Best Hostels in Cusco, Peru - the complete guide and overview for backpackersGet ready to immerse in the once capital of the Inca Empire and enjoy the absolute best hostels in Cusco, Peru in South America. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t envy you.

Let us help you create wonderful memories at only great Cusco hostels.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Nao Victoria Hostel – great for couples
  2. Pariwana Hostel Cusco – a top pick for solo travelers
  3. Kokopelli Hostel Cusco – one for groups

This guide lists our very own hand-picked selection of fun and cool hostels Cusco Peru can offer. It’s the vibes, design, and comfort that will have you smiling from ear to ear.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

This guide will help you pick the coolest hostels in Cusco depending on your travel style. There is one for everyone.

We cover in this article:

Quick Introduction to Cusco

There are a lot of beautiful places to visit in Cusco, Peru. So, let’s get started!

The average price for a bed: Hostels in Cusco cost 7€ – 11€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 15€ up to 53€ per night. Hence, this is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Similarly, hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. Even more, we especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Cusco

Let’s jump right into the best hostels in Cusco:

  1. Nao Victoria Hostel – Best Hostel for Couples
  2. Pariwana Hostel Cusco – Best Hostels for Solo Travelers
  3. Kokopelli Hostel Cusco – Best Hostels for Groups

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Nao Victoria Hostel

Nao Victoria Hostel is a real mix of colonial and modern, with recently renovated dorms that offer a much-appreciated privacy curtain and under-bed lockers. This is one of the best hostel Cusco can offer!

Choose this one of the best Cusco Peru hostels if you’re in need of some peaceful, chill time.

The lovely paintings on the walls add a cozy vibe. There are many small touches around the place, actually.

From here, the famous Plaza de Armas in the Historic Centre of Cusco is just a few steps away. Therefore, all of the main attractions are within walking distance.

Alongside well thought out dorm rooms, there are also private rooms available.

All privates have their own bathroom, and dorm beds come with a personal light and sockets. Not forgetting that privacy curtain, too!

You’ll be glad to know that breakfast is included here. What a great way to start the day!

Reception is open 24/7 which means no curfew if you’d like to head out in the evening.

Good to know: for long-term travelers, there is a maximum stay here of 14 days.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco Peru for

  • Couples
  • Female Solo Travellers
Book Nao Victoria Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Pariwana Hostel Cusco

If you’re looking for a livelier atmosphere, affordable price tag and superb location; choose Pariwana Hostel Cusco.

This place is all about creating different social recipes to get conversation and happy times flowing.

Easy to be social when there’s…

  • Daily activities (free walking tours, salsa lessons, trivia nights)
  • Free board + arcade games
  • Funky bar w/ Happy Hour + weekend parties

Want to chill and let the conversation come naturally? Head to the big terrace area.

There are many rooms to choose from here, and they’ll suit all types of travellers.

Mixed dorms range from 4-14 beds. Consequently, friends have a spacious twin option and there are also triple and double rooms.

Amenities worth mentioning here, including:

  • Free breakfast + all day coffee
  • Restaurant w/ Peruvian meals
  • Common kitchen
  • 24/hr reception
  • TV room

Be sure to contact the hostel in advance and ask them about their airport transfer if you’d prefer this over local transport.

As a result, Pariwana Hostel Cusco has everything a good hostel in Cusco should (and more).

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Solo travellers
  • Backpackers
  • Social butterflies
Book Pariwana Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Pariwana Hostel is one of the best hostels in Cusco, Peru

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3. Kokopelli Hostel Cusco

For our #3 recommendation in the best hostels in Cusco, we mix the first two together and have here a hostel that offers a chill space and place to mingle all in one.

Kokopelli Hostel is within a unique 200 year old house just 2-minutes from Cusco’s main plaza area.

To those who like their peace and privacy, snuggle up and hide away in the awesome pod-beds. Also, they’re so spacious!

In contrast, when you feel the need to integrate, head on down to the Pisco bar in the evening for cocktails and drink/food events.

As an in-betweeny, there’s a great courtyard-style room with chairs, info boards and tons of space. The wall-art is pretty cool, too.

Almost some of the rooms have cool inclusions such as a bath in the 10-bed dorm and two double-bed bunks in the 4-bed ‘matrimonial private’ – oo err!

What else can the Kokopelli team tempt you with?

