& Hotel Reservations
Traveling through remote Patagonia sometimes requires a stay in one of the gateway towns or cities enroute to your Expediciones Chile trip.
We like Hotels, Lodges, Hospedajes, and hostels that give one the sense of where you are. Our philosophy is that in remote areas, why be buffered from the local culture and history. We or Alumnis have stayed in each hotel the we have listed and have found something endearing or very practical about each property on this list.
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Patagonia - Argentina
Trevelin is a peaceful mountain village in a remote corner of Patagonia near the Futaleufu river. The view is a big sky with the snow covered Chilean Andes forming a spectacular view to the west.
Enjoy a nice dinner and a great night sleep. The following morning, a prepaid transport takes you the border. We cross into Chile and your adventure starts within minutes.
Transportation: Taxi service to the town of Esquel (25 min) to the Airport (45 min), to the border with Futaleufu Chile (45 min), to Bariloche (4.5 hours).
Population: 9,100 Total - Map of the town of Trevelin
Casa de Piedra
Casa de Piedra Hosteria is your home away from home in Trevelin Argentina. The owners are Louis and Rosana. Rosana can speak English. She calls us to let us know you have arrived safely. We recommend using their address on your baggage tags.
Exchile clients get a 20% discount if they pay in US Dollars on arrival. Our guests are also offered a heftier breakfast than is normal in Argentina. Restaurants are in walking distance. Rosana speaks English and knows Futaleufu as she has been on a trip with us. Reserve Now Casa de Piedra
Sendero Lodge, Trevelin (near the border)
*This lodge is for en route in case Casa de Piedra is full.
Sendero Lodge is located in Argentina on an easy section of the Futaleufu River a couple of kilometers from the border. There is excellent fly fishing upstream of the lodge. Our beginning kayaking starts in the heated pool and the calm water in front of the Lodge.
How to get to Sendero: 1.5 hour from the Esquel Airport. 5 minutes from the border with Futaleufu Chile. 5.5 hours by taxi from Bariloche. PrePay your private transport with exchile. The price includes the transfer to the border the next morning for the start of your exchile trip
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Enroute to Futaleufu
San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche, is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by lakes (Nahuel Huapi, Gutiérrez Lake, Moreno Lake and Mascardi Lake) and mountains (Tronador, Cerro Catedral, Cerro López). It is famous for skiing but also known for sight-seeing, water sports, trekking and climbing. Cerro Catedral is one of the most important ski centers in South America.
Transportation: The city is served by San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport (BRC) equipped to receive any kind of aircraft. LATAM and Aerolineas maintain regular flights to Bariloche, as well as some international flights from neighboring countries, especially during the ski season. The city lies close to Chilean border and is connected to Chile by the Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass crossing the Andes Mountains. Daily Bus service from Esquel, Buenos Aires, San Martin, and Puerto Montt Chile.
Population: Total, 132,000. Website, http://www.bariloche.gov.ar/
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa
A World classic. This is one of the nicest Resorts around and the setting is historical. This is where Presidents Clinton and Obama stayed when visiting Bariloche. It might just be worth it to experience it for one night. It is away from the city center, surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Haupi lake.
Cacique Inacayal Lake Hotel
Near the City Center and all the restaurants if you are looking forward to enjoying the city of Bariloche. If you get a room on the lake you will feel you have the view of being on a ship. It is really well done.
In the city center but with a great view out on the lake. More reasonably priced near the restaurant and brewry action in the City Center.
Other hotels in Bariloche
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Enroute to Fitzroy and Torres del Paine
El Chaltén is a small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is located in the riverside of Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park (section Reserva Nacional Zona Viedma) at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains, both popular for climbing. For this reason this village is well-visited by trekkers and climbers. The village was built purely for tourism purposes, in 1985. It is 200km north of El Calafate.
"Chaltén" is a Tehuelche word meaning smoking mountain, as they believe it was a volcano for its peak is most of the time covered by clouds. Other visited tracks and sights are Torre Glacier, Laguna Capri, Piedras Blancas Glacier, Chorrillo del Salto and Laguna de los Tres.
