠ, an island full of mystery and special folklore. 96


** Useful Information about Chile ** General Tips * When entering the country, make sure you are not carrying any fruit, grain or animal products, as Chile has very strict border controls and you will have to pay expensive fines. * You may find Chilean Spanish more difficult to understand because they speak very quickly and use a lot of slang.

How to make phone calls in Chile 09 + cell. number: (**)

22465781

(09) 871 02397

Carrier Code + (0) area code + tel. number: 188-2-22465781

09 + cell. number: (**)

(09) 871 02397

Country code + (0) area code + tel. Country code + (0) 9 + cell. number: number: + 56-9-871 02397

(*) number: + 56-2-22465781

(*) To call overseas from Chile you must first dial a Carrier Code + (0)Country Code + Number There are many carrier codes (188, 123, 181, etc). Just ask which one to use. (**) If you are calling from a Chilean cell phone you don’t need to dial (09).

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ARICA

ARICA Arica is the northernmost city in Chile, just 19 km south of the Peruvian border. It’s called “the city of the never ending spring” because it rarely ever rains and therefore it’s possible to go surfing, paragliding, fishing, horseback riding and scuba diving here all year round. A must see spot is Morro de Arica, a headland offering great views of the ocean and the city, which also has a historical war museum on top. If you want to learn some more interesting history, check out San Marcos Church and the Old Customs House, both built by the same company who constructed the Eiffel Tower. Pelicans, cormorants and a few lazy sea lions are always present at the fishing port (2 blocks from the main plaza) so go and have a very close look! For beaches, the most popular is Chinchorro beach, where there’s good surf and safe swimming. A little further south you’ll find the beaches La Lisera (2.5 km) and El Laucho (2 km), as well as the Península del Alacrán (Scorpion Peninsula) where the biggest surfing competition in Arica is held. Make sure you see the Museum San Miguel de Azapa (12km from Arica) that houses some of the world’s oldest mummies, the cemetery nearby built on sand dunes, as well as the geoglyphs in the Azapa and Lluta valleys. From Arica you can take a tour to visit Lauca National Park, where Chungara Lake is the main attraction with all kinds of unique fauna.

HOSTAL SUNNY DAYS

Tomas Aravena 161, Población Chinchorro (058) 2241038 This hostel is located near to the sunnydaysarica@gmail.com bus terminal and the principal beach www.sunny-days-arica.cl in Arica, close to a large fruit & veg market, stores, cheap restaurants & various nightclubs. It’s run by a Chilean and a New Zealander who will make you feel at home, providing a sumptuous, filling breakfast and as much help and advice as possible! There’s a good variety of rooms to choose from: ensuite privates, dorms with single beds (no bunk beds) and private rooms with shared bath. The kitchen is kept very clean and tidy and there is laundry service if you need it. You’ll never get bored with your choice of beach tennis raquets, boogie boards and bikes - all available for use! 98


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ARICA UNITE HOSTEL

Vicente Dagnino 117, Población Chinchorro (09) 79148547 – (058) 2247702 A lot of people plan to be in Arica arica-unite@hotmail.com for just one night, but when they www.arica-unite-hostel.com find themselves at Arica Unite Hostel they end up staying for 3, 4 or 5 nights! As comfortable as your own home, this friendly hostel is the perfect place to sleep in late and relax. All the rooms (2 four bed dorms and 2 doubles, all shared bath) have different decor themes but have one thing in common - peace. Located in a quiet neighbourhood, the colourful market is just behind you and the Chinchorro beach is right in front, and you’re 5 mins from the bus station, 15 from the centre and 10 from the clubs. Make good use of the terrace with sea view, hammock on the patio, large living area and communal kitchen, and the staff are always there to help you book lake tours, surf or paragliding lessons.

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PUTRE

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Located 149km east of Arica, Putre is situated in the Azapa Valley, 3500m above sea level in the altiplano. Wandering around town and particularly the Plaza de Armas, you’ll find the government house, town hall and the church – buildings that were constructed during the last century and show the past economic success of the region. Be sure to visit Lauca National Park, where you can see 6,000 m high snow capped volcanoes contrasted by salt deposits, lakes and lagoons; and particularly Chungara Lake, located 4500m above sea level, the highest lake in the world! Surrounded by the twin volcanoes Parinacota and Pomerape, with exotic birds and fauna, the landscape is magical. Putre is a great starting spot for hikes, and you have the option of climbing several gorgeous mountains. See 3 of the 6 species of flamingos in the world on the Surire Salt Flats, or head to the pampas for the vicuñas (similar to llama) and ñandú (small ostrich). After you’ve explored yourself silly, have a soak in the Polloquere or the Jurasi Hot Springs. Just 8km away are the geoglyphs of Vilakaure, which show the importance of the pre-Hispanic cultures. Due to the high altitude, it’s recommended that you don’t do the trip to Altiplano if you have lung or heart problems or epilepsy without checking first with your doctor. In addition, it’s cold up there, especially at night, so pack warm clothes! 99


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PACHAMAMA HOSTEL & TRAVEL This is a great newly revamped hostel Taller artesanal n/n - PUTRE with excellent communal areas like the Cell: 79688412 living and dining rooms, the kitchen hostalpachamama@gmail.com and the nice outdoor patio with a www.hostalpachamama.cl BBQ. There are 15 double rooms and 5 dorms decorated with typical local art, all with shared bathrooms and towels included. The hostel also has a comfy cabin, for up to 5 people, fully equipped with kitchen and bathroom. Open year round and laundry service available. You can also book quality tours from the hostel that include transport by 4x4, snacks and a bilingual adventure guide: * Parque Nacional Lauca: Chungara Lake, Lagunas Cotocottani, cave visit, wildlife trek, Parinacota village. * Monumento Nacional Salar de Surire: Salt flats with lagoons, flamingo observation, termal baths, Guallatire village. Hostal Pachamama

IQUIQUE Heading up or down the coast of Chile, Iquique is a logical stopping point – and you won’t be disappointed! It’s a gorgeous city where the sun shines practically all year round, making it excellent for paragliding (one of the best places in the world), surfing, scuba diving or sandboarding. Walking around town, the main street, Baquedano, is an attractive pedestrian boulevard with architecture that takes you back in time. The cathedral and the Plaza* Arturo Prat are both beautiful and worth taking a look at. Outside Iquique, don’t miss the geoglyphs Atacama Giant, the world’s largest rock art, and the remarkable Cerros Pintados (painted hills) which demonstrate the ancient Tiwanaku culture. Enjoy the natural hot springs at the Pica Oasis, explore the Tamarugos Woods or marvel at the salt flats and the geysers of Puchuldiza. If you’re after a change from all the outdoor activities, soak up some history in the nitrate mine ruins, Humberstone and Santa Laura, located outside of the city. It was this industry that gave life to the Iquique region but since the closure of the mines, they have become complete ghost towns and named World Heritage Sites. If you’re there in July, go to the “Fiesta de LaTirana,” one of the most important religious festivals of the country . 100


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BACKPACKER’S HOSTEL IQUIQUE

Amunategui 2075 (057) 2320223 contact@hosteliquique.cl www.hosteliquique.cl

Backpacker’s Hostel Iquique is definitely a unique place to stay! The hostel is actually two houses joined together and is nicely decorated with all kinds of funky objects. Located a stone’s throw from Cavancha, the best local beach, and only a ten minute walk from downtown. It has single, double, triple and shared rooms with lockers. A fully equipped kitchen is supplied, and they also grill three yummy BBQs a week at discount prices! The hostel has balconies with great ocean views so you can check out the waves before hitting the surf. Otherwise, there is ping pong, foosball and a pool table if you want to stay inside. The friendly staff can 10% off help you arrange surf lessons, sandboarding, with bike rental, or any local tours.

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MAGICAL TOUR CHILE

Baquedano 1035 (057) 2217290 Magical Tours Chile is a trustworthy magicaltourchile@hotmail.com professional company located in the www.magicaltour.cl historical Baquedano street, in the heart of Iquique. Delivering a magical experience is what they do! They have self-created itineraries with well-trained guides to show you the beauty, history and mystique of the Tarapacá province. Join their 1 day or multi day activities and tours to enjoy some of the following fantastic highlights: Volcano Isluga NP – Puchuldiza geysers – Huasco salt flats and lagoons Highlands hot springs – Wildlife spotting – Santa Laura and Humberstone Saltpeter Mine ruins (Unesco World Heritage) – Geoglyphs & rupestrian art in Pintados & Atacama Giant (world’s largest rock art) – Mystic Laguna Roja (red lagoon) – Oasis de Pica & Matilla – Iquique city tours – Sunset tours Diving – Adventure activities – and so much more! English spoken. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and book your moment of magic! Bicycle rental available!

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OASISFLY PARAPENTE - Paragliding Get the thrill of being high up in the Baquedano 770 air, enjoy the breathtaking views of Cell: 98304125 / (057) 2411692 info@oasisfly.cl the mountains, the ocean and the city www.oasisfly.cl of Iquique and its surroundings, and experience the peaceful atmosphere while flying through it like a bird! Paragliding is one of those activities you just have to do while making your dream travel trip! Iquique is a world top spot for paragliding with year round perfect weather conditions; so sign up for a tandem flight with Oasisfly Parapente, a reliable and safe company, which flies with very experienced pilots and the latest technology equipment. Are you hooked on this amazing sport? Follow a full course to fly by yourself! Spanish, English, French and Portuguese spoken!

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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA This little town is full of archaeological interests in the middle of the Atacama Desert. You should probably have the Atacama Salt Flats on your to-do list, but there’s also an amazing array of other natural wonders nearby. You’ll find most of them in the Los Flamencos National Reserve, which houses a variety of landscapes and incredible flora and fauna. Try moonwalking at the Valley of the Moon, one of the driest places on the planet. You can also see the Death Valley and the Cordillera* de la Sal, a highly recommended excursion. Head to Cejar Lagoon, where the high concentration of salt will let you float without efforts, just like in the Dead Sea! You can also visit the high altitude Altiplanic Lagoons (Miscanti and Miñiques). If you are keen to get a better view of the landscape, this part of the Andes has the highest peaks in the country, with a long list of mountains or volcanoes to climb. The El Tatio geysers will shock you with huge spurts of boiling water, but if you feel more like relaxing, check out the Puritama Hot Springs. Make sure you go and visit some of the pre-Hispanic villages like Toconao, Caspana and Chi-Chiu. Other interesting historical sites include the Tulor Ruins, Pucará de Quitor, the church at the main plaza and the Padre Le Paige Archaeological Museum. 102


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HOSTAL RURAL

Calama 257 (09) 75712844 info@hostalrural.cl www.hostalrural.cl

Right in the centre of town (only 30 meters from the main street), Hostal Rural is close to shops and restaurants, and has five dorms with lockers and shared bathrooms to get a comfy night’s kip and rest, taking shelter in the oasis before heading back out to the world’s driest desert! Gaze at the uncountable stars with a night time BBQ on their patio, chill out in the hammocks with a good book, set up a ping pong tournament, challenge your friends at a few old-fashioned board games, take a browse at the original art and get a calming sense of wellbeing, or get creative in the kitchen – there is plenty of space to relax and unwind in this artistically refurbished, rustic home. Make sure to speak to the friendly staff to get top tips from locals and book a wide range of activities in the region. Don’t miss their full moon Show Get South and get a 10% Sandboard Party with DJ in off on your accommodation! the Death Walley!

HOSTAL BACKPACKERS SAN PEDRO

Pasaje Portal del Inca 486 Población Condeduque This small hostel (max 22 guests) offers a more (055) 2424783 personal experience with owners Fabiola and info@backpackersanpedro.cl Alvaro ready to answer your every question www.backpackersanpedro.cl about San Pedro. Their in-house tour agency Backpackers San Pedro offers private tours in a 4x4. With dorms limited to six beds and private doubles (shared bathrooms), you don’t need to worry about getting a peaceful night’s sleep (especially with their new, comfortable beds); but if you want to hang out with other backpackers, a patio with BBQ, cocktail & juice bar, bonfire (free wood) and hammocks is a good place to chill out, or maybe rustle up some food together in the kitchen. The hostel is a 5 mins walk to the town centre and they will give you a 10% off showing bracelet to get many discounts in town!

