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.
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• Arica • Iquique • Atacama Costera Experience authentic encounters with • Santiago locals in their natural environment, immerse • Alto Biobío yourself in their history and marvel at the hidden treasures of an unknown Chile. • Araucanía Andina Visit us at • Selva Valdiviana www.senderodechile.cl • Patagonia Aysén • Torres del Paine We invite you to discover our country through more than 28 tours and excursions offered by Fundación Sendero de Chile.
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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. 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. Arica is the perfect base to visit Lauca National Park, where you can see 6,000 m high snow capped volcanoes contrasted by salt deposits, lakes and lagoons. The Chungara Lake is the main attraction in the park and has all kinds of unique fauna.
Bolognesi 362 (058) 252676 / Cell: (09) 61559797 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rutaandina.com
Organizing a trip can be overwhelming. Ruta Andina makes it easy with great tours at competitive prices and all the ‘must sees’ of Arica. With small tour groups, the native (bi-lingual) guides know the area well and can share all the history and traditions of this land.
1 day and multi-day tours include: - Archaeological or Historic city tours - Jurasi hot springs - Lauca National Park, Chungara lake, Putre - Las Vicuñas NR, Surire salt flat Euros & dollars accepted! - Codpa, Azapa and Lluta valleys - Taapaca, Tacora and Parinacota volcanos Day tours: 10% off - Lakes, mountains, salt flats (only Jan to Mar & Jul to Aug) - Trekking, mountain expeditions Longer tours: 7% off (min. 2 pax) - Bike or Car rental and more! + CD with pictures Find them right in the centre of town, near the Cathedral on Bolognesi!
ARICA CHINCHORRO EXPEDICIONES
Máximo Lira 501 (058) 233404 For an unforgettable adventure in email@example.com otherworldly Arica, join Chinchorro www.chinchorroexpediciones.cl Expediciones. In one of the last unexplored frontiers of the planet, between the driest desert and the greatest ocean, Chinchorro will take you to explore the ocean and the land for an experience to remember. Whether you want to speed across the waves with dolphins, kayak, snorkel with the fish, trek to some stunning landscapes, enjoy spectacular local seafood dishes, or simply camp out under the stars by a bonfire on the beach – Chinchorro will expertly guide you through it all. With experienced and qualified staff and all the best equipment, you are in safe hands as you explore this unspoilt part of Chile. Chinchorro Expediciones is located on the fisherman’s port (Puerto Pesquero) amongst the seals on their own private jetty by the beach, close to downtown. Half day, full day or multi day tours available throughout the year. Don’t forg sunb et your lock!
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- Day and sunset boat trips (fully equipped boats with binoculars and toilets) - Bird and Fauna observation (seeing some of northern Chile’s amazing inhabitants) - Coastal treks (including archeological sites) - Camping on pristine beaches
Their equipment include tents, sleeping bags, kitchen, trekking sticks, single kayaks, scuba diving and snorkelling gear, 4x4 and cooking tent.
ARICA HOSTAL SUNNY DAYS
Tomas Aravena 161, Población Chinchorro (058) 241038 This hostel is located just a 5 minute firstname.lastname@example.org walk from the bus terminals and a www.sunny-days-arica.cl short stroll to the Chinchorro Beach. You’re not right in the middle of town, but you have everything you needfrom food stores and cheap restaurants to 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!
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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 Wi-Fi bikes - all available for use!
O’Higgins 661 (058) 312213 email@example.com www.aricasurfhouse.cl
Ready to hit the waves in Arica? Head to AricaSurfHouse Hostel – the meeting point for international travellers, located just 3 blocks from 21 de Mayo pedestrian Street. You’ll feel like 10% OFF you’re walking straight back onto the beach as it’s decorated with all over with surfboards and ocean knick-knacks. The rooms are large and clean – most privates (double, triple and quadruple) Get South have ensuite bath, and the dorm (no bunks!) has shared bath. When you finally get out of the water, there’s a ping-pong table and cable TV with a surf video collection in the large lounge. If you are hungry, they have a café open all day for snacks, sandwiches and drinks. You’re also right in the centre by restaurants and a supermarket. Run by its owners, they can help you organize surf lessons, paragliding or jet skiing. Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi
IQUIQUE 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, 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.
