Periko’s Youth Hostel in Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche in Argentina is where Patagonia’s famous nature meets the amenities of a sizeable city. Being surrounded by a national park with seven lakes and countless mountains, Bariloche is a great base for day tours.  Periko’s Youth Hostel is a friendly and modern place to make your basecamp in the center of Bariloche, Argentina.

Periko's Youth Hostel

Bariloche is a skiing center in wintertime and Periko’s was built with that in mind. The wooden interior reminds you of a ski hut in the mountains. And like in a ski hut, the huge common room encourages socializing among the many international guests.

That said, Periko’s Youth Hostel is nothing like a ski hut when it comes to facilities like the bathrooms and the kitchen. The whole place is very modern and the kitchen is fully equipped. Of course they also have Wifi and computers with internet, as well as a big screen TV with a sizable DVD collection.

Periko's Youth Hostel

The huge common room

The hostel is located right in the center of things, only three blocks from the Centro Civico and the main tourist area. The location is central enough to walk everywhere and also good for catching a local bus to one of the nearby mountains.

If you’d rather see those mountains on an organized tour, Periko’s offers several one-day sightseeing tours. If you want to be more active than that, they can also provide you with kayaking, hiking tours, rafting and horse riding. In wintertime, they also rent out ski and snowboards.

Periko's Youth Hostel

Big garden with BBQ

And if you just want to relax, grab a book or a beer and hang out in one of the lounges or in the big garden with hammock and BBQ grill.


  • Free breakfast
  • WiFi
  • Internet Computers
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Book exchange
  • Big Garden with BBQ
  • Cable TV
  • Towels
  • Security Lockers
  • 24 hour access by security code
  • Tours and Information
  • Laundry Service
  • Luggage Storage

Address: Morales 555, Bariloche, Argentina

Directions: From Centro Civico 3 blocks north

Phone: 54 294 4522326



Periko's Youth Hostel

Lounge with TV


  • 4 Bed Mixed Dorm – 90 Argentine Pesos
  • Double Room with shared bathroom – 240 Argentine Pesos
  • Double Room with private bathroom – 280 Argentine Pesos

In off season, prices are about 15% reduced.

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WHOA!!! Fritz The Cat sank!!!

Please read the comments on this one, there is a lot of controversy.  Fritz gets involved in multiple ways…

Breaking news, hold the presses!  Fritz The Cat, the infamous vessel which ferried us and hordes of other backpackers from Colombia to Panama SANK!  That’s right, the catamaran is at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.  Colombian news website El Tiempo has a video in which you can hear the captain, Fritz, yelling in Spanish for rescuers not to take his picture as you see The Cat half-submerged in the blue water.  Everyone came out alive, but how rough it must be for those 14 backpackers who lost everything.  Here is a link to the video and news article:

Our boat trip seemed pretty crazy, but it’s hard to imagine going through that whole ordeal.  Needless to say that it would have ruined our trip.  I can’t wait to hear more details about the wreck.  I feel like their will be a mention of captain’s error somewhere along the line.  They probably hit an iceberg.

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The Final Superlatives

We’re still working on a big, cleverly and intelligently written sum-up of the whole darn adventure.  It’s hard though!  It is coming soon, but for now enjoy the final edition of our La Aventura Project superlatives!

Days in South and Central America: 217

Dollars Spent: $10,586.14

Average Dollars per day: $70.45

Countries Visited: 10

Books Read: 22 (Carrie), lost track (Zach)

Doctor visits: 1 (Zach), 0 (Carrie)

Things We Lost: More random stuff than we remember

Favorite Food: ceviche (Zach), pupusas (Carrie)

Favorite Beverage: Colombian coffee, Campos de Solana vino tinto from Tarija, Bolivia, and Flor de Caña rum from Nicaragua

Best Wildlife Sighting: dolphins on the cruise from Panamá to Colombia

Nicest People: Colombians and Salvadorans

Most Touristy Countries: Perú and Guatemala

Most American Retirees: Panamá

Scariest/Coolest Experience: the eruption of Tungurahua Volcano

Most Liver Damage: Loki Hostel

Biggest Personal Changes: dreadlocks and eating meat (Carrie), actually speaking a second language (Zach)

Longest Bus Marathon: 3 days almost-straight, Trinidad, Bolivia to Arequipa, Perú

Best Hostel: Hostal Las Olas in Copacabana, Bolivia

Best Place to Open Our Bar Someday: Canoa, Ecuador

Most Sobering Site: civil war museum in Perquín, El Salvador

Most Life-Changing Moment: getting engaged

Sweatiest We’ve Ever Been in Our Lives: Nicaragua

Most Expensive Country/Most Fast Food Places: Costa Rica

Most Breeds of Potatoes: Perú

Best Shopping: Panajachel, Nicaragua

Creepiest Hotel: the Auto Hotel in Sonsonate, El Salvador

Favorite Country in Central America: El Salvador

Favorite Country Overall: Ecuador!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Panamá Financial Summary

Hola chicos!!!!  I just realized that although I wrote this awhile ago, I never posted it!  Better late than never though!  Here are the stats for Panamá!

Days in Panamá: 10

Money Spent: $286.88

That means we spent $28.66 per day, or roughly $14.33 per person per day.  So we were just barely under our target budget of $15 per person per day.  I’m very proud of us forfinallybeing on budget again after going over in the last few countries.  Rock on!!!!

A side note: I didn’t count our passage on Fritz the Cat here, as I consider that to be between countries and it was so expensive it would totally throw the whole skew off.

