After spending six months in South America I know a thing or two about what makes a good hostel and I’m going to share with you some of the best hostels in South America that we stayed at during our six months on the continent. Sometimes hostels get absolutely everything right and sometimes they get it oh so wrong. We’ve stayed in the good, the bad, the ugly, the loud, the dull and the best so here’s my favourites.
Huachahina, Peru – Upcycled Hostel
One of the best hostels in South America was the Upcycled hostel in the desert in Huachaina. This hostel is quite new so all of the facilities are really good but what makes this hostel stand out from the rest is their philosophy of using ‘up cycled’ goods to create the hostel. The furnishings, bar, bathroom and knick knacks dotted around are a reminder of the hard work put it by Renzo to create this awesome hostel. The vibes are good, the swimming pool is needed in the desert sun and it is a short walk to the town.
Renzo the owner makes you feel like part of the family during your stay, he is so friendly and welcoming and dishes out the home made pisco on a daily basis! Don’t know what pisco is? You’ll soon find out once you get to Peru.
Salento, Colombia – Coffee Tree Boutique
Another one of the best hostels in South America was recommended to us by friends and what a recommendation it was! Again, a fairly new hostel which is located just a 5 minute walk out of ‘town’ in Salento. We intended to stay for two nights and ended up staying four because this place was so great. The staff were super helpful, the breakfast was delicious and the views were divine. There was also the cutest and friendliest dog ever!
Bogota, Colombia – Masaya Hostel
Although I didn’t love Bogota, I did love coming back to the Masaya hostel every day to hang out. They’ve created a great space for travellers to hang out in, participate in cooking classes or salsa lessons as well as providing the best breakfast spread we saw in South America. The beds are comfy with a curtain and a power box and if you book a double room you’ll find yourself in a huge king sized bed.
Tip: We found it was actually cheaper to stay in the double room than book two beds in a 4 bed dorm as you get breakfast included as well.
Guatape, Colombia – Galeria Hostel
Without doubt one of our favourite and best hostels in South America.The view alone is enough to book this place but we stayed a little longer because of the amazing vibes from this place. The couple running it were so welcoming, helped where we needed it and they even put on early morning yoga classes which was the perfect way to start the day.
The hostel is just outside of Guatape and just a short tuk tuk from town but it is worth staying out of town to enjoy the stunning views of the lake. The hostel also offers kayak hire so you can head out on the lake and see how the rich Colombian’s holiday.
La Paz, Bolivia – Greenhouse Hostel
This lively hostel is worth staying at just for the location, not in the hustle and bustle of loud La Paz but in a nearby neighbourhood far enough away from the craziness but close enough to walk into town. Two brothers run this hostel who are hilarious. Breakfast is provided and they have an excellent tour desk where you can book pretty much everything you need.
Lake Titicaca (Bolivia) – Hostal La Cupula
Another one of the best hotels in South America was the La Cupula hostel in Copacabana, Lake Titicaca. A truly unique hostel in Bolivia and a totally calm and relaxing location for us after the madness of La Paz. This hostel isn’t even really a hostel it’s more like a boutique hotel. It is perched up on a hill overlooking Lake Titicaca with beautiful views and resident alpacas which became our new friends.
The hostel is run by a German man who has lived in Bolivia for many years and he makes sure your stay is perfect by providing food for you to feed the alpacas, information about what to do in the area and the hostel also boasts the best restaurant in Copacabana.
As Bolivia is one of the cheapest places to travel in South America the price tag for what you get is very reasonable and we had a three course meal for unbelievable value, mains from as little as £3 and the quality of food was excellent. The best part about the hostel is the hot tub which you can rent for an hour at a time. Every night we stayed there we booked the hot tub for sunset and it was just the best way to finish the day. One evening one of the resident alpacas visited us during our hot tub.
We had initially booked for two nights but ended up staying 5 because we just loved our time here so much. From here we headed into Peru so this was the last of Bolivia and it was a lovely way to farewell a remarkable country.