MIST ICO OUTDOORS
Ramírez 1535 (057) 414513 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nomadesert.cl
Get back to nature with Místico Outdoors. This eco-tourism agency organises treks, mountain biking, bike rental, boat trips, camping and climbing, all with a nod of respect to nature. Join them as an eco-warrier discovering the Atacama desert by walking through creeks and paths that our ancestors have been using for centuries and camp out under the stars. Their fully equipped camping and gourmet food service gives you real comfort in the desert. If the beach is more your style, then let A free extra hour Místico whisk you away to some of the most on bike rental with unspoilt, untouched beaches, or step back Get South! in time visiting small villages, churches and unforgettable nature scenes. Visit the friendly team at their café-office near the beach for lots of information and a nice cuppa! Euros and USD accepted
IQUIQUE PUROVUELO - Paragliding School
Baquedano 1440 (057) 311127 Ever looked at the birds soaring in the sky email@example.com and thought “I’d like to do that!”? Don’t wait www.purovuelo.cl any longer – go paragliding with Purovuelo Purovuelo parapente (facebook) in the glorious setting of Iquique, one of the best zones in the world for the sport. Fly high over the white sands and blue waters as you spend half an hour flying in tandem and taking in the unique experience. With qualified instructors paragliding for over 18 years, numerous champion titles under their belts – currently the champions in Chile - and new generation equipment, you couldn’t be in better hands (or wings should we say!) Look out for them in front of the main beach in Iquique (Cavancha). 5 % OFF
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Baquedano 997 (057) 413334 firstname.lastname@example.org www.avitours.cl
Located on the Baquedano pedestrian road, pop in and chat (in English) with the friendly Avitours staff who invite you to discover the spectacular landscapes of Northern Chile. Dollars & Euros accepted Day trips: * Pampa Calichera y Frutos del Oasis: Humberstone and Santa Laura nitrate mine ruins, Geoglyphs, Pica and Matilla Oasis, La Tirana town and sanctuary. * Isluga Volcano National Park: Atacama Giant, Tarapacá gorge, Puchuldiza geysers and more. * Salt route: Salar Grande. 5% off (min. 2 pax) 10% off (min. 4 pax) * Mamiña hot springs. * Iquique City Tour. For longer trips (1 - 3 days) you can visit the amazing natural parks - Huasco salt flats, Isluga Volcano, Surire salt flats, Las Vicuñas, Lauca (Chungara Lake) and Las Cuevas; or their ‘Ruta Andina’ (3 days - 2 nights) from Iquique to Arica via the Natural parks, salt flats, lagoons, Aymara towns and more.
IQUIQUE LA CASONA 1920 HOSTEL
Barros Arana 1585 (057) 413000 La Casona 1920 is a gorgeous hostel email@example.com that combines culture and relaxation www.casonahosteliquique.cl with a great vibe. The style of the house reflects the glory that Iquique once had with high Oregon pine ceilings and large, spacious balconies. It’s also in a top location - just three blocks from Iquique’s main beach, Cavancha, and a short walk to the city centre. There are dorms and privates rooms, all with shared bath. The kitchen is well-equipped, there is book exchange and you can play foosball, darts, pool, card games or chess whenever you like! You’ll be taken care of by the owner, 15% OFF with Isabel, who speaks English, Get South German and Spanish. Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi
Amunategui 2075 BACKPACKER’S HOSTEL IQUIQUE (057) 320223 Backpacker’s Hostel Iquique is firstname.lastname@example.org definitely a unique place to stay! www.hosteliquique.cl 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. Breakfast Credit Cards accepted!
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA 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 preHispanic 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.
DESERT ADVENTURE For some truly other-worldly experiences join Desert Adventure in San Pedro de Atacama.
Caracoles corner Tocopilla (055) 851067 email@example.com www.desertadventure.cl
Set off at daybreak for the Del Tatio geysers as they spurt boiling water from the Earth’s crust, visit Moon Valley (Valley de la Luna), the salt flats, Lagunas Altiplanicas and Laguna Cejar among other unique excursions. Offering breakfast and lunch on some of their excursions, the expert staff will take care of you as you explore the driest desert in the world!
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Find them in the town centre on the main street. Dollars, Euros and credit cards accepted.
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA TURISMO LAYANA
(055) 560233 – (09) 90893109 There is a lot to fit in at San Pedro! firstname.lastname@example.org The otherworldly Tatio Geysers, the www.turismolayana.cl unique 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 bi-lingual 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 10% off with their private tours. Get South (except credit cards accepted. special promotions)!
Calle Candelaria 170 Población El Carmen (055) 851284 email@example.com
Hostal Candelaria is a traditional adobe house in San Pedro with creative rustic features. It’s located in a quiet, residential sector, 10 minutes walk from the town centre.
The hostel has a mixture of comfortable private and shared rooms, some ensuite and some with shared bath, as well as one suite that has a cozy living room and satellite TV. There is a well-equipped kitchen, a lovely terrace with trees and hammocks, parking, laundry service and free transfer to and from the bus terminal. The owners, Miriam and Mario are San Pedro locals and can help you out with plenty of advice and activities in the area. 10% OFF with Get South
The hostel has a ping pong table and a seasonal swimming pool which is great to cool off in if you’re travelling in the summer!
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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA HOSTAL MAMATIERRA
Pachamama 615 (055) 851418 / (09) 77953074 Friendship and respect is the firstname.lastname@example.org motto for Hostal Mamatierra. www.sanpedroatacama.com/h-mamatierra.htm This quiet and cozy hostal is run by a young Chilean family and has 10 rooms (doubles, twins, triples and dorms - with private or shared bathrooms). Comforts include 24hr hot water (if the desert permits), a fully equipped kitchen, grill and clay oven and laundry service with shops and restaurants within walking distance. Only 10 minutes walk from the main plaza and church, it’s pretty central and they can pick you up for free from the bus station in San Pedro on arrival.
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DON RAUL - HOTEL
Caracoles 130 (055) 851138 email@example.com www.donraul.cl
Exhausted after exploring the Atacama Desert and need a place to relax? Don Raul is the perfect spot! Located on the main street, Don Raul is a traditional hotel where you’ll find a peaceful atmosphere and personal attention. All rooms have private bath and are built respecting the environment, using earth and straw. These materials have natural thermal characteristics, so rooms are fresh and cool in summer and warm on winter nights. It’s worth paying a bit more for quality! Once you’ve revived yourself, make sure you jump in on one of the daily bike tours. Grab some food from their cafeteria when you get back! Breakfast Wi-Fi Credit Cards
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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA HOSTAL RURAL With owner Hans at the helm, this funky hostal is appealing for backpackers who want to hang out with other travellers and enjoy the sensation of the Atacama desert!
