Hi Patagonia – Puerto Madryn, Argentina – By Claudia Tavani
I can easily say this is the place that changed my life, for the best. I had read good things about this hostel before arriving, but nothing prepared me for such a fantastic time. I arrived after a long day of travelling, as my flight from Buenos Aires to Trelew only made it as far as Bahia Blanca and then I had to catch a combi. I was immediately welcomed by the staff and shown to my dorm. The hostel is located in a nice neighborhood of Puerto Madryn, in a cottage, so you may actually have the feeling that you are staying in someone’s home. And in the end, this will really feel like it: picture a Sunday afternoon, when it simply is too hot to stay outside, and you lazily play a guitar or play cards with your friends at home. That will give you an idea of what Hi Patagonia is like.
Recently renovated, the hostel beds are so comfortable to allow you to sleep like a baby. There is a large common area with computers at the back, and a back garden with hammocks and chairs for tired backpackers to sit around and relax. The kitchen is well equipped and in case you are lazy to cook you can pay a very small fee to join one of the regular asados served by the staff almost any other day. Either shrimps or barbecued meat and chicken, with all the sides you may like. Guests sit around one long table, perfect for getting to know people. There is a bar for you to buy beer, wine and other drinks. After dinner, guests sit outside to enjoy the cool ocean breeze and chat some more and the staff often organises transportation to go clubbing or to other parties across town.
The hostel works with several local agencies in town, so you will have no problems in joining a tour to go to Punta Tombo to see the penguins, or to Peninsula Valdes, or even whale watching or on a boat tour to see dolphins and sea lions. There is a bike and car rental service too.
It was here, during one of the regular barbecues, that I got to meet some friends I still keep in touch with, not to mention the staff. No wonder I loved it!
NB – hostel images were reproduced with kind permission from Hi Patagonia
An Italian human rights lawyer, animal lover and academic, Claudia is more than anything a traveller who craves to see the world. On November, she decided that it was time to live and embarked on a 6 months trip through Central and South America, which changed her life and gave her the final input to live as a writing nomad. Her mission is to let people dream through her travels, providing guidance and inspiration to other backpackers. You can follow her adventures through www.myadventuresacrosstheworld.com or through her facebook page My Adventures Across the World.