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TURISMO LAYANA

Tocopilla 429-B There is a lot to fit in at San Pedro! The (055) 2560233 – (09) 90893109 turismolayana@hotmail.com otherworldly Tatio Geysers, the unique www.turismolayana.cl Valle de la Luna, the stunning Tara salt flat, beautiful Cejar and Altiplánicas lagoons, colourful Rainbow Valley, Puritama’s natural thermal pools, Guatín trekking and many more trips are offered by Turismo Layana. The experienced team of bilingual guides will make sure you get to see all the highlights with none of the hard work organising how to get there. If you want to get active in the Atacama desert, you can rent a bike or go horseriding with Layana too. And for those looking for a bit of exclusivity ask about their private tours. 15% off with

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EXPEDICIONES ESTRELLA DEL SUR - Bolivia & Chile If you’re planning to visit the Caracoles 238 A- San Pedro de Atacama incredible Uyuni Salt Flats, +56 (055) 2852109 / Cell: 62175033 Expediciones Estrella del Sur Arce n/n Bus Station- Uyuni (Bolivia) are the specialists, with +591 (2-693) 3132 / Cell: 72446432 reliable 4x4 vehicles. Av. Florida n/n in front of Hotel Cruz- Tupiza (Bolivia) Cell: 67072770 They also organize expediciones.estrelladelsur@gmail.com excursions in and around San Pedro de Atacama, the north of Chile (Putre and surroundings) and most of Bolivia (Tupiza and surroundings, Sucre, La Paz). With offices in San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) and Uyuni and Tupiza (Bolivia) you can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands! expediciones.estrelladelsur

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LA SERENA

LA SERENA La Serena is the 2nd oldest city of Chile. It has its own architectural style, and these old colonial style buildings have been carefully conserved as National Monuments. Visit the Archaeology Museum, which has a collection of objects from pre-Hispanic cultures, and St. Agustin’s Church with its impressive eclectic style. Avenida del Mar has the majority of restaurants, pubs and clubs, and La Recova Market is the best in La Serena for typical food and crafts. La Serena also has an excellent sky for star-gazing, so head to one of the many observatories outside of town, the most popular is Mamalluca in Vicuña village. Make sure you visit Isla Damas for the wildlife - you can see Humboldt penguins, sea lions, pelicans, dolphins, as well as go kayaking, sailing, fishing, scuba diving or picnic in the park! Just 12km south of the city you’ll come to Coquimbo, the most important port of the area. You can take a boat trip around the bay, go up the giant cross Cruz del Tercer Milenio for an excellent view or grab a beer in the Barrio* Ingles, the lively bohemian section of town. This region has some excellent beaches for swimming and water sports, which makes La Serena the summer hot spot for tourists. It can get very crowded in season, so make sure you reserve your accommodation in advance.

AJI VERDE HOSTEL

Vicuña 415 (051) 2489016 reservas@ajiverdehostel.cl www.ajiverdehostel.cl

In the heart of the historical centre of La Serena, near great restaurants, bars, supermarkets and banks, this ecohostel is ideally located for exploring the city. However Ají Verde hostel is fully equipped to keep you entertained inside too... fuseball tournaments, darts championships, wine tasting, friendly tourist tips, BBQs, pizza parties, movie nights, a library, games, a terrace with a panoramic view (with binoculars!) and pisco evenings are sure to help you pass some time and make new friends with other backpackers as well as with the bilingual staff! Stay in one of their dorm rooms, or their private doubles, twins or quads, and make good use of the communal kitchen, laundry service, lockers, heating and 24 hour reception in case you need help at any time of the day or night. Aji Verde Hostel

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HOSTAL EL ARBOL

Eduardo de la Barra 29 (051) 2216053 A really beautiful house, recently renovated, contacto@hostalelarbol.com located in the middle of the historic center www.hostalelarbol.com of La Serena at only 4 blocks from the bus terminal, next to the Japanese Garden and very close to supermarkets, laundry places, restaurants and pubs. This is a very cozy and small hostel where service and cleanliness is a top priority. There are 4 and 8 bed dorms equipped with lockers and matrimonial and twin rooms with comfortable beds and bed covers (towels included for everybody). All bathrooms are shared but they are brand new and absolutely spotless. You’ll definitely enjoy their delicious breakfast and you can show your cooking skills in the fully equipped kitchen. There is also a patio perfect to chill out, surrounded by trees and lots of flowers, with tables, umbrellas and a BBQ-grill. In winter time there % off is a nice fireplace on. All tours can be booked with at Hostal El Arbol via the owner Isabel and her Get South bilingual staff.

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ELQUI VALLEY The crystal clear and unpolluted skies of the Elqui Valley, east of La Serena, make this area a world famous spot for observing the universe. Lots of people come every year to gaze at the marvelous starry skies, and to take a peek through high tech telescopes at the Mamalluca Observatory, the Observatory del Pangue, or at one of the various other places. The contrast of super dry mountains with an ultra green strip of vineyards and agricultural land in the middle is a very special sight. The beauty of the valley in combination with the hills and the nearby Andes mountains make it a perfect location for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. The Elqui Valley is covered with vineyards, where grapes are normally used to produce delicious pisco, the famous alcoholic drink from Chile. Visit the modern Capel distillery only 1,5km from Vicuña, it’s the biggest producer in Chile, or taste this magic potion at a smaller artisan distillery like Los Nichos in the Pisco Elqui area. Vicuña, at 63km of La Serena, is the major town of the valley with a pleasant main square and a prominent red landmark, the Bauer Tower. Staying at Pisco Elqui, a cozy village 42km further gives you the real valley experience where the valley is more narrow and closer to the high Andes. Yoga classes, meditation, massage, tarot reading, astrology and reiki are all available for people who are into spiritual growth and natural healing. Nearby is Montegrande where the Chilean Literature Nobel Prize winner, Gabriela Mistral, grew up. You can visit the Museum and her tomb. ATTENTION: banks and gas station only in Vicuña, not in Pisco Elqui! 106


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HOSTAL SAN PEDRO

Arturo Prat n/n - PISCO ELQUI Cell: 9 4442575 / (051) 2451061 A beautiful garden with exotic fruits, ecohostalsanpedro@hotmail.com a swimming pool to take a dip in the www.hostalsanpedro.cl summer and a big smile from the friendly www.paralelo30aventura.cl owner Santiago: Hostal San Pedro is a really cool place to hang out in Pisco Elqui. Dorms or private single and double rooms with shared bathroom are offered (towels included) and a kitchen is at your disposal. Breakfast is included in high season. Yoga classes available.

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PARALELO 30 AVENTURA

Located next to the hostel, Paralelo 30 Aventura is a reliable travel agency that shows you the most special spots to discover in the Elqui Valley. - Bicycle rental and tours to explore the area’s nature and its pisco vineyards. - Astronomy tours to gaze the stars at one of the observatories. - Horseback riding to ride up into the mountains to enjoy the landscape. - Trekking in the surroundings of Pisco Elqui or higher up in the mountains. - Exciting canopy tours. French, English and Portuguese spoken!

VIÑA DEL MAR Viña del Mar is the ultimate beach city and party town in the summer time, located only 120km from Santiago. With one of the biggest international music festivals in South America in February, summer is peak season for Viña crowded with Chileans and tourists alike. During the rest of the year it is quieter, called the “Garden City” because it is beautiful all year round with lots of flowers and vegetation. Check out the Flower Clock for timeless beauty and nature lovers will like visiting the Jardín Botánico Nacional (Botanical Gardens) and Quinta Vergara Park. The beaches are normally the top reason for visiting Viña, and the beach to be seen on is Reñaca, but check out the smaller beaches for quieter lounging spots. If you want to see the local sea lions stop off at the Mirador Lobos Marinos on the road from Reñaca to Concón. Culture vultures will want to visit the art deco Casino, the original moai from Easter Island standing outside the Museo de Arqueología e Historia Francisco Fonck and the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes (fine arts museum) with paintings from the 15th to 19th century. The city center is compact enough so you can explore it by foot or horsedrawn carriage. After enjoying the restaurants, bars and clubs at night, chill out during the day in the parks, or on the beach of course! 107


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KALAGEN HOSTEL

Calle Valparaíso 618 VIÑA DEL MAR This colourful hostel has all the comforts (032) 2991669 and commodities of a B&B at hostel reservasvdm@kalagen.com prices. You can stay in a private or shared www.kalagenhostel.com room (with private or shared bathrooms and lockers in dorms) but either way you’ll get all your sheets and linen provided as well as being able to use the fully equipped kitchen, home theatre with a loads of films, library, games and BBQ. Open all year round, the young and fun bilingual staff will help you book local tours, or take you out to the local clubs as well as organising regular parties in the hostel. Their city centre location is only 3 blocks from the bus station, a block from the ‘Plaza de Viña’ and near to all the nightlife and attractions of Viña del Mar!

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VALPARAISO Valparaíso, a 1.5 hour drive from Santiago, is a charming town of historical architecture built on 45 steep hills that look out onto the Pacific Ocean. Cerro* Concepción and Alegre are the lively, bohemian parts of town, which probably gave Valparaíso its reputation as a place of poets, painters and dreamers. The city has a great nightlife and is full of multicoloured private residences that seem to be stacked atop each other on the hillside. The best way to get around Valparaíso is on foot and using one of the 14 ancient “elevators”, remarkable feats of engineering that creak their way up the impossibly steep hillsides. These elevators and the historical sector of town have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Interesting attractions include the Museo La Sebastiana, the old home of the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, as well as the Centro Cultural Ex-Carcel, the open-air museum, the natural history museum and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Head to Mirador Diego Portales for a great lookout, catch a boat ride on the inner harbour or follow the wine route to the Casablanca Valley. To get back to nature, the Parque Nacional La Campana has beautiful hiking trails. Just 5 km from Valparaíso is Viña del Mar, one of the more chic cities in Chile with modern architecture and trendy beaches. 108


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HOSTAL CASA AVENTURA

Pasaje Gálvez 11, Cerro Concepción (032) 2755963 Hostal Casa Aventura is a perfect place to info@casaventura.cl spend a few days relaxing in Valparaíso. www.casaventura.cl The hostel is located in Cerro Concepción, the historical part of the city, and close to numerous restaurants, bars and cafes. There are 8 rooms with high ceilings, including 3 small dorms, 4 double/twin rooms and 1 single room, all with shared bath. The common space has a large table to sit around and socialize, and there is a spotless kitchen with everything a self caterer would need. Casa Aventura welcomes young travelling families - children below 13 can even come free (although they must be accompanied by their parents...)! The owners and young staff are fantastic hosts and will go out of their way 10% off to be helpful (in Spanish, English and German), giving a with great atmosphere to the place.

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CASA VERDE LIMON - Hostel & bilingual art school Hostal Casa Verde Limón is a Cumming 196, Cerro Cárcel gorgeous renovated house with a (032) 2121699 unique design and plenty of light, info@casaverdelimon.com where they also teach Spanish and art www.casaverdelimon.com classes. The house was decorated by an artist with bright, colourful walls, antique furniture and paintings, and unusual circus features, like a trapeze! You can climb up and try out your circus skills! Located just steps from the center of Valparaíso, 2 blocks up from the Plaza Anibal Pinto, the hostel has both private rooms and dorms, all with shared bath, towels and comfy mattresses. All rooms have cable TV except the dorm. For extra privacy, stay in their miniloft, complete with a private bath and kitchen. Help yourself to free tea and coffee 24/7, swap a book and relax for the afternoon, or make use of the lovely kitchen.

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Casa Verde Limón Valparaíso

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BED & BREAKFAST GIRASOLES

Almirante Montt 169, Cerro Alegre (032) 2331024 Like a brightly coloured sunflower in bandbgirasoles@vtr.net the middle of Valparaíso’s stunning www.hostalgirasoles.cl historical centre, B&B Girasoles has Hostal Girasoles Valparaíso a real family feeling that will make you feel at home. The owners and staff bring a genuine warmth to the place and there is attention to detail in all the furnishings and decoration in each room. Right in the heart of Cerro Alegre, you are in the middle of the cultural, gastronomical and art hub of the city and only five minutes from the centre of Valparaíso with the shops, transport links and banks. In a Porteño style construction, the house has 10 rooms: one dorm with 7 beds (shared bathroom), private doubles, singles, twins, triplet and quad (with shared or private bathroom) and a kitchen which guests can use as well as an outdoor terrace for smokers.

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HOSTAL POLANCO VALPARAISO

Urriola 450 - Cerro Alegre Huito 479 - Plaza Victoria (032) 2492541 Cel: (09) 71397842 - 94446486 hostalpolanco@gmail.com www.hospedajepolanco.cl

Hostel Polanco has two hostels: Cerro Alegre and Plaza Victoria, offering a friendly environment where you will feel like at home. The locations are perfect for exploring Valparaíso: Plaza Victoria is a century old house in the commercial heart of the city centre and Cerro Alegre is only one block from the UNESCO zone with a garden and BBQ area (breakfast included). A mixture of dorms and private rooms (doubles with cable TV, single and family rooms) are available in both hostels (shared bath), as is a totally equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi and a pay separately washing machine to keep your socks fresh! Upon arrival you receive tourist information including local activities, maps and all the recommendations, and everyday there is a free walking tour (Spanish and English) to Valparaíso’s historical areas. 10% off when you book 3 nights, Spanish courses available!

