Best Places for Backpackers in Chile.

Enjoy backpacking around Chile without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Chile.

Top 50 hostels in Chile.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Chile.

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Kom Hostal Pichilemu

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Kom Hostal Pichilemu

Like at home, hospitality and comfort is what Kom Hostal provides. From a warm welcome to warm beds. The best buffet breakfast you could try in Pichilemu; freshly baked bread, natural fruit juice, cereals and vegan pastry and jam made by the owner. Ecofriendly & Petfriendly Hostel. Located in the...
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Pichilemu Hostel Surfers View

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Pichilemu Hostel Surfers View

Welcome to Pichilemu Hostel Surfers View perfectly located right in front of the beach in Infiernillo, Pichilemu. Offering a big sun terrace with ocean view, Pichilemu Hostel has the perfect location to explore the surroundings only minutes away from the bus station, minimarkets, restaurants and sur...
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Hostal Lanita

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Hostal Lanita

Lanita Hostal is located in Dalcahue Chiloé Province, X Region of Chile, 19 kms. Castro City and 152 kilometers from Puerto Montt, capital of the region, on the banks of the canal Dalcahue Quinchao off the island. Dalcahue, historical site of trade for rural communities, nearby islands and the banks...
Hostal Lanita is a guesthouse in Chiloe. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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La Nona B&B

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La Nona B&B

More than a trip, it is a cultural experience... LA NONA B&B, is a comfortable mid-range guesthouse, especially thought for international backpackers for more than 6 years, Our home is recommended in most guide books, including the Lonely Planet and the South American Handbook and Foot Print guid...
La Nona B&B is a guesthouse in Valparaiso. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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El Gallo con Tacos

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El Gallo con Tacos

First thing to know about us is that we are avid travellers as well, putting much of that experience into creating a new and different B&B. Large and beautiful rooms, including 3 double rooms, operating from a 1941 Chilean house, totally renovated in 2008. Each room has been carefully design and...
El Gallo con Tacos is a guesthouse in Santiago. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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La Casa del Kori Hostal

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La Casa del Kori Hostal

Family style house located very close to stores, restaurants and important places like Catholic church and hospital. It is a simple place but very functional attended by the owners. Comfort, good vibes and a personalized attention is our commitment. Private and shared rooms, shared kitchen a dinning...
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Balcones de Pisco Elqui

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Balcones de Pisco Elqui

Pisco Elqui is a magic village belonging to the municipality of Paihuano. It is 105 km east of the city of La Serena, and can be reached by car or bus on Route D-41. The journey time is about an hour and a half. We have a profound love and respect for the simplicity offered by nature in these sur...
Balcones de Pisco Elqui is a hotel in Elqui Valley. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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La Galería

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La Galería

La Galería is a B&B in an old colonial house ( casona ),with a large patio and a beautiful view of the hills of the city, ideal to take a sunbath and enjoy the generous breakfast with his natural juice. The house has two floors and spacious rooms all with free WIFI and TV. The perfect place to get...
La Galería is a guesthouse in Valparaiso. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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De Blasis B&B

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De Blasis B&B

De Blasis B&B is located right in the middle of the neighborhood of Providencia. Characterized by its high movement, proximity to many attractions and excellent transport connections, the street where we are has been designated typical area just 1 block from Providencia ave. which makes it a pea...
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13 Lunas Hostel

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13 Lunas Hostel

At the door of a magical island that will make you experience nature, traditions and unique mythology roothed in the depths of this southern land, is 13 Lunas Hostel, located in a traditional chilota house built in 1947 and blending the rustic and modern. A warm place where you always find a smil...
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Phuqata Surfcamp

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Phuqata Surfcamp

Phuqata Surfcamp is a multi-cultural hostel, in the middle of a beautiful mix of landscapes: the Lluta Wetland, Las Machas Beach Break and Atacama Desert. A magic place and a huge swimming pool (OUT OR SERVICE FOR SWIMMING, BUT WORKING FOR DANCING!) perfect to relax any exhausted traveller. However,...
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Hostel y Cabañas Augusto Grosse

