As the hub to explore magnificent Machu Picchu and the ancient Inca wonders of the nearby Sacred Valley, it’s little wonder Cusco has become a haven for adventurous backpackers. Such unrivaled appeal means the city is flush with budget hostels, each feverishly competing for that precious tourist dollar. Here’s our list of the top 10 Cusco has to offer.
Wild Rover is a hostel that knows how to party. Expect scores of rowdy youngsters to fill up their bar each night, singing, dancing and going wild in a way only early-twenty-something backpackers know how to do. Crazy daily fiestas aside, the hostel boasts excellent facilities and a top-rate restaurant serving up all your favorite comfort foods from home.
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An old time rival of Wild Rover, Loki’s business model is essentially the same – party, party, party. Having said that, they know how to keep foreign travelers happy between drinks as well. First-world facilities such as hot showers, comfortable beds and a hearty restaurant make that throbbing hangover just a little bit easier.
Another Peruvian party hostel franchise, Pariwana’s Cusco locale is widely agreed to be their best. A cheerful bar draws guests in for rowdy shenanigans, while their ivy-clad central patio provides a more subdued place to socialize. Budget-conscious party animals take note, because cheaper dorm rates and a well-equipped kitchen save precious soles which, let’s face it, would be better spent on beer.
For a more bohemian option, Kokopelli is the place to be. Funky artwork adorns every wall, adding a splash of color and style not found elsewhere in the city. Meanwhile, a happening bar hosts live music and DJs most evenings for fashionable backpackers who fancy the odd night of debauchery. Many of the dorm beds are pods too, adding a priceless little bit of extra privacy.
Not everyone comes to Cusco to get wasted, a fact the folks at Intro realized when they set out to create this chilled out little hostel for the younger crowd. Set in a 300 year-old mansion with eccentric artwork throughout, it’s a hit among sensible backpackers who value a good night’s sleep.
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Built out of a huge Spanish mansion said to be one of the oldest in the city, Ecopackers is a friendly hostel that aims to please. Among its many features are a huge leafy courtyard to meet other travelers, spotless bathrooms, comfortable beds and a vibe that’s sociable yet devoid of excessive binge drinking. As the name suggests, they’ve got an environmental conscious too.
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Magic Packer Hostel
Despite being some ways from the center, this new offering has become a hit for its great value beds and quality onsite facilities. Although Magic is sociable, it’s by no means a party hostel, meaning a good night’s sleep is just about guaranteed. Friendly staff, warm comfy beds and a huge TV with Netflix all add to the appeal.
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Cusco Packers Hostel
With sweeping views of the city, a fresh modern dining area and a funky yet not-too-rowdy bar, Cusco Packers is the perfect option for budget travelers looking for a comfortable stay away from the hard-partying crowd. Best of all, the dorms beds here are amazingly cheap.
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Pisko & Soul
Touting itself as Cusco’s friendliest hostel, the staff at Pisko & Soul are known to go out of their way to make travelers feel right at home. Although smaller and less glamorous than other options on the list, it’s the friendly and sociable vibe that brings in rave reviews.
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Mama Simona Hostel
The perfect place for teetotalers, Mama Simona has forgone the bar for a communal kitchen, allowing travelers to socialize over a meal rather than the over-consumption of alcohol. This colorful and quirky joint just off the main plaza wants guests to feel like they are staying at a Peruvian family home. All things considered, we think they’ve pretty much pulled it off.