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Hostal Polanco Valparaiso

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CHILEAN CUISINE COOKING CLASS

Cerro Artillería (near 21 de Mayo) One of the best things about Chile is the Cell: (09) 66214626 cuisine! Enrolling in a class with Chilean info@cookingclasseschile.cl Cuisine Cooking Classes is a great way to www.cookingclasseschile.cl discover tasty traditional Chilean delicacies while getting hands-on experience with an Cooking Classes Chile Valparaiso enthusiastic, expert, English-speaking chef. It is a fun day of cultural immersion and you will be able to prepare the dishes when you get back home and impress your family and friends! Excellent local vinos are included and there is also a seasonal option for an organic class and wine tour combination cooking classes as well.

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SANTIAGO Santiago is the urban nucleus and heart of Chile; the financial, cultural, and political center of the country. Like any international city, it’s full of attractions, events, culture and nightlife. * Plaza* de Armas: is the main square in downtown Santiago, which dates from the 1540’s when Pedro de Valdivia founded the city. Here you’ll see street artists and plenty of local art for sale. You can also check out the Cathedral of Santiago. * La Moneda Palace: this neoclasical building is the Presidential house of Chile. Its high walls are witnesses of the country’s history, including the bombing during the Military Coup in 1973 when former president Salvador Allende died. Make sure to visit the courtyard where you willl find awesome sculptures by Chilean artists. Be sure to toss a coin into the fountain and make a wish. * San Cristóbal Hill: for great views of the city take a ride up in the funicular to the top and visit the statue of the Virgin Mary. The hill also has a Zoo and a Wine Museum. * Santa Lucia Hill: right in Santiago Centro, this hill provides another great view of the city and the Andes mountains. There are various statues, lookouts and ponds hidden all over the hill. Don’t miss the mural dedicated to Gabriela Mistral, Chilean Nobel Prize winner. * Bellavista, Brasil, Ñuñoa and Lastarria: are the funky, bohemian neighbourhoods of the city and have the best nightlife with great bars, discos and restaurants. 111


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* Memory and Human Rights Museum: learn about the recent history of Chile at this museum dedicated to the events which took place between 1973 and 1990. Walk around and see the photos, press clips and videos testifying the years of terror and repression of the dictatorship under military rule. Admision free. * Museo Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo: both host some of the best contemporary art works in the country. Admision free on Sundays. * La Chascona: situated in Bellavista, it is one of the 3 homes of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The place has an amazing collection of things from all over the world and it also hosts his Nobel Prize. * Skiing and Snowboarding: just an hour and a half from the city there are high quality ski resorts. Check out Valle Nevado, Farellones or La Parva for winter powder. * Mercado Central: walk around this lively market and admire the fresh fish and seafood. Then have a meal at one of the restaurants and taste exquisite Chilean seafood. From here check out La Vega Central, the biggest fruit market in Chile, just across the river from Mercado Central. * Winery Tours: for wine buffs, two great wineries to visit are Viña Concha y Toro and Viña Cousiño Macul.

PUELMAPU TURISMO SUSTENTABLE Cell: 84261827 / 93333934 Puelmapu Turismo is a young family ruben@rutaspuelmapu.com business that organizes trekking and belen@rutaspuelmapu.com regular trips in Santiago and the beautiful www.rutaspuelmapu.com surrounding areas. The bilingual guides’ goal is giving you an entertaining tour and teaching you about nature, geography and history of the indigenous people, bringing you in close contact with locals and their culture. A wide range of excursions is offered for all levels of fitness, on foot, with transport or a combination of both: Cerro San Cristóbal - Cerro Santa Lucía - Parque Natural Aguas de Ramón - Santiago by Sunset - Cerro el Roble & Caleu - Cuncumén village (bread making workshop) - Pomaire artisan village - Valparaíso - Viña del Mar - Lago Peñuelas Reserve - Río Clarillo Reserve - Yerba Loca Natural Sanctuary - and more!

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HAPPY HOUSE HOSTEL Happy House Hostel is a beautiful early 20th century big house, located in the city center.

Moneda 1829. Barrio Brasil (02) 26884849 recepcion@hhh.cl www.happyhousehostel.com

The accommodation is of top standard with beds that allow you to get excellent rest, spacious and modern bathrooms, and big bedrooms each with their own unique style. Lots of different meeting areas give you complete peace and maximum interaction and fun with other guests. You can enjoy ping pong championships, games of pool, reading, sunbathing on the big terraces, dipping in the swimming pool (at summer time) or hanging out at the pool bar, and wine tastings among other activities. The hostel has Wi-Fi to keep you connected and there are computers if you don’t have your own as well as laundry service, cable TV and a coffee shop. The staff are the hostel’s main pride and will make you feel like you are at home with your best friends. This is proved on Tripadvisor.com which, thanks to great comments from their guests, they won a Certificate of Excellence 2013 from another great pride of theirs. Happy House Hostel is located in the traditional and bohemian Brasil neighbourhood, 15 minutes by foot from the historic center of Santiago and only two blocks from the Los Heroes and Centropuerto metro stops with buses to the airport and other transport links close by.

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CASALTURA - The Boutique Hostel

San Antonio 811. Downtown (02) 26335076 CasAltura is a 2-story, boutique hostel in a info@casaltura.com restored 1912 neoclassical building right in www.casaltura.com downtown Santiago. Here, you’ll be just beside the Parque Forestal, a block from the Central Market for great Chilean seafood, and two blocks away from the metro stop at the Plaza de Armas. Walk around to all the great historic and heritage areas, or simply relax in the hostel’s TV room, around the foosball table or on the rooftop terrace with BBQ grill and great panoramic views of downtown and the Andes. Choose from private (twin or matrimonial) or shared rooms and enjoy the onsite amenities like laundry, lockers, open kitchen, tourist information and use of quality towels, linens and comfy mattresses. 15% off Spanish and English spoken! with CasAltura

HOSTAL AMAZONAS

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Av. Vicuña Mackenna 47. Plaza Italia (next to the Argentina Embassy) (02) 26351631 reservas@hostalrioamazonas.cl www.hostalrioamazonas.cl

Hostal Río Amazonas is located just 2 blocks from the main metro station, Baquedano, close to the city’s main attractions and happening neighbourhoods. The hostel is a charming large house with stained glass windows, hardwood floors, acoustic insulation, a nice open patio and well decorated lounge areas. All rooms are private and have ensuite bath (no dorms, bunk beds or shared bathrooms here!). They fit from 1 to 5 people and have central heating, TV and telephone. Personally attended by its owners and English and French-speaking staff, this hostel has a warm family atmosphere where you’ll be served a homemade continental breakfast. They provide services of laundry, bar, book exchange, airport shuttle, 10% off at check in tours, car or bike rental and free parking. with Get South! With a Quality Service Certification for three years and the same price throughout, they invite you to check out Río Amazonas yourself!

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HOSTAL BELLA 269 BOUTIQUE

Bellavista 269, Recoleta (02) 27327894 This modern and chic hostal takes backpacking to another level. With brand new, specially reservas@hostalbella269.com www.hostalbella269.com designed rooms with beds that are actually good for your back, you can take your pick between five rooms from private doubles or a triple (ensuite and with satelite TV), to a boys dorm, a girls dorm or a mixed dorm (all private bathrooms). This lovingly restored 90 year old house has 3 levels and a panoramic view of the city and the San Cristóbal hill and is located in the heart of Bellavista, next to the Fine Arts Museum, shops and bars with the metro 5 mins away. The helpful staff can help book all your excursions and also offers private tours, but you might want to stay in occassionally for their film nights, patio (with BBQ) and common areas, wide screen TV/DVD, play station and large kitchen!

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PLAZA DE ARMAS HOSTEL

Compañía 960, apt 607. Downtown

(02) 26714436 Situated on Santiago’s main square, hostel@plazadearmashostel.com Plaza de Armas Hostel has one of www.plazadearmashostel.com the best locations in town. Travellers can enjoy prime views of the cathedral and the 1541 Plaza 10% off de Armas from any of the historic hostel’s terraces. Originally with built in 1886 as a luxury hotel, it’s now the backpackers turn Get South to enjoy the large, tall ceilinged rooms (privates and dorms) - all at hostel prices. You can practically walk everywhere from here but if you want a bit of guidance, join one of their free city tours (every day except Sunday). There’s plenty to keep you busy in the hostel too with weekly asados, regular activities (pub crawls, winery and mountain excursions, and more), and communal spaces and kitchen to chill out in. Plaza De Armas Hostel

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PICHILEMU Pichilemu is a surfer’s paradise: sick waves, laid back charm and a great party scene. A sleepy surfer town most of the year, it really steps up a notch in the Summer months when crowds pour in for the wild beaches and even wilder beach parties. But there is more than just the waves... During the day, meander through the town visiting the street markets (a great veg/fruit market Wed & Fri mornings), San Andres de Ciruelos church and museum and the beaches in the town. Along the beachfront is the old promenade, former casino (with changing art exhibitions) and the pretty gardens designed by local legend Agustin Ross Edwards who tried to turn the town into a resort for Santiago’s rich. Don’t miss the small chapel underneath the park: carved out of the rocks, it is a strange homage to the Virgin Mary and molten candle wax. For more solitude and a cool crowd, head 6km out of town to the famous Punta de Lobos – where the surf really picks up and the beer bottle clink at sunset. This picturesque rock peninsula creates an ideal barrier from the wind and one of the world’s greatest surf rips harvesting waves of 15 meters, attracting top surfers and hosting championships in October and December. This is also a great place for whale spotting and bird watching and it is on the way to the salt flats, heated baths, large lake (with exotic flora) and some great trekking (20 mins from the centre). For an adrenaline hit, try canopying across the beach, taking kitesurf or surf lessons.

HOSTAL PUNTA DE LOBOS If you are in Pichelemu to surf, watch the surf or just enjoy the view, Hostal Punta de Lobos is the perfect place. With dorm-style rooms with shared bath or private cabanas right on the beach you have an uninterrupted view of the sea and the revered Punta de Lobos rip (and whales in season). Set in the middle of Mother Nature with peaceful sea-view terraces, this is the place to relax… but also to party! The hostal organizes BBQs, bonfires and visits to the local beach parties and clubs.

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Sector Medialuna Catrianca n/n Punta de Lobos (09) 87200671 hostalpuntadelobos@gmail.com www.hostalpuntadelobos.cl During the day you can take advantage of the free bikes to explore the area or get your toes wet with a surfing or kite surfing lesson or trek the nearby hills. Let your hair down and get your flip flops on!

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PUCON Undisputed capital of adventure tourism and nature in Chile, Pucón has an enticing mix of lakes, waterfalls, volcanoes, national parks and hot springs. The highlight is definitely climbing the Villarrica Volcano, the smoking monster that dominates the scenery and is one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. You can actually climb to the top and peer into the crater to see the molten lava! After, head to one of many hot springs in the area and soak your tired muscles or relax swimming and sunbathing in Villarrica Lake, which also offers many water sport activities. Adrenaline junkies should try white water rafting down the Trancura River. Its class 4 rapids are guaranteed to get your heart beating! Anything you may want to do - from cycling, skydiving, trekking, horseback riding, canyoning, hydrospeed, canopy, skiing to snowboarding - you’ll find it here! Winter to summer Pucón is a backpacker and adventure tourism haven that has activities for everybody!

CASA SATYA PUCON

Blanco Encalada 190 - PUCON info@casasatya.com (045) 2444093 / (09) 85217150 www.casasatya.com

Come to rest your body, mind and spirit at Casa Satya. If you’re looking for a tranquil place to take in nature, meet fellow travellers and have a glass of Chilean wine, this is the place for you. It is located a few meters behind TurBus terminal and a supermarket and less than a 10-minute walk to downtown and the lake beach. In this beautiful 2 storey wooden house with a gorgeous garden and volcano views, options to stay are bedrooms for 1 to 4 people with private or shared bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a comfy living room with TV. You’ll love their in-house relaxing and therapeutic massages, Shiatsu, new facility for yoga and fitness classes, sauna and modern woodburning fires throughout to keep you nice and warm! English, Spanish, French and German spoken.

