Even though, the travel industry in Peru continuously get more upmarket it is still a favorite place for low budget backpackers and shoestring travellers. Like in the rest of South America, all of Peru’s major cities have numerous cheap hostels which cater for Peruvian travellers along with foreign tourists. Some hotels are better, safer and cleaner than others, the following are some recommended places.
There isn’t any scarcity of different degrees of lodging options in Cusco. Kokopelli is an option popular with tourists searching for normal hostal facilities without the hustle bustle of parties conducted in other similar places such as The Point , Loki and Wild Rover. Although a backpacker hostal has a tendency to attract more of a low-key type of crowd. Current pricing ranges from $8.50 for space in a 12-bed dormitory up to $35 for a exclusive double ($48 gets you a room with a king-sized bed).
For a bit more ($50 for a double), you can’t get any better than Inkarri Hostal. Instead of a backpacker hostal, it is a budget hotel: all rooms have private washrooms. Every room is clean and comfy and the employees are wonderful. This lovely renovated colonial home will certainly evoke tranquilising thoughts and real peaceful moments as though you are living with your own family.
For a little more, but still way below the luxury class pricing, check out Rumi Punku or Andenes al Cielo. Both accommodations offer rooms with a bit higher level of comfort, a bit more posh, and locations even more central than the above mentioned options. A standard double in Andenes costs an affordable $70 while opting for a double in Rumi Punku will be possible if you are paying $100.
The task of finding a good reasonable lodging place in Machu Picchu Pueblo also called Aguas Calientescan be a bit tough, especially if you are someone touring for the first time without having prior information in detail. Everything costs more than you feel like it should, when compared to the same quality in Cusco. Part of the higher rates in the town originate from the fact that every little thing needs to make its way here from outside and the only way to obtain the necessary items in is by train or on foot. In addition, because of the humid jungle climate, even the priciest places have issues with the smell of mildew and mold. Another problem with lodging here is that many people get up early to head to the historical site, making noise while they do so. If you’ve already planned to visit various archaeological sites like other travellers then it would be a sensible idea to avoid spending lots of money for expensive accommodation amenities.
It is a common trend for visitors to spend one or more nights in Machu Picchu, Cusco as well as Lima . Those having that extra bit of time in their plans can easily tour White City, Arequipa. It has a more European feel compared to other cities of Peru and, while there aren’t much tours to take as in other places, it’s the jumping off point for Colca Canyon tours as well as a great place to just have a day or two of downtime.
At Casa de Avila, you will get a double or matrimonial room for as low as $40. A good thing is that it is situated in a safe residential location and being near to the main square offers its own distinct advantage. A more posh option would be Selva Alegre which is also situated in a residential area and provides double rooms for $60. Plaza de Armas is located just five minutes from this hotel. Casa Arequipa and Los Tambos are two hotels that can’t be branded as super expensive but yet they are gaining tremendous popularity among tourists. At Case Arequipa you can have rooms in between $75 and $ 99 depending on the kind of room being booked and compared to that Los Tambos offers rooms at $99. For building character and service, it’s hard to beat Casa Arequipa, nonetheless, Los Tambos is nearer to the main square so doesn’t require a taxi at night.