My Pick: Hostal Pata Pata in Valparaiso

After having stayed at so many cool campsites and hostels in Central America, I wasn’t all that impressed with accommodations in South America. Dorm beds generally cost twice as much in South America as compared to my last trip (and often three or four times more expensive). As a matter of fact, a lot of campsites on my most recent trip cost more than dorm beds on my Central America trip. I guess the problem is that since my first major backpacking experience was in Central America, I have really high standards in terms of high quality and uniqueness both coupled with affordability. This is hard to come by in more developed areas of the world like Chile and Argentina. See my past article about my favorite unique places I stayed in Central America; particularly check out Casa Mariposa in Costa Rica where the dorm beds are built out of the rock formations in the walls!

Hostel Pata Pata in Valparaiso, Chile, met and exceeded all of my nitpicky requirements. I give the prize to Pata Pata as the best hostel we stayed at in South America, and keep in mind with 35 nights of travel, that’s a lot of places we stayed at. Hostel Pata Pata takes the cake not only because of the cleanliness of the place, the super-friendly staff, and the computer / internet / movie-watching / DVD room, but also due to the really impressive included breakfast:

The hostel also has a great location on Templeman (on Cerro Concepción) literally up the hill from the Bellavista metro stop. (Read: steep vertical hill!) Valparaiso has a super-modern above ground metro system connecting it to Vina del Mar (beaches) and Limache (towards Parque Nacional La Campana for hiking). Regarding the location more specifically, I enjoyed all the tile work, paint, and street graffiti in the area:

This mural on the hotel is pretty well-known, too:

Good thing I was dressed to match:

See, if you’re already in Santiago, it’s worth it to go the 90 minutes or so by bus to Valparaiso just to see the street art:

These and many other street-art sights are within walking distance from Hostel Pata Pata. A bed was 8,000 Chilean pesos per night, which is about 15.50 USD. Of course I think 15.50 is outrageously high, but this is what a dorm bed costs more or less in South America, and Pata Pata was really pretty, comfortable, and the staff welcoming.

Stay tuned for what to eat and what to see in Vina del Mar, a few stops down the Valparaiso metro line.

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