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Shortcut for you:
- Nao Victoria Hostel – great for couples
- Pariwana Hostel Cusco – top pick for solo travellers
- Kokopelli Hostel Cusco – one for groups
This guide offers our very own hand-picked selection of Cusco Hostels. 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 best place to stay in Cusco depending on your travel style.
Quick Introduction to Cusco
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. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). 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. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Cusco
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Cusco.
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.
Choose this hostel if you’re in need of some peaceful, chill time.
The lovely paintings on the walls add a cosy 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. In fact, 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 travellers, there is a maximum stay here of 14 days.
This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for
- Female Solo Travellers
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
If you’re happy 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. Friends have a spacious twin option and there are also triple and double rooms.
There are actually a lot of 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.
Basically, Pariwana Hostel Cusco has everything a good hostel should (and more).
This is one of the best hostels in Cusco for
- Solo travellers
- Social butterflies
3. Kokopelli Hostel Cusco
For our #3 recommendation 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.
For those that like their peace and privacy, snuggle up and hide away in the awesome pod-beds. They’re so spacious!
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.
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
- Sociable couples
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.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Cusco
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that. 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.
Best Hostels in Cusco for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in Cusco for solo-travellers?
As we already mentioned, we highly recommend Nao Victoria Hostel as a great choice for solo women. It’s quiet, safe and centrally located.
Our #2 hostel for solo travellers in Cusco 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. This bohemian district is home to local musicians, craft stores, yoga schools and bars.
We hear the breakfast is awesome, maybe because the coffee they serve is fresh and delicious.
Party Hostels in Cusco
Without doubt the best place to get the party started in Cusco is at Pariwana Hostel Cusco.
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/private room and secure a good night’s sleep, too.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotel and hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h before the stay.
Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.
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:
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.
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.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Cusco hostels 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:
- Full day tour to Rainbow Mountain
- Machu Picchu: Official Entrance Ticket or Full Day Tour by Vistadome train
- Moray, Maras and Salt Mines (half day tour)
Flights to Cusco?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Cusco.
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.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Cusco.
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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.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries