Updated May 15th, 2018.
“After hitchhiking the length of the Carretera Austral, or taking the 36 hours of buses and ferries to reach Coyhaique from Santiago de Chile, you’re going to need a place like this!”
Hostal Gladys, Coyhaique, Chile
What makes Hostal Gladys unique?
Strategic Location: Coyhaique is the sole and capital city of Aysen Region, Patagonia de Chile and is also on the main route of the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins. The city is the financial and transportation hub of the Aysen region and from here you can explore all kinds of natural wonders, including marble caves and the Northern Patagonia Ice Fields!
Amazing Breakfast: Breakfast is quite possibly the most important factor to consider in choosing a hotel or a hostel, more so than the bed! Gladys makes an awesome breakfast, with fruit, bread, cake, home-made jams, hot chocolate, eggs and even fresh filter coffee, which is a real rarity in rural Patagonia!
Super Warm Showers: Second-most important after the breakfast, is the showers. After weeks of hitchhiking in trucks and trudging your way down dirt roads in the wind and rain, only to find hostels with trickly, cold showers at the end, you’ll truly appreciate the value of a strong, hot shower, with the kind of water pressure that can beat the aches from your tired muscles!
The atmosphere: As always, family-run hostels have such a welcoming feeling about them and having family life continue around you makes you feel at home. Gladys started the hostal back in 1994, when family and friends from neighbouring villages asked her to take care of their children when they travelled to the city for school and other events – That’s the foundation the hostel is built on and you can really feel it.
Eco-Friendly: Hostal Gladys is one of the first and only hostels in the region to register Biosphere Responsible Tourism. Surprisingly, recycling and sustainable practice is still new and not very accepted here, but Gladys and her family recycle everything they can, they have renovated the building to use renewable energy and they reduced their carbon footprint in every way possible.