While Chile has only one dedicated Hostelling International facility, in Santiago’s Barrio Brasil , there are several affiliates throughout the country that give discounts to HI members. With few exceptions, they are usually not dramatically cheaper than some more conventional budget options, but they do offer the opportunity to meet like-minded travelers. There are also unofficial hostels, some of them outstanding.
For up-to-the-minute information on official hostels, contact Hostelling International Santiago (Cienfuegos 151, Santiago Centro, tel. 02/6718532, www.hostelling.cl ) or the Asociación Chilena de Albergues Turísticos Juveniles (Hernando de Aguirre 201, Oficina 602, Providencia, Santiago, tel. 02/2333220, fax 02/2322555).