A budget hotel experience is vastly different depending where we’ve traveled. In general, the cleanest hotels we’ve stayed in were in Colombia where we paid about $10/night and it included a private bathroom. The cleanest hotel with most friendly staff and fastest wifi was at a $7/night hotel in Lima, Peru.
A budget hotel in the States usually means you’ll want to keep your shoes on and sleep on top of the bed covers. We’re finding this holds true for Chile and southern Argentina. The budget hotels are in the $20-30 range and are dank and nasty, and only have shared bathrooms. Doubling how much we pay doesn’t result in much improvement either.
At least we were entertained by the graffiti on the walls.
Yesterday morning I woke up on a beach and watched dolphins swim by while drinking my coffee.
Cost of this beachfront dolphin viewing experience = priceless.
Every time we are in a city I’m thankful we travel by bicycle so we have the ability to stop at the places in-between and are not limited to staying in cities and hotels. Because of our mode of travel we can find the hidden hideaways and secluded beaches away from towns and bus stops. We often find it’s these places, that you won’t find on TripAdvisor or in the travel guidebooks, that are the most special.
Eager to get out of Puerto Montt, we picked up Scott’s wheel with new hub at 11:30am, caught the first bus south, and we were back to the bikes within 24 hours of leaving them.