The Best Hostels In South America
Updated: May 30
Our curated list of the best 7 best hostels in South America.
South America is one of the number one backpacking destinations in the world and you can be certain that where is a backpacker, there is a hostel. During our five months in South America we stayed in some of the best hostels we have ever seen. These are our absolutely favourite seven!
1.Hostal Michel - Vicuna, Chile
Hostal Michel is one of those hostels that backpackers recommend to each other when they meet, a secret shared within the community. What makes this hostel so special is not necessary the place, although it offers comfortable and clean rooms, but rather its setting.
Set within the magical Elqui Valley, in the little village of Vicuna, Hostal Michel is a oasis of peace and relaxation. You will spend some of your best afternoons chilling in the small garden filled with flowers or riding bicycles around the Elqui Valley, one of Chile’s most scenic landscapes.
2.La Joya Hostel - Valparaíso, Chile
Their motto says “working to be the best hostel in South America” and they are not far off! La Joya will surprise you with its hipster and stylish interior design, which makes you feel as if in a boutique hotel. The hostel offers both dorms and private rooms. The four people dorms are structure in a very unique a extremely efficient way, with two beds downstairs and two beds in an upstairs mezzanine for more privacy, and have an in room bathroom. The rooftop bar is one of the coolest hangouts in Valparaiso and the restaurant offers a mix of local and western dishes.
3.3600 Hostel - La Paz, Bolivia
In the upmarket xx neighbourhood, 3600 Hostel once was a old mansion, lately converted into a vintage designed hostel. Only three rooms host a maximum of fifteen guests, so that the hostel never feels too crowded or noisy. In the inside courtyard you can chill on the sofas listening to music and breakfast is served in the morning. The location is perfect to explore the busy streets of La Paz and to reach all the best restaurants.
4.Gaia House - Cusco, Peru
We loved our time at Gaia House as it truly felt like being home. This lovely hostel, situated at walking distance from the center of Cusco, is definitely a gem. The rooms are spacious, homely and clean. The inside courtyard offers tables and couches were to lounge during the day or drink a coffee. In the morning breakfast is served in the main area with a spread of fresh fruits, bread and jams and eggs at your choice. The staff is extremely welcoming and helpful and will help you organize all your trips to Machu Picchu, Maras and all the other beautiful sights close to Cusco.
5.Hobu Hostel - Bogota, Colombia
This small boutique hostel in the up and coming and very safe neighborhood of Chapinero, is a rare find. It offers private rooms as well as doors, both quiet and comfortable. A twenty minutes taxi ride will take you to downtown Bogota or with a short walk you can reach the adjacent upmarket neighborhoods E and G, packed with cool restaurants and cafes.
This hostel is every backpacker’s dream and makes it worth visiting the costal town of Santa Marta. Opened less an a year ago, the hostel offers four big dorms where each bed is enclosed in a neat capsule, protecting you from noise and light, and making it extra cozy to sleep in. In the middle of the space a big pool filled with colorful floaties promises refreshing dips during the extra hot Colombian days. Every Saturday there is a pool party, with a local dj, also open to outside visitors, which is a great way to meet people and have lots of fun.