Hostels in Puno, Peru

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

 The church

Puno is a border town between Peru and Bolivia. If you want to get from one country to the other without flying, you will stop in Puno because it is a mandatory stop-over at the center of a large bus network.

While you're in Puno, you should take the opportunity to explore. Puno has a nice historical center with a classic square around a colonial church. It is also the main harbour for cruises on the world famous Lake Titicaca. Spending a day on the lake is a fantastic experience, with a variety of scenery to be enjoyed including manmade floating islands. Another big attraction of Puno is its Carnival happening in February. Make sure you check the exact dates when you book your Puno hostel. It is the largest such celebration of Peru with hundred of music and dancing bands coming from all over the country to perform in the streets. If you want to fully enjoy Carnival, make sure you book your hostel in Puno well in advance, and reserve your seats in the streets of the carnival. If you don't reserve seats, you can explore the free main parades and other impromptu shows on the streets and small squares, along with concerts which last all night long.

Choose your hostel in Puno either in the city center or near the harbor since both areas are lively, with many small cheap restaurants and grocery shops. Staying in other areas, including the bus station zone, can be quickly annoying since you will have to either walk a lot or take many cabs (and traffic can be very hectic, and a real nightmare during the carnival).

FAQ about Puno Hostels

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

A hostel in Puno costs on average $12 for a dorm. A hostel in Puno with private rooms costs on average $21. shows all 21 Hostels in Puno. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 21 hostels in Puno, Peru. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Puno such as
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Koala Hostel Puno is the best rated hostel for partying in Puno.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Puno

Your Packing List for Puno

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Puno 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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Puno 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 Puno, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
21 Total number of hostels
$12 Average dorm price
$21 Average private room price
$8 Cheapest hostel in Puno
Inka's Rest B&B is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Puno
Koala Hostel Puno is the best rated
6.4 Average rating of all hostels

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