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Gaucho Hostel


quaint little hostel

My first excursion out of Buenos Aires was to a little cowboy town 1.5 hrs away by bus called San Antonio de Areco. Upon arriving, my first job was to find some decent lodging. A website had recommended the Gaucho Hostel. Some locals pointed out the direction of the hostel and was on my way.

I had never in my life stayed in a hostel so I didn't know what to expect. Upon arriving at the Gaucho Hostel, I had a pleasant surprise. It actually is not structured like a typical hostel. Rather, it was more like a bed and breakfast but with shared rooms available.

The hostel is actually in someones house and they live upstairs. Downstairs there are like 5 bedrooms that travelers can stay in. Out back there is a patio and lawn where the family's chickens can be seen all day long.

At the entrance to the hostel, it looks like a family dining room/cafe; travelers can watch TV or eat something that they've concocted in the kitchen. Breakfast is free of charge every morning and they offered decent options that are typical of an Argentine breakfast such as mate, bread with dulce de leche, coffee, toast, etc. They make your breakfast in the kitchen while you relax in the eating area, and breakfast is served with love.

The hosts of the Gaucho Hostel made sure to include lively conversation as part of your stay. The rooms were really interesting because even the shared rooms had a maximum of three people in them, which is unusual because normal hostels may have you sharing with as many as eight people. The price for one night, $15, is almost too good to be true.

Gaucho Hostel gave me so much more than a roof over my head. As a weary traveler, it gave me a sense of nurture and warmth, like I was another member of the family. On my next trip to San Antonio de Areco, you can be sure to find me at the Gaucho Hostel watching the sunset as the family's chickens doze off on top of the firewood.

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By Angelina Khoo

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19 Aug 2010

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