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Hostel y Cabañas Augusto Grosse

Hostel y Cabañas Augusto Grosse is located in a small town in the Chilean Patagonia, between the sea and mountains with forests. The Hostel, built using local wood and rustic furniture made ​​by the owner, has a warm, welcoming and peaceful setting. You will be welcomed by the owners, who will be...
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Providencia Bed and Breakfast

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Providencia Bed and Breakfast

In order to begin the day we offer a nutritious and flavourful breakfast that is chosen by each guest depending on their taste. Natural juice , milk, yogurt, home made jams, delicious breads, avocado cheese and ham We are a family enterprise devoted to five the best to our hosts, so that they can...
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Casa Suiza

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Casa Suiza

Casa Suiza is a calm Oasis in the center of Santa Cruz Chile. It's the perfect getaway to visit the nearby wineries or to just stay and relax (with a glass of wine). We speak French, German, English and Spanish and will help you to make your stay in Santa Cruz unforgettable. We are located in San...
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Hostal Mundo Nuevo

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Hostal Mundo Nuevo

Our hostel is a uniquely wood construction that uses a solar power for our hot water and has a large glass terrace outside, we have 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!...
Hostal Mundo Nuevo is a hostel in Chiloe. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Vaianny Guest House

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Vaianny Guest House

Vaianny is a very comfortable guesthouse where you will find a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. See you at Guest House Vaianny, your starting point to explore this beautiful island. Vaianny guest house offers its guests Single, Double, Triple and Quadruple rooms. Our place is a guesthouse with a ve...
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The Sirena Insolente Hostel

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The Sirena Insolente Hostel

Hi, welcome to The Sirena Insolente Hostel, a surf house @ Punta de Lobos surf spot. Walking distance to the beach and paddle in wave entrance. A fully ecological and recycle project, made 90% with containers refurnished in local wood and sheep wool for a better insulation and experience. If you d...
The Sirena Insolente Hostel is a hostel in Pichilemu. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Feel Iquique Hostel

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Feel Iquique Hostel

So, you´re looking for a Hostel, right? Let me guess! You want somewhere with really good internet? Somewhere that is clean and comfortable? You want a hostel that has consistent and hot water at any time of day? Oh yeah, and somewhere close to the beach! But above all you want somewhere cheap!...
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Hostal Emalafquen

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Hostal Emalafquen

Hostal Emalafquen is located in the city center, very close to the bus station We have rooms with private bathroom and shared bathroom. There is a guest kitchen and free internet access. We have also free parking available and we offer tourist information services. With good weather you can en...
Hostal Emalafquen is a guesthouse in Pucon. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostel Last Hope

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Hostel Last Hope

Hostel Last Hope offer 24 hours reception, Free Internet Access, Free City Maps, and cable TV. We also have Board Games and outdoor terrace. The breakfast is included. Hostel Last Hope is located only two block from the center of the city. Is near to mini markets, retn stores, pubs, restaurants a...
Hostel Last Hope is a hostel in Puerto Natales. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal Desert

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Hostal Desert

Providing a tranquil environment, the rooms in Hostal Desert feature private bathrooms. We have rooms doubles y twins. Packed breakfast to take, if you go out very early.Equipped kitchen at your disposal.All our rooms have private bath,Terrace. WiFi is available in all areas and is free of ch...
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Bed&Breakfast Blumenhaus

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Bed&Breakfast Blumenhaus

At Bed&Breakfast Blumen Haus you will find a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a shared lounge and a tour desk. The house is American style of the 60s , with floor to different native woods and many details in stone, with different very nice a...
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Hostal Coloane

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Hostal Coloane

The Coloane Hostal is a small guesthouse located in the center of Puerto Natales, which strives to provide its guests with a warm and comfortable stay travelling to or returning from Torres del Paine, or perhaps, to chart a new route Services Rest, peace and literature. See the services we ma...
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Margouya Patagonia

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Margouya Patagonia

Margouya Patagonia is located in an old colonial house of Puerto Varas, built by a German settler about 85 years ago. Gigantic, high ceilings, all wooden, and heated by a fireplace, Margouya Patagonia, takes you back to the colonial past of southern Chile as soon as you step inside. However, we're n...
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Puma House

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Puma House

We are a hostel in Puerto Natales city near Torres del Paine National Park, we are located in the center of the city, most of the hostel is made of recycled material, where pallets are our raw material. The Hostel is composed of: Hector and Juan, who have a vast and large experience in the hospitali...
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Galvarino Bed

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Galvarino Bed

Our B&B is located in Playa Ancha hill a few minutes to the Torpederas beach, which has overlooks with a beautiful view to the sea; Galvarino bed is near to the famous overlook Paseo 21 de Mayo, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view to valparaisos bay with its port and other hills. The princip...
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Hostal Campo Base

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Hostal Campo Base

Hostal Campo Base will give you all the information, advice and recommendations you need to organize your time and excursions, and have a great time in San Pedro. Relaxing in a terrace, watching a movie in the living room or cooking in our well equipped kitchen, you will find Campo Base is the perf...
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Hostal Wohlenberg

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Hostal Wohlenberg

Property Wohlenberg offers a pleasing familiar atmosphere to you,clean and inexpensive,shared or private bathrooms,fully equiped kitchen,dining rooms,hot water all the day,heating in winter,internet free,tourist information,attention the 24 hours,open door at night . Advise about arrival time. P...
Hostal Wohlenberg is a guesthouse in Pucon. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal Michel

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Hostal Michel

¡¡¡ THE MAGIC OF THE VALLEY BEGINS IN HOSTAL MICHEL!!! Hostal Michel offers a family and cosy atmosphere . The property offers laundry facilities, parking, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities. Hostal Michel is located in the heart of Vicuna city, to 300 meters from the most important observatories in...
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Little Castle

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Little Castle

Little Castle is a perfect place to rest. If You like to cook, drink wine, walk by the beach, read a book from our library, sleep a lot or just enjoy the city. Little Castle will be your perfect home 5 Block from the beach. 5 minutes in bus from Valparaiso. The house was built in 1918 and is loca...
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YaganHouse

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YaganHouse

'Hello and welcome to the world's end. We are happy to help you on this unforgettable adventure'. Yaganhouse is considered as the best property in the city and yet to be a great founder of sustainable tourism in the zone. It has a cozy environment, attractive, unique and safe for all kind of travel...
YaganHouse is a guesthouse in Puerto Natales. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Airesbuenos Hostel & Permaculture

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Airesbuenos Hostel & Permaculture

Airesbuenos Hostel is located in the centre of Valdivia just three blocks from the bus station and minutes away from the city's major attractions. The hostel relocated from the General Lagos location three years ago. Older guide books list the old address so please make sure you come to the right...
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Chili Kiwi Lakefront

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Chili Kiwi Lakefront

*** Voted #1 Hostel in Latin America in the 2018 & 2017 Hoscars *** We are an owner operated and run hostel for backpackers by backpackers. We are offering a fun, social and informative hostel with travellers´ specific needs in mind. Come and join us for good times and adventures! NEW: Check...
Chili Kiwi Lakefront is a hostel in Pucon. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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El Patagonico

Hostel El Patagonico offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere from which you can prepare or recover from regional trekking excursions. This is a family-run hostel, therefore, we want you to feel at home here. In addition to a great night stay, we also offer the following outstanding services: Free...
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Tambo Norte

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Tambo Norte

Tambo Norte is a wonderful hostel located in San Pedro de Atacama. A perfect place to share and rest. Clean, quite and safe. The atmosphere at the hostel is friendly and relaxed. Our features include BBQ place and terrace. This is the perfect spot to meet travellers, see stars and relax. Hot water...
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The Singing Lamb Backpackers

