Hostels in Arequipa, Peru

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

 Get to know Arequipa (no more

Arequipa, in southern Peru, is a lovely, lively city that is a must-stop destination if you’re travellng overland. It’s surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in Peru, with mountains, active volcanoes, deserts, and canyons (including some deeper than the Grand Canyon). It’s a backpacker’s paradise for the wealth of outdoor opportunities in the nearby Colca Canyon and beyond, and for the city-lover, its colonial architecture made of volcanic sillar rock is sure to delight.

Hostels in Arequipa are numerous, as are restaurants, cafes, and bars. And for the most part they’re easy on the wallet (especially compared with Cusco, where you might suffer sticker shock).

Arequipa’s colonial heritage is well-preserved and on full display in impressive sights such as the Monasterio Santa Catalina, a 400-year-old behemoth that sprawls over an entire city block. Other exquisitely beautiful churches, mansions and convents dot the city as well. For history buffs, the Museo Santuario offers a glimpse into the area’s Inca past, with a reverential look at the burial artifacts and mummies from child sacrifices discovered on nearby volcanoes.

Arequipa hostels can be found throughout the city, with many clustered near the Plaza de Armas, the main square and heart of Arequipa. The two side-by-side bus terminals are about three kilometers further south, and it’s an inexpensive taxi ride from either one to your hostel.

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FAQ about Arequipa Hostels

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

A hostel in Arequipa costs on average $9 for a dorm. A hostel in Arequipa with private rooms costs on average $25. shows all 32 Hostels in Arequipa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Cozy Hostel is the best hostel in Arequipa for families. compares prices for 32 hostels in Arequipa, Peru. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Arequipa such as
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Yes Arequipa Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Arequipa.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Arequipa

Your Packing List for Arequipa

Pack smart, not hard

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

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:

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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Arequipa 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 Arequipa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
32 Total number of hostels
$9 Average dorm price
$25 Average private room price
$4 Cheapest hostel in Arequipa
Il Riposo is the cheapest
17 Party hostels in Arequipa
Yes Arequipa Hostel is the best rated
Most Arequipa hostels are located in
Cercado, Vallecito, Centro
6.9 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Chivay (85 Km / 53 mi.)
Yanque (84 Km / 52 mi.)
Colca Canyon (96 Km / 60 mi.)
Cabanaconde (99 Km / 61 mi.)
Puno (173 Km / 108 mi.)
Juliaca (180 Km / 112 mi.)
Cotahuasi (196 Km / 122 mi.)

Travel Tips for Arequipa - from the Community

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