Calama 257 (055) 423659 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hostalrural.cl
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. No doubt however that while in one of the world’s most unusual landscapes you will want to get out and wear out your camera on some outstanding landscapes – make sure to speak to the friendly staff to get top tips from locals and book a wide range of activities in the region. Right in the centre of town (only 30 meters from the main street), Hostal Rural is close to shops and restaurants, ideally located for the foot weary, and has four dorms (shared bathrooms) and one en-suite double room with TV, to get a comfy night’s kip and rest, taking shelter in the oasis before heading back out to the world’s driest desert!
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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA HOSTAL VILAMA
Lascar 346 (055) 565169 email@example.com www.hostalvilama.cl
No-one knows a place better than the natives… At Hostal Vilama the owners are from here and so when they let you in to their homely hostal, they can also let you into all the secrets of the Atacama. With a rustic desert vibe, feel at the heart of San Pedro and soak up some sun in their green outdoor spaces, stretch out in the hammocks, have a BBQ or cook in the kitchen with new friends, knock about the ping pong table and help yourself to their fruit trees in the Summer. A six minute walk from the centre, Hostal Vilama has all private rooms (single, twin, double, triple, quadruple - no dorms) with private and shared bathrooms, heating (from 8 to 11 pm), 24 hour electricity and water – making it a real oasis in the desert! Free pick up and 5% off if you arrive with drop off from Get South in your hand! the Bus Station! Breakfast - Internet (20 mins per room) - Wi-Fi
HOSTAL BACKPACKERS SAN PEDRO
Pasaje Portal del Inca 486 Población Condeduque This small hostel (max 18 guests) offers a more (055) 424783 personal experience with owners Fabiola and firstname.lastname@example.org Alvaro ready to answer your every question www.backpackersanpedro.cl about San Pedro, help book discounted tours and get the most out of your travels. With dorms limited to four 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, bonfire (free wood) and hammocks is a good place to chill out, or maybe rustle up some food together in the 10% off showing kitchen. The hostel is a 5 mins walk to the Get South on arrival! town centre, or rent one of their bikes! Internet - Wi-Fi
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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.
HOSTAL EL PUNTO
Andrés Bello 979 (051) 228474 email@example.com www.hostalelpunto.cl www.punto.de
Come and relax in this colorful and attractive hostel: a colonial house in a safe, quiet street only a 5 minute walk from the bus station and only a few blocks from the main square. Enjoy the sunny patios and gardens and watch the humming birds while enjoying a hearty breakfast (ham, cheese, goats cheese, homemade jam and coffee). The hostel’s cafeteria offers coffee, cakes and other delicacies throughout the day or you can join up with co-travelers for a BBQ in the big main courtyard. Hostal El Punto offers clean private rooms (single, double, triple & quadruple) with private and shared bathrooms and a dorm, luggage storage, laundry service and onsite parking. The helpful and multi-lingual staff are glad to help you organize tours to the Isla Damas, Elqui Valley, various observatories, Fray Jorge National Park and even to the Paso Agua Negra and the blooming desert. Furthermore the hostel offers great deals on bike and car rentals. Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi - Parking
PISCO ELQUI PISCO ELQUI Pisco Elqui is a beautiful town right in the heart of the Elqui Valley, located 105 km east of La Serena, easily accesible by car or bus. This place is well known for its clear view of the stars, green valleys and spiritual atmosphere. You can go hiking, horseback riding or mountain-biking to explore the beautiful surroundings, or stroll under the shade of palm trees at the picturesque plaza with the old town church. The night sky offers one of the best opportunities worldwide to observe the stars. Get a close look on a tour to one of the many observatories. There are also numerous pisco (popular alcoholic drink) distilleries in the area, both historic and modernized that offer tours and tastings. Pisco Elqui is also a magical place for people interested in spiritual growth and natural healing. You can take yoga classes, learn meditation or enjoy a relaxing massage. There is also tarot reading, reflexology, astrology, reiki and more. Nearby is Montegrande town, where the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral, grew up. You can visit the Museum and her tumb. VERY IMPORTANT: In Pisco Elqui there are no banks, ATM machines or gas stations. The closest are in VicuĂąa, 43 km away.
EL TESORO DE ELQUI
This intimate resort is a perfect oasis to take a little break from travelling and relax a while in their sparkling pool, lush garden and BBQ area.. Youâ€™ll find it 5 minutes from the plaza, 2 minutes to a supermarket, plus, the bus will leave you practically at the front door! The owners speak Spanish, English and German. They offer dorms, rooms with private bathrooms and cabins with kitchen. Towels are included, as is heat, access to their pool, restaurant, bar, parking, laundry and yoga/pilates room. Free pisco sour when you show Get South!
Arturo Prat n/n PISCO ELQUI (051) 451069 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tesoro-elqui.cl
Ask about their pilates classes and massage sessions! Breakfast is served buffet-style with bread, ham, cheese, coffee, etc. Enduro motorcycle rentals and tours are available, as well as mountain excursions and horseback riding, mountain biking and trekking tours.
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VALPARAISO 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. Find the latest copy of Get South at the HH&R information center at the Valparaíso Bus Station. For further information visit www.alojamientoenvalparaíso.cl.
