Backpackers, especially those leaving early on the Devil's Nose train ride, swear by Hotel El Tren Dorado (tel. 03/2964-890; www.hosteltrail.com/trendorado), Carabobo 25-35 and 10 de Agosto, a friendly and comfortable stopover right near the train station. Doubles with private bathroom go for $20 (£13). Another good budget option is Hotel Galpón (tel. 03/2960-981; www.hotelgalpon.com), on Argentinos and Carlos Zambrano a few blocks from the municipal stadium; doubles are $30 (£20), including taxes and breakfast.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.