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by Robert Raymond Ingledew
Villa Carlos Paz (Cordoba), Argentina
September 21, 2006
I went to this hostel for budget reasons, but enjoyed the environment. I met people from all over the world (France, England, Spain, Germany, Austria) and had a chance to get acquainted with them in the hotel lobby or even talking with them while they were preparing their food in the hotel kitchen. I had the change to share with them the beauties of other areas of Argentina with my camcorder. I took a room with private bathroom for some US$30, but you also have the option of just taking a bed in a shared room for some US$10 per night. This hostel allows to use the kitchen. The atmosphere was very friendly.The hostel has a full program of activities, including tours to the Perito Moreno those of some local travel agencies. For example, they take you on a one-hour walk boarding the cliffs above the lake, from where you can have breathtaking views of the glaciers. And you still have some 3 hours to enjoy the glacier from the viewpoints. In this tour they also stop at a lagoon where you can see ducks and other birds, and at a very nice place where you can see condors in the mountainside. The prices of their restaurant are moderate for El Calafate, but about three times what you would pay for the same meal in Mar del Plata, Tucumán or Córdoba city.
A standard single room is costing today (December 2006) 100 pesos or 33 dollars, while a bed in a dormy costs 31 pesos or 10 dollars. Members of Hosteling International pay about 15 per cent less. By now El Calafate has its first five star hotel (Posada Los Alamos), a beautiful hotel I visited yesterday. Depending on the time of the year, a single room there costs between 120 and 180 US Dollars. It has an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, a small golf course, convention center, everything you could expect... Check their page; you will be amazed. www.posadalosalamos.com El Quijote is a very nice 3-star hotel, where a single room costs 130 dollars per night and 160 dollars for a double room. Greetings from El Calafate. This is my third visit to the area. Now I have photos of some of the main hotels in town that I took yesterday. I will post them as soon as I get them developed in Cordoba (it is far cheaper in Córdoba).
From journal El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier and more...
September 11, 2000
From journal The Moreno Glacier