  • Included breakfast w/ fruit
  • Happy Hour promotions at the bar
  • Pool, Fusball and Ping Pong tables
  • Restaurant from 7am-11pm
  • Garden w/ hammocks

Should you fancy sticking around, ask about the volunteer opportunities in the bar. This is a great way to get to know the local area better.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Groups
  • Sociable couples
Book Kokopelli Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Cusco?

If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Cusco.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Cusco
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that. Hence, make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Read: How to book hostels with Hostelworld

Best Hostels in Cusco for Solo Travellers?

What is the serious, best hostels in Cusco for solo-travellers and backpackers in cusco Peru?

As we already mentioned, we highly recommend Nao Victoria Hostel as a great choice for solo women.

It’s quiet, safe and centrally located.

#2 in our best hostels in Cusco guide for solo travellers and Cusco backpackers has to be Supertramp Hostel Cusco.

This is an eco-driven place offering relaxing hammocks and large outdoor terraces with fantastic views of the city and surrounding mountains.

For a nice change the location is in San Blas.

The Bohemian district is home to local musicians, craft stores, yoga schools and bars.

Even more, we hear the breakfast is awesome, maybe because the coffee they serve is fresh and delicious.

Book Supertramp Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Supertramp Hostel is one of the best hostels in Cusco for solo travellers

Party Hostels in Cusco?

There is two absolute crazy party hostels in Cusco:

  1. Wild Rover Hostel Cusco
  2. Pariwana Hostel Cusco

1. Wild Rover Hostel Cusco (Soundproof Bar)

If there is one thing you should look forward to in Wild Rover Hostel Cusco is their amazing sky view from the balcony.

Enjoy the morning view and have a great breakfast or simply grab an ice cold beer and be amaze with the sunset on their balcony. Either way, we are sure you’ll definitely love it.

While aside from their amazing balcony view, you also wouldn’t want to miss to try their soundproof Irish bar. You got that right, soundproof!

To fully give guests the rest that they deserve, away from the dazzling party music, the hostel has built its own private building intended for all the fun.

Live music, happy hour specials, and amazing DJs, all for you to dig in every day, ’til late night. Or if you’re into sports, they have big wide screens, perfect to watch all sports events around the world.

So if the party runs through your blood, you’ve come to the right place. We guarantee you a thrilling party experience in Cusco.

Perks at Wild Rover Hostel Cusco:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Soundproof Irish Bar
  • Spanish Tutorial

And if you’re into more fun, Wild Rover Hostel Cusco offers exciting games you can participate in.

Play a game of pool, fuse ball, Ping-Pong or foot volleyball. Win or lose in a game, doubtless, you will win new friends.

Another, they also have activities that you may have an interest in like beer pongs, Spanish tutorials or even learn how to Salsa.

Also, you can try the sumptuous home-cooked meals offered at the hostel in case you don’t want to leave the premises. They offer a very cheap daily menu that starts from less than $5.

Rooms are equipped with guaranteed the most comfortable beds in Cusco. Each bed is installed with your own personal light and sockets. Plus your own safety deposit box to keep your belongings.

So if you’re looking for a cool hostel that can sustain your hype and energy, we are sure Wild Rover Hostel Cusco will certainly keep you busy and running.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Party Travelers
  • Groups
Book Wild Rover Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Pariwana Hostel

Pariwana is one of the best place to get the party started in Cusco is at Pariwana Hostel Cusco.

Certainly it’s unlikely that you’ll be left sitting in the corner alone when there are daily organised activities, Happy Hour at the bar and weekend themed parties.

What’s great is that it’s possible to book a small dorm or private room and secure a good night’s sleep, too.

Book Pariwana Victoria Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Pariwana Hostel is one of the best hostels in Cusco, Peru

More Cusco Hostels worth to mention

Furthermore, to assist you further in making the right choice for the best hostels in Cusco, we give you more other hostels you can choose from.

Because we want the best for you, we took an extra mile to give you not only the best but also the coolest hostels to stay in Cusco.

Here are a few more interesting and worth to know hostels you might want to check.

  • Loki Hostel
  • The Point Hostel
  • The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse
  • Milhouse Hostel
  • Intro Hostel
  • Ecopackers Cusco
  • Gaia House

1. Loki Hostel Cusco

Update 2019: For some reason it was closed down. We do not know the exacty reason, but before booking, please check again if it is actually open. Few of our fellow travellers went there with a reservation from Hostelworld – and it was closed.

Loki Hostel Cusco is know to be one of the best Cusco party hostel. So if you want to party and enjoy the night with beers and all this is the one for you. Yes, yes, we know. we already mentioned two fiesta hostels. This could be another option.

