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Here is what we recommend in these Latin American Countries.

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Eat

Buenos Aires

Don Julio
Guatemala 4699, 1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina
P: +54 11 4832-6058
Why
Great steak.

La Brigada
Estados Unidos 478, C1101AAJ Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
P: +54 11 4361-5685
Why
A steak so soft that they cut it with a spoon in front of you.

Cordoba

Alfonsina
Duarte Quiros 66, Cordoba 5000, Argentina
P: +54 351 427-2847
or
Belgrano, 763, Cordoba, Argentina
P: +54 351 460-2572
Why
This is where the locals meet to endulge in conversation as they sip on maté and eat sandwiches. They also serve a humita soup, which we have not been able to find anywhere else. My mouth is watering thinking about it. Thank-you Pame.

Lo De Jacinto Empanadas
9 De Julio 709 esq. Fragueiro, Cordoba, Argentina
P: +54 351 481-122
Why
An extensive menu consisting of only empanaadas. This take-away chain offers everything from the traditional to 'blue-cheese and pear'.
Cerebro
Entre Rios 421, Cordoba, Argentina
P: +54 351 421 7388
Why
18 empanadas for 100 Pesos. A killer deal and they are delicious. The best we had in Argentina. Thank-you.

Sucre 

El Patio 
Calle San Alberto 18, Sucre, Bolivia
P: +591 4 64 55173
Why 
Because they have the best salteña we have ever tasted. Enough said. Cute environment and a pay-before-you-dine style.

Flores 
Calle San Alberto 26, Sucre, Bolivia
P: +591 0 64 53578
Why 
Their salteñas are slightly cheaper than El Patio which is next door. They also have the only vegetarian option in Sucre.

La Paz 

Antigua Miami 
Antigua Miami, La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Why 
The host knows his coffee and stimulates great conversation. The place is well decorated and cosy. There is no wifi for a good reason - so you put your phone/tablet away and talk to each other! This ploy had us conversing with others within the confines of the cosy-decor of the cafe. Highly recommended, as you will not find a better coffee or atmosphere in La Paz.

Santiago 

Cocteau Cafè
Miraflores 622, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Why 
This place oozes trend. Located in the Bella Artes area, it reminds us of trendy Brunswick back in Melbourne, Australia. If you aren't turned on by the hipster vibe and chalkboard menus, maybe their empanadas, baked goods and coffee will get you going. You know we are suckers for emapanadas, and this place has some delicious empanadas! On top of that, treat yourself to some delicious baked goods such as their brownies, and you will be leaving with a smile on your dial.

Medellín / Poblado

Velvet Cafe
# a 8a-168, Cra. 37 #2 Sur60, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
P: +57 4 3119405
W: www.cafevelvet.co
Why
Velvet has the best coffee in Medellín. The staff are freindly, good music and they make a killer hot choclate. It is a great place to set up you laptop and work, as you will notice ith all the other digital nomads around you.

Centeno Vegetarian Restaurant
Cra. 36 #738, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
P: +57 314 7172981
W: Centeno Facebook
Why
Centeno have an ever changing three course menu of delicious vegetarian food for only 15,000CLP. Usually a healthy salad, a hearty soup, a main as well as a juice and a tea. Cannot beat the value and the flavour

Marietta Vegetarian Restaurant
#15 a 8a-, Cra. 35 #7127, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Why
A small vegetarian restaurant that serves an incredibel three-course meal for aorund 10,000-12,000CLP. It is always different and always delicious. Waste no time choosing something on the menu because they make the choice for you!

Verdeo
Cra. 35 #8A-3, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
P: +57 4 4440934
W: Verdeo Facebook
Why
Verdeo has very tasty vegetarian meals, nice decor and refreshing drinks.

Bogotá

Andrés Carne De Res
Calle 82 interior centro comercial el retiro #12-21, Bogotá, Colombia
P: +57 1 8637880
W: www.andrescarnederes.com
Why
For a true Colombian experience you cannot beat Andre Carne De Res. Read about the experience in our blog post on Andrés Carne De Res.

Salento

Brunch de Salento
Calle 6 No. 3-25 Salento, Quindio, Colombia
P: +57 311 7578082
Why
This place has a peanut butter brownie so rich you will feel sick after eating it, but by-golly it is freakin amazing. I had three in the time I was in Salento, which was a week (3 of those days I was on a trek and hence didn't have access, so the count could have been more). On top of this devilishly good brownie, Brunch also serves very tasty food at a great value. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served all day. They also sell home-made granola and home-made peanut butter by the jars!

Puerto Lopez

Pacha Chocolates Boutique
Machalilla, Puerto López, Ecuador
P:+593 5-230-0323
W: www.pachachocolates.com
Why
The best brownies you will ever eat in my life. Enough said.

Cusco 

Jacks Cafe 
Est. 2003, Choquechaka 509, Cusco - Peru
P: 51 84 254606
W: www.jackscafecusco.com
Why 
Because I fell in love with a chicken sandwich, that's why! We ate at jacks everyday. If you don't go, shame.

Morena 
08000 B, Calle Plateros 348, Cusco, Peru
P: +51 980 706 267
W: www.cafemorenacusco.com
Why 
Great Peruvian food - good reason for being numero uno on TripAdvisor.

 

 

Sleep

Bariloche

Hostel Achalay
Morales 564, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
P: 0294 452-2556
W: www.hostelachalay.com
Why
Fresh bread every morning! Yes, that's right, the staff here bake fresh bread for breakfast every morning! They make a great coffee and the Dulce De Leche is as sweet as the staff themselves. They will help you out with any need. For us it was hiring a car and trekking information for Refugio Frey. On top of all this, the hostel has a very chill, communal and friendly vibe. Great common room, spacious rooms (all named after legendary musicians) with lockers and all very well heated. It is a lovely home away from home.

Home Hostel
Onelli 125, San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
P: 54 294 443 2639
E: info@homehostel.com.ar
W: www.homehostel.com.ar
Why
A very friendly hostel with nice and spacious bedrooms and comfy beds. Enormous and secure lockers so you can fit your whole bag in, leaving plenty of acitivty space to do what you want in the room! The kitchen is large and industrial, leaving plenty of space to cook without trodding on other travellers toes. It is well located close to a supermarket and the main street.

El Chalten

Lo De Trivi
Avenida San Martin 675, El Chaltén, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
P: +54 2962 49-3255
W: www.lodetrivi.com
Why
This hostel boasts a fantastic common room with an industrial sized kitchen to suit. Yes this includes a pizza oven and asado pit for BBQs! HBO streams daily and they have a range of board games to play. These are all EXTREMELY important features considering the weather is so tempremental in El Chalten. You could be spending a few days indoors and not walking the trails, if so, this is the hostel to do it. There are a variety of well designed rooms, some of which are built into shipping containers, which were suprisely cosy, and sound proof against the 100km winds. Oh, and it is situated at the end of town closer to Mount Fitzroy and has the supermarket across the road. Very handy on a rainy day.

Cordoba

531 Hostel
Rivera Indarte 531, Córdoba, Argentina
P: +54 9 351 666-9490
Why
The staff here are super lovely. They will go out of their way to help you and give advice around town, yes this includes their recommendations on empanadas! They also have a good breakfast and Netflix.

Salta

7 Duenes
San Juan 189, 4400 Salta, Argentina
P: +54 387 421-4522
Why
Good location within walking distance to the bus station and the city centre.

Humahuaca

Hostel La Antigua
La Pampa 81, Humahuaca, Argentina
Why
Super freindly host organised a tour to the Quebrada de Humahuaca within minutes of us being there. Flawless and well worth it.

Sucre

7 Patas
Calle Loa 525, Sucre Chuquisaca, Bolivia
Why
This is not a party hostel. It is a great place to unwind, learn spanish and our favourtie - cook! Close to Mercado central, this hostel boasts one of the best kitchens in South America. It even has a blender!

Puerto Natales 

Erratic Rock
Manuel Baquedano 719, Puerto Natales, Chile
E: erraticrock@gmail.com
W: www.erraticrock.com
Why 
Come for a day and stay for a week! Erratic Rock has such a friendly and homey feel about it you will not want to leave. The hostel has a warm and cosy mountain-hut vibe. It is perfect for relaxing before and after an expedition through Torres Del Paine National Park and provides a beautiful breakfast, delicious coffee ALL day, free towels and a HUGE selection of DVDs and VHS's. Apple T.V as well as NetFlix. Need I say more? Well, I will...The staff are down-to-earth, amazing people. They are out-of-this-world friendly and will help you with every need. It felt like we were staying with friends and family.

La Serena 

Hostal El Arbol
Eduardo de La Barra 29, La Serena, Cuarta Región de Coquimbo, Chile
P: +56-51-2 227824
W: www.hostalelarbol.cl
Why 
A cosy hostal retreat in a beautiful garden setting. 15 minute walk from the station and the main beach. Beautiful wooden cottage interior, with great cooking facilities and blankets to keep warm next to a fire place. Oh, and the doonas are so soft it feel like a cloud.

Santiago 

Casa Mosaico Backpacker Hostel
Loreto 109, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
P: +56 2 2761 2008
W: www.casamosaicohostel.cl
Why 
A great hostel in a great location. Casa Mosaico is within walking distance to the city centre, the metro line, Bellavista neighbourhood, museums and art galleries. It has a huge common room with amphitheatre seating, a pool table and oh yes... a playstation 2! If that doesn't get you excited, it also has a killer rooftop terrace for sinking beers.

Cartagena

Mystic House Hostel
Media Luna 10C #10C-36, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
P: +57 5 660 2756
E: reservas@mystichousehostal.com
W: www.mystichousehostal.com
Why 
Mystic House Hostel in Cartagena is extremely well run. The owner and staff members are incredibly friendly and will help you out with anything. It is very close to the old city and has great bars and restaurants nearby. The dorm rooms were superbly airconditioned, which is absolutely essential in the extreme heats of Cartagena. Made it easy to get some shut eye. The front recetion made booking tours and getting to new places very easy as they did it all. Hassle free.

Santa Marta

Hostel Calle 11
Calle 11 # 4-120 El Rodadero, Colombia
P: +57 (5) 4235470
E: calle11hostelsantamarta@gmail.com
W:www.calle11hostelsantamarta.wordpress.com
Why 
Located in El Rodadero, the newer neighbourhood of Santa Marta, this hostel has turtles. Yes, turltes. They are the coolest creatures, wondering around the hostel with no care or fear for humans. Sometimes needing a hand up the steps as they pass from areas of the hostel. WOrth staying here for them. On top of that the hostel has an amazing pool and has been built in what was previously a mansion. So the rooms are large and spacious and there are plenty of them. It has all the facilities you will need to cook and comfy hammocks to relax in and pass the time.The beds in the dorms each have their own charger and curtains. About time. Calle 11 also can book any of your tours in the area, so it makes traveling to and from places easy.

Playa Del Ritmo Hostel
Calle 74 a N° 1- 20 (in front of Sierra Laguna Condominum, Pozos Colorados) - Santa Marta, Colombia.
P: +57 3016973687
E: playadelritmoreservas@gmail.com
W: www.playadelritmo.com
Why 
Playa Del Ritmo Hostel is an incredible place to stay. It is located right on the beach and boasts glorious sunsets. Stay here to get out of the city and enjoy a beach life. The hostel has all meals and drinks available in their beach front bar so you don't need to head into town often. Besides all the creature comforts (comfy beds, wifi etc.) this hostel offers something more... Free use of their paddle boards and sea kayaks. An incredible offer as you will have plenty of time to make use of them.

Costeño Beach

Costeño Beach Hostel
A 5 Km del Parque Tayrona, Colombia
P: +(57) 310 368 11 91
E: costeñobeach@gmail.com
W: www.costenobeach.com
Why 
It's the vibe of the place. As soon you arrive on the back of a moto, you know you are somewhere special. Costeño Beach Hostel is located on the eastern edge of Tayrona National Park, it is secluded but has everything you need. The general setting is beautiful, right on the beach front. Palm trees and coconuts everywhere as well as hammocks and beach chairs to lounge in. Dorm, hammocks and private cabanas available. As are surf boards to hire, a ping pong table and really tasty meals. Worth stopping here and spending more time than you anticipated. 

