When traveling, the chore of moving hostels may seem monotonous and tiresome, but have you ever booked yourself into the quirkier and more aesthetically pleasing hostels? Once you have, there’s always something to brighten the end of a long journey, even if the thought of lying down horizontally on a bed is all you need. Here are our top hostel picks in Chile.
Adventurers love the south of Chile, especially Pucon, where outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, and climbing volcanoes are all on the to-do list. Why not rest your head in a wine barrel-esque hut, where there will be no shortage of fine Chilean wine–you may as well bathe in it too!
This hostel boasts a chic, contemporary interior, perfect for those looking to relax in a clean and comfortable environment. Viña, a beach town under two hours drive from Santiago, is the perfect escape for some R&R. Travelers can easily reach Valparaiso, the famous city known for its streets lined with murals of art, or the sand dunes in Concón where you can sandboard or enjoy the sunset.
This rustic hostel is found among the woods of southern Chile, bordering the Villarrica National Park, which is home to the Villarica Volcano, one of the Chile’s most active volcanoes. A stone’s throw away is Pucon airport, making a weekend trip from Santiago stress-free. The hostel organizes a variety of activities, including a typical Mapuche dinner, horse riding, volcano climbing, and much more.
Aji Verde replicates the typical Chilean adobe style, popular in San Pedro de Atacama. Whether you’ll opt for a shared dorm or camp out in a luxurious bell-tent is up to you. Enjoy the natural environment, relaxing in the hammocks or cooking up a barbecue. The surrounding areas have many exciting things to see, including the Termas de Puritama, Geysers del Tatio, and Valle de la Luna.
Found in and among some of Valparaiso’s finest street art is hostel Planeta Lindo. The communal kitchen and terrace have great views where you can see the city and bay stretching out for miles, a great place for enjoying piscos while watching the sun set. The hill up to the hostel in itself is a great workout, but don’t let this put you off: taxis can make it up as well.
A little grandiose, this hostel found in the heart of Santiago is the perfect getaway for those looking to live like a king on a shoestring. With plenty of facilities, which include a swimming pool, outdoor terrace, table tennis, and table football, this hostel is the perfect place to meet new people. In addition, just around the corner you will find La Moneda Palace, which may look a little more glamorous, but only by a pinch.
Found among the madness of Bellavista, where streets are lined with bars and restaurants, you won’t be short of places to explore, and foodies particularly enjoy this barrio. Rado has been designed with a rock and pop art theme, bragging an expansive terrace with panoramic views over the city. From here you can visit Cerro san Cristobal, Pablo Neruda’s La Chascona and the surrounding barrios.
Bringing the astronomy from the Elqui valley to the center of La Serena, so you can comfortably rest within the extraterrestrial surroundings. The hostel’s artistic flair really adds to the character of the place. Join in on one of the astronomy tours to the Elqui Valley, visit wildlife on Isla Damas or just relax on the long, sandy beaches of La Serena.
Chill out and meet fellow backpackers in this quirky, upcycled hostel, where the living room boasts eccentric interiors and paintings. Step outside and discover the center of La Serena, or stroll down to the beach before watching the sunset over the city from either the communal sitting room or the roof terrace with a pisco sour in hand.
Stroll straight out of this pet-friendly, hip hostel onto the beach, where you can enjoy some of the best waves in South America. Whether you’re a learner and need lessons or a pro just coming to enjoy the swell, both can be catered for. The hostel also prides itself on its restaurants, where they prepare healthy food. Guests can also enjoy a number of free activities, including walking tours and bike rides and yoga.