Hostels in Samaipata, Bolivia

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Get to know Samaipata (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Samaipata. To help you make friends with Samaipata before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Samaipata is a small, breathtaking mountain village situated at more than one thousand six hundred meters in the Cordillera Oriental mountain range. It is a three-hour journey from Santa Cruz, one of Bolivia’s modern, sleek cities, and is on the way to Cochabamba, which makes it a popular, chilled, stop-off point on the gringo trail.

It is well worth a stop, as it gives a lovely glimpse into Bolivian village life as well as being a good base for those staying at Samaipata hostels to explore surrounding attractions, such as the Amboro National Park, the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, or the Che Guevara Trail. There is an enchanting animal rescue centre a few miles or so out of the village, which is well worth a visit, where you can meet the resident monkeys and parrots (it also accepts volunteers, who can stay at the centre).

Samaipata has a good mix of locals, ex-pats, and travelers to Samaipata captivated by its charm, and every weekend gets an influx of scores of city dwellers, escaping the city for a chilled-out weekend vibe. There are children playing football in the narrow streets, elderly ladies selling freshly picked vegetables, and men chatting on street corners. The amenities are central and easy to get to. There is a large central market, but be aware there is no ATM. There are internet cafés, however the connection is slow, using only satellite connections, and varies considerably with the weather.

There are a host of good tour companies offering bird-watching and trekking tours and guided trips to the beautiful waterfalls, cloud forests, and the lush lowlands of Amboro National Park. The tour companies are helpful and not pushy; it is also possible to trek independently without a guide.

There are a whole host of Samaipata hostels, hippie joints, and boutique hotels lining the quaint streets. Some offer camping at a low price, or free if you are willing to volunteer your services. There are a number of places offering dorms, the village with breathtaking views and hippie yoga vibes, often run by ex-pats. For the evening, there are a number of ex-pat run bars and restaurants, offering the usual fare of Western food, pizzas and pastas as well as a decent sampling of local delicacies. At the weekends, the village is brought to life -- a sound system is set up in the corner of the square, tables and chairs are set out, and makeshift bars and food joints spring up from noon until midnight. You can watch, or participate in, the much enjoyed dancing.

FAQ about Samaipata Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Samaipata. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Samaipata. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 4 Hostels in Samaipata. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Hostel Samaipata is the best hostel in Samaipata for families.
Hostal Serena is the best rated hostel in Samaipata for female solo travellers. compares prices for 4 hostels in Samaipata, Bolivia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Samaipata such as
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Hostal Serena is the best rated hostel for partying in Samaipata.

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Your Packing List for Samaipata

Your Packing List for Samaipata

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Samaipata Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Samaipata, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
4 Total number of hostels
$14 Average dorm price
$15 Cheapest hostel in Samaipata
Hostal Serena is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Samaipata
Hostal Serena is the best rated
Most Samaipata hostels are located in
Barrio Campeche
6.6 Average rating of all hostels

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