Icthus Paracas Backpackers, Paracas

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Icthus Paracas Backpackers is a friendly family run hostel for travellers on a budget who want to be right by the sea. It offers booking services for great tours to the Ballestas Islands and more, as well as impressively strong, free wifi and a calm vibe.

The hostel is located by everything you need (Paracas is a small place). It is less than a five minute walk to the beach, to the main bus stop, to the boat terminal, to many restaurants etc. It is slightly tucked away so is not the most obvious place to find by taxi at night, though this is not a big problem.

There are private rooms and dorms at Icthus across multiple floors. The dorms are quite cramped with bunks a bit too close together and upper bunks close to the ceiling. This problem is made much worse as rooms do not have lockers (small nor big) so backpacks are left on the floor leaving little room to walk around or organise your hinge. The beds themselves are comfortable, cosy, and clean, and the rooms are nicely cool at night. The bathrooms are few and far between, placed outside of bedrooms in communal areas, however water is hot and the bathrooms are clean and functioning. There is no soap to wash hands in the bathroom.

The main common area is the courtyard which is pretty and nicely decorated with flowers and plenty of outdoor seating, perfect for the sunny weather. It is very clean and well kept. Guests have full use of a kitchen which is tidy and pleasant, or alternatively can pay ten soles for a continental breakfast. The hostel is very quiet. There are not many people hanging around, most go out and do activities during the day time. Check out is at twelve which is convenient and there is a secure cupboard to store backpacks.

Icthus Paracas is a nice place to stay for a night to do the Ballestas, especially due to a near perfect location. The family/staff are really lovely and helpful, the buildings are well-built, and the rooms are clean and sufficient. The atmosphere and layout of rooms are not great however, and it is not an ideal place to stay long term. It is well worth the cheap price.


Icthus Paracas Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Nice hostel, good value for money. Hosts take alot of time to keep it clean. Very relaxed but due to the location it can be very loud from the streets behind and outside in the early morning.


Didn't have a kitchen (despite being advertised), very loud at night


Everything was perfect!! Just a shame that the kitchen wasnt opened, while it was previously indicated that it was.

But the hosts were really adorable and helpful, I recommend it if you dont need kitchen :)


Stayed here for one night. The lady at the front desk was AWESOME. I was short a few soles and she just asked that I paid it the next day instead of being upset or not letting us stay at all! She was very kind. We had super heavy bags and she offered to help us carry them to the second floor (no elevators; which we refused because once again, super heavy bags), but the fact that she was willing to help says a lot! The room itself was small but nice. It was a little hot at times but we just cracked the door


Its a nice hostel close to the seashore.


Good location! Walking distance from pretty much anything you need. However, it didn't really feel like a backpacker hostel. I didn't see any kitchen or lounge area (except the reception). Felt more like a motel than a hostel. Also, the surrounding area is very loud at night. Locals are screaming and dogs are barking like crazy. Even with all the windows shut.


Really nice place! But had a problem with a few things like having to ask someone to get your own things from the fridge and put it back (not allowed in the kitchen) despite being 'self catering'. Also a woman just walked into our locked room without knocking in the morning. Had our laundry given back to us damp. However, it was a nice and quiet place to stay and the staff are really friendly so I would stay again.


Good enough, staff are local family who hang out in yard. No social atmosphere to speak off but room is clean. There are NO self catering facilities so this needs updating


There is no air conditioning in the rooms. Its cool enough at night where it isnt a problem but it is an absolute hot box during the day. Hot showers, no communal kitchen.


I think it might be the cheapest dorm in Paracas.

They cleaned the place every day. Very clean.

But There is weird smell in the room. There is no table in the room or no indoor area with tables. My laptop and phones got sands in 10 mins.

There is no 24 hours of reception so you need to be aware of this.

There is no kitchen or boiler. This would be a bit inconvenience.


We booked 1 night through the website for this hostel in Paracas. When we arrive they do not have a room for us, even though we had booked in advance. The mother who owns the hostel was very rude and had to tell a lie about why we could not get the room, which we did not buy. (She had overbooked the room) She then made another solution and got us over to another hostel (Costa Rica) - which was a super nice place! She demanded more money from us and it was generally an unpleasant experience.


Very comfortable and great staff. Good wifi and safe setting. Loud trucks outside during the day, but during the night was quiet. Breakfast was not as good as I thought it would be, but there is cute coffee shop around the corner for another option. Staff was really friendly too!


My wife and I had a terrific stay at Icthus and in fact extended our stay twice because we were having such a great time. The price for a private room/bathroom is incredibly cheap yet the rooms are perfectly clean, charmingly decorated, and with plenty of light. The porch swing in the outdoor common area/courtyard is a really pleasant place to hang out. Most of all, the family of four who owns and operates Icthus are unusually warm, friendly, and helpful, making us feel almost like family.


Liked: Friendly family run hostel Didn't like: --


Liked: Really friendly staff and close to the port. Booked the boat trip through them and that was good. Kitchen always clean too Didn't like: Showers not always hot think you had to mention you wanted one for them to turn the heater on


Liked: It was perfect, rooms clean and tidy, the staff were excellent and super friendly, they helped so much in planning trips. I recommend renting some bikes from.there and heading to the beach, it was such a good experience! Plus the bikes were new with suspension and everything. The place is a family run hostel and you'll immediately feel at home there. It's also not a party hostel, so no loud music..which is perfect for relaxing. They gave me some excellent tips on where to travel next, further it was all independent advice so they don't look to charge extra commission or anything. Also the travellers I met here were great too. I'd have stayed longer if I hadn't booked a bus to ica. Don't look any further and stay here! Didn't like: Nothing at all, it was perfect


Good location, bus terminal is a few minutes out of town. Good help from the manager, who helped arrange the national park and Islands tour. Rooms are small, but have everything you need.


Liked: Handy for the beach and other sites. Located close to other hostels. Didn't like: Could be a bit of a smell every now and again.


Friendly staff


Liked: A nice and conveniently located hostel. There's nothing very especial about it but the place is a big value for its money Didn't like: Nothing



Icthus Paracas Backpackers is a cozy family accommodation and managed by our own family.

With careful attention by owners to their guests can feel relaxed, safe and able to enjoy their vacation.
, hot water, small tourist information and city tours.

Come and enjoy a wonderful stay in which we will be very happy to receive them!

Please note

Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

Check in from 14:00.
Check out at 12:00.

Payment upon arrival by cash.
Taxes included.
Breakfast not included.
No curfew.

Location and Contact


• If the passenger arrives from Lima to Pisco by bus 'Soyuz' or 'flowers', take a bus to Pisco Town, which will drop you at the bus to Paracas collective located at the junction of Calle Fermin Tanguis with Beatita Humay . take this group and tell the driver to go to the San Martin Association in the first inning, there you will find our Backpackers 'Icthus Paracas'.
• In the event that the passenger take the bus 'Oltursa' or 'Southern Cross', this will come directly to your agency in Paracas, With Oltursa only have to walk one (1) team as our Backpackers is located in front of the agency across the park. With 'Southern Cross' addressed to the agency 'Oltursa' which is 3 blocks to the park and then cross to get to our accommodation.



Address: Asociación San Martin Mz J1 Lt 29 Pisco, Paracas, Ica Region, Peru

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Phone Number: +51989178278
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Luggage Storage

Board Games


Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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