Hostels in El Calafate, Argentina

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Get to know El Calafate (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in El Calafate. To help you make friends with El Calafate before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? El Calafate is also named and spelled Calafate - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Get to know El Calafate (no more

El Calafate is a laidback small town in the far south of Argentina’s Patagonia region. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, but still retains an unhurried and relaxed pace. The main street is tourist-y, yes, but it still has appeal. And El Calafate has two big draws that mean you’ll probably pass through here at some point. First, it’s midway between Torres del Paine, Chile and El Chalten, Argentina, making it a natural stopping point on the trekking circuit. Second, it’s the closest point to the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier, 80 km away in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

The town itself is pleasant as well, with an eclectic array of offerings for your entertainment and dining pleasure. It is well-conneted by bus and air to points throughout Argentina, and its bus station is centrally located. Be warned, however, that its airport is located some distance outside town and it`s an expensive shuttle ride to your hostel.

El Calafate hostels are numerous and are scattered throughout town, most within walking distance of the main street. Shuttles from the airport will drop you off at your hostel's door. It’s advisable to book ahead during peak season, as beds fill up quickly.

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FAQ about El Calafate Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in El Calafate. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in El Calafate. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 25 Hostels in El Calafate. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 25 hostels in El Calafate, Argentina. We list for you other cheap places to stay in El Calafate such as
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America Del Sur Calafate Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in El Calafate.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for El Calafate

Your Packing List for El Calafate

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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El Calafate Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in El Calafate, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
25 Total number of hostels
$18 Average dorm price
$15 Cheapest hostel in El Calafate
Hostel Calafate Viejo is the cheapest
9 Party hostels in El Calafate
Most El Calafate hostels are located in
Villa Crespo
6.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

El Chaltén (121 Km / 75 mi.)
Puerto Natales (154 Km / 96 mi.)

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