true.dit Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
February 14th, 2020 Residencial Norte

No frills cheap hotel with secure parking. 1300 for a room with a double bed, a single bed, and private bathroom with sometimes hot water. WIFI is decent. Breakfast is coffee and a pastry. Parking has no height restriction. Perfect for the night before putting your rig on a ship. There’s no sign, just look for the wood door number 970.

February 12th, 2020 Camping Laguna Kakel Huincul

Good enough place to stay between Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires. Cost 360 for us (200 for the van and 80pp). No toilet seats or paper. Picnic tables and BBQs at most sites. Electricity at many sites too.

February 11th, 2020 Hotel Ancona

Great place to break up a couple of long drives. 2000 for a matrimonio with good shower, good WiFi, and most importantly ample safe parking with no height restriction. There’s a surcharge for paying with card and breakfast is extra. Lovely owners who will recommend a great restaurant for dinner.

February 8th, 2020 Camping Los Coihues

Price is 400 per person plus 200 if you’re sleeping in a van or 130 just to park and sleep in a tent. So it was 1000 for us, but it was so crowded we slept in the parking area next to the admin building. Nice campground though, and hot showers. Better for tent campers.

February 2nd, 2020 Park entry fee

You pay 400 for entrance, there are some free camps with no amenities, and you have to pay for parking at most of the trailheads. Plus if there’s any wind (um, it’s Patagonia...) they close most of the trails anyway for fear of falling branches. It’s pretty though. Wouldn’t go again.

January 30th, 2020 Cheese and salami stand

Bloke in the YPF parking lot selling really good cheese, salami, peanuts, olives, and cherries. Good prices. He let us try everything as well. Great stop for snacks.

January 29th, 2020 Sled dogs!

We really enjoyed coming to visit this place. The dogs are treated well, fed well, and are healthy and happy. These are working dogs. They way they live, each tied to their own chain with their own little dog house, is the best for them. Sled dogs worldwide live in identical conditions. For 200arg you visit all the dogs and give them as many cuddles as you want, and there is also free coffee, tea, and yummy hot chocolate. Your money helps with food, vet bills, and vaccinations. The people working there give you an informative presentation (English or Spanish) and are happy to answer all your questions. They provide volunteer opportunities as well as bring in school groups and special needs groups. As dog lovers, I would recommend stopping here.

January 28th, 2020 Vegetarian- El Bambú

Good take-out vegetarian food. There are a variety of veggie dishes (mostly Asian style) like sautéed mixed veg, noodles, rice etc that you can mix and pay by weight. Some have soy “meat” as well, and it’s tasty! Also some food you pay by item, like canelones or croquetas. Nice lady, good value. Even better, bring in your own container or plate to avoid wasting the single use plastic she has.

January 24th, 2020 Monumento al Viento

They use the word “monument” pretty loosely...

January 22nd, 2020 Brewgallery

First of all I don’t know why a brewery is listed as a campsite when all you do is park on the street in front of it. Other than that, they toted 20, yes 20 beers on tap. Not a single one was an IPA. They had an APA and an IRA which we tasted but definitely didn’t decide to purchase as pints. Also, we were greeted with a DJ table when we walked in, sealed the hard pass deal for us. Ended up going back to Baguales and were not disappointed with their beer/food selection.

January 22nd, 2020 Baguales Brewery + Restaurant

The beers were great, so was the food, and the service was excellent. The draught pints were between 2900-3500 and they had lots of bottles available too, for example we had an excellent black IPA from Santiago.

January 22nd, 2020 La vertiente - cerveceria

Touted 16 beers on draught, had 13 available, only one was an IPA which they didn’t have at the moment. How do you have 13 beers available and not a single IPA or pale ale? Where’s the hops?!

January 16th, 2020 Hostel Thiamalu

4500p for a matrimonial... hard pass. Not available to camp in their parking lot either.

January 16th, 2020 el viajero food truck

Burger was decent, papas were great, super friendly guys. They have a good selection of drinks too, including wine and beer.

January 13th, 2020 Puesto Huemul

Good food and great locally brewed draft beers (double IPA!). Bit pricy, but they allowed us to stay for free in our camper for the night. Very friendly, WiFi worked. They are planning on building a toilet block in the future to offer proper camping in the future.

January 13th, 2020 Trailhead for Camp. Neozelandès etc.

