Traveling is an adventure, all the more so when you switch out conventional sleeping arrangements for something a little more interesting, and Argentina offers a slew of creative ways for travelers to spending the night. Instead of a hotel, try sleeping in one of these unconventional places.
In a yurt
Yurts are circular tents developed by Mongolian and Siberian nomads to survive harsh winters and are now used by adventurers worldwide. The Bacab Nomad art/movement community in the town of El Bolson, Patagonia, rents out yurts (as well as teepees and domes) for summer stays at Chacra Ahualoa in the nearby mountain community of Mallin Ahogado.
Yurts by Bacab Nomad
Courtesy of Bacab Nomad
On a boat
Why not rent out a whole boat and float around Argentina? Approximately an hour outside of Buenos Aires in the suburb of San Isidro, the Crucero Clásico de Madera offers a comfortable at-sea stay for up to six people.
Earthship's teepee | Courtesy of Earthship Patagonia
In a teepee
Earthship’s teepee | Courtesy of Earthship Patagonia
Looking for a vegan-friendly base for hiking adventures, plus a teepee? Then Earthship is the place for. Located in the heart of Patagonia, Earthship in El Bolson has a huge teepee for guests to stay in. The eco-accommodation offers volunteer programs, hostel facilities and private rooms (including more yurts). The community is built out of a hill and surrounded by some of Patagonia’s most famous mountains.
Always wanted to stay in a tree house, Swiss Family Robinson style? Now’s your chance. Located a little over an hour outside Buenos Aires in the small, historic town of Capilla del Señor, the 6458-sq-ft (600 m²) Casa del Arbol offers a unique, nature-filled getaway from the bustling capital.
In need of a digital detox (who isn’t)? Patagonia Eco Domes in the province of Santa Cruz offer a serious retreat from civilization. Outside of El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park, with the famous Mount Fitz Roy looming nearby, the solar-powered dome community is an opportunity to let it all go and connect with nature. No cell phone connection, no internet—just gorgeous Patagonia, as far as the eye can see. Patagonia Eco Domes operates November–March.
Patagonia Eco Domes | Courtesy of Patagonia Eco Domes
On a mountain
Backpackers interested in trekking in Argentina should familiarize themselves with refugios, the small huts or outposts scattered along the immense mountain ranges in the south of the country. Planning on hiking overnight? Read this guide before going.
Under the stars
Gaucho Argentino, a 16-year-old eco-tourism company, offers four-night horseback crossings over the Andes, during which travelers will sleep under the stars, well removed from the remotest of remote city lights, while also staring up at a whole new hemisphere. Gaucho Argentino offers numerous activities at bases in Mendoza, Salta, and Corrientes, but the multiple-day horseback adventure is a must.
Night camping with Gaucho Argentino
Courtesy of Gaucho Argentino
In the middle of the jungle
Hotel, Lodge, Eco-Lodge
Yacutinga Lodge | Courtesy of Yacutinga Lodge
In the middle of the jungle
The Yacutinga Eco-lodge in the tropical northeastern province of Misiones offers not only a private suite in the middle of the jungle but also a host of unusual jungle activities. Take the jungle challenge, explore the Yacutinga wildlife reserve and its abundance of birds, and more.
When in Mendoza, drink wine, and take the trip to the next level. Entre Cielos in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo, at the base of the Andes, offers a unique immersion in nature with their elevated room that floats on top of vineyards. It’s a stunner.
Buenos Aires’ Legado Mítico hotel | Courtesy of Legado Mítico
Amid Argentine legends
Buenos Aires’ Legado Mítico (Mythic Legend) hotel offers one of the most whimsical stays in the city. Each room is dedicated to one of the country’s most legendary figures: for example, Mafalda (the country’s famous cartoon character), writer Victoria Ocampo (Argentina’s Gertrude Stein), and Carlos Gardel (the famous tango singer). What better way to be immersed in Argentine culture and history than by nestling in alongside its most famous figures?