COOKING CLASSES CHILE
Cerro Artillería (near 21 de Mayo) Cell: (09) 66214626 email@example.com www.cookingclasseschile.cl
One of the best things about Chile is the cuisine! Enrolling in a class with Cooking Classes Chile is a great way to discover tasty traditional Chilean delicacies while getting hands-on experience with an enthusiastic, expert, English-speaking chef. In these informative classes, you will help to prepare the dishes so you can impress your friends with your new skills when you get back home! Classes are conducted in small groups in a 110-year old building with great views of Valparaíso, close to the 21 de Mayo lookout and ascensor Artillería. Excellent national wines are included in the price of the class, vegetarian options Free pisco sour with are available (upon request) your meal if you mention Get South and classes run year-round, so what are you when you reserve! waiting for? Get cooking!
VALPARAISO PATAPATA HOSTEL
Templeman 657, Cerro Alegre (032) 3173153 firstname.lastname@example.org www.patapatahostel.cl www.alojamientoenvalparaiso.cl Skype: patapata.hostel
Come to Valparaíso and be pleasantly surprised! In a prime location in the historic sector of town, PataPata Hostel (formerly Patiperro) is close to all the hot spots, bars and restaurants and is a sparkling example of how good a hostel can be. There are clean dorms and 2 private rooms with double beds; all with shared bathrooms. It has great communal areas which give it a cozy feel; a patio with a nice garden to enjoy a drink or asado*, a comfy living room with cable TV and a large movie collection, as well as a full kitchen to prepare your meals. 10% OFF with Get South
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Héctor Calvo 371, Cerro Bellavista (032) 2395817 Run by a well travelled, English-speaking email@example.com owner, Hostal Caracol provides all the www.hostalcaracol.cl little creature comforts that backpackers look for! The dormitory sleeps seven and has pirate chests beside each bed to lock up all your worldly 10% OFF with possessions. There are also ensuite private rooms. Get South Comfortable and secure, the hostel has central heating and is decorated with cool paintings, a big warm chimney and unique details like antique stained glass. Head out to the courtyard grill to stuff yourself with meat and wine, make a snack in the kitchen or relax inside the media room. Once you’ve had your fill, check out the Pablo Neruda house and the open air museum, which are just nearby. The special touches make this hostel a great budget deal in Valparaíso. Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi - Credit Cards
VALPARAISO HOSTAL CASA AVENTURA
Pasaje Gálvez 11, Cerro Concepción (032) 2755963 Hostal Casa Aventura is a perfect place to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 to be helpful (in Spanish, English and German), giving a great atmosphere to the place. Free breakfast on arrival day (before 10am) and stay five nights Breakfast - Internet and get one free with Get South! Wi-Fi - Credit Cards CASA VERDE LIMON - Hostel & bilingual art school Hostal Casa Verde Limón is a gorgeous Cumming 196, Cerro Cárcel renovated house with a unique design (032) 2121699 and plenty of light, where they also teach email@example.com Spanish and art classes. The house was www.casaverdelimon.com 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. 10% off dorm accommodation and 20% off bike rentals! Internet - Wi-Fi
VALPARAISO VALPOSUB Valparaíso is a paradise above and below the water... Discover what is hidden in the waters with Valposub. Dive down to one of over 500 wrecks and explore the rich histories and new biodiversities living below that will surprise you in their wealth. Also specialising in underwater photography and kayaking for those who want to keep their head above water.
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ISLA NEGRA Well known as the land of Pablo Neruda (Chilean Nobel Prize winning author), Isla Negra is an artist‛s escape, around 1 hr from Santiago and Valparaíso. The coastal area is home to many bohemian types who come to flee city life and connect with nature, with a thriving community of poets, sculpturists and painters. Neruda fans should visit his beautiful house (now a museum) with his eccentric collections. Other top visitor spots include “Cantalao” where Pablo Neruda had a cabin at the inspiring headland Punta de Tralca. The sunset here is unmissable and idyllic when combined with horseriding. Rodrigo Parra‛s house is also unusual – an “Imaginary Boat” or space ship. Another memorable spot is the Pirate‛s Cave, haunted by legends and myths of pirates past. And nature lovers shouldn‛t miss out on the Córdova ravine to trek in the midst of nature and stunning landscapes. To take it easy visit a vineyard or two, or go to one of the world‛s largest pools in Algarrobo (no swimming‛s allowed unless you stay there). If you do need a dip, good swimming beaches are at Punta de Tralca and El Canelo. For night owls, enjoy the free cultural activities every Saturday at 7pm to get to know the different talents on the island. Or go to the good restaurants and try the typical dishes of fried fish or take some of their special empanadas for a picnic on the beach.
ISLA NEGRA ECO HOSTEL LA LOCURA DEL POETA - The Poets Madness Eco Hostel
Walk across a hanging bridge, take your Camino Santa Luisa 598 - Isla Negra shoes off, and get ready to get back to the (09) 94097786 simple life. Reconnect with Mother Nature email@example.com and enjoy the peace of this magic place! firstname.lastname@example.org www.lalocuradelpoeta.cl Relax with yoga, reiki, massages, a spa, vegetarian cooking, bread making and knitting classes and singing songs around the campfire. The eco hostel has dorms, double and triple rooms with shared bathrooms, a full kitchen, two terraces and a swimming pool. Set in the middle of a eucalyptus forest, you can benefit from a tranquil location but still be only a 7 minute walk through the wood to the town centre. Breakfast - Internet
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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 takes 15-20 minutes to climb and provides another great view of the city. There are various murals, statues, lookouts and ponds hidden all over the hill. *Bellavista, Brasil, Ñuñoa and Lastarria: are the funky, bohemian neighborhoods of the city and have the best nightlife with great bars, discos and restaurants.
