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PATAGONIA REGION

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NEUQUEN NEUQUEN The heart of dinosaur country, Neuquén city, is the place to base yourself for visiting dinosaur excavations (Lago Barreales is the most important paleontology centre in Latin America) and learning about the great creatures that walked the land millenias ago. As well as agricultural and nature spotting attractions, those looking for a good glass of Pinot Noir come down here to visit some of the top wineries in Patagonia. Neuquén also boasts an astronomic observatory (visits 7 12pm), a fauna reserve, several museums and art galleries, and nice walks along the Avenida Argentina to Parque del Centenario, the Plaza de las Banderas (plaza of flags) and the city Cathedral. On one side of the Plaza there is a great lookout point called Balcón del Valle, where you can see the entire city. If you want to chill out, the city's ideal location at where two rivers collide makes swimming and other water sports in the Limay River a favourite hobby during the hot summers. Locals say once you try the waters of the Limay River, you will always return to Neuquén. Filled with students, you are sure to find a good nightlife, and visiting the Paseo de la Costa (coastal walk), the lively street fair on Roca street and the Artisan's Fair at the weekends in the old train station is a must.

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Pilar 3257 (0299) 4467643 info@hostelportal.com.ar www.hostelportal.net

Neuquén is the land of dinosaurs and Hostel Portal de Sueños can not only get you out to see the big old dinosaur bones but can also offer a colossal night's sleep! They have dorms and private rooms to sleep in (some ensuite and with cable TV) and plenty of communal spaces to hang out in, including hammocks for chilling in the sun, a ping pong table, a kitchen, a BBQ and most importantly a swimming pool and deck chairs to get that summer tan!When you are ready to explore, the friendly bilingual owners and staff can organise winery visits and adventure sports (canopy, kayaking, skydiving, white water rafting, fly fishing, biking and more) as well as Dinotours where you’ll visit 2 museums and a paleontology center with outdoor excavations and bilingual guides to take you around. Find Portal de Sueños only four blocks from the bus station.

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BARILOCHE SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE One can find it all in Bariloche‌ mountains and lakes, a dry summer and snowy winter, natural beauty year round and an abundance of different activities for each season. The city itself stands out with its unique stone and wood architecture, giving it a Swiss Alps feel. It is also the gateway to Nahuel Huapi National Park, a place filled with beautiful landscapes, comprised of lakes, forests, and snow capped peaks. Sailing on the lake, one can visit Isla* Victoria, Puerto* Blest and the Bosque* de Arrayanes (native, tall, red-bark trees). It is said that the Bosque de Arrayanes inspired Disney to create "Bambi". Bariloche is also considered a capital of adventure tourism in the country. Activities include: rafting, canopy, trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, lake kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, snowboarding, skiing, paragliding and hiking.

Highlights :: Nahuel Huapi National Park: With more than 700,000 hectares, it's the oldest park in Argentina, filled with lakes, rivers, glaciers, rapids, valleys, forests, mountains, snow capped volcanos, and a variety of animal species. :: Cerro* Campanario: Enjoy the scenic chairlift as it takes you to the summit where, according to National Geographic, one of the top ten best views on the planet can be appreciated. :: Cerro* Catedral: Considered to be one of the best ski resorts in South America, it is fully equipped with 67 km of skiable terrain and runs of up to 4 km in length. It is also a cool place to visit outside of ski season. :: Cerro* Tronador: Consisting of three peaks, it is the highest mountain in the area (3,478 m). It was named Tronador because of thunderous sounds made by the chunks of ice falling off the glacier. Ventisquero Negro can be found on the outskirts of Cerro Tronador. Simply take the path that follows alongside Manso River. :: Villa La Angostura: A beautiful, classy, yet rustic village, located some 80 km north of Bariloche on the northern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. From here you can access the famous Bosque de Arrayanes, the Seven Lakes Route and the small ski resort of Cerro Bayo. 82


BARILOCHE GREEN HOUSE HOSTEL

Tronador 4651 (off Av. Bustillo 4700) (0294) 4442267 This lively hostel is just a short green.house@hotmail.com bus ride away from the city centre www.greenhousehostel.com.ar in a beautiful area. It’s on the way to tourist spots, such as Cerro Catedral, Colonia Suiza and Lago Gutierrez. The building is made of wood and has a deck with beautiful views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. It offers dorms, twins, and double rooms. The staff prepares a bargain menu of the day meal and great asados*. Brian and Santi can provide you with all the local info you need for your outdoor adventures and the hostel has kayaks for rent.

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CAMPING HOSTEL LOS COIHUES

Lihuel Calel 156 (0294) 4467481 Villa los Coihues - Lago GutiĂŠrrez campingloscoihues@speedy.com.ar www.campingloscoihues.com.ar

Camping Hostel "Los Coihues" is located inside the Nahuel Huapi National Park at Villa Los Coihues, only 13 km from the city of Bariloche. The campsite is set by the Gutierrez river banks, where you can swim and practice kayaking in its crystal clear waters that come from the melted snow of the mountains. They also offer dorm style accommodation for those tired of setting up tents. This place is the base camp to get to Frey and Jakob mountain shelters, and there are lots of great trekking circuits around the area. Their staff is always 10% off available to answer any questions and with help you plan an amazing stay.