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The Singing Lamb Backpackers

Come to live the experience The Singing Lamb Hostel in Puerto Natales. The Singing Lamb Hostel is a very complete and comfortable place to stay before and after your touristic activities. We offer free WI-FI, bar, spacious leisure areas , rent of lockers, laundry and a store with local handicraft...
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Hostal Rio Libre Pucon

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Hostal Rio Libre Pucon

Hostal Río Libre was built in the year of 2016 by its owner Pablo Varela Celume, a proyect of a Chilean-Palestin family. The name Río Libre was elected in a form of protest for the hydroelectric threats around the area. At our hostel you can feel like home! You’ll have a nice bed and dorm/room th...
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Ventana Sur Hostal

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Ventana Sur Hostal

¡ Welcome to Ventana Sur Hostal! Home away from home... We love it when travelers describe Ventana Sur that way as it is exactly what we try to be: a place for travelers who want to share with others in a decent but yet fun atmosphere, sometimes just chilling on the terrace or by the pool, some...
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Hospedaje Vista al Mar

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Hospedaje Vista al Mar

Hospedaje Vista al Mar is located a few blocks from the bus station It is a family house that serves national and international tourists. The accommodation is served by Owner, Ms. Eliana Oyarzo, which is offering everything a tourist needs to spend a good stay in the city of Puerto Montt. O...
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Hostal Ayni

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Hostal Ayni

Hostal Ayni is a hostel in which every detail has been made with love, so that our guests feel comfortable and have an unforgettable experience in a quiet and familiar environment. In our hostel you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Andes, in a comfortable terrace and share with other guests. We...
Hostal Ayni is a hostel in San Pedro de Atacama. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Poker Hostel

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Poker Hostel

Our place looks more like bed and breakfast, its a quiet place, save and prime location is one of the most favorable points. Near metro stations, close to the historic center of the capital , in a safe neighborhood and has earned the title of historical heritage. The hostel is managed by its owne...
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Casa Chilhue

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Casa Chilhue

Casa Chilhue is a place were you can feel embraced for the people from the south, feel the warmth and the comfort of a Chilote House, and the advantage of being located in the centre of everything when you visit Chiloe. Casa Chilhue is a family house, were our spirit is to welcome our guests, delive...
Casa Chilhue is a guesthouse in Castro. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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H Rado Hostel

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H Rado Hostel

Our boutique hostel was fully renovated in December 2011 to provide better design, spaces and infrastructure to satisfy the expectations of travellers looking for more. Were in the heart of Barrio Bellavista, just steps from some of the best restaurants, cultural centres and nightclubs in the co...
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Mamatierra Hostel

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Mamatierra Hostel

We have rooms with shared and private bathrooms, as well as shared dormitory. All rooms are cleaned every day. There is a nice and sunny outdoor area to relax, chill out, and socialize with other travellers. Free breakfast is included (it is pretty good) Available for guests: Barbecue facili...
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Hospedaje Magallanes

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Hospedaje Magallanes

Hospedaje Magallanes is a small bed and breakfast in the heart of Punta Arenas run by its own owners, a German-Chilean family. We have 5 quiet double rooms and 1 six-person mixed dorm with comfy beds, making for a good night's sleep. Our 16 guest maximum share 4 guest bathrooms, with one of them...
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Hostal Forestal

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Hostal Forestal

Hostal Forestal is a classic in Santiago de Chile. A unique Hostel with the best location, near the most important places to take your trip to the fullest alternative points. 'We want you discover Santiago de Chile, that you can really make your trip a journey. May you take a map and go through eve...
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Penuelas Beach Hostel

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Penuelas Beach Hostel

If you are looking for a real place to rest and enjoy after a long trip with beautiful sunsets, out of the noise and crowd of downtown, this Hostel is the perfect place to rest and enjoy the two cities of La Serena and Coquimbo, cause we are in the middle of both. Come to see the best sunsets, enjo...
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Backpacker`s Hostel Iquique