SANTIAGO * 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. * Have a Terremoto at La Piojera: the terremoto (earthquake) is a drink that every traveller should try (mix of wine, pisco, pineapple ice cream, and a hint of grenadine). La Piojera is only a minute‛s walk from Mercado Central. * Winery Tours: for wine buffs, two great wineries to visit are Viña Concha y Toro and Viña Cousiño Macul.
INSTITUTO CHILENO SUIZO DE IDIOMAS Y CULTURA Spanish School José V. Lastarria 93. Barrio Lastarria Get on top of your Spanish while in (02) 6385414 Chile at Instituto Chileno Suizo de email@example.com Idiomas y Cultura. Their immersion www.studyspanishinchile.cl Spanish programme is the ideal opportunity to learn the language, make new friends and enjoy your time in Santiago while based in the historic and cultural centre of the city. Interactive classes are in-situ in big and light classrooms giving you that extra stimulation to improve your castellano. New classes start every monday, whether you are looking for small group classes (max. 5 people), partners or individual. They also have extracurricular activities like dancing classes, Chilean movies, workshops, cultural, historic and touristic visits, excursions and weekend trips. Professional and friendly professors are always on hand to brush up your language and help you to get the most out of Santiago! Subscription charge waivered with Get South! Internet - Wi-Fi - Credit Cards
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Av. Vicuña Mackenna 47. Plaza Italia (next to the Argentina Embassy) (02) 6351631 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 10% off at check in They provide services of laundry, bar, book exchange, with Get South! airport shuttle, tours, car or bike rental and free parking. With a Quality Service Certification for three years and the same price throughout, they invite you to Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi - Credit Cards check out Río Amazonas yourself!
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Calle Viña del Mar 039. Plaza Italia Cell: (09) 81513022 Tired of the hostel scene and looking for firstname.lastname@example.org some privacy and comfort? Amstelhuis is www.amstelhuischili.com perfect, its self contained apartments have everything you need for a short or long stay. They have rooms for 1, 2 or 3 people, all with comfy spring box mattresses, high quality sheets, a down comforter, private bath with towels, a fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, telephone and made service. The fridge is full of free drinks and snacks, and they even give you a cell phone to use during your stay! Located in convenient Providencia, steps away from Baquedano Metro station, it’s also on one of the most beautiful streets in Santiago, with unique houses that are hard to find anywhere else. Make sure you email or phone beforehand to make a reservation. The owners are very helpful and speak English and Dutch. Internet - Wi-Fi Show your Get South for these discounts: 10% off for stays of over a week and free transfer to or from airport. For stays over 3 days get a free bottle of wine of your choice.
HAPPY HOUSE HOSTEL
Moneda 1829. Barrio Brasil (02) 6884849 email@example.com www.happyhousehostel.cl
This stylish hostel is in a restored early 20th century mansion in Santiago’s bohemian Brasil neighborhood. It is just a 5-minute walk from the Los Héroes subway station, and very close to countless bus stops, great bars and delicious ethnic restaurants. Get that extra privacy that you’ve been craving without sacrificing the fun, social environment, staying in one of their many private rooms. Dorms are also available. All rooms have been tastefully decorated, fusing the neoclassical architecture with modern natural wood accents. This hostel also has an outdoor Jacuzzi, a pool, a rooftop patio, multiple terraces, a backyard patio, underground wine cellar, TV room, interior and exterior bars and a kitchen open for guest use. Their bilingual staff is available 24/7 with great local tips! Breakfast - Internet Wi-Fi - Credit Cards
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These two funky and artsy hostels are located in the Bellavista neighborhood, an area full of bars and restaurants so everything is right at your doorstep, but far enough away so that it’s quiet if you want to sleep! You can chill out in the large living rooms with satellite TV, have a drink on the outside terraces or prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchens. The hostels put on asados*, wine tastings, salsa lessons and both have dorms and private rooms, the majority with shared bath. 10% OFF with Get South
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Situated on Santiago’s main square, Plaza de Armas Hostel has one of the best locations in town. Travellers can enjoy prime views of the cathedral and the 1541 Plaza de Armas from any of the historic hostel’s terraces. Originally 10% OFF with built in 1886 as a luxury hotel, it’s now the backpackers Get South turn 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. Breakfast - Internet Wi-Fi - Credit Cards
SANTIAGO HOSTAL BELLA 269 BOUTIQUE
Bellavista 269, Recoleta. (02) 7327894 email@example.com www.hostalbella269.com
This modern and chic hostal takes backpacking to another level. With brand new, specially 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 (en-suite 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, but you might want to stay in occassionally for their film nights, patio (with BBQ) and common areas, pool table, wide screen TV/DVD, play station, large kitchen and weekly tarot card reading! 10% OFF with Get South
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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.
PICHILEMU 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 organises BBQs, bonfires and visits to the local beach parties and clubs.
Sector Medialuna Catrianca n/n Punta de Lobos (09) 87200671 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! Free transfer from bus terminal (taxi fare taken off of accommodation) + Stay 4 night and get 1 free with Get South!