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BARILOCHE PERIKO’S YOUTH HOSTEL

Morales 555 (0294) 4522326 Located only three blocks from the main street and info@perikos.com only four from Nahuel Huapi lake and its beaches, www.perikos.com Hostel Perikos has the perfect location to explore Bariloche’s outdoor activities as well as the happening night scene. In a traditional mountain refuge style house, the cosy hostel has all wood furniture and large, comfortable communal areas as well as private doubles and twin rooms (private or shared bath), two six bed dorms (private bath), and three quads (private and shared bath). As well as group dinners within the hostel and a kitchen for guest use, you can take advantage of special drinks promotion invitations outside the hostel and bilingual staff can recommend a range of activities including rafting, kayaking, horse riding, paragliding, ski and snowboarding, boat trips and road tripping Route 40. The hostel also offers 24 hour check in and a laundry service is available.

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CONDOR DE LOS ANDES

Neumeyer 34 (0294) 4522448 condorbariloche@gmail.com www.condordelosandes.com

Condor de los Andes offers a warm, friendly environment where the staff make you feel welcome and invite you to try some of their home cooking or cook for yourself in the guest kitchen. Permanently with a smile on their face and big fans of the great outdoors, the staff and owners speak english, spanish, portuguese and italian and are happy to attend to your every need. Each private bedroom (single, double and triple) has a private bathroom, towels included and cable TV or you can book a dorm room with lockers available. Shared living spaces give you plenty of room to chill out after a day exploring Bariloche, including cable TV in the living room. The great location is right next to the main street with all the banks, supermarket and nightlife close to hand and the bus stop in front of the hostel that can take you to the main tourist attractions including Campanario, Otto and 10% off during low season Catedral hills and Gutierrez lake. Hostel Condor Bariloche

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BARILOCHE CUADRANTE SUR - Kayak trips

Mitre 86 2ºH (0294) 15511350 Kayak the blue lakes and rivers of Bariloche contacto@cuadrantesur.com with Cuadrante Sur. Tours are half and full www.cuadrantesur.com day and are offered all year round. Throw in some horseback riding and hiking and you’ve got yourself a true Bariloche experience. It is run by its owners who will shower you with lots of personal attention and smiles. All the trips are organized by difficulty level to accommodate everyone, from families to hardcore adventure junkies. The company motto is "Safety and fun are number one!".

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EL BOLSON Just 110 km from Bariloche, El Bolsón is a bohemian village with a unique atmosphere cherished by nature lovers and artisans. They locally produce artisan beers, grow berries and have a handicraft market famous for its quality (open Tue -Thu - Sat). :: Cerro* Piltriquitrón & Bosque* Tallado: a hikeable mountain with spectacular views that is home to a unique forest, displaying a lot of wooden sculptures made from the remains of trees that were once burnt in a local forest fire. :: Río* Azul – Cabeza de Indio – Cascada* Escondida: a beautiful trekking circuit that takes you past the Río* Azul Nature Reserve, the “Indian Head” and the "Hidden Waterfalls". You can do some trekking in the mountain ranges or hike lakeside on the excellent network of trails. :: Adventure Tourism: paragliding off Cerro Piltriquitrón, rafting on the Azul, Puelo or Manso rivers, horseback riding to the Cajón del Azul or other circuits, trekking on the many trails around the area. Other alternatives: Sailing, Quadbiking, 4x4 rides, Fishing, Bird Spotting, Ski-ing, Canyoning, Duckies, Bike Riding, Climbing, Trekking. 85


EL BOLSON WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO IN EL BOLSON? AGRICULTURAL TOURISM You will find a great range of artisan beers: blond, stout, fruit flavored and other original beers. You can visit some of the breweries to see the process of it being made. Different flavored cheeses, dulce de leche and yogurt can be found by visiting the producers. Trout breeders have organised visits to see how they breed trout and the process of smoking trout, you can also taste different products (pate, smoked trout, etc). The best time to get to know the liquor and jam makers is during the summer when production is in full flow, however during the rest of the year it’s interesting to learn the process and taste the products. Alfajors, chocolates and artisanal ice cream complete the exquisite offering of El Bolsón. Regional cuisine: you can taste platters of cheeses and smoked meat and fish; regional dishes like homemade pasta with morillas (wild mushrooms) and nuts; pasta stuffed with smoked trout; Patagonian lamb roll ups with local aromatics; trout with roquefort or lemon; vegetable strudel; or a delicious plate of chicory au gratin; barbequed lamb; curanto and more. EL BOLSON WELL-BEING There are alternative therapies and spa services to get closer to yourself. There are also courses and seminars for well being; and workshops and therapies for personal development. FESTIVALS International Tango Festival: Held in December with artists from around the country. You can take part in clases with well known teachers as well as open clases and enjoy live music outside. Lúpulo National Festival: In January, national and regional artists hold folk activities and sports, and every year a Queen of Lúpulo is elected. International Festival of Jazz: Musicians from all over Patagonia, Argentina and abroad take part in this Jazz space at the beginning of February. You can enjoy jazz in the open air, with concerts, masterclasses, jam sessions, photography, paintings, dance and lutheria from well known artists. Secretaría de Turismo - Municipalidad de El Bolsón - www.elbolson.gov.ar turismo@elbolson.gov.ar - Tel: (0054) 0294 4492604 / 4455336 86


