- Reviews: 1425
Rancho Grande: Rancho Grande
I felt the hostel was expensive for what it really was! I had to question the security of the dorm sharing arrangements where there were no lockers available and the rooms were left unlocked. I was interrupted during the night by travellers who just arrived after a long day on the Ruta 40. One of the days, my stuff were moved to another bed because someone wanted to sleep in my lower bunk bed instead of taking what was free in the room. The kitchen facilities were inadequate for the amount of travellers that stay in the hostel. It was a very sterile and impersonal environment and I, personally, don't recommend this hostel! If you have to stay in this hostel, I think it would be good idea to reserve a private ensuite room where security is considerably better as you're given a key. The internet is expensive and breakfast isn't included.
However, on a positive note, the hostel is a great meeting point for hikers to get together after a day's hiking and the hostel's restaurant offer a nice range of meals, local and international. The hostel also serves as an agent and bus station for Chalten Travel for travellers doing the Ruta 40 or getting a transfer for El Calafate.
Despite the negatives, the hostel staff were pleasant and helpful although I found the Chalten Travel bus transfer courier (from El Calafate to El Chalten leg of my journey) ignorant!
Easy access to the amazing walking trails in the Los Glaciares National Park.
- Reviews: 153
La Leona Roadhouse: In the footsteps of Butch and Sundance
Situated in the province of Santa Cruz just off a long and dusty Patagonian track lies the La Leona Roadhouse, a welcome break en route to El Calafate (if you're travelling South) or El Chalten (if you're travelling North). If you're just there for a rest stop between one of these destinations take time to look at the photos on the walls, they reveal an interesting history. It was here in 1905 that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid stayed for a month after robbing the bank at Rio Gallegos.
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