Planning a trip to Peru? Wondering where you should stay? We’re here to break down all of the options for you, from the popular hostels to world-class luxury. Let’s take a look:
Hostels: Peru is a backpacker’s paradise, and there are no shortages of hostels in backpacking hubs, like Lima, Arequipa, Cusco, and Mancora. Hostels in Peru are typically targeted toward an international clientele. Staff will generally speak both English and Spanish, and they tend to be equipped with many first-world amenities, such as hot water, Wi-Fi, and computers. While the standard hostel accommodation is typically a bunk bed in a shared six- or eight-person dorm room, many also do offer private rooms with double beds. An added bonus? They are a great place to meet other backpackers from all over the world.
Loki hostels are a popular choice for backpackers. Locations include Cusco, Lima and Mancora
Qorikilla Hostal, Cuzco, Peru. This hostel is located in the traditional neighbourhood of Santa Ana, formerly called Qarmenqa in Cusco.
Guesthouses: A guesthouse can essentially be described as a bare-bones bed and breakfast. Often called alojamientos, hospedajes, or albergues in Spanish, they offer more privacy than a hostel but lack the amenities of a hotel. Comparable in price to a hostel, they are typically family run and informal. Keep in mind that because of the informality of guesthouses, standards of service tend to vary greatly.
Sobre Yanantin Guest House, Cusco, Peru. Yanatin Guest House is a small and cozy lodging, it was built in a colonial house style completely restored with a modern design. It has 3 stars and is in Cuzco downtown, less than 10 minutes by car from the train station in Cuzco.
Happy Up Here Guesthouse, Lima, Peru. A small and chillin’ guest house, located in the most ecological area of Lima. A relaxed atmosphere with not only budget accommodation with all the required services, but also a peaceful and alternative place to stay.
Casa Nuestra B&B Barranco, Lima, Peru. Great hospitality with double, twin, or single rooms with private or shared bathroom. We have the terrace available also. Fruit breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, use of common areas including kitchen, living room and they’re also working on adding a rooftop recreation area. Relax in the reader’s corner, check out maps and suggestions for things to do in Barranco, Lima! For a warm local family-run accommodation experience, stay with Casa Nuestra.
Second Home Peru On the coast, Barranco, Lima, Peru. Second Home Peru embodies the spirit of Peruvian culture mixed with the tranquillity of sea, nestled beside the Pacific Ocean.
Morales Guesthouse, Huaraz, Peru. This small private family bed and breakfast hotel is in the heart of Peru’s trekking & climbing, in the Cordillera Blanca region.
The Garden House, Cuzco, Peru. A magnificent villa with superb gardens, orchard and cloistered patio, 10 minutes from the Plaza de Armas. In what can be a very noisy city, The Garden House, Cusco is a haven of tranquility. We are located about 15 minutes by taxi from the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by a beautiful garden and large orchard. All our Suites have extra-length Queen-size double or twin beds, 400-count percale cotton sheets and bedlinen, and ensuite bathroom. Please visit their website for more information.
Pisac Inn, Pisac Inn is a small, charming hotel ideally located on the historic plaza of Pisac in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, just 45 minutes outside of Cusco. Breathtaking mountains surround Pisac with the beautiful Wilkamayu River running through the fertile valleys heart. The pleasant climate, lower altitude and small town appeal combine with proximity and easy access to Cusco, Machu Picchu and other places in the Sacred Valley making it an ideal base.
Midrange Hotels: For travelers that aren’t quite up to sharing a dorm room with seven other travelers in a hostel and want something a little more up-scale than a guesthouse or budget hotel, Peru offers numerous midrange hotels. These aren’t anything too fancy. But you can expect amenities like cable TV, hot showers, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. The Anituga Miraflores Hotel in Lima is an excellent example of a midrange hotel. Set in a converted Republican-era mansion, it offers a quiet setting and comfortable rooms.
Hotel Mariel and Apartments, Miraflores, Lima, Peru. In a safe location, just 2 blocks away from Miraflores central park, walking distance attractions. Mariel Hotel and Apartments is the perfect match between comfort and services. Offers standard rooms and 2 bedroom apartments depending on your requirements and type of trip. One of the best Miraflores Lima Hotels.
Gran Hotel Bolivar, Lima, Peru. This hotel is situated in a beautiful classical building which was declared a historical monument. It’s an elegant, yet inexpensive place to stay.
Hotel Runcu, Lima, Peru. On the sea side, Runcu has been designed to match the requirements of a modern travelers. It is the perfect combination between service and comfort for a hotel of this category.
Luxury Hotels: Peru isn’t all rugged trails and adventure. If you’re looking for luxury, you will certainly find it here. Lima is home to some of the country’s best luxury accommodations. We recommend the Miraflores Park Hotel for those with a taste for opulence. The Orient Express property is situated in a gorgeous high-rise glass tower and boasts a rooftop pool, a world-class spa, and stellar views of the Pacific. Starwood also has a collection of luxury resorts throughout the country, including a luxurious three-pool beachside retreat in Paracas and an elegant hotel in a five-century-old mansion in Cusco. However, it is the Tambo del Inca Resort & Spa in the Sacred Valley that is the true masterpiece. Situated alongside a breathtaking emerald lagoon in the midst of fragrant riverside gardens, this bucolic retreat boasts a private train station, a luxury spa with ancient Andean treatments, and fine dining.
Inka Terra Hotels are found in several locations in Peru. Inkaterra is a Peruvian organization that is celebrating 39 years of experience in sustainable tourism initiatives. Inkaterra hotels are built with this in mind, these eco friendly resorts offer true luxury with the best of Peruvian culture and service.
Jungle Lodges: Venture into the Amazon, and you will find a range of different jungle lodge options, often accessible from hubs like Tarapoto and Iquitos. These lodges are often ecofriendly, environmentally sustainable initiatives. The Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, set on the banks of the Amazon River in the heart of the Yanamono Communal Reserve, is an excellent option. Visitors can take a walk through the jungle and get an up-close look at wildlife. With a bit of luck, you might even spot one of the famous pink dolphins! The award-winning Explorer’s Inn in the Tambopata National Reserve is also a great option. Keep in mind there are a range of options to suit a variety of budgets. The most luxurious lodges, however, will typically be out of the price range of the average backpacker.
Eco Lodges: While the jungle has traditionally been the hotspot for lodges, eco lodges are beginning to sprout up in other areas of the country, particularly Colca Canon, Lake Titicaca, and the Sacred Valley. You can’t beat Las Chullpas Eco Lodge in the Sacred Valley.
Homestays: If you would like an up-close and personal look at Peruvian culture, a homestay can be a memorable immersion experience. This option isn’t very common, but several tourist agencies can arrange homestay experiences. Cusco and Lake Titicaca are especially popular homestay destinations.
Campsites: Peru is home to some truly breathtaking natural scenery, from the pastoral mountain landscapes of the Sacred Valley to the stark Pacific desert coastline. Camping can be an excellent way to get off the beaten path and experience nature. However, a word to the wise: Only set up your tent in secure, designated campsites. In Paracas National Park south of Lima, there are several excellent designated campsites, as in the beach Medio Mundo situated several hours north of Lima. In the Sacred Valley, there are also a few formal campsites. When in doubt, it is best to ask a local.
We hope we have given you a taste of what you can expect from Peruvian accommodation. If you want to check out our Jaguar and Iguana itineraries, you can get an idea about the places we stay on these trips.
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