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Date Place Comment
December 7th, 2018 Last Dollar Road

Beautiful spot. Doesn’t look like the road in is plowed during the winter but it’s pretty packed down because there’s enough traffic. 4x4 necessary if it’s icy/snowy.

February 28th, 2018 Beautiful Beach (Trilha da Lagoinha do Leste)

One of the most beautiful beaches we have visited during the last 2+ years of our trip from California (on par with Costa Rican beaches!) Not crowded and perfect for swimming (and surfing!) **You can only access by foot or boat** It’s an hour hike each way, which is really what makes it special, or 39r/person for the boat ride each way but I don’t know how long that option takes. Secure parking across the street from these coordinates (10r for the whole day). Pack a lunch or buy a choripan and beer from the shack on the beach (high season only).

January 30th, 2018 YPF

Yet another comfortable ypf! Super fast WiFi (close to the building), clean bathrooms, and only a couple trucks so very quiet at night. WiFi passwords below...

TP-LINK: 04222972
YPF-WIFI: 39428783

January 28th, 2018 Darwin Expediciones

If you plan to do a penguin tour (and more than just walking around on the mainland) at some point on your journey let it be this one to isla penguino! Yes, it’s $100/person but it’s worth it for many reasons:
1) You see magellanic and rockhopper penguins in their natural habitat. We’ve stopped at many other penguin spots along the way and this was definitely the most remote and wild. (We also saw two types of dolphins, sea lions, albatross, and many species of birds also in their natural habitats)
2) The tour groups are *small* - never more than 20 people on a zodiac boat (we had 12 and it’s high season)
3) Roxanna is a fantastic guide (speaks very good English) and Javier, one of the owners, is a great captain and first visited the island 30 years ago.
4) The “parking lot” that they let you camp in is super tranquil, has a great view of the bay/harbor, and the sunsets are beautiful.
***Cash only and they provide a basic lunch***

January 28th, 2018 Capri Hotel and YPF

Nicest and cheapest option out of the 4 hotels we looked at (we also checked out the ones mentioned in the review for Hosteria Don David). 700 pesos for a matrimonial, secure parking with no height restrictions, and super friendly staff. (Try to get a room further from the street - ours was on the street side and it was a bit loud at night) WiFi works really well downstairs but not so well upstairs.

January 25th, 2018 Pinguinero Cabo Virgenes

As amazing as everyone says - well worth the 2hr detour on a crappy road! They *are* charging now, which is probably for the better. 200 pesos/person for foreigners. (And take note of the first review about the directions. The turn off is about 10 miles south of rio gallegos)

January 22nd, 2018 Rio Cambaceres, Haberton Estancia

Really lovely campground. No facilities. Super quiet, plenty of space, and you’re even permitted to have a fire in this area! Wind protection in the area to the right just before the bridge. We registered first at the estancia - very friendly people. Free!

January 21st, 2018 Asia Gourmet

A much-needed break from bread and cheese and bread and cheese! I had the veggie fried rice, my partner had the veggie curry (it was a special that night), and we shared a fried salmon roll - all of it really hit the spot. It wasn’t the best food we’ve ever had but it was enjoyable and not too expensive (ranges from 150-250)

January 19th, 2018 Parque Penguino Rey

Do not skip this place! Yes it’s 12,000k a person but totally worth it, in our opinion. Bring binoculars to see a lot more action.

January 18th, 2018 Sheltered spot nr Pingüino Park

Arrived after the penguin park closed so we slept here for one night - saw the sheep herder the next morning but he didn’t bothered us. Seems more wind protected than next to the hut.

January 6th, 2018 Lavanderia “Wash and Go”

Wash and machine dry that includes delivery to where ever you’re staying/camping and they properly wash sleeping bags for an extra cost! 200/large basket, same day delivery.

January 3rd, 2018 Refugio (Kris & Doug Tompkins) San Lorenzo

Cozy refugio and beautiful hike (~11km one way). Pretty much flat the whole way there. Definitely don’t skip the journey out to the glacier (another ~5km one way w a river crossing) - there are icebergs of all different shapes and sizes in the lake! Really stunning. You could also do this as a day hike if you get an early start.

January 2nd, 2018 Sendero Cerro Leon

Absolutely worth it! Stunning views from at the top and insanely windy! Took around 3hrs w a lunch stop.

