Other than camping, there are few options for cheap accommodation in Parque Alerces. We didn't reserve anywhere in advance and had a bit of a shock when we arrived at the two cheapest places mentioned in our guidebook, and found that one was closed as it was low-season and the other only offered cabanas at 300 pesos per night. Not for the first time did depending on our guidebook prove to be a bad idea!
We continued along Ruta 71 and eventually came to Hosteria Quime Quipan, which was open, though way beyond our budget. However, it was by now 8pm and we were running out of options so we managed to negotiate a room, with dinner and breakfast included for 250 pesos, down from 300. Ruth is an expert at these negotiations! This was about 3 or 4 times more than what we´ve become accustomed to paying in Argentina, but it was only for one night and when you convert it to Euros it's not so bad!
In fairness, our room was lovely and we had a perfect view of Lago Futalaufquen, and the beautiful Cerro Dedal overlooking it. Before dinner we walked down through the gardens to the lake, and if there is a better located hotel in the park, well, I'd love to see it.
Dinner was also excellent: we had a four course meal with wine, after which I swore (not for the first time in Argentina) to give up meat for a while! The owners were very friendly, and our only regret was we hadn't arrived earlier in the day. I think it was a little overpriced but it's a seller's market in Alerces National Park, where accommodation is limited.
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