Hip bases in the capital Lima, desert hideaways in Huacachina and cool casas in Cusco let you tick off the country’s bucket-list sights on a budget.
Peru is one of South America’s most exciting countries, with diverse landscapes that run from the Pacific Ocean and its surf-backed beaches to the foodie, fun-loving capital Lima and the arched Andes mountains – crowned by must-visit Machu Picchu. Where you save on accommodation, you can splash out on activities such as surfing lessons in Máncora or trekking the Inca Trail from Cusco. Here is our guide to the coolest hostels in Peru.
Brandon Dupre contributed additional reporting to this article.