Bogotá

82Hostel
Kr 19 #80-14, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
P: +57 304 3814989
E: booking@82hostel.com
W: www.82hostel.com
Why 
This hostel has it all! It is extremely well designed and well located. It has big spacious rooms and comfy/sturdy beds. The decor and artwork is very trendy, modern and comfortable. It is located very close to Zona Rosa, the main area to go out, which also happens to be quite a safe area in Bogotá. It has good security and the staff are very relaxed, helpful and friendly. The breakfast is one of the better breakfasts we have had traveling - good colombian coffee (available all day), croissants, cereal and fruit! 82Hostelalso boasts a great TV room with movies, books and board games, as well as a killer upstairs rooftop area. Yes, you should stay here! We were only planning on staying for a few days, but ended up staying longer. Was hard to leave. 

Hopi Hostel
Cra. 18 #32-53, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
P: +57 1 7498136
E: hopihostel@gmail.com
W: www.hopihostel.com
Why 
Hopi Hostel, does not feel like a hostel, it feels like a home. Oskar the host/owner is the most charming and charasmatic man, always attentative and eager to help. Walk into the room and he will say 'Tell me', in anticipation of your question and keen to assist. He brings the guests together, making the stay an enjoyable experience. The staff are also incredibly friendly, which contributes to the 'home' feeling. It has fantastic common areas - a cushion room, a hammock room, as well as a rock climbing wall! It is situated in a nice neighbourhood, close to cafes and parks, and only a few stops on the bus from the Candaleria area as well as the Zona Rosa. I stayed more nights than anticipated here because it was that good!  

Buga

Buga Hostel
Cra. 13 #4-83, Guadalajara de Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
W: www.bugahostel.com
Why 
I came to Buga because of this hostel. I heard they had fantastic artisan beers, and they lived up to expectations. I was luck enoughto arrive on a 3000CLP for each beer night. Needless to say, I tried them all - Pumpkin, Mango, Ginger Honey, IPA, Summer Ale, Negro, Jamaican, Roja and a Brown Ale. All were delicious and great value for money! The hostel itself is part of the Holy Water Ale Cafe. A 15 bed dorm with plenty of activity space. There was something nice about being able to walk from your room and sit by the bar like a local. The food was incredibly delicious and great value. The rooftop terrace is a perfect place to relax.

The town itself is beautiful. Very relaxed and safe. With plenty of things to do in the surrounding area.  

Cali

Caelum Hostel
Av 4n No 9n-47, Cali, Colombia
P: +57 316 4780290
Why 
Caelum Hostel is hard to beat. It has everything going for it. Let's start with the location. Situated in a nice area, with a short walk to bars, plazas, restaurants, San Antonio and downtown. The building itself was previously a run-down mansion and was cleverly renovated into the perfect place for backpackers. The owner, Alvaro, is an extremely friendly Colombian. He makes you feel welcome and will invite you to participate in all daily activities. He has friends over most nights so it is a really good chance to meet locals. Generally it is for beers on the amazing outdoor rooftop terrace space, which sometimes extends to nights out at Salsa bars. The breakfast included in the price is absolutely delicious, the beds are comfy and large and the hostel is very secure. Now, heres for the best part - Caelum Hostel has a Nintendo 64! Yes, with most games, but it gets better...in our time there, we projected Mario Kart onto the adjacent building and raced to our hearts content. This truly has to be experienced in person.

Filandia

Bidea Hostel
No., Cl. 7 #257, Filandia, Quindío, Colombia
P: +57 300 4063361
W: www.bideahostal.com
Why 
Not many people know about Filandia. It is an off-the-beaten path kind of destination in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia. It is peaceful, quiant and the people are incredibly friendly. Bidea Hostel is a very relaxed hostel. Very clean and cosy. The staff are incredibly friendly. One of the most impressive things is their website and the downloadable maps.me files for all the activities that can be done in the area. It makes self-guided tours very easy. Oh, they also supply bikes to ride around town for FREE!