Perks at Loki Hostel Cusco:

  • Terrace
  • Book Exchange
  • Fitness room
  • Sauna

Rooms are great, bathrooms cleaned at regular intervals and they have common areas where you can meet fellow backpackers. Have a memorable experiences at Loki Hostel Cusco!

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Loki Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

2. The Point Hostel Cusco

Offering guests plenty of outdoor seating areas and hammocks with a great view of the mountains, we give you The Point Hostel Cusco.

Certainly the hostel Cusco Peru that perfectly fits your chance to explore Cusco during the day and enjoy the nightlife of the city.

Just a 5-minute drive to the main bus station and a 5-minute walk from Cusco’s main square. The Point Hostel Cusco gives you great access to the most popular destinations in the city.

Things to expect at The Point Hostel Cusco:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bar
  • Spanich Gallery

And to make you worry less, just a few blocks from the hostel are pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants, shopping centers and general amusement of the Plaza de Armas.

Just stepping out from the hostel places you to numerous establishments that will give you a taste of Cusco.

Hence, in case you like to stay in the hostel, you may get your meals and sandwiches at The Horny Llama Bar and Restaurant. They serve daily continental breakfast with coffee and tropical fruits.

Finally when the night comes, you can also grab a few beers or have your favorite cocktail. Join the crazy party and win new acquaintances. Meet other guests from all over the world that share the same ideas as yours.

Furthermre, the hostel also features a Spanish gallery where sculpted wood details are displayed. Appreciating and promoting the artistry of the locals.

And to give the hostel the cheerful ambiance, rooms have unique decorative paintings. Giving a more artistic vibe to your stay.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Solo Travelers
  • Small Groups
Book The Point Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Sleep at very cozy beds at The Point Hostel Cusco Enjoy indoor games like table tennis at The Point Hostel Cusco

3. The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse (Great View)

A hostel that gives you the very friendly and homely vibe, The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse.

Located in the historic center of the city, The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse is just a few minutes walk from the Main Cathedral of Cusco. Furthermore, the Central Market is also reachable just a few steps from the hostel.

Other popular landmarks such as the Coricanch (the most important temple in the Inca Empire), the Religious Art Museum and the Hatun Rumiyoc (one of the best preserved original Inca roads in the city) are just a few you can easily visit just within a short distance from the hostel.

Perks at The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Rooftop Bar
  • Cooking Class
  • Panoramic View of the City

On the rooftop, you will be able to find a perfect panoramic view of the city. A bar can also be found there where you can grab an ice cold beer or cocktails.

Have the perfect chance to just chill, watch the busy city of Cusco while you take a sip of your favorite ice cold beer from the bar.

Watch the sunset and get great Instagram photos during your stay.

And to keep guests in touch with the heart Cusco, The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse offers walking tours, hiking sessions and a little history class about the local culture of the city.

They also conduct cooking classes and movie night activities you can join in if you’re not out for a tour.

Location: If you don’t feel like eating out, you can always try preparing your own preferred meals at a very nice shared kitchen since the Central Market is just within reach from the hostel.

Restaurants and cafes are also just around the corners of The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse if you change your mind.

Though remember that the hostel serves Continental breakfast every day at the rooftop. Just a perfect way to start your day. A nice great breakfast plus a wonderful morning view of the city.

And don’t you worry about missing out the newest episode on your favorite movie series on Netflix because they have it in the hostel’s common areas. Catch a movie and just relax after a long tiring day outside.

Adding you a more feeling of being home away from home. And The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse just puts you exactly where you should be.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Female-Solo Travelers
  • Couples
Book The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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4. Milhouse Hostel Cusco

Milhouse Cusco is located in a prime location! It is just 200 meters away from Plaza de Armas.

Plaza de Armas is a colonial-style house and it is one of the famous site in Cusco. All major tourist attractions are within easy walking distance.

Perks at Milhouse Hostel Cusco:

  • Free breakfast
  • Bar
  • Terrace with a view over the city
  • Garden
  • Located in a former monastery

All of the staff are absolutely lovely, amazing, and friendly! They offer good food, good beer, extra large bunks, good size lockers, fresh clean bedding, hot showers with good pressure, and free storage lockers..

Great atmosphere but also quiet enough to be able to sleep as well which is rare for good party hostels!

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Andean Rooftop here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

5. Intro Hostel Cusco

Intro Hostel is one of the good backpackers Cusco hostels.