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HOSTAL DONDE EGIDIO

Palguín 720 (045) 2443986 This cozy hostel reflects the hostaldondeegidio2@gmail.com warmth of a home and with www.hostaldondeegidio.cl two kitchens, dining in is easy. There are double/matrimonial rooms with A/C and breakfast included, or dorms without breakfast (all rooms with private bathrooms). It’s well located, 1 block from JAC Bus Terminal. Make sure to check out their onsite tourist agency, where they’ll help you discover all the gems of Pucón: don’t miss their original ethnic tour called Pucón Tour Mapuche Ruta Étnica ©, gallop on horseback to the grounds of the ancient Mapuche for traditional eats and music, or marvel the starry skies on a night trip to natural hot springs. With so much magic 5% off accommodation + and adventure it will 10% off & welcome pisco sour be hard to leave! at Pellé Lafquén restaurant

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TURISMO POLITUR

Avda. Bernardo O’Higgins 635 (045) 2441373 Come to Pucón to climb a volcano, take turismo@politur.com on roaring river rapids or trek in the vast www.politur.com national parks! Politur can take you on all these adventures and more! Their professional guides are bilingual and include some European interns during the high season. Their office is located on Pucón’s main street and they’ll help you live the vacation you’ve always dreamed of! Tours to… Villarrica Volcano Whitewater Rafting (Grade 3-4 rapids) Hot springs / Horseback ride Canopy / Zip-line / Rappel / Canyoning Ski & Snowboard Trek in the national parks (Huerquehue, Cañi, Lagos Andinos)

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KOD KOD - Restaurant & Cabins

Km 21 on the road to Huife Pucon - Pichares Cel: 76535601 - 74951536 vero@kodkod.net www.kodkod.net

The ideal place to relax and enjoy nature at its fullest, Kod Kod is 20 minutes away from Pucon town at the foot of Cañi Sanctuary. This is natural food with a heart - Kod Kod uses really fresh, simple ingredients, locally-produced and, where possible, grown in their our own organic vegetable gardens. Their sustainable policy means low food miles, precycling and recycling, composting and fair treatment of animals. Healthy doesn’t mean boring though! Along with a delicious variety dishes including Venison Pie, Tofu Curry, salads, nachos and homemade pastas you will find artisanal beers, fresh juice, cocktails and wine. Sit inside or out on the terrace and enjoy the woodland setting while children can keep busy in the play area. Keep your ear open for their twice weekly live music during the Summer! If you can’t pull yourself away from this naturelover’s paradise you can stay at one of the three cabins! Kodkod lugar de encuentros

VALDIVIA Valdivia, “The City of Rivers”, is located about 15 km from the Pacific coast, where the Calle Calle, Valdivia and Cau Cau Rivers converge. Valdivia was the site of the largest earthquake in recorded history - a 9.5 on the Richter scale in 1960. In the 17th century, the Spanish heavily fortified the point where the Río Valdivia and the Río Tornagaleones joins the Pacific. Today, the remains of these fortifications at Corral, Niebla and Isla Mancera are a strong reminder of its colonial past. Spend a few hours cruising the rivers to visit historical and cultural sights as well as the region’s wildlife in the nature reserves. Parque Saval and Laguna de los Lotos are a haven for nature lovers and the coastal boulevard is perfect for an afternoon stroll. On the riverside is the Feria Fluvial, a market with local food, fish and handicrafts. Just across the river is Teja Island, home to the beautiful Museo Histórico y Antropológico with a collection of pre-Columbian and Mapuche Indian artifacts.There are many breweries in the area and one of them is the traditional Cervecería Kunstmann, where you can taste the ales, enjoy German food and visit the beer museum. Other foodie delights here include fine seafood and local chocolate. A day trip that can’t be missed is to Niebla to visit the 17th century fort, the Feria Costumbrista to try local delicacies and to enjoy the beaches (accessible by local bus). 119


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VALDIVIA García Reyes 660 (063) 2212015 hostalinternacional@hotmail.com www.hostalinternacional.cl

Open year round, Hostal Internacional offers a warm and pleasant service. Recently renovated, everything is made of wood, nicely decorated and very clean. It is located in the centre of Valdivia, three blocks from the bus terminal, the main plaza, four blocks from the sea front and in front of a Shopping Mall with a supermarket. The hostal offers rooms (dorms, double, twin, triple and quad) all with private bathrooms, cable TV and fresh towels. A fantastic breakfast is included with tea, coffee, milk, yoghurt, cheese, cold cuts, juice, fruit, bread and jams. Please keep in mind that the kitchen is not available to use, only to warm up food. They also have fully equipped cabins that accommodate up to 4 people with living room, full kitchen and maid service (breakfast not included). Facilities are a communal living room with big tables, central heating, security 10% off box, safe parking and laundry service. As well with as offering tourist info the hostel organizes Get South different excursions around the area.

HOSTAL DEL MUELLE

(I) Yungay 736

This hostel actually has two different places (II) Los Castaños 010 - Isla Teja (063) 2437006 - (09) 99387010 to stay. The first is open year round in its hostaldelmuelle@gmail.com prime location in the historic neighbourhood, www.hostaldelmuelle.cl half a block from the sea front and only three blocks from the main plaza. The second is only open in the summer (dec - mar) but makes an idyllic summer spot, located on Teja island, a 10 minute walk across the bridge from the main square, and has a huge garden with a perfect river view which is begging for you to enjoy a glass of wine and some cheese at sundown. Both places have beautiful antique decoration and living rooms to relax in and almost all of their rooms (single, double, twin, triple and family rooms) have private bathrooms and cable TV. The owners are really ‘buena onda’ and will help you decide what to do with your time here and make sure you get a hearty breakfast each morning. The prices will keep your wallet pleased and you can use the communal kitchen to cook up some of your own food if you like (no fried food allowed). 120


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PUERTO VARAS On the shores of Llanquihue Lake, Puerto Varas is an adventure tourism hot spot located just 20 km from Puerto Montt, with buses shuttling between the two almost every five minutes. It’s a jaw-dropping place where you can admire both Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes’ snow-capped peaks while partaking in many adventure activities. Try to stay in the boat while white water rafting, scream your lungs out canyoning in the Blanco River or attempt to summit one of the volcanoes. Nearby lies the Vincent Pérez Rosales National Park, a great place to mountain bike, hike, canopy, horseback ride or sea kayak in the Lago de Todos Los Santos. Northeast of Puerto Varas lies the tranquil town of Ensenada where you can sail and sport fish to your heart’s content. From here, continue on along the Petrohué River to hike the forests and soak in the hot springs and to witness the beautiful Saltos de Petrohué, a series of waterfalls formed via erosion of the black volcanic rock, basalt. Cochamó Valley is another nature-rich area just 90 km from Puerto Varas where climbers try to conquer the 1,200 m granite walls. There you can get your hiking boots dirty amongst 3,000-year-old trees and Andean ice melt streams.

HOSTAL CASA AZUL

Manzanal 66 corner Rosario (065) 2232904 Charming wood walls and beautiful casaazul@telsur.cl details make this hostel as cozy as it is www.casaazul.net harmonious. Find your Chi in the Japanese Garden amongst Bonsai trees and a rainbow of Koi Fish, or test your language skills with the German–Chilean family who also speaks English. It’s just a 5 minutes walk from the city center and Lake Llanquihue, with beautiful views of the Osorno Volcano. They offer dorms or private rooms with single, double and twin beds with private or shared bathrooms. All rooms have central heating, so you will stay toasty warm in winter. The laundry service, fully equipped kitchen and book exchange are nice benefits. You’ll love the buffet breakfast, complete with whole wheat bread, their special müsli, eggs and bottomless coffee cups. Yum! They offer individual Movie nights on a excursions. Visit their website. wide screen TV! 121


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HOSTAL COMPASS DEL SUR A Chilean hostel with Scandinavian flair! Swedish, English, German and spanish spoken.

Klenner 467 (065) 2232044 info@compassdelsur.cl www.compassdelsur.cl Compass del Sur

Compass del Sur is set in picturesque Puerto Varas in a classic colonial house with large private rooms and dorms, including single, double, twin, triple, quadruple and quintuple (private & shared bathrooms), a pretty garden patio (with camping space and free parking), a fully equipped kitchen and a cozy ‘internet’ lounge. Get a good night’s rest in the box spring beds and wake up to a hearty breakfast with homemade bread. Compass is located in a peaceful, historic barrio* by the park, train station and 5 minutes from the lake, downtown and bus station. You can book all the regular excursions here, as well as their own which are guided by the trilingual owner. Compass also offers laundry service, airport pick up and bike & car rental.

HOSTAL VERMONT 2

Pasaje Ricke 224 (065) 2232673 puertovaras@hostalvermont.cl www.hostalvermont.cl

Under New Management! At Hostal Vermont “2” you can find everything you need: comfortable beds in the spacious dorms with lockers and private rooms, clean bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a beautiful backyard, free parking, and of course the opportunity to meet travellers from all around the world, especially at their weekly asado. Located on some steps above the pedestrian street a short walk from downtown, really close to popular bars, nightclubs, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and the beach is just a few minutes away. The staff can help you book fun nearby activities (reception open 8am till 11pm) and you can rent bikes to visit the beautiful coast line and Puerto Varas on two wheels! The bilingual and enthusiastic owner, Chilean Sirce, would love to welcome you to this, her new hostel, in Puerto Varas as well as Hostal Vermont “1” further 10% off with north in Osorno!

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HUELLA ANDINA EXPEDITIONS

Cel: +569 75487967 Huella Andina is a young and professional info@huellandina.com company with plenty of experience run by www.huellandina.com brothers Matías and José Miguel. They specialize in climbing the Osorno and Calbuco volcanos, can take you ice climbing in a glacier or trekking from 1 to 7 days through Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. All the equipment and ropes they trust with their own lives, so you can be sure you are in good hands too. With small groups, you can get to know your other adventurers and feel good about limiting your environmental impact on visiting one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the World. To have a full volcano experience they also offer a special tour where you can climb all the main volcanos of the region! Tours all year round! Huella Andina Expeditions

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Call or email them to arrange tours and they will meet you at Osorno or Puerto Varas for any final details.

TERRASUR ECOAVENTURA

Ensenada KM 44, Puerto Varas Cell: 94957690 terrasuroficina@hotmail.com www.terrasurecoaventura.com Terrasur Ensenada

Specialists in adventure tourism, this is the company to go to if you’re an adrenaline and nature junky! They are located 44 km from Puerto Varas, in Ensenada, an absolutely fabulous area with mountains, volcanoes and rivers. Try out their following tours: · Rafting, hydrospeed, kayaking and sports fishing on the Río Petrohue. · Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes ascents (October – February). · Mountain biking (tours or rental), trekking, and canopy.

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BARLOVENTO CABINS, HOSTAL AND CAMPING Accommodation is also offered at their base in Ensenada on the waterfront of the Llanquihue Lake, including double and triple rooms (shared bathroom), cabins (3-6 beds) and camping. Kitchen and laundry service available. 123


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PUERTO MONTT Because of its strategic location, Puerto Montt is the distribution centre and connecting point to most of the tourist destinations in the south, including Chiloé Island and the famous Carretera Austral (Southern Road). You’ll find the Tepual International Airport, the ferry port and a main bus station here in this capital of the Lakes Region. If you want to go to Ayacara or Chaitén (to get to Futaleufú) look up Naviera Austral (www.navieraustral.cl). They also connect Chaitén with Quellón and futher south. Navimag ferry is another large ferry company whose trips are almost always fully booked in summer, so reserve ahead if you have a strict itinerary. Navimag offers trips to Puerto Chacabuco (1 day) as well as all the way to Puerto Natales (3 days). Winding through the islands and fjords, these cruises amongst the glaciers are enough of a reason to book the trip, if not to get to the actual towns. It’s important to note that there is only one long-distance Navimag ferry per week, which leaves on Fridays. Check www.navimag.com for the full schedules and to reserve. While you’re waiting for your ship to come in, don’t miss walking along the Pelluco Beach or having an amazing (and cheap) seafood meal at the Angelmó market. While you’re there, visit the artisan market and cross to Tenglo Island by boat and hike up its nature trail to the top for a great view of Puerto Montt and the Osorno, Calbuco and Puntiagudo volcanoes.