It seems that the 2 companies (the overnight trail here and the private day use one) are still trying to figure out an agreement... we parked near the day use trailhead with the intention of climbing up, camping a couple nights, and exiting out the other trail (this one marked). The guy there said if we did that, we’d be charged twice (entry and exit), BUT we could do it the other way around and he wouldn’t charge us to come down his trail. So when we got to this entrance and bought a ticket (29,000 each!!) the girl there said we are prohibited to exit down the other trail (emergencies only) because apparently when you do that, the private trail demands part of your entrance fee from them. She even made me put in writing what the guy at the day use trail head explained to me. Now I have no idea where everyone’s 29,000 pesos goes because it certainly isn’t to maintaining or marking the trail and campsites. Privatizing National Parks just doesn’t seem like an effective way to maintain a healthy environment for everyone. Overall, glad I went, but certainly wouldn’t do it again for the price.

January 8th, 2020 The Gaucho Brewing Co.

The beer is GOOD! And so is the food, great falafel, pork sandwich, burgers, and tacos. Smoothies, tea, and coffee as well. We indulged both before and after our hike. :) $200/pint and $450-$600 for a plate of food.

January 2nd, 2020 Oficina de Montañas

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -41.96392, -71.53431

January 2nd, 2020 Oficina de Montañas

This office has moved across the street next to the tourism office. They were friendly helpful with maps and info on the trails and refugios nearby.

December 30th, 2019 Fruit Control

Fruit check was easy, but just a few km after this there was a police check where they were pulling over “random” vehicles, pulled us aside and said we would get an infraction because driving with flip flops is illegal. We just laughed and they checked the drivers license and let us go. Weird...

December 28th, 2019 Control Policia

Coming from Chile, this is where you hand in your paper with 4 stamps that you got just outside the tunnel.

December 28th, 2019 Vendra Servicio

Stumbled upon this place while looking for viscous fan clutch fluid, didn’t even realize it was already on here! Really helpful and knowledgeable people. They checked every component of our coolant system and tested our “monte viscoso.” It’s a good thing we didn’t find the fluid, because it turns out that wasn’t the issue, it was just a faulty expansion tank cap, simple fix. They even showed us a video to help explain how it all worked. Really kind and patient people. Highly recommend them.

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December 28th, 2019 Eat here!! Al Horno con Meche

Amazing food at this roadside restaurant. Almuerzo (which is available at dinner time too) for 6000, or they have a menu too. They serve the best little fresh, hot, dense bread rolls with the soup. The meat in the Mechada is so tender you don’t even need a knife, and the papas fritas are perfection. I only wish I weren’t too full to try an empanada. On top of all of this, the service is above and beyond. The people are so sweet and patient and happily explain the menu, the young guy speaks some English too. Do yourself a favor and stop here for a meal.

December 26th, 2019 Lubrishell

This is the only place we could find the filter we needed, they have a big selection of repuestos. Friendly.

December 26th, 2019 Street with mechanics/carshops

Yep, you can find almost everything here. Might need to visit a few different shops, but eventually we were successful in finding a thermostat. Friendly shop owners all up and down the street.

December 26th, 2019 Radiadores Gomez

These guys are awesome. We needed our thermostat replaced as ours got stuck shut. We came here and Alexis advised us where we could find the part we needed, then we came back and they efficiently replaced it for us, plus did a complete radiator flush. They were all very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely recommend if you have any radiator problems. Big rigs would definitely fit, they have a big entrance out the back, from the gravel road just next to the railroad tracks.

December 23rd, 2019 Border crossing Chile-Bolivia

Don’t pay the 15B... it’s a scam. He asked for it and we politely replied that we read there was no payment necessary. He responded with “ok, if you don’t want to pay it you don’t have to.” 🙄

December 23rd, 2019 Secluded spot

Good place to camp in this area if you don’t want to stay in a parking lot. Flat, beautiful, flamingos, vicuñas, and a little hill you can walk up for a view. Hidden from the main road.

December 20th, 2019 Auto Lavadero

I wasn't able to find this place.

December 19th, 2019 Mechanic Felix- Mitsubishi specialist

Felix a friendly, honest mechanic. His specialty is Mitsubishi’s but he’ll work on anything. Just on the corner across from the cattle. His number is 74302839.