EL BOLSON HOSTEL ALTOS DEL SUR

Tres Cipreses 1237 (0294) 4498730 altosdelsur@bolsonweb.com www.altosdelsur.bolsonweb.com Altos Del Sur Hostel

Spacious and bright, this hostel is set in some of the best trekking terrain in the country. Surrounded by 2 hectares of native forest and streams, the fantastic mountain views of the Andes and the El Bolsón Valley make Altos Del Sur the perfect getaway. Be prepared to be treated like family by the owner's warm and genuine welcome. Shared and private rooms are spacious and cozy with ensuite bathrooms. The living room has cable TV 10% off with lots of DVDs if you feel like staying in. There is central with heating, a fully equipped kitchen and they offer delicious Get South homemade dinners. Don’t miss the regular pizza or choripan* nights (vegetarian options available). Easy Access: From the city centre, it's a quick 10 minute cab or car ride along Subida Cerro Piltriquitron with signs along the way. In the low season they bring you back to the terminal if you stay more than 2 nights. Altos Del Sur Hostel

LA CASA DEL ARBOL - HOSTEL El BOLSON Perito Moreno 3038 This small hostel is made for you to relax! (0294) 4720176 With a real family feeling to it, you can contacto@hostelelbolson.com make yourself at home in the lounge with www.elbolsonhostel.com its book library, the outdoor yard ideal for barbecues and its mini bar and ping pong table for hanging out. There are three double rooms (shared or en-suite), and four dorms where you can bring your own sleeping bag for a more economic option. The hostel is located just a 100 metres from the city centre in a quiet area full of trees. Group dinners and excursions help you to get to know your fellow travellers and most people feel so at home they find themselves staying here longer than originally planned!

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ESQUEL ESQUEL Located about 300 km south of Bariloche, Esquel is a breezy town in a fertile valley, with a mountain backdrop. It attracts tourists year round, as it is the base for visiting Los Alerces National Park, La Hoya ski resort and the starting point for the famous La Trochita train. :: Los Alerces National Park: This park is composed of 13 lakes and various river systems, including Lake Futalaufquen and the Arrayanes River- two of the country's best fishing spots. Others include, Lake MenĂŠndez, home to a forest with 3,000-year-old, 60 m tall larch trees and Lago Verde with its green waters. :: La Hoya ski resort: Located about 13 km from Esquel. Its southern orientation allows for great snow conditions, making it an ideal spot for spring skiing. :: La Trochita: Is a historical steam engine train which dates back to 1922. It runs on narrow gauge tracks (75 cm wide) up to El MaitĂŠn. It currently serves as a tourist attraction. :: Trevelin: A small Welsh settlement 23 km from Esquel, where the customs, traditions and language are still maintained and are very much a part of every day life.

PLANETA HOSTEL Keep nice and warm inside this friendly hostel located right in the town centre. Run by a welcoming young couple of travellers who speak Spanish and English, you will be in good company at Planeta Hostel where you can meet other nomads, take advantage of the LCD television screen and comfy armchairs in the living room.

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Roca 458 (02945) 456846 contacto@planetahostel.com www.planetahostel.com Rustle up some traditional Patagonian cuisine in the large fully equipped kitchen or BBQ area in the garden, or head out to the nearby bars, restaurants and shops. Planeta Hostel has private and shared rooms, six baths, heating throughout and hot water 24hrs a day to keep you comfortable while you enjoy creating wonderful memories of Patagonia.


ESQUEL HOSTEL CASA DEL PUEBLO

San Martín 661 (02945) 450581 hostelcasadelpueblo@hotmail.com www.esquelcasadelpueblo.com.ar

Located right in Esquel town center, next to the main square and a couple of blocks from the main street, Casa del Pueblo has a real feel of home. As the sun shines enjoy the spacious garden and lie out on the lawn, swing in the hammocks, play badminton, basketball, volleyball or use the BBQ any time. During rainy days enjoy the two common areas with TV, Wi-Fi, a book exchange, board games and a guitar waiting to be played. The large kitchen with the biggest fridge in town is waiting for cooks’ to show off and there’s a special expresso machine for coffee lovers. There are severel types of dorms and private rooms all with heating and lockers available. The smell of fresh home baked bread, pancakes and coffee in the morning will make your day! The kind staff has all the information for you about Los Alerces National Park and all other trips around Esquel, they also have a stash of sweets 10% off from at the reception desk! your 2nd night hostelcasadelpueblo