January 1st, 2018 El Rincon Park Ranger Office

I can’t believe this park doesn’t get more visitors! It’s free, the hikes are beautiful (highly recommend the one out to San Lorenzo), and you pretty much have the place to yourself. Sure it’s windy but we sleep in a ground tent and were able to find protected spots in a few of the camping areas. Don’t skip this place!

December 26th, 2017 Minimarket Sur Austral

The main supermarket in town didn’t have much veg or fruit so we asked a local and they pointed us here! Zucchini, bananas, nectarines, potatoes, onions. Good selection!

December 21st, 2017 Minimarket

Had a surprisingly good stock! Dairy products, fruit, veg, eggs, dry goods, wine/beer. Worth the stop!

December 16th, 2017 Camping Municipal de Governador Costa

A functional campground. Friendly owners. Clean bathrooms and *hot* showers. Stopped here to break up a long driving day. 50p/p

December 16th, 2017 Boarder Chile

Fast process leaving Chile. Nobody else when we crossed on a Saturday afternoon. Argentina office up ahead a little. Nice gravel road on either side.

December 16th, 2017 Boarder Argentine Frontera Carrenleufu

Easy and fast crossing into Argentina. No inspection. All done in one office.

December 14th, 2017 Las lomas huerto/Huerta de Puma Verde

Highly recommend a stop here! We bought two heads of beautiful red leaf lettuce and some swiss chard (acelga) - all of it harvested right in front of us! The gardener told us it’s owned by Kris Tompkins. Really lovely place.

December 14th, 2017 Parque Pumalín – Campsite Ventisquero

Beautiful spot with really private camp sites. Unfortunately it was raining HARD when we were here. We entered and exited via the “4x4” road that splits off to the left when you’re coming in (which is technically a one-way and definitely did not require 4x4). Our friend, who entered on the other road, said they were in 4-low for a few parts in their Toyota 4Runner. Road conditions worse with the rain, of course.

December 11th, 2017 Playa Tril Tril

Stayed one night and were fogged in the whole time - I bet it’s beautiful in the summer! Super tranquil - we stayed on the grassy patch. Nobody else around.

December 10th, 2017 Camping Puyehue

A lovely spot owned by a lovely elderly couple. 10,000 for the two of us, car, and tent. Access to the lake, fast wifi near their house, warm showers, and clean enough bathrooms.

December 7th, 2017 Camping Ser

Such a lovely stay - and the incredibly friendly owner (Anna) certainly enhanced the whole experience. Plus it was quiet, the showers are HOT and strong, WiFi works well near the main building (this campground also seems to be the only one in the area that even has WiFi), there’s electricity, shade, and the only other people there were staying in cabins. Good spot to base yourself for all the hikes in the area, too.

December 6th, 2017 Alto el Fuego

95% of the time my partner and I are vegetarian...this was part of our 5% and totally worth it. Really special treat. Not cheap, though - guess we’re wild camping tonight. And tomorrow. And the next day.

December 6th, 2017 Gran nevada

Delicious spot! We can recommend the trout a la manteca (with the arugula and parmesan salad!) and the homemade ravioli. Seems like the cheaper option in town.

December 6th, 2017 Small beach (4x4 or tent only)

Confirm all the other comments. Beautiful spot. Not windy at night. We’re in a 4x4 and didn’t have any problems with the sand.

December 4th, 2017 Lago Villarino – Free Camping Area

One of our favorite spots on our 2+ year trip! It being free is obviously a huge factor but it’s also a really beautiful and tranquil place with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. And when it’s not too windy it’s a great lake to kayak or float on. Big rig friendly.

December 3rd, 2017 Camping ACA San Martin

Great spot with the only downside being it’s proximity to the main road (with ear plugs I was fine but my partner didn’t have them and he slept very poorly). Hot and clean showers/bathrooms, surprisingly good WiFi, electricity at sites, and just a 5-10 minute walk into town. 140/person with AAA discount and 200/person without. Sounds like the price will go up in the high season.

December 3rd, 2017 Café Amaranto

Insanely delicious food. Not cheap (ranges from 6,000-15,000 per plate) but this was the only place open in town for lunch. All seasonal and super fresh stuff. Meat, fish, and veg options. I had the salmon and my partner had the sage and ricotta ravioli - both were fantastic and high quality. (I’m salivating even just writing this review) Highly recommended!!


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