VILLARRICA Villarrica is a charming Chilean town on Lake Villarrica about a half hour west of Pucón. While it‛s less touristy than Pucón, there are many great excursions in the area, which include climbing the Villarrica volcano, mountain biking at its base, swimming in the lake, soaking in the hot springs, whitewater rafting and fishing in the Toltén River, horseback riding in the Huincacara region and hiking in the Huerquehue and Villarrica National Parks. Apart from the volcano, the town is well known for its wooden handcrafts and furniture industry. You can find either in the many markets sprinkled throughout town. The region is also rich with Mapuche culture. There are two museums celebrating the Mapuche people. You‛ll also find a Ruca at the market, a traditional Mapuche home. In the summer months, there are many places to eat their cuisine and see their traditional dances and ceremonies. While in Villarrica don‛t miss a stroll along the waterfront, the relaxing area beaches like Playa Blanca, or the gorgeous sunsets at Canelo lookout point.
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After 14 years in Villarrica, La Torre Suiza has had an energy injection under new management since December 2010. Run by a Chilean-Swiss couple experienced in tourism, who lived in the Atacama Desert for the last five years, this cozy wooden chalet has an 8 bed dormitory, several double rooms with shared bathrooms and three double rooms with private bathrooms. To satisfy that traveller appetite, they serve Swiss buffet style breakfast and the open kitchen is available for the cooks in us all. Lockers, book exchange, free Wi-Fi and Internet, mountain bike rental and plenty of recommendations from their multilingual staff (German, Spanish, English, Italian and French speaking) making sure that you get the most out of your stay. 10% off if you stay for 3 or more nights with Get South! Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi –
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!
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Gerónimo de Alderete 665 (045) 443762 Hotel Gerónimo has comfy private single, firstname.lastname@example.org www.geronimo.cl double or triple guestrooms (no dorms), all with Cable TV, private bath, maid service and heating. Ask for one of their rooms that has Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi a terrace with spectacular views of Villarrica Credits Cards Volcano! Run by a bilingual staff year-round. Onsite amenities include wine bar with open fireplace, souvenir shop, parking and restaurant (breakfast of eggs, ham, cheese, jam, bread, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea included). 10% off your stay + 5% off excursions with Get South!
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HOSTAL DONDE EGIDIO & ORANGE HOUSE TRAVEL AGENCY This cozy hostel reflects the warmth of a home Palguín 720 and with two kitchens, dining in is easy. There (045) 443986 are 3 double/matrimonial rooms, 1 double email@example.com www.hostaldondeegidio.cl room, 1 female triple room, 1 quadruple room, and a dorm for 6 (all with private bathrooms). It’s well located, 1 block from JAC Bus Terminal. Make sure to check out their onsite tourist agency “Orange House”, where they’ll help you discover all the gems of Pucón: snag some bragging rights by ascending the Villarrica Volcano, 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 “the Pozones” natural hot springs. With so much magic and adventure it will be hard to leave! 10% off on your 2nd night + 12% off at their restaurant Restorante Copa 2 -Pellé Internet - Wi-Fi – Breakfast (private rooms only) Lafquén with Get South!
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Blanco Encalada 190 - PUCON firstname.lastname@example.org Come to rest your body, mind and (045) 444093 / 085217150 / 084220368 spirit at Casa Satya. If you’re www.casasatya.com looking for a tranquil place to take in nature, meet fellow travellers and Breakfast - Internet - Wi-Fi have a glass of Chilean wine, this is the place for you. It is located a few metres from the 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, room options are doubles and triples with shared or private bath. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a comfy living room with TV. After an exhausting day touring the area, you’ll love their in-house therapeutic/relaxation/shiatsu massages, meditation and reiki sessions! English, Spanish, French and German spoken. Free welcome drink (fruit juice or beer) or 10% off accommodation with Get South! BACKPACKERS HOSTEL & AGENCY
Palguin 695 (045) 441417 email@example.com www.backpackerspucon.com
Backpackers Hostel & Agency is your insiders guide to discover all the natural attractions of Pucón! The hostel is next to the JAC bus terminal, just two blocks from the centre of the city and within walking distance to supermarkets and the lake. It has ensuite double rooms and dorms for 2, 3 and 5 people. Every backpacker loves a good self-service kitchen and after lots of travel, laundry service and fresh bath towels are a dream! You can watch the sunrise on a hike up to the crater of Villarrica Volcano or get an adrenaline rush paddling the white water rapids of the Trancura River. Their travel agency has more tour options than gadgets in a Swiss Army knife and their friendly staff speaks Spanish, English, and French! 5% discount on accommodation & tours with Get South!
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OSORNO OSORNO The city of Osorno is surrounded by lakes, volcanoes and rivers; located just 250 km away from Bariloche (Argentina) and 90 km from Puerto Varas. The landscape is dominated by the perfectly cone shaped Osorno Volcano that the daring (and fit) can try hiking. The city has about 220,000 inhabitants and offers a wide range of attractions like the Plaza de Armas, historical museum, San Mateo Cathedral, San Francisco Church, Rahue View Point and the Rahue and Pedro Aguirre Cerda Markets. The surrounding areas are full of natural beauty and outdoor activities. Llanquihue and Puyehue Lakes are beautiful to visit, as is the Puyehue National Park, which has great trekking and unique flora, fauna and waterfalls. Visit the coastline villages of Bahia Mansa, TrilTril, Maicolpué and Pucatrihue with white sand beaches. Caleta Cóndor is a secluded Huilliche community that is protected by the WWF, reachable only by boat, helicopter or a 10-hour walk. In winter go skiing/ snowboarding at the Antillanca Ski Resort and soak in the Aguas Calientes or Puyehue hot springs.
