Hostels in Latacunga, Ecuador

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Get to know Latacunga (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 Latacunga. To help you make friends with Latacunga before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Latacunga is the capital of the Cotopaxi province in Ecuador, about 85 km south of Quito. It is only 25km from the Cotopaxi volcano, which is an active volcano but a popular hiking trek. Because of its nearness to the volcano, Latacunga lies in the path of destructive lahars and has rebuilt several times following eruptions. Despite this, a thriving old city lies hidden among the industrial and agricultural sprawl.

To get to Latacunga, you need to fly to Quito and then take a bus. There is an airport, but it doesn’t serve passenger flights. Quite is only an hour and a half to the north. Alternately, you can take a train from Guayaquil. Transport around town is relatively easy by local bus.

Most travellers who come to Latacunga tend to pass through on their way to the Parque Nacional Cotopaxi or to the Quilotoa Loop. If you’re searching for hostel accommodation in Latacunga, look no further than the main town square and Parque Vicente Leon; there are quite a few hostels right off there. Hostels here cater to backpackers and hikers alike so expect crowds eager to talk about their travels and compare notes on the hiking in Ecuador.

There are two festivals each year that are worth staying for, La Fiesta la Mama Negra. They both celebrate Mother Nature, and the Virgin, who is the “abogada y patrona del volcan” for stopping the eruption in 1742. Both festivals involve a lot of alcohol, dancing, massive street parties, and parades. If you’re in town when the festivals occur (which vary from year to year, so its best to ask), make sure to book your hostel in advance!

Hiking is one of the most popular activities here, in the Ecuadorian Andes. You must go with a guide and should have some alpine hiking experience, no matter what time of year you go. There’s also mountain biking in the summer, and there are several historic buildings in town.

Written by local enthusiast for Latacunga hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Latacunga hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Latacunga Hostels

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A hostel in Latacunga costs on average $16 for a dorm. A hostel in Latacunga with private rooms costs on average $224.
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Cuscungo Cotopaxi is the best rated hostel for partying in Latacunga.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Latacunga

Your Packing List for Latacunga

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Latacunga 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 Latacunga, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
6 Total number of hostels
$16 Average dorm price
$224 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Latacunga
Hostel Tierra De Fuego is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Latacunga
Cuscungo Cotopaxi is the best rated
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

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