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LAS GRUTAS If you’re looking for dramatic natural beauty and an authentic local experience, then head to Las Grutas. It’s a quaint but growing resort town that is less touristy than the larger Puerto Madryn (263 km south). Its white sand beach is surrounded by picturesque cliffs and thanks to its microclimate, has the warmest water in Argentina! Some of the cliffs have eroded away creating natural caves that separate the beach from the town. In fact, Las Grutas means “the grottos” in Spanish. At low tide, don’t miss the unique carved-out stone pools near the “Cero” entry point to the beach. The water is refreshed each tidal cycle and quickly warmed in the sun. Southern Right Whales, Orcas, dolphins, sea lions, condors and penguins also make this their home at least part of the year (normally in winter). While you’re there, take advantage of their clear water and go on a snorkeling, scuba diving or kayak excursion off the coast. Another option is to take in the exquisite coastal landscape by horseback riding along the beach. From Las Grutas you can take many excursions, including whale watching at Península Valdés, going to the old iron mines, Fuerte Argentino, Islote Lobos penguin colony, or the biggest salt flats in Argentina, the Salinas del Gualicho. 89


LAS GRUTAS DESIGNIO 48 - HOSTEL

Tarruella 265 (02934) 497854 Designio 48 is a place to share designio48@yahoo.com.ar experiences, make new friends and have designio48@gmail.com fun. It’s located downtown, close to anything www.designio48.com.ar you may need to enjoy Las Grutas and just designio48.blogspot.com 5 blocks from the bus terminal and 5 blocks to the beach. Take your pick from 4 ensuite dorm rooms with 6 beds and lockers or the 3 double rooms with private bathrooms. The central hang out is prepped for a good time and stocked with recreational activities, such as films, board games and foosball. It’s easy to meet others at their organized group meals, cooked in the shared kitchen or grilled on the patio. For breakfast 10% off with you’ll be served homemade jams and Get South breads. If you are going from September to December make your reservation before arrival. Bike rental available! Closed May to August

DESERT TRACKS

Designio Hostel

Viedma 1145 - LAS GRUTAS (02934) 497843 info@deserttracks.com.ar www.deserttracks.com.ar

For Desert Tracks bigger is better. Big trucks, big smiles and a BIG list of options! Full day and half day excursions (in all-terrain military trucks, 4x4’s, buses or vans) include: Fuerte Argentino, Salt Flats of Gualicho, kayaking, snorkeling & scuba diving, the Ports of SAO, a nature safari of condors, and sea life tours spotting whales, dolphins, orcas, sea lions and penguins, and excursions to Puerto Madryn & Península Valdés. They can also arrange Tren* Patagónico to Bariloche tickets, vehicle rental with or without a driver, mountain bike rentals, accommodation reservations and in December 2013 will have Desert Tracks Hostel & B&B with private and shared rooms one block from the sea! In Spring and Fall they run 2-4 day full adventure overland tours in military 10% off trucks. Staff speak Italian, Portuguese, Spanish with and English. Open October 1st - April 30th. Get South Nº Leg: 12627

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PUERTO MADRYN PUERTO MADRYN Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the Península Valdés, a World Heritage Site 77 km away. The Peninsula is the breeding place for Southern Right Whales from June to December. It is also home to sea lions, penguins, elephant seals, ñandúes*, maras*, guanacos* and thousands of sea birds (cormorants, gulls, terns, herons). The whale watching boats depart from Puerto Pirámides. The city was declared "National Capital of Scuba Diving" thanks to its underwater beauty and it is one of the few places in the world where you can dive with sea lions! Worth visiting is the Ecocentro, a centre specialised in sea ecosystems. Rent a bike and visit El Doradillo, just 15 km from town where you can stand on the beach and watch the Southern Right Whales playing with their calves. You should also visit Punta Loma Natural Reserve, located just 19 km to the south of Puerto Madryn with over 800 sea lions year round. Go explore Punta Tombo Natural Reserve: 190 km south of Puerto Madryn, is one of the most varied sea bird colonies in the world, with the largest number of Magellan penguins (from mid September to the beginning of April).

CENTAURO RENT A CAR

Av. Roca 733 (0280) 4475747 / 154340400 info@centaurorentacar.com.ar www.centaurorentacar.com.ar

There is no better way to discover the beauty of this land than by taking the less travelled road. With Centauro Rent a Car you’ll have all the time and comfort to marvel at nature in Puerto Madryn. A wallet friendly option, ideal to share with friends, Centauro offers a plentiful fleet of new and reliable cars plus the best advice to drive around the area. Centrally located, they are open year round and even offer free pick-up & drop-off from the El Tehuelche airport and the bus station (both in Puerto Madryn). Ask about getting/returning cars from different locations in the country. English and Italian spoken.

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PUERTO MADRYN EL RETORNO HOSTEL

Mitre 798 - PUERTO MADRYN (0280) 4456044 With a warm feel of home, you’ll never elretorno@elretornohostel.com.ar want to leave. Just two blocks from the www.elretornohostel.com.ar beach, its loving owners look after this Gladys Hostel El Retorno hostel giving it a family atmosphere you won't find very often. With comfortable and heated ensuite private rooms with cable TV and dorms with lockers & shared bathrooms, you’ll have plenty of options to get some shuteye. During your stay, you will enjoy cozy beds with thick mattresses, exquisite Turkish coffee, daily made service, peaceful evenings (quiet time at 12 am!), plus their numerous pieces of advice on tourist info and excursions.