Toribio Medina 2020 (064) 247030 This laid-back and cozy hostel is set in a firstname.lastname@example.org two-story house, within walking distance of www.hostalvermont.cl supermarkets, bakeries and an open market all week that gets huge on Saturdays. It has four bedrooms (dorms and privates) all with shared bathrooms, and also two new cabins for up to four people. Make a meal in their communal kitchen, swing low on the hammocks, make the most of the BBQ area or hang out in the living room with bar to chat with like-minded travellers and stroke the hostel pets. Sirce, the owner, can help you with excursions all year round, from summer hiking to winter snowboarding, and ask about bike or tent hire. It’s not just a hostel, it’s a great meeting place for backpackers, independent travellers and artists! Internet Wi-Fi
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PUERTO VARAS 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.
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Santa Rosa 318 (65) 232240 Don’t leave Puerto Varas until you have had firstname.lastname@example.org the best chocolate in Chile! www.vicki-johnson.com Californian-born Vicki Johnson’s shop is the perfect place to get your chocolate hit! She uses pure Belgian chocolate, try the famous 70% origen bars. This handmade haven also has local handicrafts, hand knit sweaters, wood carvings and shawls, as well as a lovely line of homemade local gourmet products including liquers, ulmo honey, gunnera chutney, jams, preserves and a fine line of merken. Ideally located, her shop is just off the 10% OFF main Plaza. with Get South
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Fancy a night in a large, historic house? This lovingly restored 1926 guesthouse still has the original construction, but with all the comforts of home. Come here for a cozy stay in one of the ensuite bedrooms and enjoy a delicious, homemade breakfast with your fellow travellers. Their “famous” breakfast includes daily variations of french toast, pancakes, or kucken, fresh ground coffee, seasonal fruit, and homemade bread and marmalades. Three blocks from town, you are close to all the best restaurants and bars, but also have the option to peacefully enjoy the patio and garden. The friendly staff of The Guest House help make you feel at 10% OFF home, so sit back and relax. with Get South
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PUERTO VARAS HOSTAL CASA AZUL
Manzanal 66 corner Rosario (065) 232904 firstname.lastname@example.org www.casaazul.net
Charming wood walls and beautiful details make this hostel as cozy as it is 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! Internet - Wi-Fi
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HOSTAL COMPASS DEL SUR A Chilean hostel with Scandinavian flair! Swedish, English, German and spanish spoken.
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Klenner 467 (065) 232044 email@example.com www.compassdelsur.cl
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, 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 Breakfast - Internet owner. Compass also offers laundry service, Wi-Fi - Credit Cards airport pick up and bike & car rental.
PUERTO MONTT 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 (10% off with Get South!). 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.
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Pudeto 233 corner Ecuador (065) 272897 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hospedajerocco.cl
This quiet, little hostel is conveniently located close to all the Puerto Montt connections. Just 5 blocks from the bus station, 3 blocks from the Navimag ferry port, and 7 blocks from the fish market. Get comfy with other travellers in the shared rooms or enjoy some solitude in one of the private rooms with double beds, 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 cable TV and a smoking porch. Laundry service is available. Over a delicious breakfast, the owner, Verónica, will give you enough information to fill a trekking backpack! Free welcome coffee, tea or juice!
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Santa Teresa 643 (065) 343939 email@example.com www.trendelsur.cl
Renovated out of an old printing press $ warehouse, this luxury hostal boasts an inviting, boutique style. Antique train tracks, railroad ties and history books decorate the Breakfast – Internet – brightly colored walls, all made from native Wi-Fi - Credit Cards woods. It’s located just a 10 minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. Mario, the owner, runs the place with perfection and the staff is extremely helpful. There are 17 rooms with private bathrooms, 5 of which have jacuzzis! There is no kitchen, but they recently opened Anden, a restaurant specializing in slow food (open Mon-Fri,7 to 11pm). Feel good about dining out with local produce and indulge yourself in a glass of organic wine or artisan beer. It’s tasty to be green! 10% off Nov.-Mar. or 15% off Apr.-Oct. with Get South!
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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. Only half an hour away (30km west), 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. Chepu (38km south-west) 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.
CHILOE ISLAND - ANCUD FAROS DEL SUR - Hostal Boutique
Costanera Norte 320 Sector Arena Gruesa - ANCUD (065) 625799 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.farosdelsur.cl
If you’re looking for a gorgeous place in $ Chiloé that’s excellent value for money, don’t miss the Faros del Sur Hostal Boutique. Located in beautiful surroundings and just metres from the water, this place built completely with native wood will give you a relaxed island feel that you won’t find anywhere else. Faros del Sur has 14 lovely private rooms all with ensuite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and fantastic ocean views! You can relax on the open air terraces or garden, cook some local fish at their full kitchen or get some advice on what to do from the friendly English-speaking owner Marco or his staff. 10% off + free pick up (minimum 2 people) with Get South!
HOSTAL MUNDO NUEVO Av. Costanera Salvador Allende 748 ANCUD Hostel Mundo Nuevo is right (065) 628383 on the sea front, just one firstname.lastname@example.org block from the main plaza and the www.newworld.cl 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 with detailed information a 10% off with Get and maps for biking and South! (not combined Breakfast hiking tours. Internet - Wi-Fi with other promotions)
CHILOE ISLAND - CASTRO CHILOE ISLAND - CASTRO Castro, 87km south of Ancud, is the capital of Chiloe 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.
