I am going to SA for 6 months at the end of August, and will have booked up a few hostals that i plan to stay in before i head out there. Just like to know how all of you guys got your hostals sorted out when you were there or what you are planning to do if you are going out there in the coming months?
The plan i have at the moment is to phone up hostals or e-mail them about a month or so in advance of when i arrive, but i know certain places will be busier than others - did any of you experience problems trying to find hostals to stay in during certain periods and in certain places?
I am arriving in Quito, then going down to Peru, Bolivia, south to Argentina, to Uruguay and on to Brazil.
Look forward to hearing from you!
With the possible exception of Iguazú during peak season, I couldn't think of a place where it would be necessary to book your hostels in advance in SA. Especially since they usually make you pay a deposit in advance, I would advice against it.
have fun travelling,
I would second that. Ive never booked ahead for a hostel down here, with the exception of my very first one in Lima. Even during the world cup down here, hostels werent fully booked.
Sometimes booking too far in advance can commit you to a certain hostel because you´ve paid some money already, whereas you will probably find whilst travelling that you get different recommendations from other people, or just meet people that you want to stay with etc.
I really wouldnt worry about accommodation down here. If you want, you can always ring ahead to a hostel a few days early and book then.
Cheers guys for the info, I've booked a hostel in Quito for when I arrive there first of all, just so I know I have a place ready to go to. Then I will keep things fairly flexible as far as places to stay further on into my travels, based on recommendations and where other people will be staying etc.