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Backpacker`s Hostel Iquique

Welcome to Backpacker's Hostel Iquique, the coolest youth hostel in Iquique, where we combine excellent attention and service with the most accesible rates. With the perfect location (almost in front of the best local beach!), great coffee shop (with real coffee!!!), comfy beds, spacious and deco...
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Hospedaje Corina

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Hospedaje Corina

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Hospedaje Corina is a guesthouse in Puerto Montt. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal Elim

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Hostal Elim

Hostal Elim was built refurbishing a house over 100 years old, using materials typical of the area, as adove, mud, straw, beams chañar and carob also in its ornamentation shows ceramics, jugs, fruit and utensils used by our ancestors. Other services offered are parking, laundry service, Internet acc...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Chile.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Chile.

If you're already planning to visit Chile - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO EAT

But if you want to taste some typical Yucatan gastronomy you can go all the way back to the beginning of the malecon, next to the grand Pier, you’ll find this big restaurant called Eladio’s and there you can find amazing dishes like Cochinita Pibil, Papadzules, Relleno Negro, Queso Relleno, Chile Relleno, Brazo de Reina, and more.. the most exciting thing about this restaurant is the fact that you only have to order a beer or a drink and they’ll give all of this foods FOR FREE!! little portions of course, and then you can ask for the main dish (or you can just keep ordering drinks and the food will keep coming free.. It’s true I swear!)

Mexican Around The World

HOW TO GET TO SANTIAGO FROM THE AIRPORT

If you just arrived at the airport Arturo Merino Benitez, you might want to get to the city as soon as possible, and the airport is kind of …far. You’ll see different transport possibilities, the easiest way will be taking the transfer or if you want to try …a taxi. WATCH OUT, taxi drivers might notice at a first glance that you are not Chilean, and probably charge you a little bit more… yeap sadly that happens all over the world. All right, if you are not interested in privates and super comfy transports, you want to spend your money better in food and adventures are your thing, it’d be better to take the public buses. There are 2 companies that go from and to the city, one is called TurBus and the other one Centropuerto, and they will be outside the main entrance of the first floor of the airport. It won’t cost you more than 4USD, they are actually pretty good and you can choose where to stop. I’ll recommend any Metro Station you can recognize.

Paulette Saavedra

The Best European Restaurants In Viña Del Mar, Chile

Wulff Castle in Vina del Mar, Chile

John Monahan

Valparaíso de mi amor

Valparaíso, a bohemian port city on the chilean coast, has drawn the attention of many artists and musicians. “Valparaíso de mi amor” is called a famous song about the city by Lucho Barrios and it’s a kind of confession of love to Valparaíso. “Puerto loco” it was called by the famous chilean poet and Literature Nobel Prize Winner Pablo Neruda. But what is so special about Valparaíso that is was declared a UNECSO World Heritage site? What makes it so unique that it attracts thousands of visitants and artists? Let’s explore it together.

Sophia

Do's and don'ts when traveling to Santiago de Chile

Chileans love foreigners, tourists usually think that we’re nice and gentle, I know it because I’m a tour guide since 2016, they’ve told me. But we’re not always so nice, especially in our capital. Santiago is a beautiful city, full of nature, activities, and life, but it’s also full of people, some of them great, some of them not so great. In Santiago, you’ll also be able to visit amazing places, but you have to pay attention to some do’s and don’ts before packing your bags and coming here.

Francisca Q. G.

Araucanía region: Pucón

Pucón is a small town located in the Araucanía region in the South of Chile. It is a beautiful and charming village with wooden style houses and the view of the volcano on one side and the lake Villarrica on the other side of the town. So in summer you can melt away in the sun lying on the black beach, getting tanned and if you look behind you, you will see the volcano covered with snow. A unique, magic and unforgettable experience!