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)531008 email@example.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. Stay 3 nights and get 10% off with Get South!
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Latorre 238 - CASTRO (065) 635254 Turismo Pehuen offers a wide range of tours firstname.lastname@example.org lead by expert guides. Become acquainted www.turismopehuen.cl 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 de Puñiguil. If you are looking to venture to the stunning and remote Carretera Austral (Southern Road), ask Turismo Pehuen about it. They have loads of information and offer transport and accommodation bookings! Their office is located in Castro, half block from Plaza de Armas. 10% off bike rental with Get South! Credit cards accepted
Ernesto Riquelme 1228 Palafitos de Gamboa sector - CASTRO (09) 68492618 / (09) 74917455 email@example.com www.chiloetnico.cl
Let Chiloétnico show you Chiloé’s jaw-dropping national parks, nearby islands, unique architecture of the wooden houses and marvelous 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 the latest model) to explore the island on your own. Located just 10 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 10% OFF with culture, history and environment. By Get South the time you leave, you’ll already be US Dollars and Euros accepted planning your return trip!
CARRETERA AUSTRAL CARRETERA AUSTRAL Stretching from Puerto Montt down to Villa O‛Higgins, the Carretera Austral, or “Southern Highway”, this region of Chile may be named after a road but there is much more to it than a long stretch (over 1200km) of bumpy gravel: this is one of the country‛s most outstandingly beautiful areas with thick rainforests, stunning fjords, unbelievable glaciers, crystal blue lakes and rivers, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient trees, soothing hot springs, narrow canals and rugged mountains.
Highlights Nature lovers will delight in Parque Los Alerces de Lenca with staggeringly old, native alerce trees and Parque Pumalín, a private park owned by an eco-friendly US millionaire who is conserving one of the world‛s last large temperate rainforests with stunning forests, hot springs, waterfalls, streams, a volcano, a lake and an organic farm. If you want some action on your travels, Futaleufú, a pretty pastelpainted village with a stunning mountain backdrop, is a great base for dabbling in some world-class white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning, fishing, horseriding and trekking. If you have hot springs on your mind then don‛t miss Llancahue island‛s 50ºC waters (catch a ferry from the small village Hornopirén where you can also visit the perfectly conical Hornopirén Volcano); and the luxurious baths at Termas de Puyuhuapi set between a fjord and rainforest (and only accessible by boat from Puyuhuapi). Further south you can get your fill of cool ice with gravity defying hanging glaciers: Ventisquero Colgante, on Queulat National Park, wedged between two mountains and ending in two thundering waterfalls and an iceberg-littered lagoon. A must is a visit to the amazing San Rafael Glacier, spilling into the broad Laguna San Rafael, reached by a memorable boat trip from Puerto Chacabuco through lagoons, forests and icebergs. Coyhaique, the region‛s capital, is the only place along the Carretera Austral that offers a wide range of services. There is an airport in Balmaceda, 55km south. The Southern Road ends in the town of Villa O‛ Higgins, just a step away from Campo de Hielo Sur. For further information: www.recorreaysen.cl or www.exploreaysen.com.
PUERTO NATALES 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.
Blanco Encalada 754 (061) 414553 / 09-84748882 Looking for a friend, a proper, big firstname.lastname@example.org breakfast and comfy bed in Puerto Natales? Omar can help! With a comfy hostel in the town centre which offers just that, as well as lockers, towels, sheets and helpful advice on what to do in the area (including Torres del Paine treks) and gear rental. Backpackers Kawashkar has built up quite a following for its friendly atmosphere, clean environment and homely experience. Make yourself at home at this dorm-style hostel and enjoy the library, cable TV, the fully equipped kitchen or light a BBQ with fellow travellers. 10% off equipment rental with Breakfast Internet - Wi-Fi Get South!
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Miraflores 616 (061) 614201 This cozy and intimate house-style email@example.com hostel is a great place to stay before www.tinhousepatagonia.com and after leaving for an excursion 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, 10% OFF horseback riding, kayaking, visiting with the glaciers and more. Breakfast Get South Internet - Wi-Fi Closed June - August
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.
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Pedro Montt 962 (061) 224819 firstname.lastname@example.org www.adel.cl
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! ADEL Rent a Car is located on the same block as the tourist office and will help you find your ideal transport – from small, economical cars right up to 4WD and SUVs. The bi-lingual 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!
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Av. España 1291 (061) 225599 email@example.com www.hostalvictoria.cl www.patagoniaextremosur.cl
For a nautical themed stay in Punta Arenas, come to family-orientated Hostal Victoria. With singles, doubles, triples and apartment style rooms you’ll Breakfast - Internet – find privacy at this central hostel which Wi-Fifi - Credit cards has some private bathrooms, cable TV in each room and kitchenettes in the The friendly owners are usually apartments. There is a quirky historical on hand to give you advice and boat theme to honour the discovery of help book tours or activities, Magallen and the 1520 voyage of the and to wish you ... Nao Victoria back to Spain, getting you ‘Welcome aboard, captain!’ in the mood to start your own crusade to Magallen! 10% off when booking 3+ nights + free pick up from the bus station with Get South! Make sure to try their homemade jams at the all-you-can-eat breakfast.