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EL GUALICHO Hostel + Tours Want to have a close encounter with nature? Then meet the gurus that will make it happen. Ideally situated, El Gualicho Hostel provides a great atmosphere for experiencing what Patagonia has to offer. They have plenty of private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and dorms with shared and private bathrooms, a beautiful tree lined park, bar, laundry service and top quality facilities. Their own in-house travel agency has tours especially designed for backpackers making this hostel your guide. The bilingual staff certainly knows the area and loves the job, so just ask and you’ll feel the love too. 92

Marcos A. Zar 480 (0280) 4454163 info@elgualicho.com.ar www.elgualicho.com.ar

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PUERTO MADRYN LOBO LARSEN BUCEO

Av. Roca 885. Loc. 2 (0280) 4470277 The coast of Puerto Madryn is rich in wildlife info@lobolarsen.com and teeming with marine mammals such as www.lobolarsen.com sea lions (known as lobos marinos), southern right whales, dusky dolphins, sea elephants and killer whales. If peering from the shore isn’t enough for you, jump into the depth and go diving with Lobo Larsen Buceo, specialists in diving with the sea lions. They also organize diving trips, both for certified and non certified divers, exploring the amazing submarine environment. Wreck and night diving are excellent options for the most experienced divers. Furthermore, they conduct 2 or 3 day PADI or SSI certified training courses. Find friendly English, French and Italian speaking specialists at either of their locations: on the beach or in the downtown. Lobo Larsen Buceo

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ESTACION MARITIMA

Playa Unión - Puerto Rawson (0280) 4498508 / 154591514 This company is dedicated exclusively contacto@estacionmaritima.com.ar to the viewing of Toninas Overa www.estacionmaritima.com.ar dolphins, as well as other local marine life, such as different types of birds, and has a deep commitment to the environment. Their fleet of boats is specially built for navigating the area without disrupting oceanic creatures, and the trips can be performed year round.

Did you know? Toninas Overa are known as the smallest dolphins in the world that can only be seen in Patagonia. They do not weigh more than 50 kg and are not larger than 1.5 m (5 ft).

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PUERTO PIRAMIDES PUERTO PIRAMIDES One of the best spots in the world for whale watching, Puerto Piràmides is set 107km east of Puerto Madryn in the Península Valdés. Although most people come for the whales, there are a range of things to do in this beachside tourist hub: kayaking, trekking, diving, mountain biking, deep sea fishing, or just enjoying the beaches and seafood! Puerto Pirámides has been an important tourist destination for some years and is well supplied by shops, restaurants, bars and accommodation. The town is set next to the wild beaches beside tall cliffs, craggy caves and unusual rock formations. The local beach is where you will launch off for whale spotting. Although the whales often come within metres of the coast, you can take boat trips out to sea to be closer to the beautiful giants with unforgettable sightings. For those who want to get in the water, this is also a popular spot for diving, kayaking and snorkling in the clear waters to see the varied marine life. It really isn’t just whales here – the water is teeming with wildlife: penguins, sea lions, seals, dolphins and plenty of fish. And with the temperate micro-climate of Península Valdés, you can enjoy Puerto Pirámides year round (whale season is only June to December). How to get there: There is a direct daily bus service from Puerto Madryn's bus station that leaves at 8:55am and returns at 6pm (Mar y Valle).

HYDROSPORT SRL

1st Bajada del Mar n/n (0280) 4495065 hysport@infovia.com.ar www.hydrosport.com.ar

Mariano Van Gelderen, known as the “King of Whales” founded Hydro Sport, creating the first company dedicated to a fascinating and breathtaking activity: whale and dolphin watching in Puerto Pirámides, on the Península Valdes. Mariano and fellow associate Rafa Benegas have been working with these animals for over 30 years, and invite you to experience the wonders of the marine life in Patagonia on board their modern and comfortable fleet. They also collaborate with many international organizations such as the Whale Conservation Institute. Whale watching from June to December and dolphin watching and boat trips from January to March. Please take warm clothes, proper shoes and sun protection. Don't forget an extra film/memory & batteries for your camera! 94


EL CHALTEN EL CHALTEN Located 220 km northwest of El Calafate, El Chaltén is considered to be the trekking capital of Argentina. This charming village is surrounded by lakes, lagoons, mountains and glaciers allowing for a wide spectrum of outdoor activities. Unguided hikes are common as the trails are free, well marked and easily accessible. There is no cell phone reception and there is just one ATM. The two most predominant peaks are Fitz Roy (3,405 m) and Cerro* Torre (3,128 m). They represent a challenge for both recreational trekkers and for expert mountain climbers. An excellent glacier trek is also available on Cerro Torre. For those needing a break from the challenging hikes, another great way to experience the surrounding beauty is by horseback. Otherwise, you can take a boat excursion to the shores of Viedma glacier, where a short hiking path allows you to get up-close and personal with the glacier. About 40 km north of El Chaltén you will encounter Laguna* del Desierto, a tranquil lake surrounded by forests, various trekking trails and a hanging glacier. Hardcore adverturers: ask about the 130 km trip to Villa O'Higgins at the end of the Carretera Austral in Chile via boat and bus, bicycle, horseback or on foot.

HOSTEL PIONEROS DEL VALLE This hostel is sparkling clean and offers good comfort while you are staying in the stunning surroundings of El Chalten.

