After three years traveling the globe, Harry and I returned to our hometown of Chicago for the holidays. In between visiting our friends and family, we toured around the city with fresh, new eyes. Our goal was to create a winter guide showcasing the best of Chicagoland. Come check out some great ways to spend these cold, dreary days in and around the Windy City. Continue reading Ultimate Chicagoland Travel Guide
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Our days in South America are slowly coming to a close. Although it will be hard to move on from this continent in which we started our journey, we are excited to get a change of scenery and start a new adventure. So, what’s next for The Budget Savvy Travelers?
Situated at the foothills of the Andes and next to beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake, Bariloche is the perfect spot to spend some time for the holidays. It’s been described as a quaint, Swiss-style, South American ski town with lots of chocolate shops around every corner. Sounds like it will be a real treat! Continue reading Bariloche – Our home for the holidays
Set in a beautiful Patagonian setting, this alphine-style hostel came in at $58.00 USD a night. With great views and rustic decor, many reviewers called it “comfortable, warm, and cozy.” In addition, breakfast here is known to be handmade and impressive. This will be our retreat as we explore the Perito Moreno Glacier in Glacier National Park. Continue reading El Calafate – Hosteria Rukahué
I can’t remember the last time I slept in a bunk bed. Here at the Inlandsis Posada, Harry and I will officially be bunk-mates. We jumped on the opportunity to stay in this charming wooden house given the high costs of accommodations in Patagonia. It’s only 100 meters from Glacier National Park. For $40.00 USD per night, we get a small room with bunk beds, private bathroom, and breakfast each morning….and great views of Mount Fitz Roy. The Review We stayed 5 nights in this hosteria. For those that didn’t know this (we didn’t), a hosteria is more of a bed and breakfast type establishment that does not have the amenities that a hostel provides such as kitchen access and basic laundry facilities. If you are not planning on cooking or will not need access to the kitchen, a hosteria can work for you. We were unaware of this at the time of booking, and therefore had to make other arrangements for lunch and dinner. Food is expensive in this area and we could have saved money by having kitchen access. We have learned that most of the construction in Argentina is pretty poor. Just the same, in this hostel we had our toilet seat break, our shower handle bust, the red counter turn our stuff red, and one day we had periods of NO water in the hostel. This occurred during the morning shower rush while in the shower. Despite the shotty craftsmanship, the price for this room in El Chaltén was very reasonable at ~$38.00 USD per night for a private bunk bed room and a private shower. Positives include daily cleaning services, fresh towels and soap daily, clean bed, one of the nicest breakfasts we encountered by Argentine standards (including tea, coffee, yogurt, cereal, bakery bread/toasts, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and a large cup of fresh cut fruits.) The hosteria is small. There really isn’t a place to relax or get out of the room to unwind. Forget wifi, the whole town is surrounded by wifi blocking mountains due to their use of satellite internet connections as explained by locals. Views of Mount Fitz Roy from your bedroom window are awesome. Despite the setbacks, we agree we would stay here again since you can’t beat the price.
Room Tip – If you opt for the bunk bed rooms for a less expensive option, the upstairs rooms have shelving for storage and are typically quieter than the downstairs rooms.
B$ Tip – We really enjoyed Porter’s bar and grill for their huge burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. Bottles of wine were more reasonably priced at 85 pesos to enjoy outside after a long day of hiking.
Knowing that we will be in Southern Argentina during the busy season, we are quickly moving along with Patagonia planning. Today we booked the hostel that we will be staying at during the “bookends” of our Antarctica trip. After a lot of research, we decided to book La Posta Hostel. (La Posta means “outpost” in Spanish!) We will have a private double with a shared bath. In addition, the hostel includes a traditional Argentine breakfast, free wifi, a laundry room, two kitchens, and a spacious patio to enjoy mountain views. Costs are ~ $33.00 USD per person.
We stayed at La Posta at the bookends of our Antarctica trip. Lucas and other staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We stayed in the private double room. Bathrooms are all communal and could have used a floor clean to remove clumps of accumulated hair, but for the most part where acceptable. Towels and soap are provided, although not shampoo.
There are two kitchens for meal prep at this hostel. One smaller one is cleaner and less frequently used than the other. By the end of the evening, with so many guests,it tends to get a little dirty and run down. They could use some new cookware and someone to ensure fresh supplies such as towels, sponges, and dish soap for a nicer kitchen experience.
Breakfast consists of medialunas and coffee/tea only. The walk to town and the supermarket took 15-20 minutes.
A bonus was that since we had our own laundry soap, we were able to use the machine and drying room free of charge. Otherwise, it costs 15 pesos.
Room Tip! Note that if you book the private double, the one near the entrance is so close to the communal kitchen area, couches, and front desk it gets very loud! Opt for the double in the back of the hostel if you are sensitive to noise.