Kristin Kersten

5 Things To Do In Valparaiso

Valparaiso is a city on the coast of Chile, about a 2-3 hour bus ride west of Santiago. It is known as a haven for artists and inspiration to all. When immigrants started moving to the city in the 19th century they began building their homes from what was left on the shores of the port city – metal siding and buckets of paint discarded by ships after they used these materials as ballast. These poor immigrants began making their houses out of these scavenged items and this method of construction is what started the colourful patchwork design you see splashed on the hills of the city. Now, much of the metropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site with strict rules on keeping the original charms of Valparaiso, pronounced: Val-para-ee-so by the way. This was my favourite city during my 7-month trip around the South American continent, and here is what you need to do to get the most out of your time in Valp:

Torey Kesteven

Santiago de Chile - more than just a transfer hub

So, you’ve decided to go to South America, and with the Atacama desert in the North, and Patagonia in the South, how could you possibly bypass that long skinny, chilli-shaped country, Chile. Chances are you’ll be arriving in Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport anyway, one of South America’s busiest airports, but if all you see it as is a transport hub, you will miss out on experiencing one of South America’s greatest cities. If you take the time to really explore it, you’ll find it has more to offer than just hustle, bustle and clouds of smog.

Jessie Lee

General facts about the island

Easter Island, Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua belongs to Chile and is located in the southeast Pacific Ocean. Easter Island marks the southeastern end of the Polynesian Triangle together with Hawaii in the north and New Zealand in the southwest. The size of the island is 163, 6 square kilometers and the total population is 6148 (2014). The capital is called Hanga Roa, and it is also the only township. The whole population lives in, or close to the capital as the rest of the island is a national park with no permanent residence. Facts.

Stine Brekke

Santiago, Chile: The city from Southamerica between the mountains

The first post that I wanna write is about my beautiful city in the longest country of the world: Santiago, Chile.

Daniela Ovalle

Buying a plane ticket

The only way to get to Easter Island from mainland Chile is to catch a 3 to 4 hours long flight from the capital Santiago. Latam Airlines are the only company running the flights and the prices for a round trip are from 400 USD onward. Usual recommendations are to buy a plane ticket as soon as possible because the early buy should get you a lower price. In the case of long traveling, it is very hard to plan ahead so buying tickets few months before seems impossible. When I tried to book my ticket one month before departure, there seem to be no flights available on the Latam Airlines web page. I contacted them by email and they responded with the price 1.700 USD. Then I tried my luck one more time in person at their office in Punta Arenas. I got the return ticket just 3 weeks before the flight for 460 USD, which is one of the lowest prices you can get!

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Best Time to visit

The Atacama Desert is located in north of Chile and is known as “the driest non-polar place on the planet”. In February there can be a little rain because is the “Altiplanic winter”, but the best thing about it is that you can see rainbows everywhere and it’s beautiful. The best time to visit San Pedro de Atacama for me was between March and May, there’s nice weather and it’s not too crowded like December, January or February.

Alfonso Gonzalez

Valparaiso Vagabonds

I had travelled to Chile before and was quite familiar with the sociocultural context. However, I had never lived in Chile, and this was by far my biggest fear. Coming from a comfortable, developed country, where we have access to anything we wish to pursue, I was worried that moving to a developing country would come as a culture shock. I moved to Valparaiso for a year for study purposes. We were able to choose where we wanted to accommodate, and having family here in Chile, I opted for the cheapest option, as I knew I wouldn’t have to pay rent. However, the cheapest option meant experiencing the real life here in Valparaiso, living in one of the Cerros of Valparaiso, Cerro Los Placeres. The demographics are quite simple to understand. The further up in the hills you live, the sketchier the environment is, and well, Cerro Los Placeres is basically as high as you can get. But, it was the best decision I could have made. I came across many exchange students in my first semester of University here, and they all lived in the centre of Viña, smack bang where all the action happens, right next to the mall and all the funky cafes, and about a 5 minute walk from the University. I lived a 20-minute bus ride away. These students couldn’t even imagine what real life Valparaiso was like, as they seemed to lock themselves in this little Viña bubble. People always seem to make the comparison between Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Valpo is the Bohemian, artsy, hippy capital of Chile. Viña is one of the touristic capitals, where everyone comes to spend summer, and the plazas are filled with well-groomed trees and pretty lights. Valpo is raw, real. Viña is gorgeous, awing. Nonetheless, you cannot come to Chile and not stop over both beautiful cities. They’re about a 5-minute bus ride away from each other yet the differences are many. I was lucky to be able to experience the best of both worlds. My host University was located in Viña del Mar, constructed on a hill to itself, overlooking the whole city. And on the weekends, I journeyed through the colourful, graffiti streets of Valparaiso.

Gaby Sanchez

9 Awesome things to do in Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile, view from the San Cristóbal hill. Photo: Andrea Miliani

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5 Incredible Oceanview Restaurants Along Chile

Crashing waves. Volcanic sand beaches. A frosty pisco sour. Welcome to the Pacific coast of Chile! With most of the country along the coast, a road trip along western edge of Chile has dozens of opportunities to pull over and enjoy a sweeping ocean view, or stop for a few hours and explore a small town. Here are my favorite 5 stops for a lunch or dinner with a view–ocean spray optional! Valparaiso–Casa de Cuatro Vientos You won’t forget your first trip to the rolling, raucous, vividly-colored Valparaiso, affectionately known as Valpo. In fact, I first visited the city on a day trip from Santiago three years ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I fell in love with this eclectic city from the top of one of the city’s many hills, or cerros, accessible via small funiculars, or acensors–a must for any visit to Valpo. Hopping on the Acensor Artillería, one of 16 funiculars, a short ride ($300 CLP/person) takes you to the top of the hill and the Paseo de 21 de Mayo, a small plaza with a sweeping view of the colorful hills full of seemingly precariously-stacked houses next to the water.  Turning left as you leave the acensor, head down the stairs towards the bright blue house perched above the acensor railways. Stop in at the Casa de Cuatro Vientos for a breathtaking view of the city as you enjoy a refreshing maracuya (passionfruit) mojito and a tapas-style menu. There’s plenty to watch as you munch, from the cranes lifting shipping containers onto cargo ships, the ever-moving acensor, and ships arriving to the port. And the interior of the restaurant is just as interesting–the weather Victorian exterior reveals a carefully-restored interior of exposed wooden beams and stained glass windows.   Hanga Roa–Pea Restobar Okay, so this one is a bit farther than a day trip from Santiago. In fact, just getting to Ranga Roa requires a five-hour plane flight from Santiago–this small town is nestled on Rapa Nui, known in English as Easter Island and in Spanish as Isla de Pascua. Taking a cab, bus or rental car into town, you can’t miss Pea Restobar in the center of town, opposite from the small boat harbor and line of scuba diving shops. Perched over the harbor, you can enjoy a 360-view of the vast Pacific Ocean and reflect on arriving in one of the most remote inhabited island in the world, 2,182 miles away from the mainland. But the highlight of this restaurant isn’t even the ocean view! Sit on the outdoor deck so you can spend your meal keeping one eye on the water–sea turtles are known to frequent the harbor, cruising the waves for a meal and delighting snorkelers. While we enjoyed a couple of beers and a light dinner, we spotted four sea turtles, one the size of a boogieboard–the largest I’d ever seen! At one point, a woman carrying a large armful of bright green seaweed waded out into the waves….and began hand feeding the turtles! If you’re not a snorkeler or a diver, this is your opportunity to see sea turtles in the wild! Isla Negra–El Rincon de La Poeta Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s works have been celebrated around the world and translated into hundreds of languages–but his winding career path and unique perspective on life are the most intriguing aspects of this famous Chilean. Get a glimpse into the man–and the women–behind the exquisite love poetry, by visiting his lovingly-restored homes in Santiago, Valparaiso and Isla Negra. Led through La Chascona in Santiago years ago, I became entranced with the creative motivations for each aspect of the house. Neruda was in love with the sea, but afraid to swim, so he made his homes into ships: running water canals around the house, using old wood from ships in the floor to mimic the creaking of wooden frigates, and decorating his offices as captain’s studies full of maps and nautical prints. Actually located on the coast, Isla Negra was his favorite home–and undoubtedly the most impressive. Set above jagged rocks covered in sinuous seaweed tossed by crashing waves, the grounds of the home set the stage for an incredible, marine-inspired interior. After your tour of the home, treat yourself to a glass of Chilean Carmenere wine, a likely subject of Neruda’s Ode to Wine. Carmenere was thought to have been obliterated from France due to disease in the 1800s, only to be rediscovered in Chile decades later–and thank goodness, because it’s muy rico (very delicious)! Las Cruces–Puesta de Sol If you’re looking for a quiet oceanside retreat with a small town and accessible beach, Las Cruces is your spot. We spent a few days there over the holidays and enjoyed walking through the rolling streets and exploring neighboring towns, heading to the three restaurants along the water in the evenings. All seem to have similar seafood-based menus, so we chose based on location—ending up at Puesta del Sol, set on the rocks closest to the water. Outdoor tables let you take in the expansive sunset, as well as watch kids try their luck at surfing. Enjoy a crisp pisco sour (grape brandy), and a plate of machas parmesanas, local clams baked in parmesan cheese that you can top with a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of aji pebre, a savory pepper sauce. Pichilemu–Kupal As with Las Cruces, for surf town Pichilemu, menus tend to run along the same lines of Chilean seafood and meat staples, so choose your evening spot based on location! Along Costanera sits three restaurants side-by-side along the coast–we chose Kupal, the first of the three. Guaranteed an ocean-view, you’ll find you’re even closer when you walk out to the patio and your feet hit sand. Find a table on the deck and settle in for a perfect sunset with a refreshing bottle of white wine. In fact, just leave behind your shoes like we did and take your wine glass out to the closest dune for a sandy, tranquil sunset. There’s no better way to end a day than watching the sunset with good food and good company. These spots will add a spark to your road trip along Chile’s coast–and hope you find your own hidden hideouts along the water! Happy travels!