Montanita 

El Cielo
El Tigrillho, Montanita, Santa Elena EC241702, Ecuador
P: +593 96 889 6448
Why 
The nicest hosts EVER! Mon and Dan will make you feel at home and have you leaving as a friend. The hostel is out of the entre of town so you will also get some sleep. Go see Dan play on his guitar - an absolute star.

Cusco 

Intro Hostel
515, Cuesta de Santa Ana 561, Cusco, Peru
Why 
A nice chilled vibe, good tunes, speedy internet, good breakfast, steaming hot showers with great pressure and comfy beds. Oh and the male toilet has a nice view over Cusco!

Lima 

Lucky Lodge
Calle Tarata 256, Miraflores 15074, Peru
P: +51 9857 02474
E: reservas.tarata@luckylodges.com
W: www.luckylodges.com
Why 
A new hostel that is prefectly run. Large, clean and spacious rooms, fast wifi, great location and a very nice continental breakfast at the restaurant on the corner. The staff are exremely friendly and helpful. Oh, and by now you should know that we LOVE kitchens - Lucky Lodge has a kitchen that is stocked with everything you need plus those additional extras - a blender for smoothies and even scales for baking! 

 

 

Do

Buenos Aires 

La Bomba 
Sarmiento 3131, C1196AAG Capital Federal, Argentina
P: +54 11 4864-3200
Why 
A great night out with amazing live music. All percussions done by hand. Very impressive.

Bariloche 

Refugio Frey 
Departing location - Villa Catedral, Bariloche, Argentina
This is a self guided tour with details on how to in our article on Refugio Frey.
Why 
A great short trek (4 hour) where the rewards far outweigh the efforts. Towering rock torrents, a pristine alpine lake and incredible camp sites with stunning views. Check out our blog post on Refugio Frey if you want to know more.

Tupiza 

La Torre Tours 
(Uyuni Salt Flat Tour)
Av Regimiento Chichas 220, Tupiza, Bolivia
P: +591 2 6942633
Why 
A tour that was run flawlessly. They stop when you want to take photos. More information can be found on our blog post on Uyuni.

Torres Del Paine National Park

Self Guided Tour 
Read our blog post on Torres Del Paine to find out how.
Why 
Torres Del Paine National Park has the most incredible landscapes on offer. Our blog post shows the logistics of getting there and what you need to be able to do this without a guide in order to save more and heighten the sense of adventure - Article link here.

Colombia Immersion Spanish School 

Immersive Spanish Lessons
E: info@colombiaimmersion.com
W: www.colombiaimmersion.com
Why 
Learning Spanish will make your travels through South America so much more rewarding by allowing you to contect with locals on a different level. Colombia Immersion Spanish School provides an immersive spanish learnign environment that gets you speaking faster and practicing with locals.

Puerto Cayo 

Isla de la Plata 
We recommend shopping around to find the cheapest deal
Why 
A cheap way to see local wildlife (frigates, turtles, whales, fish and Blue-footed Boobies) if you dont have the funds or the time to go to the Galapogas. Known as the 'Poor mans Galapogas'.

Galapagos Islands 

Self Guided Tour 
Read our blog post on the Galapagos Islands to find out how
Why 
The Galapagos Islands are an incredible place to see local wildlife. There are many ways to experience the islands, but we recommend doing it the cheap way. We have three blog posts on each of the main islands - IslabelaSanta Cruz, & San Cristobal with what to do as well as a logistics blog post to help you plan your journey as well as your budget/expenses.

Cusco 

Cusco

Ausangate Trek 
We recommend shopping around to find the cheapest deal
Why 
Some of the best scenery in Peru. Read our blog article on ausangate for more information

Machu Picchu 
We recommend shopping around to find the cheapest deal
Why 
It is a duty if you visit Peru.

 

 

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