Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city, and the gateway to some of the country’s most spectacular natural phenomena. It stands underneath the shadow of the towering Misti Volcano, and is a launchpad for trips into the dizzying canyons of Colca and Cotahuasi. After seeing this beautiful city for ourselves – and it is indeed a stunner! – we have compiled the best hostels in Arequipa to help you choose where to stay on a budget.
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Arequipa: a quick overview
While many people visit Arequipa as a base for exploring the Colca Canyon, the city itself is a big draw for inquisitive travellers. We would highly recommend including it in your Peru itinerary whether you are heading to the canyons or not.
Arequipa is named the ‘White City’ because of the distinctive pale architecture around its historic centre. Many of the buildings here are made from sillar, a form of volcanic stone, and stand along rows of cobbled streets with mountains and volcanoes looming in the background.
The historic centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears a heavy footprint of Peru’s Spanish colonial history. As its heart is the Plaza de Armas, with the Basilica Cathedral standing on its north side and arched white buildings all around its perimeter.
A highlight of the city for history and architecture lovers is the massive Monastery of Santa Catalina, a ‘city within a city’ that covers 20,000 square metres. For four centuries it was home to a walled community of nuns before being opened to the public in the 1970s.
Best hostels in Arequipa: quick comparison
This table shows quick information on our recommended hostels in Arequipa. Read on below for more details:
|Hostel||Quick info||Prices||Book now|
|Limbo Jump Hostel||New hostel furnished with recycled materials, excellent all-round facilities||Dorms $9–11||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Arequipay Backpackers Downtown||Social atmosphere without being a party place, pod-style dorms||Dorms $7.50–$10.50, privates $21.50||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Vallecito Backpackers||Family-run hostel in central location, great value on private rooms||Dorms $7.50–$8.50, privates $17–$24||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Yes Arequipa Hostel||Family-run hostel with relaxed, social vibe, hammocks and cinema room||Dorms $7–$8.50, privates $19–$34||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Wild Rover Arequipa||Party hostel with outdoor pool, on-site bar and events every night||Dorms $7–11, privates $27–$30||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Selina Arequipa||Luxury hostel with hotel-style facilities, outdoor pool and lawns||Dorms $9–20, privates $40–$116||booking.com | hostelworld|
Best hostels in Arequipa: the details
These are the top-rated hostels in Arequipa for providing great value for money, high-quality facilities and a convenient base for exploring the city’s attractions.
Limbo Jump Hostel
Limbo Jump Hostel is one of the newest hostels in Arequipa, but has already become one of the city’s most popular. Furnished and decorated using recycled materials, it is a hostel with character that’s great for both socialising and relaxing.
The setup at Limbo Jump Hostel includes common areas, a games room and well-equipped kitchen, so it’s an ideal space for meeting other travellers. On top of this the facilities are excellent, offering clean rooms, big lockers, hot showers, a water filtration system and a tasty free breakfast every day.
- Cost: dorms $9–$11
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception, hot showers, common room, games room, café, self-catering facilities, luggage storage, book exchange
Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
if you’re the kind of traveller who likes a social atmosphere but not a full-on party place, then Arequipay Backpackers Downtown is a great choice of accommodation. With lots of outdoor space and communal areas with games, it’s the ideal place to meet other travellers, while being quiet and chilled in the evenings.
This is one of the most well established and highly rated hostels in Arequipa, with excellent all-round facilities and high levels of security. Arequipay Backpackers Downtown is located five blocks away from the main city square. The pod-style dorm rooms are clean and comfortable, featuring reading lights, plugs and curtains.
- Cost: dorms $7.50–$10.50 / privates $21.50
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, security lockers, hot showers, common room, self-catering facilities, luggage storage, book exchange, tour bookings
Vallecito Backpackers is a homely hostel run by a friendly local family close to the centre of Arequipa. We stayed in the hostel for several nights, and the hosts went to great lengths to make us feel welcome.
The hostel offers brilliant value on private rooms, making it a good option for travelling couples. Dorms are also reasonable priced, and the facilities include very good showers and a fully equipped kitchen. The family staff at Vallecito Backpackers are very communicative before your stay, and will be happy to help with booking tours to the Colca Canyon and other activities in the area.
- Cost: dorms $7.50–$8.50 / privates $17–$24
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, hot showers, laundry, common room, outdoor terrace, self-catering facilities, luggage storage, book exchange, airport transfers, tour bookings
Yes Arequipa Hostel
Yes Arequipa is a family-run hostel with a friendly, social vibe in a quiet and safe area, just a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas. Complete with hammocks and cinema rooms, it’s a great base for exploring the city and relaxing after a day of sightseeing.
The hostel features a large and well-equipped kitchen for self-catering. The family serves one of the city’s best hostel breakfasts every day, complete with banana pancakes. All rooms are spacious and fitted with new mattresses, and dorm rooms include curtains, lamps and sockets.
- Cost: dorms $7–$8.50 / privates $19–$34
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, security lockers, hot showers, laundry, common room, outdoor terrace, self-catering facilities, washing machine, luggage storage, tour bookings
Wild Rover Hostel Arequipa
If you’re looking for somewhere to party in Arequipa, then Wild Rover is the place you should stay. The chain has gained legendary status for its party hostels across Peru and Bolivia, and the Arequipa branch is one of its best.
Wild Rover Arequipa features an outdoor pool, which is ideal for relaxing during the day, and comes to life at night. The on-site bar is open late every night and offers happy hour specials, live music and resident DJs. The rooms at Wild Rover are well separated from the bar so you can get sleep when you need it, and the location is convenient for getting out into the city, just a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
- Cost: dorms $7–$11 / privates $27–$30
- Facilities include: free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, security lockers, hot showers, outdoor swimming pool, common room, outdoor terrace, bar and restaurant, laundry, luggage storage
While the prices at Selina Arequipa are higher than average for the city’s hostels, the experience you get is more like what you would expect at a four-star hotel.
With an outdoor pool, lawns and gardens, a cinema space, chill-out rooms and stylish decor, this is a great place to treat yourself to a little luxury if you’re on a tight budget. It’s also a great spot for digital nomads, with fast internet and a co-working space. Food and drink is available in the hostel’s on-site bar and restaurant.
- Cost: dorms $9–$20 / privates $40–$116
- Facilities include: free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, common room, hot showers, bar, café and restaurant, luggage storage, tour bookings
Map of Arequipa hostels
You can see the locations of the hostels featured in this article on the map below:
How to get to Arequipa
Arequipa is a well-connected city that is located along the most popular tourist route through Peru. It has an international airport and several good bus connections with other major cities.
The quickest and easiest way to reach Arequipa is to fly into Rodríguez Ballón Airport. Domestic flights operate from Lima and Cusco. See Skyscanner to find the best prices.
We prefer to travel in Peru by bus. For backpackers it’s the cheapest way to get around, and the quality of services in the country is generally very high. Our favourite company in Peru is Cruz Del Sur, but you can check out and compare prices using Busbud.
You can travel directly to Arequipa by bus from many tourist hotspots in Peru, including Lima, Nazca, Cusco and Puno.
More articles on budget accommodation in Peru
If you’re travelling elsewhere in Peru on a budget, check out our other articles on hostels:
- Best hostels in Lima + guide to the backpacker districts
- Best hostels in Cusco | where to stay before and after the Inca Trail
- Best hostels in Iquitos, Peru | where to stay in the Amazon city
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