Best Hostels in South and Central America

Hola and bienvenido to the best hostels in South and Central America.

We are keen to share this ultimate list of hostel-type accommodation – from Bogota over Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires and San José. South and Central America has plenty of gorgeous, curious and unique hostels to stay at.

This list covers all budget accommodations we reviewed. That includes Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, you name it. All our guides include price comparisons and the basics you need to know. This can include safety tips, best locations, cool activities, average prices and few more decision-taking information.

Our team at Hostelgeeks collects the coolest hostels around the continent. We introduce you to the best South America hostels in a genuine way.

We only list 1 hostel per destination, so you can lean back and spend your time exploring the world rather than researching hostels.

Put on a map: best hostels in South & Central America

We only share the best hostel in every destination.

Simply choose your #1 hostel with one click.

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We did all the leg work for you to unbox the coolest places to stay.

These hostels are recommended to solo-travelers as well as couples.

3 Simple Steps for you:

1. Pick your city
2. get the coolest hostel
3. book it (we have suggestions)

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1 hostel per destination

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel be chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.

This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

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However, we have a huge internal list with fantastic hostels all over the place.

Please drop us a line and we will send you over a handpicked hostel recommendation.

Other 5 Star Hostels

Besides the best hostels in South America, we also put together the best hostels in the world.

You can find all top-notch hostels around the world with us: Show me all 5 Star Hostels.

Collection of the best hostels in South & Central America

So, here we go. Here are all our handpicked hostels across South America.

From family-projects in Buenos Aires to absolute stunning design hostels you will love, no doubt about it!

Hostel 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:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries

Read the full packing list here.

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