4 Not-to-Miss Hostels While Vacationing in Peru

From the depths of the Amazon to the magical Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru offers visitors just about every type of adventure you could imagine. Allow me to be so bold as to say that if you’re planning a trip there, you are in for memorable vacation that will rival any other you take in your lifetime.

Fortunately, Peru can be enjoyed in all its glory even when you’ve got a budget to stick to. Hostels are not only plentiful, but they’re modern, they’re clean, and they’re affordable. From the most basic accommodations to some that look more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers stop, there are all types of hostels to consider. As you start planning the details of your trip, be sure to consider these 4 hostels.

1. Ecopackers Hostel in Cusco

Bright colors, locally woven fabrics, ancient archways, and other beautiful architectural highlights all welcome you as you enter the doors of this tidy hostel, which is run by friendly and helpful staff. Located in a house that was built by the Spaniards upon their arrival some 500 years ago, you can’t help but notice there’s a sense of history and ancestral respect in the air. At just 2 blocks from the main Plaza de Armas, the Ecopackers location can’t be beat. You’re within easy walking distance to shops, discos, restaurants, and favorite tourist sites.

Photo by Martin St-Amant

Photo by Martin St-Amant

2. Casablanca Hostal in Arequipa

Arequipa is lovingly known as The White City, with many of its buildings constructed of white volcanic rock called sillar. The Casablanca Hostal features the namesake material and puts you in the heart of this lively city. After a few busy days of exploring the area, you will surely appreciate the lovely resting area on the third floor terrace and the numerous balconies, where you’ll be able to take in some sun and beautiful views.

Photo by Christian Monzón

Photo by Christian Monzón

3. 511 Lima Hostel in Lima

The hands-on owner goes out of his way to welcome and take care of guests at the 511 Lima Hostel. Those who stay here appreciate the free wifi that is available throughout the property and guests with rental cars can take advantage of the private parking that’s available at no extra cost. With its contemporary finishes and ideal location in Lima’s upscale Miraflores neighborhood, you’ll feel like you’re getting a real deal on luxury accommodations.

Photo by Mira4espina78y

Photo by Mira4espina78y

4. Green Track Hostel in Iquitos

This simple hostel offers the basic necessities travelers will appreciate when coming back from a long day exploring the jungle – free wifi and air conditioning go a long way in times like these! There’s a lovely outdoor garden for relaxing, but the highlight of the Green Track Hostel property may be its juice bar, where the proud owners whip up delicious concoctions featuring locally sourced acai, maca, and honey. Don’t worry, if you feel like something a little stronger you can always spring for a coca sour or other house cocktail.

As you make the plans for your trip to Peru don’t forget one especially important thing: honing your Spanish skills. Whether you consider yourself an expert or know nothing more than “Hola,” some private lessons will go a long way. If you’d like to learn more about language learning opportunities near you, be sure to contact us. And if you have a great hostel story from Peru, do share it in the comments section below!