The home of Tango, steak and delicious red wine, Argentina is one of South America’s most fascinating countries to visit. With a dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountains and the desolate plains of Patagonia, Argentina’s cities are packed with colonial culture, and really liven up once night falls.|
The country’s current economic climate makes Argentina ideal for budget travelers, but to really make your money go further, stay in one of the hundreds of Argentina hostels on offer. Ranging from backpacker dorms and youth hostels to more upmarket private rooms, here are some of the best across the country.
Sabatico Travelers Hostel
This hostel in Buenos Aires is located in the traditional neighbourhood of San Telmo, in an elegant old guesthouse that has been thoroughly modernised. The hostel has a cool, laid back vibe - there’s a Rooftop Area with a BBQ for chilling out, bar and hammocks dotted around the hostel, and guitars and instruments for impromptu ‘jam sessions’. There’s a delicious free breakfast and kitchen for preparing meals, and discounts and free tickets to some of the city’s best clubs. You can even pay extra for Spanish and Tango lessons, for a real taste of ‘porteno’ life.
Le Grand Hostel
In the heart of Argentina, Cordoba is a beautiful city packed with colonial architecture, and has a lively student population. Le Grand Hostel is the biggest hostel in the city, in the main student area of bars and nightclubs. There are plenty of places to meet other travelers, with a living room with a flat screen TV, a library, outdoor patio with a BBQ and a roof terrace for sunbathing. The rooms range from double to six-person dorms, and despite the grand exterior, the interior boasts funky decor.
The city of Mendoza is surrounded by Argentina’s wine country and Aconcagua – the highest mountain in the Americas. With the opportunity to hike, horse-ride or go white-water rafting nearby, Mendoza is ideal for activity travel. Hostel Lao is a friendly and laid-back hostel in the city center, and the perfect place to chill out after experiencing the great outdoors. The communal garden has tropical trees, a pool, hammock, sun beds and a BBQ, and in the winter you can warm up with free wine in the hostel lounge.
Los Troncos Iguazú Hotel
If you want to be bowled over by the Iguazu Falls, then stay in a hostel in Puerto Iguazu. The Los Troncos is a comfortable and eco-friendly lodge, a cluster of private huts by the Misiones Forest. The rooms have balconies with views of the surrounding forest, and are air-conditioned with cable TV and a private bathrooms. There’s a pool for cooling off in the day, and an outdoor terrace where drinks and snacks are served in the evening.
America Del Sur Hostel
One of the natural wonders of the world, the Perito Moreno Glacier is easily accessible from a hostel in El Calafate. Aside from trips to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, the town of El Calafate is home to some cosy bars and restaurants, and is close to some great hiking in El Chalten, and mountain climbing at the Fitz Roy Massif. The America Del Sur hostel is only 7 minutes from the town center, and boasts panoramic views of the mountains and lake. Each room is comfortable and cosy, with lockers, a private bathroom and under-floor heating.