Backpacking is really taking off in South America as more budget-conscious travelers begin to discover this incredible continent. To meet growing demand, a number of high quality hostels have sprung up, offering stylish and creative accommodation that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg. Read on to discover the most prestigious, flashpacker digs on the continent.
Discovery Hostel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This former residence of an obscenely wealthy baroness manages to effortlessly combine chic interior design with a homely sociable vibe. With just 27 beds, the intimate hostel is popular for its friendly atmosphere, immaculate attention to cleanliness and stylish, sophisticated decor.
H Rado Boutique Hostel, Santiago, Chile
As Santiago’s flashiest hostel, seemingly every wall of H Rado is adorned with some kind of funky pop-art decoration. Right in the heart of the happening Bella Vista neighborhood, the hostel boasts a huge kitchen, a rooftop terrace with a view as well as air conditioning in every room – a godsend during those sticky summer months.
Rado Boutique Hostel, Pío Nono 5, Santiago, Chile +56 2 2429 4420
Miraflores House, Lima, Peru
Is this a hostel or an antiques museum? It’s a little hard to tell at times thanks to the countless odd little ornaments that adorn every nook and cranny. Apart from the unique decor, guests love Miraflores House for its friendly service, first rate facilities, excellent location and relaxed vibe. There’s no bar in this chilled out backpacker haunt, meaning weary guests can finally catch up on a good nights sleep.
Greenhouse, La Paz, Bolivia
Of the numerous trendy new hostels to open in La Paz in recent years, Greenhouse is the most promising. Aside from having excellent amenities, the hostel strives to become the fist ‘Chef Hostel’ in South America, encouraging guests to gather on the patio each evening and share a home cooked meal and some local wine together.
Intro Hostels, Cusco, Peru
Built out of a converted 300 year old mansion, Intro Hostel is a hit for its sociable yet chilled-out vibe, not to mention the eccentric artwork which adds a certain creative flair. It’s also got a cozy restaurant and bar which is a great place to meet new people in a relaxed setting.
Secret Buddha, Medellin, Colombia
Secret Buddha is pretty much the epitome of a ‘flashpacker’ hostel. This converted farmhouse surrounded by beautiful gardens has been creatively decorated to resemble a high-end boutique rather than backpacker digs. Despite being right on the edge of town in a semi-rural area, the commute is totally worth it for the sheer creativity and beauty of this exceptional hostel.
Anandamayi, Bogota, Colombia
Anandamayi is an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Bogota. Resembling more of a colonial hacienda (country house) than a hostel, it’s full of polished wooden awnings and features two superb gardens complete with mini waterfalls, ponds and an abundance of greenery. Better yet, it only has 27 beds which creates a super relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Hostel Estoril, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Right in the heart of downtown BA, the attentive staff at Estoril have been welcoming guests for over a decade. This 100 year old colonial mansion is decked out with comfy beds and vibrant common rooms which feature all the mod cons a backpacker could need. The piece de resistance, however, is its large rooftop terrace with stunning views over the city center, the perfect place to sip some local vino and make new friends in the evening.
America del Sur, El Calafate, Argentina
More of a hotel resort than a hostel, America del Sur is the most popular place in town with good reason. Its spacious central common area has to be seen to be believed, featuring numerous comfy couches, a toasty warm fireplace and panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. It’s the perfect place to stay when visiting nearby Perito Moreno Glacier.
El Hostelito, Quito, Ecuador
El Hostelito has a unique point of difference we really wish would catch on, dormitory pods. Each bed is divided off from the public by wooden walls and curtains, while inside there is a personal lamp and power socket per pod. This unique concept provides guests with as much privacy as you could hope for in a hostel, perfect for those who haven’t quite gotten used to dormitory living. Aside from the pods, El Hostelito boasts a sunny garden, creative modern decor, plenty of common space and daily organized activities.