Campgrounds on the trail do not exist as such. But it seems that the former trekkers have clearly signed the best spots to pitch a tent. We always found stone circles which marked the possible fireplaces.
On our tour, we have camped on 5 spots: in the middle of the path of Estero La Lima, at in the forest close to Laguna Penon, in the middle of the forest after Paso Penon, at Laguna Cerro Castillo and in the middle of the forest at the side creek of Estero Parada.
Respect the usual camping rules - minimum 50 - 100 m away from flowing water, "toilet" even farther, make sure, you don't start forest fires, so better use a stove than open fire. If you leave - leave nothing but footprints - all trash must leave with you.
The hostal is a wonderful cozy place to relax for backpackers, just some 2 km outside of Coyhaique; has 8 rooms with 2-4 beds plus 2 rooms with 1 bed (for couple). Also, 1 cabin, fully equipped, 6 beds, is available.
There is storage room for backpackers, kitchen, quite big bathroom and shower area.
Highly recommended for backpackers who go this region.
Price (according to website):
10 USD p.p. including breakfast !!
That's cheaper than others in the area without breakfast.
The Hostal is located in a huge fir forest, the owners have built it on their own, log wood (block house). Thus situated very quiet.
If you view the pictures in the Galleria (website), then you can see some fine details of the living area, as well as the bedrooms.
There is a big information "section" in the living area - pinboard, where travellers can leave notes on all and anything, tips for other lodgings in Chile & Argentina, etc.
The owner offers tours in the region - 4 wheel drive, horsebackriding, white water rafting, fly fishing, etc.
Have added some pictures from their website.
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