Updated May 15th, 2018.
“Located in the small town of Cochrane, in the heart of Aysen Region, Patagonia de Chile, Hostal Central is like a home away from home… owned by your slightly hippie aunt! It’s a perfect rest stop on your way down the Carretera Austral and a place you’ll remember for the people you meet, as much as for the stunning location.”
Hostal Central, Cochrane, Chile
What makes Hostal Central unique?
That home-from-home feeling: In South America, they call this an Alojamiento Familial, which is like a cross between a hostel and a family run bed-and-breakfast. The living room, kitchen, garden and bathrooms are all part of the original family home and the whole place has the atmosphere of a friendly relative’s house!
The garden: The huge garden, which is also used as a campsite for the more outdoors type travellers, is overlooked only by fields and mountains. There’s a fire pit, a BBQ, clothes washing area and tables and chairs to enjoy the warm evening sunsets.
The location: The journey south along the Carretera Austral through Chilean Patagonia is one of the most incredible you will ever undertake. Whether by car, motorbike, bus or for a real adventure, bicycle or hitchhiking, you will be blown away every second of every day you spend here and it’s quite possible that nothing will ever look quite as beautiful ever again! However you choose to travel, Cochrane is the only town south of Coyhaique in which to stock up on cash and take care of any other important needs before you head south to Villa O’Higgins, so take full advantage of it!
Just the right amount of ‘quirky’: There’s a perfect mix of traditional home and eco-campsite here. The log burning stove and cooker in the kitchen feel like rural France fifty years ago and the in the garden you’ll find two old washing machines, painted bright colours and converted into recycling bins, with slightly abstract designs hand-painted on the walls of each bedroom. It’s the little touches that count!
The owner – Trudy: A place is made by its people. This is true of countries, cities, villages and of course, hostels. Trudy is a warm and friendly woman who looks after the whole hostel herself, from changing the beds and cleaning the toilets, to cooking meals for the guests and chopping the firewood for the stoves. She is forever writing new words and phrases on little scraps of paper around the house and she’ll help you learn some extra Spanish for your journey too!