Samantha Squishnak

Cerro La Campana- Chile

Cerro La Campana- Chile Let’s start with some facts: Cerro Campana lies in the Campana National Parc. It is the center of Chile in the 5th region near Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, so a day trip from either one of those cities is possible. From the top of the 1880 m high mountain you can see the Pacific Ocean one side and the Andes with mountain Aconcagua on the other side, as Charles Darwin himself once observed. To see this spectacular view, many people climb up the steep 7 km long Sendero el Andinista. This is the most famous hiking trail in that region, as it is the one that leads to the top, but it is also the most difficult.

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Santiago: Clubbing in Yoga Pants

My first morning in Chile I woke up hung-over, smelly, and with coins stuck all over my body. I had been in Santiago for approximately 17 hours, and was already falling for the complexity of this city.

N.H. Chavez

5 Awesome things to do in Santiago de Chile

Are you travelling in Southamerica, have a stop in Santiago de Chile and don’t know what to do? Don´t worry here I give you five easy, cheap, subway distance and local tips to make your pass through this city one you’ll never forget:

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Santiago: what to do on a budget

Here I’ve put together some dos and don’ts for Santiago de Chile from my perspective as a young backpacker. Where to go and what to do, also some tips and tricks for Chile in general, especially if you are on a budget.

Andrea Coll

Santiago de Chile: The Basics

To understand Santiago de Chile as a touristic place, we have to see it under the light of day and night, from heights and from the ground, in the simplicity of a coffee in a quiet neighbourhood and in the frenzy of the city life. After all, is the capital city. It has to be something for everyone right? So, honouring the diversity of a city that was built over and over again by different cultures, we have summarized 4 inexcusable destinations to know in one day (or less) for your visit to Santiago. Let’s start:

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