hostels - to book or not to book

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1. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am now at the exciting stage of planning a 6 month trip to South America. The flights are booked - yeeeee ha. Get into Rio late October this year.

I have booked 10 nights in a hostel there and an airport pick up to get my wife and I started.

The question I have is where in particular, if anywhere, needs booked well in advance?

We approx plan on -
Ilha Grande
Iguazu Falls
Pantanal maybe (??)
Bs As
Pt Montt

Obviously there will be various places in between.

I was going to book 10-14 days in Bs As as it will be over xmas and New Year as I would have thought that period will be busy.

That's all in the first 2.5 - 3 months. I can't see the point in booking anything at all after that.

I don't want to book too much as it reduces flexibility. Has anyone ever arrived anywhere and not been able to get accommodation for example?

I would like double/twin rooms now and again but happy with dorms in the main.

Anyway, thanks for reading this and I hope you can all offer some advice.


2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The only thing that matters are university summer breaks in dec/jan; during those, DO book or find most cheaper hostels packed. Else, the offer is such that you're likely to find a spot anyway, so no need to book.

3. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

unfortunately that looks like I am going to have to book a fair bit.
not to worry, I will just book a few that I really fancy and then take my chances on some others.

I will be booking the Navimag so I guess I will know when I am going to be in TdP and I know I will be in Bs As for xmas too.

Cheers for advice though.

4. Posted by andymoore (Respected Member 24 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tricky,

I might be able to help with a couple of your destinations;

If you intend visiting Icuazu Falls from the Argentinian side, do not miss the Hostel-Inn Iguazu! In a year's round the world travelling, this is easily one of my top three hostels; it's more like a five star hotel. Better still, you can book on line. For a taster, have a lookee here:

Don't miss the Pantanal!!! The way we got there was by booking a trip from the Hostelling International place opposite the bus station in Campo Grande (again, a quick web search will turn up the details you need) and, again, here's another completely gratuitous link to my blog

Buenos Aires is fabulous; I'm dying to go back to Argentina; great people, great culture, great food (for carnivores) and great weather.

By contrast, Santiago is fine but not as welcoming/easygoing as B A.

Just my tuppence worth, but I hope this helps.

Have a fantastic trip!



5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

top tips thanks.
As I read your blog it sounded familiar and then I realised I had read it all before!
The hostel you mention at Iguazu is the one I have been looking at too so you've pretty much made my mind up that I will be booking it up.

The one place I am struggling to find accommodation in is Curitiba so if you know of anything let me know thanks.