In terms of location, Intro Hostels Cusco is easy to find. It’s at the intersection of Cuesta Santa Ana (or Meloc) and Arcopata and only a few blocks northwest of the Cusco’s Main Square.

It is a converted 300 years old mansion so the aura is really a house hostel. So if you are  interested in history in Cusco, you will enjoy your stay here.

Perks at Intro Hostel Cusco:

  • Fire on cold nights
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Travel agency
  • Free breakfast
  • 24/7 Front Desk

Reasonably central, good price, clean rooms. This is what you should expect in this old mansion. Featuring shared and private rooms, Intro Hostels Cusco is perfect for backpackers and couples.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Intro Hostel Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

6. Ecopackers Cusco

Ecopackers has a good location. It is  half a kilometer from the Sacsayhuaman Ruins and 3.2 km from Velasco Astete Airport.

This hostel gives you a vintage aura since it is one of the first Casonas built by the Spanish settlers when they conquered the Inca Empire, nearly five hundred years ago.

Perks at Ecopakers Hostel Cusco:

  • Bike hire
  • Airport transfer
  • Super friendly staff

You will have an amazing stay here in Ecopackers Cusco. Their shower is good to relax from a long day tour.  You can also relax and meet new fellow backpacking Cusco buddies in their TV lounge.

If you want to sunbathe, their inner patio is perfect for you! They offer a free breakfast and the hostel has a common kitchen if you want to prepare your own meal.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Ecopackers Cusco here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

7. Gaia House

Gaia house hostel is a beautiful colonial property that is converted into a Cuzco hostel. It is located in the historical center of Cusco city.

This hostel is very close to the main tourist attractions like La Merced Church, Religious Art Museum, Hatun Rumiyoc and Santo Domingo Church.

Perks at Gaia Hostel Cusco:

  • Free breakfast
  • Cafe/bar
  • Activities offered by the hostel
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport shuttle

They offer different kind of activities as games, music, walks around the city or outside it, culinary events, stories, sports activities and much more, relaxed atmosphere by the natural charm that transmits Gaia House in every corner of the hostel.

This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Gaia House here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

How to book hostels – in the first place?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotel and hostels reservations. Similarly, their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.

Also, Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

Most noteworthy, on both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Best hostel for couples – Nao Victoria Hostel
  2. Top hostel for solo traveller – Pariwana Hostel Cusco
  3. Best party hostel for small group – Kokopelli Hostel Cusco
  4. Best artzy hostel in Cusco – Supertramp Hostel Cusco
  5. Great Cusco party hostel – Wild Rover Hostel Cusco
  6. Best hostel for small group – The Point Hostel Cusco
  7. Perfect hostel for female solo traveller – The Andean Rooftop Guesthouse
  8. Best youth hostel in Cusco – Milhouse Hostel Cusco
  9. Comfy and affordable hostel for couples- Intro Hostel Cusco
  10. Great Hostel to Book Treks – Ecopackers
  11. Best hostel with most helpful staffs – Gaia House
  12. Top party hostel for backpackers – Loki Hostel Cusco

All of Cusco best hostels are popular; especially in high-season.

To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.

Hostels are the best places to meet other travelers, so skip the hotels in Cusco Peru if you want a more sociable tour. Also,  Cusco hotels are expensive compared to hostels.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Cusco. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best hostels in Cusco on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

    • Plaza de Armas
    • Cusco Cathedral
    • San Pedro Market
    • Twelve Angled Stone

FYI: many of the Inca sights and breath-taking places are surrounding the Cusco city area. It is definitely worth speaking to your chosen hostel about local tours.

Otherwise, here are a few options to think about:

FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Cusco for solo travellers?

Pariwana Hostel Cusco the best for solo travellers. This place is all about creating different social recipes to get conversation and happy times flowing.

Are hostels in Cusco safe?

Make sure that the hostel that you choose is running with proper license and has a lot of reviews.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Cusco. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Cusco?

You can find the best Cusco hostels in this article!

What is Cusco best known for?

Many of the Inca sights and breath-taking places are surrounding the Cusco city area. It is definitely worth speaking to your chosen hostel about local tours. It is known for a lot of things but we have listed the top sights to visit for you..

  • Plaza de Armas
  • Cusco Cathedral
  • San Pedro Market
  • Twelve Angled Stone

How much are hostels in Cusco?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Cusco costs $12 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.com.

Flights to Cusco?

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Cusco.

Furthermore this new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in South America

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Cusco.

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

It is our commitment to never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Therefore, we only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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