Aves del Lago Hostel Patagonia is a nice and relaxed hostel, away from the center and touristic area of El Calfate. This hostel is located just ten minutes' walk from the center of El Calafate, but right next to Laguna Nimez, where you can see the flamingos and enjoy the nice landscapes. There is free Wi-Fi in one of the two communal kitchens. The owners are very nice and can help you book your bus tickets to Glaciar Perito Moreno, El Chalten -- Mount Fitzroy -- or simply to move on to Chile or north of Argentina. The breakfast is usually included, but is simple and small.
The hostel is not located in the city center, but is only a short, ten-minute walk to it; to be true, the center of El Calafate is just a tourist area with a casino, tourist shops, and tourist restaurants. In Aves del Lago, you will be near Lago Nimez where the owners can lend you some binoculars to watch the flamingos in the afternoon. If you want to go to the city center and are too lazy to walk the ten minutes, ask the owners to take you to the city in their car, and they will do it -- but only during the afternoon.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel has four-bed dormitories, which have enough space for the number of beds and people. The bunks are good and the heating system in the room works very well. You can also find private rooms that are clean and nice. There are shared bathrooms that are kept very well cleaned. You will find enough hooks to hang your clothes in the showers.
There is a small reception with one of the two kitchens and television. In the second kitchen, you can have breakfast and there is a free Wi-Fi spot. In the kitchens, sometimes you can't find all the utensils you would need to cook properly, but you can ask the owners and they will provide them for you.
This is a simple hostel just outside the city center, that is better if you are looking for some relaxed time in El Calafate. It's a good place to plan your trip to Glaciar Perito Moreno and Mount Fitzroy, as the owners can get you the bus tickets at the same price you pay in the bus station. They can also present you some tours to these places, but that will be expensive, as is everything in the city.
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