I’ve compiled a brief list of hostels and activities from my semester that I hope might be helpful during your travels!
Wherever you go, be prepared to see the best & worst of a place, to taste the most delicious food, to meet the most amazing people, and to encounter unexpected (both good & bad) situations. Try to find a Tips for Tours in the area and do it! (The tours in Buenos Aires and Valparaiso, Chile were really good). The tours not only offer interesting facts and history of a city, but it’s also a great way of meeting other travelers!
Random things to pack if you have room….
-towels, soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper/tissues/napkins, shower curtain (for bed bugs)
-water bottle, watch, notebooks (for jotting down emails, names, etc)
-MONEY (carry USD so you can change into the local currency during emergencies)
-souvenirs for your host family!
Hostel L’ouvre (Santiago, Chile): Single, double, and triple person dorms with bathrooms. No kitchen or common area. Old building, but clean with pink and green color schemes. Breakfast is not included, and food & drink service is slightly over priced. Towels are included. No wi-fi, and a small fee must be paid for luggage storage. Location was decent (a bit of a walk to the center/Plaza de Armas). Staff was friendly and the prices were cheap.
Kalagen Hostel (Vina del Mar, Chile): Different types of dorms avaliable. There is a kitchen, computer area with wi-fi, common space and a deck. Only 4 bathrooms, which was a little inconvenient. Breakfast and luggage storage included. Location was excellent (right near the bus terminal), and very clean with friendly staff. Hostel hosts activities.
Hostel Achalay (Bariloche): Small hostel with different types of dorms. There is a kitchen, computer area with wi-fi, and common space. Only 3 bathrooms. Breakfast (excellent and can be taken at any time) and luggage storage (lockers and keys provided) included. The staff is extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Hostels hosts activities, such as an asado every Friday, and meals almost every night.
Pariwana Hostel (Cusco, Peru): Big hostel with many different types of dorms. There is a kitchen, computer area with wi-fi, TV room, bar, dining area. Breakfast and luggage storage included (lockers have outlets inside). Staff is friendly, and there is also an ATM, travel, transportation and laundry service on site. Excellent location, and hostel hosts activities.
Hospedaje Aturkey (Aguas Calientes, Peru): Small and old hostel with single and double rooms. Breakfast not included, and there is only cold water for showers.
V & S Youth Hostel Club (Buenos Aires): Clean hostel on the 3rd and 4th floor of a building. Must pay for wi-fi and computer use. There is a common room and kitchen. Breakfast and luggage storage included, but not towels.
Timbo Posada Hostel (Puerto Iguazu): Clean hostel with different types of rooms. Breakfast, computers, wi-fi and luggage storage included, but not towels. There is a common area, tiny pool, hammock, garden, and patio.
When you’re traveling, speak as much Spanish as possible! Granted, there will be travelers who can’t speak Spanish, of course, but it definitely helps to know the local language. ¡Buen viaje!