Hostels in Cusco, Peru

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Get to know Cusco (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 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 Cusco.

Guess what? Cusco is also named and spelled Cuzco - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
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As the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas, Cusco lays claim to a few grand titles. Among them, it was once the capital of the mighty Inca Empire which stretched from the Columbian border well into Argentina and Chile. Today it's known as the archeological capital of the Americas; and it is the undisputed tourist mecca of Peru.

When you stay in a Cusco hostel you'll be able to check out the Incan ruins scattered around and outside the city, and you'll have easy access to the Sacred Valley which means that you can wallow in archeological treasures to your heart's delight. Nearby Machu Picchu is the undeniable star attraction, and tops nearly every traveler's list of things to do in Peru; many head straight for Cusco and Machu Picchu upon arriving in the country.

A range of museums, churches and Incan architecture are close to many Cusco hostels and can keep you occupied for days. Cusco's steep hills and stairs, particularly as you head into the San Blas neighborhood north of the Plaza de Armas, will give your legs a workout that will get them ready for the rigors of the Inca Trail. Countless tour operators line the streets around the Plaza and will aggressively solicit your business as you pass by; you'll have no trouble organizing a trip anywhere you want to go. (Do your homework first, though, as not all tour operators are created equal.)

Cusco is certainly touristy, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it means the city is well supplied with restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs to keep you entertained every hour of the day and night. Shopping opportunities abound at local markets and at higher end stores oriented to tourists. Shop around carefully as prices are quite variable. You may hear English spoken on the streets almost as frequently as Spanish, but you'll hear Quechua too. Quechua, the language of the Incas, is still spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Peru, who throng the streets of Cusco in their colourful garb.

Cusco hostels are clustered within a few blocks of the Plaza de Armas, the city's focal point. Some have drivers who will pick you up from the city's long-distance bus station when you arrive but taxis are plentiful and cheap.

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FAQ about Cusco Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Cusco. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Cusco costs $14 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Cusco costs $40. (based on price comparison)
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Terra Sagrada Cusco is the best hostel for partying in Cusco.

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Cusco 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 Cusco, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
57 Total number of hostels
$14 Average dorm price
$40 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Cusco
TAYTACHA HOUSE is the cheapest
31 Party hostels in Cusco
Terra Sagrada Cusco is the best rated
Most Cusco hostels are located in
Centro Historico, San Blas, San Cristobal
7.2 Average rating of all hostels

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Cotahuasi (213 Km / 132 mi.)

Travel Tips for Cusco - from the Community

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