HOUSE ROCCO BACKPACKER

Pudeto 233 corner Ecuador (065) 2272897 This quiet, little hostel is conveniently hospedajerocco@gmail.com located close to all the Puerto Montt www.hospedajerocco.cl connections: bus station, Navimag ferry port and an easy ride from the airport. Angelmo, the fish market and 100 little restaurants, are within walking distance passing the string of souvenir shops. Share the dormitory room with other travellers or enjoy some solitude in one of the private rooms with a double bed, all with shared bathrooms. The hostel is exceptionally clean! Muddy shoes are removed at the door and flip-flops are provided to wear around the house. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a comfy living room with Wi-Fi and a smoking porch. Laundry service is available. Over a delicious breakfast (with only real coffee), the owner, Verónica, will give you enough information to fill a trekking backpack! House Rocco

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NAVIERA AUSTRAL

Angelmó 1673, Puerto Montt (065) 2270432 Naviera Austral is a passenger, cargo and contacto@navieraustral.cl vehicle carrier ferry company that offers a www.navieraustral.cl regular transportation service connecting Puerto Montt, Chiloé and the Carretera Austral (Southern Road) up to Puerto Chacabuco. They operate the following routes all year round: * Chaitén Route: Puerto Montt – Ayacara – Chaitén. (4 times a week.) * Chiloé Route: Quellón (Chiloé) - Chaitén. (1-3 times a week) * Patagonian Channels Route: North Coast of Aysén - Quellon - Melinka - Raúl Marín Balmaceda - Santo Domingo- Melimoyu - Puerto Gala (Toto Island) - Puerto Cisnes Puerto Gaviota (Caleta Amparo) - Puerto Aguirre - Puerto Chacabuco. You can buy tickets for a bunk bed in a cabin (with four beds each), for a reserved seat or as a foot passenger with no assigned seat. With highly specialized staff you can be sure you 10% off will have a safe and comfortable ride with big seats, with Get South heating, TV and a cafeteria on board. All you need to remember is your camera for the beautiful views!!

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Puerto Montt Bus Station Office Nº 11 Tel: (065) 2263587 Cel: (09) 91726372 info@patagoniaaustral.cl www.patagoniaaustral.cl

Discover the secrets of the south and live the experience with Patagonia Austral. Whether you want to explore the stunning landscapes, cross the Andes to Bariloche, or sate your hunger for adrenaline with rafting, kayaking, canopy or horse riding - this professional company aims to give you full satisfaction. They are also ecologically sustainable and the office is ideally located in the bus station of Puerto Montt but you can also make online payments! Full and half day tours to: Petrohue / Chiloé Island Alerce Andino Park / Carretera Austral Puyehue Thermal Pools / Hornopiren Calbuco Penguins / Osorno Volcano Maillen Island / Curanto al hoyo Turismo Patagonia Austral -

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CHILOE - ANCUD

CHILOE ISLAND - ANCUD Chiloé is a string of 40 islands, the largest of which is Isla Grande de Chiloé. Of its 150 wooden churches scattered across the islands, 16 have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ancud is the entryway to explore the island, located 90km south of Puerto Montt. It’s a pretty seaside town with a bustling fishing port. In town you can find many attractions: the Plaza de Armas with the Museo Regional de Ancud just off the plaza, with an interesting collection of the early history of Chiloé and a replica of a small sailing ship La Goleta Ancud. The Mercado Municipal (town market) is a great place to sample the exquisite Chilote seafood and buy local handcrafts. 800m from the plaza is the Fort San Antonio (built in 1770) with great ocean views, which was Spain’s last stronghold in Chile after the War of Independence. Another old fort looking out onto the sea is Fuerte Ahuí. 28km away on a dirt road, Magellan and Humboldt penguins coexist at the renowned Pinguineras de Puñihuil penguin colony. These penguin colonies are on three small islands and you can go round in guided boat trips from September to March. Chepu (38km southwest) has beautiful landscapes of beaches, rivers and wetlands. From the river’s estuary you can trek along the long beach where after a 2hr-walk (aprox.) you’ll reach the penguin colony at Ahuenco. From Ancud you can easily go on to explore Chiloé National Park.

PINGÜINERAS PUÑIHUIL

Playa Puñihuil n/n - ANCUD Cel: (09) 83174302 Penguins are one of nature’s most unique creations and visiting the penguin colony at contacto@pinguineraschiloe.cl www.pinguineraschiloe.cl Puñihuil is a must when being in Chiloé! Three small companies work together in this eco-friendly project called Ecoturismo Puñihuil, mainly offering boat trips to the Islotes de Puñihuil: * Take a 30 minute guided boat trip to the islotes de Puñihuil to see the penguin colony where both Magallen and Humboldt penguins coexist and appreciate many birds and marine species. (August to March). Tours from 10:30hs to 18:00hs and leave every 15 minutes. * Take a longer 3-6 hour boat trip to go marine wildlife watching where you might see blue whales, along with penguins, sea lions and other wildlife. (December to April). Make sure to reserve because space is limited to avoid harming the environment. Call (09) 83174302! - Bahía Puñihuil: boat trips and restaurant (09-96556780) - Nativa Ecoturismo Marítimo: trekking and boat trips (09-81747592) - Pinguinland: accommodation, restaurant and boat trips (09-90194273)

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HOSTAL MUNDO NUEVO

Av. Costanera Salvador Allende 748 ANCUD (065) 2628383 hostal@newworld.cl www.newworld.cl

Hostel Mundo Nuevo is right on the sea front, just one block from the main plaza and the bus terminal Cruz del Sur. Uniquely, the wood constructed hostel uses a solar power for its hot water and has a large glass greenhouse outside. There are all kinds of accommodations – from dorms, singles, and doubles with shared bath, to ensuite rooms with 2, 3 and 4 beds. Even better, they all have a view of the ocean! Relax on the seaview terrace, snuggle up in the cozy living room, or cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen. The owner speaks Spanish, English and German and can help you Stay 3 nights & get a with detailed information 10% off with Get South! and maps for biking and (not combined with hiking tours.

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13 LUNAS HOSTEL

Los Carrera 855 ANCUD Chiloé is the kind of island that you end (065) 2622106 up wanting to spend a lot of time on, and contacto@13lunaschile.com 13 Lunas Hostel is ideal for home comfort. www.13lunas.cl www.13lunaschile.com With a large living room with cable TV, fully equipped kitchen and comfy new beds you 13 Lunas Hostel can be sure to get some good rest. Right in front of “Cruz del Sur” bus station and only a few blocks from the sea front and the main plaza, this 1947 house/hostel is ideally located as a base to explore the beautiful island. The friendly bilingual team can advise you on island tours, but make sure you also take advantage of the BBQ and terrace with a sea view, while you stay in one of the dorms, private doubles or wheelchair accessible private rooms. Ecofriendly 13 Lunas Hostel recycles, composts and uses biofuel heating!

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CHILOE - CASTRO

CHILOE ISLAND - CASTRO Castro, 87km south of Ancud, is the capital of Chiloé and the third oldest city in Chile, after Santiago and La Serena. On the Plaza de Armas is the San Francisco Church, which was constructed out of wood by local craftsmen in around 1910. Visit the port, artisan fair, and be sure to check out the “palafitos” or wooden houses built on stilts above the water. The Museo Regional contains artefacts from the aboriginal tribes that inhabitated the island before the arrival of the Spanish. Twenty km northeast of Castro, Dalcahue is an important artisan centre. Browse through handcrafts and the local market, and don’t miss the Sunday “Feria de Dalcahue” artisan fair. From Dalcahue you can take a boat to Quinchao Island where you can visit the Santa Maria de Loreto Church, the oldest on the archipelago. Chiloé National Park runs along the western coast. Cooler and wetter than the eastern coast, this park is an ecosystem that includes dunes, Valdivian temperate rain forests, swamps and peat bogs. Take a traditional or mountain bike tour or go camping and trek on your own for a few days. Twenty five km southwest of Castro you can visit Chonchi, “the town of the three floors” because it was built on a hill. Tantauco Park, in the south of the island, is a 118,000 ha nature reserve renowed for its almost untouched rainforest with challenging treks that last 3, 5 or 11 days. Camping and refuges are available.

CABAÑAS PALAFITOS LOS PESCADORES Right on the sea front, these private cabins are surrounded by beautiful gardens and ideal sunset views on the terrace to enjoy the beauty of Chiloé at its best.

Ruta 5 sur Km 5 Sector Nercón - CASTRO (065) 2635765 info@palafitoslospescadores.cl www.palafitoslospescadores.cl

Choose between the 15 cabins either with two rooms or one that sleep up to four people (twin, double and sofa beds). Whatever your chosen sleeping arrangements are, you will definitely rest easy with the attractive interior design, warming wood fires, fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms with hot water and clean towels, Cable TV, wifi, maid service and outdoor terrace. Ideally located to relax among the peace of nature on the outskirts of town, you are 5 10 mins by bus or car from the centre and the helpful, bilingual staff can advise you on activities and tours to nearby islands. 128

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PALAFITO HOSTEL The famous Palafitos de Gamboa waterfront is speckled with traditional houses on stilts called “palafitos”. One of these charming little bungalows is home to Palafito Hostel, located just 10 minutes from the Plaza de Armas. The antique outside doesn’t prepare you for the absolutely stunning and completely renovated interior. Inside are 8 rooms, private and dormitory, each with private bathrooms.

Ernesto Riquelme 1210 Palafitos de Gamboa sector - CASTRO (065)2531008 palafitohostel@gmail.com www.palafitohostel.com Two of the double-bed rooms have balconies with spectacular views to the Gamboa River. The kitchen is well equipped for any culinary endeavor and the common areas will keep you well entertained with books and board games. Ask the friendly staff about fishing, horseback riding and all the excursions available.

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Palafito Hostel

HOSTEL PALAFITO CUCAO

On the way to the National Park RURAL CUCAO (065) 2971164 palafitocucao@gmail.com www.hostelpalafitocucao.cl

Only a stone’s throw from the National Park (200m), Hostel Palafito Cucao is at the heart of Chiloé. This is the perfect place to set off by foot, horse or kayak to explore. Although the focus is to help you fall in love with the island and enjoy nature at its best, guests are bound to become enamored with this stylish hostel built of native wood and in harmony with nature which overlooks Cucao lake. There is a kitchen available and a supermarket and restaurants are only 50m away. The nine bedrooms, a mixture of dorms, private doubles and twins, all have a terrace with a view of the lake, Wi-Fi, heating, hot water 24hrs a day and private bathrooms, but you won’t find a TV in sight, because Hostal Palafito Cucao is about getting back to the essentials of life, as nature intended.

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HOTEL CASITA ESPAñOLA B&B

Los Carrera 359 CASTRO (065) 2635186 casitaespanola@telsur.cl www.hosteriadecastro.cl/p/casita

In this beautiful old Spanish style house you can enjoy your privacy with comfortable and attractive double, triple or quad heated rooms (all with private bathrooms, towels and cable TV) and relax in the picturesque setting of Chiloé. With a big breakfast offered each morning (includes bacon and eggs!) you will have plenty of energy to explore the area, and the location, close to the Plaza and the Cathedral, is ideal for shopping, sightseeing and getting transport to other areas in Chiloé. The kitchen can be used for heating up food or making a coffee, but if you want something larger to eat for dinner you can go to Cafe&Grill La Brujula and get it charged to your room. The English speaking staff can help you book catamaran tours or visits 10% off in low season (mar - dec) or to the National Park. 5% off in high season (jan - feb) and

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TURISMO MAR & MAGIA CHILOE

Blanco 60 - CASTRO (065) 2632301 / 2635226 marymagia@telsur.cl marymagiachiloe@gmail.com www.marymagia.cl

Get out to sea and see the beauty of Chiloé from a different perspective with Mar & Magia’s catamaran tours. Take the half day tour in the morning or afternoon and visit the Fiordo de Castro where you can watch sea lions and see the Tauco colonial fort and different villages on the way. Or spend a whole day out on the water where you can either visit Quehui or Mechuque island which are both islands lost in time, a unique opportunity to see how life has not changed here over the years. The full day tour (7 hours approx) also includes a traditional lunch such as “curanto” or roast lamb on the spit. Staff are professional and bilingual and the specially designed catamaran was created with these tours in mind and you can travel in comfort with a cafe, cocktail bar and snack bar at hand 10% off just in case! Regular trips September with Get South - April, enquire personally about low season outings. 130


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CHILOETNICO

Ernesto Riquelme 1228 Barrio Palafitos de Gamboa - CASTRO Let Chiloétnico show you Chiloé’s Cel: 09-1353448 (24 hrs) jaw-dropping national parks, nearby (065) 2630951 (10:00 to 17:00) islands, unique architecture of the info@chiloetnico.cl wooden houses and marvelous www.chiloetnico.cl churches. They run excursions all year round, including mountain biking, trekking, horseback riding, kayaking, as well as historical and tailor made tours. Rent camping equipment and a mountain bike (always well maintained) to explore the island on your own. Located just 7 minutes from Castro’s main plaza, the fantastic Chiloétnico guides (who speak English, Spanish and German) will give you all kinds of local knowledge about the culture, history and environment. By the time you leave, you’ll already be planning your return trip! Chiloetnico ChiloetnicoTMO

CHILOETNICO is the official booking agent for Tantauco Park, offering unpararelled visitor’s advice.