Av. San Martín 451 (02902) 492217 caltur@cotecal.com.ar www.caltur.com.ar

With dorm rooms and private rooms available, you can take your pick of your sleeping arrangements but rest assured that during your waking hours you can enjoy mountain views, chill out on the large patios with BBQ areas for the guests or cook something inside in their fully equipped guest kitchen. It's central location also keeps you near to all the starting points for hikes in the area and you can use their luggage storage if you need somewhere for your bag to rest while you explore. The young 10% off staff speaks English and are always at with hand to help.

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EL CALAFATE EL CALAFATE Located on the shores of Lago Argentino, Calafate is best known as the starting point from which to visit The Glaciers National Park, a World Heritage Site home to 13 glaciers. The famous 5 km wide Perito Moreno is one of only two advancing glaciers in South America. There are many ways to get to the park; you can rent a car, take a bus or join a tour. From there you can go on a relaxing boat trip amongst huge icebergs to marvel at the giant ice blocks detaching and plunging into Lago Argentino. Another boat tour takes you towards the 50 km long Upsala glacier. Onelli and Agassiz glaciers can be admired after a 1.5 km walk from Onelli Bay. Besides the glaciers, a few adventure activities worth mentioning are horseback riding, trekking, 4x4 expeditions, estancia* visits, fly fishing and mountain biking.The new glacier museum is the best way to learn how glaciers form and also a chance to drink your whisky on glacier rocks in their ice bar. El Calafate's main strip is great for strolling around, with lots of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Nearby is BahĂ­a Redonda, where you can see upland geese, black necked swans and flamingos.

CAMPING EL OVEJERO & HOSTAL

Jose Pantin 64 (02902) 493422 campingelovejero@hotmail.com www.campingelovejero.com.ar

Just blocks from El Calafate's commercial centre and the bus station, Camping El Ovejero & Hostal offers camping facilities with heated bathrooms and hot water 24/7. There is also a recently renovated small hostel onsite with rooms for 2 to 6 people, where guests have their own bathroom, a shared kitchen, cable TV and Internet. The dorm rate includes linens, breakfast and lockers. They also run a private estancia tour which includes lunch and horseriding. elovejero camping

LA MARCA RESTAURANT ASADOR PARRILLA The site also features the great value La Marca Restaurant Asador Parrilla, a gaucho-style eatery where you can try all-you-can-eat typical Argentinean meat, order a la carte or buy prepared lunch boxes. Don't miss out on the Friday night tango show and Saturday night folklore show! La Marca Parrilla Libre

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EL CALAFATE I KEU KEN HOSTEL

F.M. Pontoriero 171 (02902) 495175 ikeuken@cotecal.com.ar www.patagoniaikeuken.com

Meaning "our ancestors", i Keu Ken Hostel will feel like you’ve found a home away from home. It’s a hostel with a unique and palpable energy, and it’s where you want to be, located four blocks from the bus station and five from El Calafate’s city centre. Even better, you’ll wake up every morning with an incredible view of Lago Argentino. They have 8 rooms, 4 beds in each, and two fully furnished cabins with their own bathrooms and kitchens. If you are lucky enough to catch one of their regular asados (3 times a week!) you will be for a real Patagonian feast. They can help you with information on trekking tours and other excursions to make sure you get the most out of your stay in El Calafate.

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NAKEL YENU HOSTEL

Welcome beer or soda with Get South! Pto. San Julián 244 (02902) 493711 nakelyenuhostel@cotecal.com.ar www.posadanakelyenu.com.ar

If you are looking for a warm, friendly environment where to feel at home, Nakel Yenu Hostel is waiting for you. This is a modern hostel with real character and lovely views of Lago Argentino. There are loads of comfy rooms, ranging from 7 en-suite doubles/triples, 2 private rooms and dorms for 4 or 6 people with shared bathrooms. Common areas have two different vibes, one is the large kitchen and barbecue patio (with regular asados*) which is separate from the rooms so you can cook away and stay up late without disturbing your neighbours. The other is a chilled out lobby where you can relax, read in peace and take time out. Not sure about what to do in El Calafate? … then get all your travel information from their clued-up bilingual staff about where to go, how to get there and what to see and do.

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EL CALAFATE HIELO Y AVENTURA S.A.

Av. Libertador 935 (02902) 492205 info@hieloyaventura.com www.hieloyaventura.com

Concesionario P.N. Los Glaciares

Want to explore the beauty and deepest secrets of one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders of Argentina? Hielo y Aventura caters to all travellers wanting to visit The Glaciers National Park. Whether you want to climb over the creaking glaciers to delve into the centre of this extraordinary ice palace, or if you prefer to watch the ice tumble from the comfort of a boat – Hielo y Aventura can take you there!