The village provides free camping and national park information for visitors, as well as commercial camping (with showers) and a very limited number of beds, catering mostly for backpackers. The tourist trade has spawned a few restaurants and basic shops in town, and some of the accommodations provide internet and phone access and show regular movies. Other than that, the town is fairly far removed from the normal flow of news and communication, even during high season (November-February). The town is nearly deserted during off-season (the southern hemisphere winter).
Transportation: Two bus departures daily: 8am and 6pm to Calafate (3hrs).
Population: 1,000 total
Hosteria El Pilar
I love this off the track Hosteria on the trailhead outside of town. If you are looking for something special this could be it. The view is over the top. Small enough to enjoy your fellow travelers. You will be eating your meals here. You may need them to pick you up in the city center if you are coming by bus.
Kau Si Aike Hosteria
This is economical option in the town of El Chalten.
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Enroute to Fitzroy and Torres del Paine
El Calafate is a small town in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 km Northwest from Río Gallegos. Its name comes from a little bush with yellow flowers very common in Patagonia, with dark blue berries: the calafate (Berberis buxifolia); the word comes from the word "Calafate", which is Spanish for "caulk".
El Calafate is an important tourist destination as the hub to visit different parts of the Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier (one of the most visited in the world) and the Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre.
Transportation: The 220 kilometers separating Calafate from El Chaltén on the other side of the Lake Argentino in the national park are paved, as well as the 315 kilometres to Río Gallegos. Other distances are: to Esquel 1108 km (mostly dirt road); Comodoro Rivadavia 959 km; Puerto Madryn 1388 km; Buenos Aires 2727 km; Ushuaia 863 km and in Chile Puerto Natales 362 km and Punta Arenas 605 km.
The town is served by El Calafate International Airport (IATA: FTE, ICAO: SAWC) located some 20 km east of the village, at coordinates 50°20′S 72°15′W. Opened in 2001 it has daily flights to Buenos Aires and Bariloche. The airport has a 2,200 meters long, 45 meters wide runway. Aerolineas Argentinas and LATAM have multiple daily flights to AeroParque Domestic Airport in Buenos Aire.
Population: 22,000 total
Hotel Kosten Aike
Our clients have enjoyed this and said they would recommend it.
Hotel Lar Aike
A Botique hotel that alumni have enjoyed and recommended.
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Buenos Aires is the capital, and largest city, of Argentina, currently the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after São Paulo. It is located on the eastern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. The city of Buenos Aires is not part of Buenos Aires Province, nor is it its capital; rather, it is an autonomous federal district. Buenos Aires is considered as the wealthiest city in South America and the Southern Hemisphere and an Alpha World City listed by the Loughborough University group's (GaWC) 2008 inventory.
Buenos Aires (English: Fair Winds or Good Air (see Names of Buenos Aires)) was originally named after the sanctuary of "Nostra Signora di Bonaria" (Italian for "Our Lady of Bonaria") in Cagliari, Sardinia. In the 1994 constitution the city became autonomous, hence its formal name: Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, in English, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. People from Buenos Aires are called porteños (people of the port).
Transportation: Aerolineas Argentinas, LATAM, and a new low cost carrier Air Bondi (starts operation in 2018). From the bus terminal El Retiro, service to Bariloche, Esquel and El Calafate,
Population: Greater Buenos Aires is the fourth-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around 13 million.
One of our favorite places to stay in Buenos Aires. 1555 Malabia House is a “designer” bed and breakfast that lets you experience the real Argentina. It has gotten great reviews from Fodor's and other international travel publications as well as rave reviews from past Expediciones Chile guests.
Ayres de Recoleta
Located in a fun and vibrant area of Buenos Aires. Although there is no on-site restaurant, the hotel provides close proximity to several cafés and other eateries. The hotel is located next to the Recoleta Village.