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Latorre 238 - CASTRO (065) 2635254 reservas@turismopehuen.cl www.turismopehuen.cl

Turismo Pehuen offers a wide range of tours lead by expert guides. Become acquainted with the history and beauty of Chiloé on an excursion to the national park or the World Heritage Site churches. Take a boat tour to explore the Islands of Mechuque, Quehui and Chelín, or snap a few photos on a tour of the Penguins of Puñiguil. If you are looking to venture to the stunning and remote Carretera Austral (Southern Road), Turismo Pehuen has loads of information and offer transport and accommodation bookings! Their office is located half block from Castro’s Plaza de Armas. Naviera Austral & Navimag Ticket Sales!

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CARRETERA AUSTRAL - CHAITEN

The Carretera Austral or “Southern Highway” stretches from Puerto Montt down to Villa O’Higgins (over 1200 km). It’s an outstandingly beautiful area with thick rainforests, stunning fjords, unbelievable glaciers, crystal blue lakes and rivers, snowcapped volcanoes, ancient trees, soothing hot springs, and rugged mountains. Don’t skip this part of Chile if you love outdoor activities and adventure, or if you enjoy remoteness and the most overwhelming landscapes!! There are no many banks and normally ATM’s only take Mastercard, no Visa (exc. Coyhaique). Cellphone coverage only with ENTEL. Hornopirén: the first village on the Carretera Austral is the base to visit the alpine terrain of the Hornopiren NP with forests, lakes, rivers and glaciers. Chaitén: This remarkable village was wiped off the map in 2008 by the Chaitén Volcano. But the people bounced back and returned: CHAITÉN IS ALIVE AGAIN!! Accommodation and shops are open, and tours are organized. A part of the village has been left untouched to remind us of the destruction nature can cause. Chaitén is the main hub to visit the fabulous and enormous Pumalín Park where you can admire glaciers, waterfalls, verdant temperate rainforest, the Alerce trees of more than 3000 years old, and the notorious Chaitén Volcano. After exploring the park, unwind in the El Armarillo hotsprings (25km SE of Chaitén) or do a boat trip to the sea lion colonies in the area. ATM AVAILABLE!

CHAITUR EXCURSIONES

O’Higgins 67 - CHAITÉN Cell: 74685608 - (065) 731429 Chaitur Excursions is a small and nchaitur@hotmail.com friendly family-run company that www.chaitur.com will help you discover and enjoy this Chaitur Excursiones amazing area of Chile. They offer: • Trips to Pumalin Park, including hikes to the ancient Alerce forest, with trees over 3000 years old, and amazing waterfalls. • Relaxing days at the natural hot springs in El Amarillo. • Boat excursions to sea lion colonies. • Rafting and kayaking on the world-famous Río Futaleufú. • Trekking to the astounding Yelcho and Michimahuida glaciers. • Chaitén Volcano photographic and ascent trips with geological and ecological guiding. Views of the Chaitén Volcano’s Rhyolite Lava Dome. • Walks along the black volcanic sands of Santa Barbara beach. • Special trips, such as photography, fishing, birdwatching, trekking, horseback riding and scientific investigations. They’re located at the bus station in Chaitén village and can reserve your bus seat to Puerto Montt, Futaleufú, La Junta, Puyuhuapi or Coyhaique, and plane or ferry tickets. Open all year. Spanish, English and French spoken! 132


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FUTALEUFU

FUTALEUFU This village is a world famous mecca for kayaking and rafting: experts rate its class 5+ rapids as within the top 3 in the world! It’s simply a must to grant yourself the extreme adrenaline rush by doing a rafting trip on the dazzlingly turquoise and wild Futaleufú river, or “big river” in native Mapuche. Rafting the river is possible for all levels: novice to expert! Kayaking the strongest rapids is a major challenge for experts. Just a mild walk away from the village, you can take a look at some of the ferocious rapids at the Gelvez Bridge. But the Futaleufú region has so much more up its sleeve for you! This area with lush green forests and marvelous mountains begs to be explored! Put on your hiking boots or jump on a mountain bike or horse to discover Eagle’s Rock and the Lake Espolón Waterfalls at the Northeast Circuit, or the Las Escalas Circuit which follows the banks of the Futaleufú river. The region’s towers and canyons also provide for heart-thumping canyoning, rock climbing and rapelling. To enjoy water in a calm way cruise the area’s lakes and more still rivers by kayak or canoe, or go for some topnotch fly fishing. The nearby border crossing, often used by travellers, connects Futaleufú with the area of Esquel, Argentina. ATM AVAILABLE!

HOSTAL LAS NATALIAS

Sector Noroeste n/n The super friendly bilingual owner FUTALEUFÚ Cell: 61416305 - 96311330 Nathaniel made his dream come true and hostallasnatalias@gmail.com built a real backpacker’s hostel, located www.hostallasnatalias.info in a quiet spot just a 7 to 10 minute walk from the plaza in Futaleufú. The gorgeous hostel has a spacious kitchen and living room to hang out, relax and make friends from all over the world. The location is amazing with spectacular views and the place is so serene! Las Natalias has 3 dorms with lockers on offer and 3 private rooms (1 with ensuite bathroom). Enjoy the natural climbing wall next to the hostel, take whitewater kayak lessons with Nathaniel and ask him, or his ever popular mom, for more info about local culture, rafting, canyoning, trekking, horseback riding, fishing and much more. Clothes dirty from doing all those fun activities? The hostel has a space for doing your laundry yourself. Open all year round. May to October: phone or email in advance. 133


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HOSTAL LA GRINGA CARIOCA

Sargento Aldea 498 Hostal La Gringa Carioca is a super cozy FUTALEUFÚ (065) 721260 / (09) 96599341 house with a big garden and magnificent lagringacarioca@gmail.com views of the Andes Mountains and the Río Espolón, where you’ll be welcomed with a big smile by the Brazilian owner Adriana. It’s just a few blocks from the plaza in Futaleufú, but it feels like staying in the countryside. This place is a little more expensive than a hostel, but the beauty and comfort in combination with the impeccable service makes it a great value for money. A good night’s rest is guaranteed in one of the old style, beautifully decorated private rooms: 3 twin rooms and 1 triple with a matrimonial and single bed, all with private bathroom, or in the junior room with a bunk bed and shared bathroom. Towels are included and a delicious breakfast variety is served with eggs, pancakes, fruits, jams, cheese, ham, cereals and more! Hostal La Gringa Carioca - Futaleufu

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TURISMO FORTIUS

Balmaceda 608 - A FUTALEUFÚ Located just one block from the main plaza + 56 9 94495273 in Futaleufú, Turismo Fortius delivers tourists turismofortius@gmail.com unforgettable memories of this gorgeous www.turismofortius.com area. Ride a mountain bike through marvelous sceneries, hike through the green forests and up the mountains for fantastic views, do a kayak trip on the crystal clear lakes and rivers, or learn about the farmers lifestyle in Patagonia. Programs available from half day to multi day trips and always in small groups to make it a personal experience. Full day and multi day trips have meals included and the expert guides are masters of the English language. Choose Turismo Fortius and enjoy their passion for tourism and nature! Tours organized in 10% off spring and summer. Contact them in with advance for tours out of season.

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PUYUHUAPI

PUYUHUAPI Puyuhuapi is a quiet and peaceful village located at the far end of a fjord (220km from Coyhaique), surrounded by hills and mountains covered with thick green vegetation. Four young German immigrants founded it in 1935 and their influence can still be noticed in the local architecture and cuisine. Stroll through this tiny village and admire the local houses, the church, the beauty of the fjord with the clouds drifting over the water in the morning and the colourful fishing boats moored on the water. Four species of dolphins play in the waters of Puyuhuapi and locals take tourists on their little boats to observe the wonderful fjord and these amazing creatures. Don’t miss out on the Queulat National Park (entrance 24km south of Puyuhuapi) with rivers winding through its fairy tale lush wilderness. The most popular route is the 3,2km hike to the famous hanging glacier or “Ventisquero Colgante” where you can see and hear the ice crashing down on the rocks. In summer you can take it easy and hop on one of the small boats that navigate you across the Laguna Témpanos to the glacier. Tired from being overwhelmed by the enchanting assets of Mother Nature? Soak your bones in the hotsprings “Termas del Ventisquero” or the more luxurious “Termas de Puyuhuapi”. This is pure pampering, with fantastic views as a bonus! NO ATM AT THIS VILLAGE!

HOSTEL Y CABAÑAS AUGUSTO GROSSE This is one of the only hostels with dorms Camilo Henríquez 4 on the Carretera Austral; a gorgeous PUYUHUAPI building located in the village, completely (067) 2325150 – Cell: 9 88260638 constructed in wood and wonderfully hostalaugustogrosse@gmail.com www.hostalaugustogrosse.cl decorated. No big overcrowded dorms here, but a very comfortable one with 4 beds with duvet covers and lockers. Also 2 private rooms are available: 1 matrimonial room and 1 with a bunk bed. Despite its small size, there are 2 bathrooms and towels are always included. There is also a new cabin for up to 5 people with a matrimonial and a triple room; a fairytale place to have an unforgettable stay. The hostel, as well as the cabin, has a cozy living room with a wooden stove to heat you up and in both a fully equipped kitchen is at your disposal. Don’t miss out on the many activities in the area; the owners will gladly help you with recommendations and reservations. Laundry service available. Open all year round.

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PUERTO AYSEN

COYHAIQUE & PUERTO AYSEN Coyhaique is the capital of the region and the only city you’re going to encounter on the Carretera Austral, so get all the Chilean pesos you are going to need (as there won’t be many options) or buy the equipment you’re missing. Outdoor stores, supermarkets, restaurants, banks, souvenir shops, and even some pubs. Do you plan to rent a car? Make your deal here! Visit the Coyhaique National Reserve (about 5km from the city) where you can do a wonderful day hike up to the top of the Cerro Cinchao with its moonlike landscape and a magnificent 360 degree view. The National Reserve Río Simpson is located along the road to Puerto Aysén and Puerto Chacabuco. The river is flanked by dramatic rock formations and is known for kayak descents, summer bathing and top-class fishing. 66km from Coyhaique to the west you’ll reach the second biggest place of the area, Puerto Aysén. Spend some time here; you’ll be surprised of the beauty of the surrounding area with its picturesque rivers and lakes, virgin green forest and stunning fjords. Kayaking on the Aysén River and the Los Palos Lake, and boating the fjords are definitely highlights of the trip and there are many trails to tackle by mountain bike or on foot, like at the Aiken Park, a 220-hectare reserve on the shores of Riesco Lake. 14km away is Puerto Chacabuco where the ferry arrives from Puerto Montt (www.navimag.com).

CABAÑAS AYELEN

Hernán Muñoz Torres 655 PUERTO AYSEN Located near the Río Aysén in a quiet Cell: 95990468 - 98988549 quarter of the village and close to a bus ayelencontreras@gmail.com stop, Cabañas Ayelén offers multiple francisco@ayelenpatagonia.cl comfortable and functional cabins for 1 up www.ayelenpatagonia.cl to 8 people. All cabins are constructed in wood and are equipped with a bathroom, satellite TV, kitchen, wood stove for heating and a terrace (towels included). You can prepare a delicious asado* at the communal BBQ area and work on your reflexes playing ping pong. Ask to heat up the sauna (free of charge) and chill out in the outdoor hot tub (additional charge). Inquire with the owner about the dazzling kayak or boat tours he organizes, the region hasn’t got any secrets from him. And definitely follow his advice about walking and bicycle tours in the area. Open all year!

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VARONA RENT A CAR Renting a car is the best way to explore the extreme beauty the Carretera Austral has to offer. It gives you the freedom to decide when you want to leave and where you want to stop to take that perfect postcard picture!

Carrera 297 COYHAIQUE (067) 2216674 / Cell: 94409933 rentacar@varona.cl www.varona.cl

A car gives you easy access to remote areas to see the most exceptional natural wonders and to experience unforgettable adventurous activities. And who doesn’t want to have the opportunity to spend the night at a serene spot under a starry sky! Hire a car with your travel buddies, or gather some travellers together, and renting a car is definitely affordable whether you take it for just a day trip or for one or more weeks. Choose a small urban car to do a comfortable visit around Coyhaique (asphalt west to Puerto Chacabuco, south to Cerro Castillo, north to Puerto Cisnes), or one of the pick-ups, jeeps or vans to tackle the Carretera’s gravel roads in the spirit of pure and true adventure! A car is by far the quickest and most stylish manner to discover this area of extraordinary natural art. Varona is the leading and most trustworthy Rent a Car company on the Carretera Austral and also the Mitsubishi and Nissan car dealer in the area, so all their vehicles regularly undergo extensive inspection and maintenance in their own workshop. They are located on the main entrance/exit of Coyhaique, at their Shell Petrol Station. Inquire about the possibility of different pick-up and drop-off points. Insurance and unlimited km. Open all year round! Renting a car means FREEDOM! Sit down, buckle up and enjoy some world class road tripping! 137

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HOSTAL ESPAÑOL

Sargento Aldea 343 COYHAIQUE Want to recover from your travels, or (067) 2242580 have a good night’s sleep before doing reservas@hostalcoyhaique.cl an adventurous hike? Located just a few www.hostalcoyhaique.cl blocks away from the Plaza de Armas, the www.hostalespañol.cl heart of Coyhaique, Hostal Español is very good value for money for the high standard of comfort they offer! The lovely rooms, with two single beds or a double bed, have a private bathroom, TV and heating. Yummy breakfast with yoghurt, eggs, cereals, cheese and ham… is all included! Preparing your own home cooked meals? Opt for a well equipped apartment for up to 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and a cozy living room with fireplace and unlimited wood. Towels are provided and free parking is available! The owners can help you with any reservations for transport and trips. Open all year round!

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HOTEL AUSTRAL

Cristóbal Colón 203 COYHAIQUE (067) 2232522 hotelaustralchile@gmail.com www.hotelautral.cl

If sleeping in a comfortable room and having a private bathroom is vital for you, then definitely go to Hotel Austral. They have a wide selection of ensuite single, double and triple rooms, all with cable TV, heating and towels included. Your breakfast also includes cheese and ham and is served in the pleasant communal area downstairs where you also find a chill out corner with a TV. Run by its owners and a helpful staff, they will gladly inform you about the region and help with booking your excursions or transport. Hotel Austral is a wooden building opened 365 days a year and is only a three block walk from the main plaza of Coyhaique (Plaza de Armas), really close to all the shops and 10% off with restaurants. Laundry service Get South available. 138


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VILLA CERRO CASTILLO Located 95km south of Coyhaique, Villa Cerro Castillo feels more like a small settlement than a village, with only a few small streets and shops. But this little town is dominated by the impressive basalt spires and glaciers of its namesake, the Cerro Castillo National Reserve, a huge wild mountainous area with glaciers and spectacular views. Cerro Castillo has the ingredients to become “the new Torres del Paine” with the main difference that you will hardly find anyone there! Villa Cerro Castillo, at the south end of the park, is the perfect base to explore it. The people of the village are horseback riding specialists, and the Ibañez valley is a wonderful spot to go for a walk or ride. But the main attraction is going up into the park to the Cerro Castillo Lagoon at 1600m with jaw-dropping views of the lagoon, a hanging glacier and the valley. Go on horseback for the first half up and continue on foot, a really unforgettable and recommendable experience, or do the whole ascent with your own pure body strength. Hardcore hikers will definitely go for the 4-5 day hike starting from Las Horquetas Grandes at the northern entrance of the park, a spectacular high route via glaciers, rivers and lakes, ending in Villa Cerro Castillo. If you have all the equipment you can do the hike on your own, otherwise you can rent it or hire a local guide in the village (we recommend to hire a guide). NO ATM OR PETROL!

RESIDENCIAL & RESTAURANTE JANITO Residencial & Restaurante Janito is a very Carretera Austral 207 affordable place to spend the night and VILLA CERRO CASTILLO to taste delicious food. It has a perfect Cell: 73773110 margaritamartelh@gmail.com location in front of the Carretera Austral, next to the bus stop, and with amazing views of the Cerro Castillo mountain peaks! Get your rest in one of the private rooms upstairs: ranging from single to quadruple. One double and a triple have a private bathroom, in the others you’ll share it. Downstairs there is a very convenient kitchen with a dining room and a living room with cable TV. Buffet breakfast includes cheese and ham, and Margarita, the owner, can also cook you a delicious lunch or dinner, or prepare you a sandwich or snack (non guests are also welcome). She will gladly help you with extra info or reservations for hikes or horseback riding. Laundry service is possible and in her 10% off with little shop you can stock up your supplies. Get South Open all year round! 139


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EXCURSIONES RUTA M.A.S - Horseback riding Excursiones Ruta M.A.S., in the hands Carretera Austral 107 of experienced owner señor Manuel, VILLA CERRO CASTILLO offers a magnificent full day horseback Cell: 66595392 ride up to the Cerro Castillo lagoon excursionesrutamas@hotmail.com to enjoy breathtaking views at the hanging glaciers and the mountain peaks that make this area famous! Condors, huemuls and other fauna may be seen. Grilled meat, salads, potatoes, soup, and even wine are included in lunch, all prepared with passion by his wife Rosa. If you have limited time, they also offer shorter per hour horseback trips to the impressive valley of Cerro Castillo. Not a horse fan? Ask them about the trekking tours to discover the region with its magnificent mountains and rivers. The office is conveniently located on the main road, at 10% off their minimarket and tourist information at with the entrance of the village. Don’t miss this Get South amazing adventure! Manuel Aguilar Silva

PUERTO RIO TRANQUILO It’s just a small village on the shores of the magestic Lago General Carrera, but a place where every tourist has to stop. Why? The answer is simple... this place has loads of extraordinary activities on offer. A must for everybody is a boat or kayak tour to the Capillas de Marmól or Marble Chapels. Thousands of years of erosion by wind and water have resulted in a masterpiece of natural art. You’ll be imposed by the game of light and colour in the caverns and tunnels, and the lake’s transparent water. The recently constructed 77km long Camino a Exploradores, a fantastic scenic road which departs in town and goes to the Exploradores Bay, has opened up a lot of possibilities in the area. This windy road packed with glaciers, rivers and lakes is absolutely impressive and is the gateway to visit the mighty Exploradores Glacier, where amazing ice walks are possible. Due to this road Puerto Río Tranquilo has become the new hub to visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve San Rafael National Park and its famous San Rafael Lagoon and Glacier. The combination of driving the Camino a Exploradores, admiring the spectacular scenery, boating from the end of the road to the Laguna* San Rafael, gazing at this mind blowing glacier and experiencing the thundering noise and the tsunami-like waves when the ice falls down, makes it a very special experience. NO ATM BUT PETROL AVAILABLE! 140


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EXCURSIONES MARAN-ATHA

Carretera Austral s/n PUERTO RÍO TRANQUILO Cell: +569 87520735 / 66479614 hombredelago@hispavista.com

Don’t skip the Capillas de Mármol (Marble Chapels), a top highlight of the Carretera Austral and very affordable to visit. Located on Puerto Río Tranquilo Waterfront, Excursiones Maran-Atha, in the hands of Mr. Lenin Soto as the general manager, is the pioneer organizing boat trips to this natural wonder and it’s your best pick. They offer boat tours on the General Carrera Lake to visit the caverns, cathedral and marble chapels, as well as trips to Puerto Sánchez caverns, Puerto Cristal and sport fishing tours. Their informative and experienced guides know the best places, take care of your safety and will explain about these unique structures formed as glacier water eroded an enormous block of marble over thousands of years. Get dazzled by tropical blue water and spectacular and amazing 10% off shapes and colours; your camera with is going to do overtime here to Get South capture all this beauty! Open year round.

EL PUESTO EXPEDICIONES

Pedro Lagos 18 PUERTO RIO TRANQUILO Cell: 62073709 expediciones@elpuesto.cl www.elpuesto.cl El Puesto

Experience the greatness of a glacier: walk on it, feel it and be overwhelmed by its crystal blue colour! El Puesto Expediciones organizes quality glacier activities using modern well maintained equipment and professional guides so your safety is always guaranteed. El Puesto Expediciones activities: - Amazing visits and walks on Exploradores Glacier. - Glacier/Ice climbing amongst the spectacular ice walls. - Spend a night camping on a glacier. - Kayak tour to Capillas de Mármol to appreciate in depth these beautiful natural formations.

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DESTINO PATAGONIA - San Rafael Glacier Tours A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the San Gilberta Flores 208 PUERTO RÍO TRANQUILO Rafael glacier has a remote location, Cell: 91586044 with no crowds at all. Destino Patagonia is based in Puerto Río Tranquilo, but emilia.astorga@destinopatagonia.cl www.destinopatagonia.cl the tour starts at the end of the Camino a Exploradores, a recently built 77km long spectacular road. Two local and friendly guides will take you on a 2,5hrs adventurous boat ride across the Rio Exploradores delta through a picture perfect landscape until you reach the San Rafael glacier. They offer full day trips where you can sip a free whiskey prepared with glacier ice while being stunned by the view and the thundering noise of the glacier. They also have a 2 or 3 day tour with trekking possibilities and/or kayak trip if you like to be one of the few people to spend the night in the National Park (Meals included in all trips). Destino Patagonia operates from September to April. English speaking Free transfer from Puerto Tranquilo to guides available.

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PUERTO GUADAL & CHILE CHICO Puerto Guadal is a sleepy village located in a beautiful bay at the southwest end of the Lago General Carrera, 13km east of the Carretera Austral. The micro-climate protects them from the cold in winter time, and the view of the lake and the snowcapped mountains at the northwestern side is absolutely mind blowing. This is an oasis of rest, to enjoy peace and quietness while relaxing at the beach or admiring the gorgeous views from a kayak. The nearby waterfalls are really nice to visit, and the area offers very interesting fossil hikes. The rafting village Puerto Bertrand at the ultra blue Rio Baker is just 25km away. NO ATM! Chile Chico is located at the southern banks of the Lago General Carrera only 6km from the Argentinean border. Many travellers cross the nearby boarder coming from Ruta 40 in Argentina to enter the Carretera Austral region. Nature lovers and hikers should definitely visit the spectacular Jeinemeni National Reserve 65km from town, with steppe, rock formations, cave paintings and turquoise lagoons with a flamingo population. Moving on from Chile Chico is possible by ferry-crossing to Puerto Ibañez to go to Cerro Castillo or north. Taking a bus over the windy and narrow road westwards to Puerto Guadal is a gorgeous and exciting option, with stunning views over the Lago General Carrera. ATM & PETROL AVAILABLE! 142


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TERRA LUNA LODGE

Km 1,5 on way to Mallin Grande PUERTO GUADAL Indulge yourself with a stay at +569 84491092 / (067) 2431263 this beautiful estate with the most info@terra-luna.cl breathtaking views of the lake and www.terraluna.cl mountains, and 400 metres of beach! www.patagoniajet.com The cozy cabins are equipped with a kitchen, living room and bathroom(s). The smaller 2 person ones are very affordable, and there is a selection of more luxurious cabins for up to 6 people. Also rooms and apartments for up to 5 people are available (without kitchen). Terra Luna Lodge has everything on the site to keep you busy: hot tub, sauna, massages, restaurant, kayaks, canoes, water bikes and an original canopy not only made of tirolesas but of many different games including an helicopter, plane, etc (all with extra charge) and a pool table, games, cinema, football pitch, etc (for no extra charge). You can also experience the thrill of going 10% off by jet boat up the river to one of the glaciers with Get South in the area (Campo de Hielo Norte)! Open all year round.

KON-AIKEN TURISMO

Pedro Burgos 3 CHILE CHICO (067) 2411598 jmercegue7@hotmail.com www.kon-aiken.cl

Kon-Aiken is located in the center of Chile Chico in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. It is a popular budget option in town and a place where you’ll meet a bunch of international travellers. A big property with 4 fully equipped cabins, a double room with private bathroom and some rooms of different sizes with shared bathrooms. Towels are included and breakfast is served. Kon-Aiken is also a place to camp. There is lots of space to pitch a tent and the high trees protect you from the strong winds. A kitchen and BBQ-grill are available for all guests and there is a separate shower block for the campers. Book your trips with the owner Juan like kayaking on the General Carrera Lake or a visit to the Jeinimeni National Reserve in his 10% off with own minivan. Get South Open year round! 143


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COCHRANE & CALETA TORTEL Cochrane is the major village and hub of the south of the Carretera Austral. It’s a perfect springboard for a lot of cool activities in the area. Try to spot the endangered huemul deer while doing a trek at Tamango National Reserve, at 6km northeast of Cochrane. The largest population in Chile of these shy creatures is found here. 18km north of Cochrane, the wildlife paradise Valle Chacabuco (part of the future and immense Patagonia NP) is home to flamingos, foxes and herds of guanacos too. The Cochrane area also invites you to hit the water: kayaking on Lake Cochrane or Esmeralda, or the mighty Río Baker. The Monte San Lorenzo, 55km south, is a heaven for trekking. Attention, Cochrane has the last gas station going south! ATM & PETROL! Caleta Tortel is an amazing isolated village at the mouth of the Río Baker, built up with boardwalks and staircases instead of roads. Leg power brings you around the village, or you can take a water taxi. The scenery is beautiful; it’s surrounded by milky glacier water and breathtaking hills and mountains. Jumping on a boat or kayak is a must in Tortel, f.e. to Isla Los Muertos. The glaciers Steffens & Montt are spectacular and remote, and can only be reached by boat. Enjoy this extraordinary and unique village! NO ATM! Adventurers can continue their voyage to Villa O’Higgins, the southernmost point of the Carretera Austral, and the end of the road, to cross to El Chaltén, Argentina: a combination of boating, trekking and bussing (November – March). NO ATM!

