There are many reasons that you may want to consider Peru as your next backpacking destination. Treat yourself to excellent cuisines, like ceviche, loma saltado, and aji de gallina.
You can explore the Mayan culture and see a wide assortment of beautiful places. Do not forget your camera as you will want to capture images of the Amazon rainforest, Paracas, and Machu Picchu.
There are plenty of things to do in Peru. Many choose to come to the country to hike the Inca Trail, but you can also go diving, mountain biking, paragliding, surfing, and much more.
While most people speak Spanish, you will find English widely spoken throughout the country. This is especially true of major cities like Lima, but you may still want to learn some basic Spanish phrases.
As long as you are willing to use a variety of types, Peru is a relatively easy place to get around. In rural areas, big trucks are often used as people haulers. In major cities, mototaxis, which are similar to rickshaws, are everywhere and a convenient way to get around.
You will find many beautiful hostels spread across Peru to stay in, including these eight.
BEST HOSTEL IN HUACACHINA
Banana’s Adventure Hostel – Huacachina, Peru
- Complimentary breakfast
- Free activities including sandboarding and wine tasting
- Two televisions that play sporting events and Netflix
- Variety of room choices
If you are looking for a great place to stay in Lima with a variety of room options, consider Banana’s Adventure Hostel overlooking the Huacachina Lagoon. Choose one free activity to do each day from a wide assortment, including sandboarding, a wine tasting experience, and a barbeque dinner.
Guests also receive a complimentary breakfast. End your day on a hammock overlooking the Huacachina Lagoon or watching your favorite show on two large-screen televisions. One television offers sporting events while the other plays Netflix. This hostel features lots of room to socialize so that you can make new friends from all over the world.
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BEST HOSTELS IN LIMA
1900s Backpackers Hostel – Lima, Peru
- Free Lima walking tour
- Communal kitchen
- Foosball and pool tables
- Ceviche-making class
Located in front of the Lima Art Museum, 1900s Backpackers Hostel offers a full-service bar, complimentary ceviche-making classes, and televisions where you can catch the latest sporting events. There are also foosball and pool tables where you can challenge your friends or make new ones.
The showers here have great pressure, which may feel particularly great after a full day of sightseeing or a day of hiking. A variety of rooming options are available, and some have private bathrooms. If you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere, then this is the perfect place to relax. You may want to hang around for the free walking tours of Lima.
Pariwana Hostel – Lima, Peru
- Party vibe
- Organized activities
- City Tours
- 24-hour front desk
The Pariwana Hostel is located just 10 minutes from the beach in the Miraflores neighborhood, and it faces Central Park. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast until mid-day, and laundry service is also available.
Challenge your traveling companions or new friends to a friendly game of ping pong or foosball. A friendly receptionist is on duty 24 hours a day. You can choose from a variety of rooms, including private rooms and dorms. This hostel offers tours of Old City Lima, Barranco, and Magic Water for an additional fee. You can also join in the fun of a Peruvian barbeque, themed parties, or play organized drinking games.
Puriwasi Hostel – Lima, Peru
- Terrace bar
- On-site restaurant
- Large storage lockers
- Multilingual front desk staff
If you are looking for a place to stay with a party vibe, consider Puriwasi Hostel. This Miraflores-neighborhood hostel offers a terrace bar. You can opt to dine at the on-site restaurant or fix your meal in the communal kitchen. Be sure to bring along your lock if you want to stow things in the large storage lockers.
A 24-hour front desk is available with a multilingual staff. They will help you organize drinking tours of the neighborhood or help you find other exciting things to do. They can also arrange for you to get into many of Lima’s best nightclubs for free. For an additional fee, they will pick you up at the airport.
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BEST HOSTELS IN CUSCO
Kokopelli Hostel – Cusco, Peru
- Organized drinking game
- Afternoon reception with free sandwiches
- On-site restaurant
- Located near bus stop
Located in a 200-year-old Colonial-style home that is very near Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, the Kokopelli Hostel offers panoramic views of the city and ocean from its rooftop terrace. You can prepare your food or dine in the on-site restaurant. Free sandwiches are provided daily during an afternoon reception.
Choose to stay in a private suite or a dorm sleeping eight or 12 people. You can choose mixed or female-only dorms. A public bus stop is located within a block. Join the fun of organized drinking games or just stroll through the house and enjoy the fabulous artwork.
Pariwana Hostel – Cusco, Peru
- On-site restaurant
- Variety of recreational activities
- Locked front gates at night
- Easy to catch public transportation
Take advantage of the on-site travel agency to plan your Peruvian adventures. You can fix your meals in the communal kitchen or dine in the on-site restaurant that features outstanding ceviche. Head to the bar to enjoy happy hour or simply sit in the commons area and visit with other backpackers.
This Historical District hostel offers bean bags, table tennis, and a soccer table for guests to use. Try different Peruvian teas all day long for free. Security locks the front gates at night, and guests must buzz security to get into the building, which adds an extra layer of protection.
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BEST HOSTELS IN AREQUIPA
Wild Rover Hostel in Arequipa, Peru
- Nightly entertainment at the Irish bar
- Various recreational activities, including a swimming pool, pool tables, and ping pong tables
- Within easy walking distance of many local attractions
Relax at the pool or join one of the parties at the Irish bar featuring nightly entertainment at the Wild Rover Hostel in Arequipa, Peru. Pool tables and ping pong tables are available for friendly games.
They also offer a sun terrace, which is a great place to unwind after a full day of sightseeing at attractions that are within walking distance, like the Plaza de Armas, Ricketts House, and Arequipa’s Historical Museum. Guests can choose to stay in private rooms or dorms holding up to 20 people.
MB Hostel in Arequipa, Peru
- Tours to surrounding attractions
- Scrumptious breakfast
- Travel agency
- Beach access
Start your day with banana pancakes or scrambled eggs served in hammocks on the sunny terrace at MB Hostel in Arequipa, Peru. Join one of their organized tours lasting up to three days of Colca Canyon or an organized tour to Misti or Chachani volcanoes.
This hostel is also conveniently located near the beach. Unlike some party hostels, the atmosphere here is more about socializing and getting to know fellow travelers. This hostel also has a travel agency, so they can help you plan your next Peruvian adventure. A few private rooms are available. Otherwise, you can stay in rooms holding up to 14 people.
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If you are planning a backpackers’ trip to Peru, consider these eight hostels. Start by deciding if you want a party atmosphere or one more focused on socializing. Then, start narrowing down your choices because each of these Peruvian hostels is an excellent place to stay in their unique way. You can enjoy seeing many different sites. Then, join a party or fix your meals in a communal kitchen. Some of these hostels even feature an on-site restaurant for those nights when you do not feel like cooking. Peru is a beautiful country with many unusual things to do. Make your reservations very soon.