Milhouse Youth Hostel
Strategically located in the core of downtown Buenos Aires, both Milhouse Hostels occupy stunning, five-storey 19th-century houses, built around a charming, colonial-style atrium. Milhouse has earned its reputation as Buenos Aires’s party king by offering guests the spectacular.
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Patagonia - Chile
Enroute to Futaleufu
Traveling to Futaleufu through Chile
If one take Charter direct to Futaleufu your Adventure trip with Exchile starts the moment you arrive in the morning. IF you are arriving in Futaleufu via ground transport one arrives the evening before your trips starts, requiring a night in the little village.
Futaleufú, is a small authentic Patagonia village nestled between two rivers and a lake in the heart of the Andes. Restaurants and stores are in walking distance. The streets lined with quaint shingled colorful houses ordered around the town plaza. Our office is in town and will gladly exchange US dollars for Chilean pesos.
Transportation: There is a paved airstrip and Air charters are available. There there are two public buses, 3.5 hours from Chaiten to Futaleufu daily. A bus crosses the border to Esquel twice a week. Private transport can be arranged in advance through our office.
Population: Total, 2.100.
Map of village Map of Futaleufu River Valley
The nicest hotel in the town of Futaleufu. Has a restaurant, sauna and the only pool in town. Half a block away from our office. Close to other restaurants in town the plaza.
La Gringa Carioca
This a true bed and breakfast home. The owner will attend you and it is very warm and cozy. Three block from our office. Three block from the bus station.
Canete B&B, and Adolfos B&B, and Cabins with Kitchen
Local bed and breakfasts across the street from our headquarters. Reserve with our exchile office.
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Puerto Montt is a port city in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Región. It city area of 39.58 km².
The city's economy is now based upon agriculture, forestry, fishing and salmon aquaculture in the surrounding islands and fjords. It is the fastest-growing city in southern Chile, mainly because of the explosive growth of salmon culture. Puerto Montt is also the gateway to Chiloé Island and the many other smaller islands in the Chilean inland sea.
Transportation: Puerto Montt has an airport, El Tepual, where two airlines have regular flights from Santiago, Punta Arenas, Balmaceda, and Temuco. The airlines operating at the airport are LATAM and the low cost carrier SKY. The flight time to Santiago is one hour fifty minutes. A private airstrip called La Paloma has regularly scheduled commuter flights to Chaiten and the island of Chiloe. Ferries also serve the island of Chiloe and the port of Chaiten. A daily bus departs to Futaleufu over the ferry system. Numerous overnight buses depart to Santiago each evening. Buses from Santiago arrive each morning.
Population: 175,938 total
Holiday Inn Express
We usually do not consider US chains as a place to recommend. But it is on the ocean and the view side of the hotel is spectacular. You are close to the City Center. Go out to eat to get the local culture.
Hotel Don Luis
In the Centro near the central plaza and many restaurants. A Chilean Hotel.
Hotel Tren del Sur
A very charming hotel, with historical items for decoration. It is fun to stay here.
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Enroute to Torres del Paine and Fitzroy
Puerto Natales is a city in the Chilean Patagonia, located 247 km (153 mi) northwest of Punta Arenas and is the final port of call for the Navimag ferry sailing from Puerto Montt into the Señoret Channel as well as the primary transit point for travelers to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. It is the capital of both the commune of the same name and the Última Esperanza Province of Magallanes and Antártica Chilena Region.
Última Esperanza Sound, originally inhabited by the Kawésqar tribe or Alacaluf and the Aoniken or Tehuelche, was sailed in 1557 by Juan Ladrilleros, a sailor who was looking for the Strait of Magellan. The city was settled by Germans, British, Croatian and Chilean people coming from the Island of Chiloé, all attracted by the sheep-raising industry. Finally, the city was founded under the government of Ramón Barros Luco on May 31, 1911. Nowadays, one of the most important activities is tourism.
Puerto Natales is the capital of the province of Última Esperanza, ("Last Hope"), one of the four provinces that make up the Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, in the southernmost part of Chile.
Transportation: Seasonal air service with Sky Airlines and LATAM. They are not daily flight but several time a week. It is worth seeing if the schedule lines up with your trip dates. More common is the bus service to the Punta Arenas Airport.