Experience one of the following awesome excursions with them: Mini-trekking: glacier trekking with crampons for an hour and a half, accompanied by expert mountain guides. After a twenty minute boat ride to the glacier, endeavour on a two hour trek on the ice looking at the wonderful formations of the glacier - streams, small lagoons, crevasses and ice formations. With explainations about flora, fauna and glaciology, this is a moderate trek (suitable for most ages) that finishes with a walk through the forest. Big Ice: A 7 hour trek to the centre of the glacier where you can enjoy a BYO (bring your own) picnic on the ice, accompanied by experienced mountain guides. Start the morning with a sail across Lago Rico, then start off on a walk along the lateral moraine and a one hour trek to the glacier centre where you can see moulins, crevasses and caves. Spend three hours trekking the glacier (breaking for lunch) and then head back to the boat awaiting on the edge of the glacier. Nautical Safari: Sail for an hour just 200 meters away from the southern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier and marvel at the incredible break offs and stunning setting. Get a unique perspective of the glacier on one of these excursions that depart regularly between 10am and 4pm. Hielo y Aventura Argentina

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EL CALAFATE PARRILLA LA TABLITA

Coronel Rosales 28 (02902) 491065 To be royally wined and dined visit latablita@cotecal.com.ar Parrilla La Tablita, located just a couple www.la-tablita.com.ar of blocks from downtown El Calafate. After half a century in business (since 1968) they have perfected the art of tasty, sizzled steaks, mouthwatering pastas, flakey fish and zesty salads. The owners personally attend to the restaurant details and the staff is bilingual. The restaurant décor is beautiful, with large windows that illuminate meticulously placed table settings and traditional interiors. Don’t miss their famous grilled Patagonian lamb coupled with an Argentinean malbec from their extensive wine list. You’ll be in flavor ecstasy! La Tablita

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LA LECHUZA PIZZAS

Av. Del Libertador 1301 (02902) 491610 For the best pizzas and empanadas in town lalechuza@cotecal.com.ar head to La Lechuza. With over 40 varieties www.lalechuzapizzas.com of pizza and 12 different empanadas you La Lechuza can feast to your heart's delight and enjoy an authentic Argentine pizzeria in the centre of town. Specialising in the horno del barro wood oven, the pizza and empanada dough is cooked to perfection, but you can also enjoy a good range of roast meats and homemade pasta as well as other dishes and beverages. This large, rustic restaurant with an outdoor terrace is located right on the main street and the friendly staff will make sure you get the best out of your dining experience. Fancy staying in? You can also get delivery from midday to midnight so you can enjoy all the pizza goodness from the comfort of your bed, sofa or maybe even an impromptu picnic. Delivery 12am to 12pm

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EL CALAFATE CALTUR

Av. Libertador 1080 (02902) 491368 caltur@cotecal.com.ar www.caltur.com.ar

CALTUR started offering transport fleets and tours to local attractions 20 years ago. They work with an experienced team and all their Nº Leg.: 9265 vehicles are new and in excellent condition. Based on the main street in El Calafate and at the bus station, they have a daily bus service to Perito Moreno Glacier, El Chaltén and Lago Roca Campsite. Other excursions include: - City Tour El Calafate / All Glaciers tour - Trekking over Perito Moreno Glacier - Overnight stays at authentic ranches - Visiting the Petrified Forests / Horseriding / Torres del Paine - Off road 4x4 trips to the balconies of El Calafate and Cerro Frias - Conventional, Torre and Viedma Glaciers trekking in El Chaltén

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New service on Route 40!! CALTUR now offers a regular bus service to PERITO MORENO town (starting point to visit the famous Cuevas de las Manos) and to LOS ANTIGUOS, located on the banks of the Buenos Aires lake (from here you can cross to Chile Chico (Chile) to begin to cover the Carretera Austral).

PUERTO SAN JULIAN Puerto San Julián is a great place to stop between Puerto Madryn and Calafate, located 360 km north of Río Gallegos, just 3 km off the RN3. This small town is considered the cradle of Patagonian history. Magellan, Viedma, Drake and Darwin even stopped here. There is a 30 km coastal circuit with spectacular landscapes and large beaches bordered by cliffs: Playa Sholl, De los Caracoles, Cabo Curioso, Playas de Drake, Garganta del Diablo and Playa La Mina, are a few options. You should go for a two-hour mini-trek through the coastal area near town, where you will find many Patagonian birds and see the dramatic headland composed of layers of fossil sediment exposed by wind and water erosion. Museo Nao Victoria: It is a scaled replica of the only ship of Magellan's Navy that returned to Spain after his historic expedition. This theme museum features life-size figures celebrating mass and engaging in mutiny. There are boat outings to view the bay's marine life, including many bird species, penguins and Commerson dolphins. You can also pursue a number of activities in the bay: canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and sailing. Estancia la María archaeological site: located some 150 km northwest from Puerto San Julián, this place contains 84 caves including sophisticated rock art dating back 12,000 years. 100


PUERTO SAN JULIAN PINOCHO EXCURSIONES

Costanera & Mitre (02962) 454600 (02966)15500023 - (011)1533425358 info@pinochoexcursiones.com.ar www.pinochoexcursiones.com.ar

Trust Pinocho Excursiones to show you the best of San Juliån Bay and its islands. Its nature expert owners and staff will take you on a fantastic boat tour. The first stop is Justice Island, a spectacular spot charged with history and a wonderful diversity of bird species. The second stop is Cormorant Island, inhabited by more than 120,000 Magellan Penguins, where you will be 10% off in excursions able to walk around to see with Get South! these Patagonian charismatic beings close up. During the journey, you'll be amazed by the incredible Commerson dolphins’ show. These splendid little dolphins, along with seagulls and giant petrels will entertain you throughout the ride. Ask about tailor-made and other group excursions. English is spoken here! Pinocho Excursiones

