8 Hostels in Otavalo, Ecuador

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Otavalo, Ecuador. You can choose from 8 Otavalo hostels. In total, there are 25 cheap places to stay in Otavalo such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.

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Otavalo 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 Otavalo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Party hostels in Otavalo


(Flying Donkey Hostal is the best rated)

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Hostels in Otavalo for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Otavalo for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Otavalo? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Otavalo alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Otavalo. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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

 Downtown Otavalo

Otavalo is a town of approximately 50,000 inhabitants and is a short just over two hour hop from Quitos Terminal Norte and a common staging post for those heading there from Colombia or those going in the other direction.

This is a bustling town famous for its wonderful indigenous Saturday market where literally hundreds of sellers descend on the town to sell everything from bows and arrows to hammocks and Llama skin boots. Its a feast for the senses on this day. There is a market in the Plaza de Ponchos daily but it is dwarfed by the Saturday megalith. The market has been held here for hundreds of years.

Most of the Otavalo hostels and other accommodations are near to the Plaza de Ponchos are there are many to choose from to suit all budgets. They tend to be quite expensive compared to what you would pay outside of Quito normally in Ecuador and prices rise at the weekends due to the market. It's probably a good idea to book ahead if you plan to arrive on a Friday. For those with cash to splash there are more expensive haciendas which are available out of town

The town is thriving and there is a good selection of restaurants, cafes, banks, crafts shops, designer label shops. Everything you need for a comfortable stay is here.

In addition to the market there are a variety of walks that you can do without a guide to nearby waterfalls and lagoons. These are not too strenuous and are only an hour or two long. Nightlife picks up on the weekend and the streets can be busy and the locals are friendly. There are festivals throughout the year and the Fiesta del Yamor is held at the end of August and is a colorful parade of floats and dancers and competitions.

Other Nearby Cities
Cotacachi Cotacachi (7 Km / 5 mi.)
Ibarra Ibarra (20 Km / 13 mi.)
Tabalela Tabalela (44 Km / 28 mi.)
Tababela Tababela (48 Km / 30 mi.)
Puembo Puembo (51 Km / 32 mi.)
Galapagos Galapagos (54 Km / 33 mi.)
Pacto Pacto (57 Km / 35 mi.)

FAQ about Otavalo Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Otavalo. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Otavalo. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Otavalo Hostels

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Flying Donkey Hostal is the best hostel in Otavalo for families.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 8 hostels in Otavalo, Ecuador. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Otavalo such as

  • 6 hotels
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  • 2 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Otavalo.

Flying Donkey Hostal is the best rated hostel for partying in Otavalo.
It offers: Pub Crawls.

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Your Packing List for Otavalo

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Otavalo and Ecuador.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Otavalo