Population: 19,885 total.
Lady Florence Dixie
I have not stayed here but a group of our guest have and they recommend it. Very close to the main plaza and the city center.
A very high rated local Bed and Breakfast. After staying there I know why. Lucy makes you feel like family. Nothing Fancy. If you can speak Spanish she has great stories about her family that fishes the local waters. A pleasant walk to restaurant in the city center.
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Punta Arenas (literally in Spanish: "Sandy Point") is the most prominent settlement on the Strait of Magellan and the capital of the Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile. Due to its location and size it is sometimes considered the southernmost city in the world.
Located on the Brunswick Peninsula, Punta Arenas is the southernmost city of its size in the world. (Ushuaia, Argentina, also makes this claim and is further south, but has only half the population of Punta Arenas). Punta Arenas is the third largest city in the entire Patagonian Region, after the more northerly Argentine cities of Neuquén and Comodoro Rivadavia. It is roughly 1418.4 km from the coast of Antarctica.
Transportation: (PUQ) Punta Arenas airport has daily flights to cities in Chile on both LATAM and Sky Airline. A local carrier DAP provides service to Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica. Charter flight are also available.
Population: 120,000 Total.
Hotel Rey Don Felipe
Two blocks away from the main plaza and fantastic restaurants. A fancy place.
Hostal Patagonia de Antaño
This is a visit to the historical part of town. The owner teaches history at a local school and has collected a virtual museum in his Hostal. Reasonable priced, nothing fancy, small showers, but it makes it up with its Character. This is the real Punta Arenas. Often not online bookers so we have linked to his web page.
A nice Hostel with shared bathrooms. Economical.
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Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978.
The National Park Torres del Paine is arguably one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. With its variety of plant and animal species framed by its ice-capped mountain peaks, cascading rivers and waterfalls, blue iced glaciers and azul lakes have won a reputation as one of the most shockingly stunning places on the Planet.
The mountains of Torres del Paine - jagged granite ridges and spires capped with shale - have long held significance for the region's native inhabitants. According to local myth, an evil serpent called Cai Cai caused a massive flood to kill the warrior tribe that lived in Torres del Paine. When the flood waters receded, Cai Cai took the bodies of the two largest warriors and turned them to stone - thereby creating the twin horns that crown the mountaintop of Cuernos del Paine.
Exchile offers 4-6 day trekking trips deep into the Park. These are top of the line trekking experiences. If you do not have the time or fitness, we recommend staying at one of the hotels in the park and going on day hikes. The view is spectacular even if you just drive through the park.
Eco Camp Domes
(contact the exchile office) Day trips staying out of the eco camp for as many days a you want.
This hosteria has the best view and location in the park. Not the fanciest. Day treks are available.
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Santiago, is the capital and largest city of Chile, and the centre of its largest conurbation (Greater Santiago). It is located in the country's central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,700 ft) AMSL. Although Santiago is the capital, legislative bodies meet in nearby Valparaíso.
Approximately three decades of uninterrupted economic growth have transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping malls, and impressive high-rise architecture. It is an Alpha World City and has some of Latin America's most modern transportation infrastructure, such as the growing Santiago Metro (the metropolitan underground train system) and the new Costanera Norte, a toll-based highway system that passes below downtown and connects the Eastern and Western extremes of the city in a 25-minute drive. Santiago is headquarters to many important companies and is a regional financial centre.
Transportation: The domestic and international terminals are in the same Airport. Two vibrant air carriers in LATAM and SKY Airlines. Flights in Chile are reasonable if purchased in advance or purchased as a thru ticket with your international flight. Overnight buses to Puerto Montt each evening.
Population: 7.5 million total. Forty percent of Chile’s countries population.
Hotel Plaza San Francisco
A top of the line Classic downtown Santiago hotel. Close to the Metro and all the action.
Airport Hilton Garden Inn
If you need to stay at the airport this is the best of the class. Might be a time to use your Hilton Awards.