USHUAIA Ushuaia is known as the southernmost city in the world. Tierra del Fuego National Park is one of the main attractions, offering beautiful views of the Beagle Channel and its surrounding mountainous islands. You can explore it hiking, camping, fishing, bird and beaver watching, canoeing and mountain biking. A popular excursion is a boat tour on the Beagle Channel to watch sea lions, Magellan penguins, cormorants and other interesting sea birds. To learn about the local history, visit the End of the World Museum or the Maritime Museum & Ushuaia's Old Prison. Take the chair lift or walk up Martial Glacier to be rewarded by spectacular views of the southernmost tip of the earth. Throughout the warmer months (Nov. to Mar.) you can take an Antarctic cruise to explore this fascinating and mysterious destination. Take advantage of the last minute discounted tickets offered by the travel agencies in town. In the winter this city also offers many activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding and ice climbing. 101


USHUAIA ANTARCTICA HOSTEL

AntĂĄrtida Argentina 270 (02901) 435774 info@antarcticahostel.com www.antarcticahostel.com

When you get to the End of the World, you might want to put your feet up! As you walk into Antarctica Hostel, put down your bags and sit back and relax on the comfy sofas in the large common area, share a local beer from the 24 hour bar with other travellers, have an asado* in the garden or be inspired by the view of the mountains as you cook in the fully equipped kitchen! This cosy hostel has small dorms (max. 6 people) and private doubles where you are guaranteed to get a good sleep. Ideally located 2 blocks from Av. San Martin and 1 block from a supermarket, it is a hostel designed to help you unwind. Closed 1 May – 15 June ANTARCTICA HOSTEL - USHUAIA

B&B DE LAS ARTES

Free laundry service for those smelly socks at the bottom of your bag!

9 de Julio 462 (02901) 431862 bbdelasartes@yahoo.com.ar www.bbdelasartes.com.ar

B&B De Las Artes exudes the warmth of a home and is located right in the center of the city. They have private rooms with single, double and triple beds with private and shared bathrooms.

All the necessities plus some, are provided, parking, hair dryer, lockers, telephone, cable TV, and lots of information! The kitchen is not available for use but there are plenty of restaurants nearby. Owner Marcos has tastefully decorated this artsy B&B inspired by his travels around the world. His friendly manner, tasty breakfast and pristine accommodation will surely put you at ease. Closed in winter. Please check before you go!

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USHUAIA CATAMARANES CANOERO

Ushuaia Tourist Harbour, Plaza Civica Catamaranes Canoero ticket office Sail along the Beagle channeling (2901) 433893 / 15513291 your inner Magellan, or become an operaciones@hotelyamanas.com.ar explorer of the numerous islands at www.catamaranescanoero.com.ar the end of the world. There are no boundaries with Catamaranes Canoero. With an office on the tourist pier, Catamaranes Canoero takes pride in the wonderful job they do. They are equipped with modern luxury catamarans, latest gear and their knowledgeable bilingual staff. All in all, they keep true to their promise: providing a wonderful life experience. REGULAR EXCURSIONS: • Sea Lion Island: a 2.5 hr or 3 hr tour visiting the Bird & Sea Lion Islands, and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, with the option of a walk on Bridges Island. • Penguins Island: a 4.5 hr tour to see the Bird & Sea Lion Islands, Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and Isla Martillo with its Magellan penguins. • Estancia Harberton: a 9 hr tour where you visit the Bird & Sea Lion Islands, Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Isla Martillo with its Magellan penguins. After, they take you on a historical tour around Estancia* Harberton, later returning by land to visit Paso Garibaldi. All tours include coffee service, bilingual guides and a nautical certificate.

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Catamaranes Canoero -Excursiones Ushuaia Hotel Los Yamanas – Ushuaia

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USHUAIA RAYEN AVENTURA

Gobernador Paz 1191 (02901) 15580517 / 15548471 Discover Patagonia a different way! (02901) 15519705 / 15580516 Rayen Aventura wants you to enjoy your rayenaventura@gmail.com info@rayenaventura.com holidays to the maximum while exploring www.rayenaventura.com Ushuaia by kayak, trekking or in a 4WD. Whether you prefer to travel by water, foot or car, Rayen guarantees that you will have a good time and get a flavor of the local landscapes and culture.

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- DE GUIAS DE PATAGONIA EVYT COMPANIA Ushuaia is not the end of the world: San Martin 628 (02901) 437753 it’s the beginning of possibilities. info@companiadeguias.com.ar Located a few metres from the main www.companiadeguias.com.ar Tourist Info Centre, this company can set up a diverse range of tours including Nº Leg:11883 expeditions to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Cordillera Darwin and Antarctica. You can choose from: Their experienced owners and *Trekking in the national park professional, bilingual guides *Ice walking on the glacier will show you the best of *Montes Martial trekking (3-day tour) Ushuaia’s natural *Antarctica (last minute fares) beauty! *Cape Horn tour 5% off *Scuba diving with *Sea kayaking Get South *Horseback riding *Boat trips Equipment rental: www.outdoorsrental.com.ar 104


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