As you can see, our spending only fell into a few categories in Panamá.  Despite how small the country is, buses are not cheap in Panamá.  They seem to run about $2+ per hour of travel.

Food is also more expensive than in South America.  The cheapest meal we ever had was a $1.50 plate of rice and beans in Las Tablas.  In Panamá City and Bocas del Toro, you can expect to pay at least $3.50 for a decent plate of Panamanian food.  We did have hostels with kitchens most of the time so we tried to buy groceries and cook a lot to keep costs down.

We didn’t pay for a single place to stay in Panamá!  That’s right, our Lodging cost was absolutely ZERO!  Yeah hostel reviews and Couchsurfing!

FYI, Panamá’s currency is the US dollar, although instead of just calling them “dolares”, they are also called “Balboas.”

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Tasty Tasty Tap Water

I thought I would take a quick second to talk about where we have been told that the tap water is drinkable and our experiences with drinking it.  As we travel further, we will add to the list.

Bolivia:  We did not drink any tap water in Bolivia and would not recommend doing so.

Colombia:  We drank the tap water in the following cities:  Medellin – The water there was perfect and tasted pretty good.  Have not heard of anyone getting sick from it.  Bogotá – The water didn’t give us any problems but didn’t taste perfect and we were told that it bothers some peoples’ stomachs.  Cartagena – we drank tons of tap water there but one time I did have a pain that felt water related.  Taganga: We drank the tap water there but my stomach did feel a little weird a few times.  San Agustín – The water was pretty good and we had no problems.  Cali – We filled up our water bottle in the bathroom there and had no problems.  Popayan – We filled up a bottle in the bathroom at the bus terminal and had no problems.  Basically all the cities and population centers seemed fine.  However, out in the country and the places where the bus lets you off to eat lunch are questionable and you should always ask a local before doing anything stupid.

Ecuador:  The water there is not good.  Don’t drink it.  Baños – As of now the water is not safe but in the next few years they hope to have a new purification system running.  I did drink some water one night in Chugchilan when I was really desperate but it wasn’t a good idea.

Panamá:  We drank the tap water in Panamá City and had no problems.  Don’t drink the water in Bocas del Toro.

Perú:  We did not drink any tap water in Perú and would not recommend doing so.

Since we are always trying to save money, we try to buy as little bottled water as possible.  We always boil some in our hostel kitchens (at least three minutes of hard boiling to purify it) when we get a chance and if someone tells us we can drink from the sink we always do.  Yes, sometimes this comes back to haunt us but with the money we save I think its worth it.  Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

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2/3 Highlights!

So, due to our crazy schedule changes, we’re actually past the 2/3 mark on our trip :-(.  But, since we just left South America and are heading to Central, we figured now would be the most logical time to do our “Close-enough-to-2/3rds” superlatives!

Days in South America:  168

Dollars Spent (not including flight):

Countries Visited: 4

Books Read: 19 (Carrie), 12 (Zach)

Number of shirts left: 6 (Carrie), 3 (Zach)


Favorite Food: ceviche (Zach), llapingachos (Carrie)

Favorite Snack: corn/cheese pancake thingies from Ecuador

Favorite Beverage: Campos de Solana vino tinto from Tarija, Bolivia

Most Craved Food Currently: orange cheese (Carrie), sour cream (Zach)

Things We’re Most Excited For in USA:  friends, Netflix, cooking, baking (Carrie), telling stories to family and friends (Zach)

Most Annoying Phenomenon: staring people

Longest Bus Marathon: 3 days almost-straight, Trinidad, Bolivia to Arequipa, Perú

Favorite Activity: still The Inca Trail with The Southwest Circuit as a close second.

Nicest People: still Colombians

Favorite Big City: Lima, Perú

Favorite Small City: Cuzco, Perú

Dumpiest Town: Uyuni, Bolivia

Best Hostel: Hostal Las Olas in Copacabana, Bolivia

Best Place to Open Our Bar Someday: Canoa, Ecuador

Most Enjoyable Hike: Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Most Miserable Hike: Laguna Quilotoa, Ecuador

Most Controversial Post: Happy Birthday Blog

Worst Addiction: Fried chicken

Most Life-Changing Moment: getting engaged

Hottest Place: Colombian coast

Most Mosquitoes: Bolivian Amazon

Biggest Disappointment: Taganga, Colombia

Biggest Ripoff: Bus from Medellin to Santa Marta, Colombia during Easter week=130,000 COP ($70) per ticket

Still Our Favorite Country: Ecuador!!!!!!!  We love you!!!!

Goals for Central America

1. Not sweat to death!

2. Show Zach’s friend Steve a good time in Nicaragua!

3. Do more filming!

4. Improve our Spanish!

5. Make it home safely, and with a little bit of money left.

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Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena

Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena

Cartagena, our last stop in South America, turned out to be our favorite city in Colombia!  The city was founded by the Spanish in 1533 is now deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Shortly after it’s founding, the city was attacked by famous pirate Sir Francis Drake, which scared the Spanish and led them to build huge walls and fortifications all around the city.

Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena
Fire the cannons!

The colorful colonial buildings with vine-covered balconies and the narrow, twisting streets are great for picture-taking and endless exploration.  A truly beautiful, albeit hot, coastal city.

Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena

Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena

Cartagena also has a shining modern skyline of skyscrapers, creating an interesting contrast with the 16th century old town.

Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena

Awash in vibrant colors, history, and charm, Cartagena was a great last stop in South America!  It’s also where all the private sailboats to Panama depart, and that voyage is what we’re doing now!  Hasta luego, South America!  I’m sure we’ll be back someday!

Colonial Colombia in Colorful Cartagena

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