Hostal Oro Fueguino
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The flight in to Punta Arenas was full (flight continued on to Ushuaia, Argentina with a bunch of Antarctic cruise passengers) and I was unable to talk myself into an "A" seat (left side window) for potential views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. So I wasn't disappointed when clouds obscured any view that might have been had from that side …
Got up early and went to book our airport transfer in the morning. Left for Balmaceda airport at around 1130, reached at 1215, to find out our flight was slightly delayed by 30 mins. We took off around 1440 and arrived at Punta Arenas, southernmost city of Chile at around 1600. Sky Airlines was decent, with served meals on flight (compared ...
... Penguins mate for life, but if one of the couple dies, the other chooses a new mate every year. They eat fish and drink seawater which they filter the salt out of, by way of a gland in their throats.
We spent an hour on the island to see all the penguins we could see as well as skuas and gulls. We boarded the ferry back for another two hour ride, back on a bus and back to the pier.
We had a bit of time so we visited the port area of Punta Arenas. The main square ...
... is the same view that Magellan had almost 500 years earlier. The indigenous people who populated this island didn’t leave much to the imagination when wearing clothes. A loincloth for both the men and women was the order of the day. In order to keep warm they lit huge fires. It probably would have been easier to invent clothing!! Nevertheless, it was the smoke from these huge fires that Magellan saw. He thus named the island Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire)
... to Tobi, who spoke fluently Spanish and negotiated the deal for us.
We arrived at the office, had a bit of a discussion with our van driver who, because we had less people in our van than the other van, wanted $5 extra. That did not happen and we all filed into the office and paid for our tour.
A bus and a van came to take us all out to where the boat was. We had quite a group. 24 people from the cruise critic group, and some others, also all from the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
This accommodation occupies a middle ground between a hostel and a hotel where you have more privacy than a hostel, but a small 13 room location means that you have the opportunity to interact with other people staying at the location. The overall price reflects said middle ground as one will spend more to stay here than at a hostel, but less than at an average hotel.
The rooms had simple, but functional furnishings that gave them a very homestyle feel as opposed to a staid hotel feel. Both doubles and a few triples were available. Each room had its own bathroom and shower which accorded some of the privacy mentioned above.
A continental breakfast is included in the rate. Also had a computer (older) with internet access available for guests.
The Hostal Oro Fueguino is in an excellent location on a dead end road below the mirador that overlooks the downtown area. So it's a little more quiet (although you still have to deal with the stray dogs barking), but still close enough to walk to the downtown areas.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.