HOSPEDAJE Y CAMPING COCHRANE

Dr. Steffens 451 COCHRANE (067) 2522377 pquintana13@gmail.com

You’ll not expect a garden this size and this nice, at just one block from the main plaza. Pitch your tent under one of the trees and enjoy the hot water in one of the many showers. The guestbook is filled with names from people from all over the globe; the perfect place to meet up with fellow travellers. Craving for a real bed? They also have a small house opened all year round, with single or twin rooms, a cozy living room with a fireplace and TV. The bathroom is shared and towels are included. During camping season (September to April), a cooking area is provided in an outdoor space with roof. Patricia, your hostess, breaths passion for her job and pampers her guests. She will inform you in detail on how to discover the most special places around Cochrane! Hospedaje y Camping Cochrane

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RESIDENCIAL BRISAS DEL SUR

Sector Playa Ancha n/n CALETA TORTEL Wake up and start your day with an Cell: 82367697 / 56882723 amazing view of the beautiful waters valerialanderos@hotmail.com surrounding Residencial Brisas del Mar. www.casaturismorural.cl This wooden house is located in the southern peaceful part of the village. A beautiful walk will get you there, or pamper yourself going by water taxi. You can choose from single, double (with two singles or a double), or triple rooms with shared bathrooms, and lovebirds can opt for a double matrimonial room with private bathroom. Towels are provided and laundry service is available. During winter time and chilly days, central heating with firewood will keep you warm! Would you like to do a boat or kayak trip, or explore one of the glaciers in the area? Just ask 5% off Valeria, your friendly hostess! with Open all year round. Get South

PUERTO NATALES This getaway is the point of entry to the world renowned Torres del Paine National Park, a mammoth park that was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. The park is a hikers paradise that will blow your mind when you see its flora and fauna, lakes and rivers, frozen glacier fields and amazing scenery. Day trips are available, as well as multiple day hiking trips to the famous “W” circuit or farther. You can take your own equipment and food for camping or stay in one of the refugios (mountain lodges) that offer shared accommodation, food, some with small convenience stores and camping gear to rent.Other options to enjoy the park include picnicking, sport fishing, kayaking, mountain climbing and more. While you’re based in Puerto Natales, plan an excursion to the Milodón Cave, an archaeological site named after the milodón, a now extinct animal whose remains were found in the cave. Climb to the summit of Dorotea Sierra, to get a great panorama of the town as well as the fjords and mountains in the area. Visit Bernardo O’Higgins National Park and take a boat trip to feel tiny next to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. 145


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TIN HOUSE PATAGONIA

Miraflores 616 (061) 2614201 This cozy and intimate house-style reservas@tinhousepatagonia.com hostel is a great place to stay before www.tinhousepatagonia.com and after leaving for an excursion www.facebook.com/tin.house.5 in Torres del Paine. With only three bedrooms (two doubles, and one with two bunk beds - all with heating and shared bathrooms) and completely managed and run by its owners, this is certainly a place where you can hang up your coat and boots, and chill out. Enjoy the comfy commodities, your own kitchen and the unique tin and wood structure in this 50’s built house (recently refurbished in 2010) right in the centre of town. Tin House Patagonia has their own travel agency so you can get the best advice and reserve for top tours around the area for trekking, horseback riding, kayaking, visiting the 10% off with glaciers and more. Get South Closed June - August

PATAGONIA ADVENTURE HOSTEL & ORBIT PATAGONIA With a hostel and a tourism agency at the Tomas Rogers 179 same place, you can sort out your rest and (061) 2411028 info@apatagonia.com play both at once! Patagonia Adventure Hostel, www.apatagonia.com in a traditional style wooden house, has dorms, doubles, twins and triple rooms (all w/shared bath and heating) with an ideal location as the only hostel on the main plaza. Guests can use the full kitchen, luggage storage and there is an indoor climbing wall! Their travel agency, ORBIT Patagonia, is located in the hostel and the bilingual staff can organize visits to Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno, Cueva del Milodon, glacier boat trips, visits to the penguins on Magdalena and Marta islands, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing, and trekking the W circuit and the 10% off larger O. The professional service uses all their with own transport and guides, and you can also Get South hire all your outdoors equipment and tents with them, including bike rental. Patagonia Adventure Hostel 146


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HOSTAL FRANCIS DRAKE

Phillipi 383 (061) 2411553 contact@hostalfrancisdrake.com www.hostalfrancisdrake.com

Hostal Francis Drake has an ideal location right only being two block from the sea front, the main plaza and centre of town with all the restaurants, bars and shopping within walking distance. A comfortable and clean colonial style house, the 14 rooms (single, double and triple) each have a private bathroom, central heating, towels included and cable TV and from the second floor living room you can appreciate magnificent views of the seafront and the nearby mountain peaks. A hearty breakfast of coffee, tea, milk, serial, yoghurt, cheese, ham, bread, juice, pastries and hot chocolate will set you up well for the day. The staff can help you book your own tour to see Torres del Paine mountain range, Perito Moreno glacier and other nearby glaciers whether you want to visit them by boat or in their own private vehicles. 10% off Closed June to August. with

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TOUR EXPRESS

Bulnes 769 (061) 2410734 ventas1@tourexpress.cl www.tourexpress.cl

Patagonia is a magical, mystical and sometimes a difficult place to get around. You can uncover some real world treasures here but you need to have a bit of know how and Tour Express can help you with that. Located in Puerto Natales, the company has more than 15 years experience and the fleet of modern, specially equipped vehicles are driven with care and constantly renewed. With their expertise and knowledge they will show you some highlights of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia including: - Regular services to Torres del Paine National Park all year around. - Private services for groups and individuals to Torres del Paine, Milodon cave, Punta Arenas, Penguin colony (Chile), El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, El ChaltĂŠn, Ushuaia in Argentinean Patagonia. - Trekking programs. Tour Express offers a quality service thanks to the combination of experience and knowledge of their territory with the sole aim of living the best experience in Patagonia. 147

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PUNTA ARENAS Punta Arenas is the southernmost (continental) city in South America located on the shores of the Magellan Strait. Despite its remoteness, it has the most developed urban centre in Chilean Patagonia. Wander around downtown Plaza de Armas, dig your camera out to get a panoramic shot of the city from the Mirador del Cerro* de la Cruz, take advantage of their tax-free shopping centre (Zona Franca), contemplate the city’s history in the ornate municipal cemetery, check out the monument to Magellan or the interesting museums (Maggiorino Borgatello, Regional, Armada de Chile, Militar Palacio Sara Braun and Instituto de la Patagonia). Venturing out of town, pretend your name is Ferdinand and kayak on the strait, travel to Isla Magdalena or Seno Otway and waddle like a penguin amongst thousands (October-March), or hike around what the native Patagones used to call “Devil’s Country” because of the rugged, volcanic landscape of Pali-Aike National Park.

HOSTAL BETTY

Caupolicán 578 (061) 2221779 / (09) 93778271 reservas@hospedajebetty.cl www.hospedajebetty.cl

Open year round, this hostal is located in the centre of Punta Arenas, two blocks from the Straight of Magallen and Avenida Colon. The main square, Plaza de Armas, is only a ten minute walk away and within five blocks is the bus station for onward destinations in Puerto Natales, Argentina and around Chile. The hostal offers great value and even at low prices you will get a heated private room with cable TV and towels included (twin, double or triplet) in a cozy and clean setting. No dorms are available but guests can use the kitchen and there is a laundry service available. Alternatively stay in the furnished cabins with their own kitchen, bathroom and cable TV. With the owner, Betty, always on hand you can feel right at home and are treated as a welcome guest in a real Chilean home.

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ADEL - RENT A CAR Y TURISMO The best way to get around Punta Arenas and explore the area is through the luxury of your own car – go where you like, dictate your own time schedule and feel free!

Pedro Montt 962 (061) 2224819 info@adel.cl www.adel.cl

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with ADEL Rent a Car is located on the same block as the Get South tourist office and will help you find your ideal transport – from small, economical cars right up to 4WD and SUVs. The bilingual staff will give you advice and information about driving around the area and if you hire a car for 3 days or more there is no mileage limit. So get your driving gloves on, and let loose in Patagonia!

PUERTO WILLIAMS This small village is the southernmost settlement in the world, right at the tip of Chile. Looking out to the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams can be reached by plane, a two day ferry from Punta Arenas (on Wednesdays) or a speed boat from Ushuaia. With less than 2000 inhabitants, the village has a quiet and peaceful pace of life and is an oasis for nature lovers. Surrounded by snow capped mountains and countless fjords, the sightseeing opportunities are endless. You can visit glaciers and snow drifts by boat, go to the hummingbird park for bird watching, walk the remote trail of Navarino, trek to the Dientes de Navarino peaks, go horseback riding in the vast wilderness or go fishing and try to catch the ‘big one’. Nearby Wulaia Bay is an ancient settlement of the Yamana tribes and was where Charles Darwin arrived on his world voyage in 1831. Some visitors come here for the ultimate ‘end of the world’ experience, sailing around Cape Horn! 149


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TURISMO PACÍFICO AUSTRAL The best about travelling in Southern Chile is the beautiful wilderness and feeling in touch with nature.

5km outside Puerto Williams Cel: (09) 93689723 turismopacificoaustral@gmail.com

This rustic campsite is 5kms outside of Puerto Williams, on the way to Puerto Navarino. It is right on the shore of the Beagle Channel with perfect sea views and is submerged in nature with a beautiful waterfall nearby on the Río* de los Bronces. The campsite can be reached on foot or you can get a transfer from the town. To really get out and explore the area, they also offer guided tours around the region’s highlights and can take you on treks through the Dientes 25% off de Navarino. Using their experience and with knowledge you can really get a taste for Get South the beauty of Puerto Williams!

EXTREME WILLIAMS Brothers John and Patricio Cano want to help you get the best out of your time in Puerto Williams with their tour agency, Extreme Williams.

extremewilliams@hotmail.com Cel: (09) 91276313

Offering a range of extreme, and less extreme, activities and tours you can gain access to some of the stunning nature gems in the area. Guided tours take you to Dientes de Navarino, Lago Navarino and Winhood or get an adrenaline hit by rock climbing with their specialist guides or trying a host 15% off of other adventure sports. They with also offer fishing on the lakes of Get South the island! 150


** Glossary ** •Adobe: mud brick construction •Albergue/Hostal: hostel •Amigo: friend •Asado: barbeque •Barco: boat/ship •Barrio: neighbourhood •Bodegas: wineries •Boliche: clubs, discos •Bosque: forest •Buceo: scuba diving •Buena onda: good vibe •Cabaña: cabin, cottage •Cabildo: old town hall •Cancha: fútbol stadium •Cañón: canyon •Cardón: giant cactus •Cascada: waterfall •Castillo: castle •Cerro: hill •Ciudad: city •Che: hey •Chicas: girls •Choripán: sausage in a bun •Cordillera: mountain range •Desayuno: breakfast •Desierto: desert •Dulce de leche: caramel •Estancia: ranches •Estero: marshal •Fogón: bonfire •Fútbol: soccer, football •Gauchos: Argentinean cowboys, in Chile called “huasos” •Guanaco: small llama •Hospedaje: budget accommodation •Iglesia: church •Isla: island

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•Lago: lake •Laguna: lagoon •Locro: an Andean stew dish •Lomito: a tasty sandwich made with beef, chicken or pork •Mariscos: shellfish •Mate: traditional tea drunk from a gourd with a metal straw •Micro: local bus (Chile) •Milanesas: deep fried or oven baked breaded veal or chicken •Mina: mine, chick (girl) •Mochilero: backpacker •Montaña: mountain •Novio/a: boy/girlfriend •Ñandú: South American ostrich •Palacio: palace •Parque: park •Parrilla: grill •Peña: places to enjoy traditional music, dances and local food •Picada: local nibbles platter •Playa: beach •Plaza: square •Pololo/a: boy/girlfriend (Chile) •Porteño: Buenos Aires or Valparaíso native •Posada: inn •Pueblo: town •Puerto: port •Quebrada: gorge •Río: river •Salar/Salinas: salt flats •Teatro: theatre •Tren: train •Valle: valley •Vino: wine


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