Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon region, and the perfect gateway for exploring the jungle. It’s also a captivating place to visit in its own right, with a chaotic pace of life and a local culture different to anywhere else in the country. To help you plan a trip to this jungle city on a budget, we’ve compiled the best hostels in Iquitos, including everything you need to know about facilities, prices and location.
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Hostels in Iquitos: what to know before you go
Iquitos is full of character and charm, but when visiting it’s important to bear in mind that it’s an isolated city in the middle of the jungle. This means you can’t always expect the same standard of facilities that you might in big, connected cities like Lima or Arequipa, for example.
In particular, be prepared for the following:
- Wifi is often patchy in Iquitos. Several of the hostels we recommend offer free wifi, but it won’t usually be fast. Make sure you don’t need to rely on wifi for uploading photos or anything else that requires strong connectivity.
- It’s not a guarantee you will have hot water. While many of the hostels listed here strive to provide it, the supply can be unreliable and affected by external factors, so be patient. (We found cold showers to be a welcome relief from the jungle heat anyway!)
- It’s not advisable to drink tap water in Iquitos – some hostels sell bottled water, and if not you can find it in local shops.
Best hostels in Iquitos: quick comparison
This table shows quick information and a comparison of our recommended hostels in Iquitos. Read on below for more detailed information.
|Hostel||Quick info||Prices||Book now|
|Flying Dog Hostel||Large, chain hostel with good facilities, river view, close to main square||Dorms $8–10, privates $30–$34||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Amazon House||Friendly, family-run hostel with budget private rooms on the city outskirts||Privates $14–$33||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Green Track Hostel||Eco-minded hostel close to city centre, runs a jungle reserve, great breakfast||Dorms $7–8, privates $18–$20||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Weill's Amazon Backpacker||New hostel in great location, close to river, main square and local amenities||Dorms $8–9||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Casa Celestial||Good all-round hostel with on-site yoga studio, café and bar||Dorms $8–9, privates $20–$24||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Hospedaje Florentina||Clean, quiet and friendly hostel located right behind the main square||Dorms $10, privates $16–$45||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Mad Mick's Bunk House||Good budget option located right between the main square and river boulevard||Dorms $6–$8||booking.com | hostelworld|
|Lupuna Bunk and Breakfast||Sociable hostel with shared lounge, bar and evening entertainment||Dorms $11–$12, privates $20–$52||booking.com|
Best hostels in Iquitos: the details
These are the top-rated hostels in Iquitos for providing excellent value for money, good facilities and a convenient base for exploring the city and the Amazon jungle.
Flying Dog Hostel Iquitos
Flying Dog Hostels run a chain of five hostels in destinations across Peru. Their Iquitos hostel is a clean and comfortable base for exploring the city and the Amazon jungle.
Flying Dog is in a great location with a river view and just a few minutes’ walk to the main square, Plaza de Armas. It’s a large hostel with all the facilities you need for a relaxing city stay. The friendly staff will help you arrange airport transfers and book tours into the jungle, and a free breakfast is served every morning.
- Cost: dorms $8–$10 / privates $30–$34
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, hot showers, common room, security lockers, 24-hour reception, self-catering facilities, airport transfers, luggage storage, book exchange, tour bookings
Amazon house is a friendly, family-run hostel in a quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts of Iquitos city. It’s about a 25-minute walk from the hostel into the city centre.
We stayed at Amazon House during a five-night trip to Iquitos and were made to feel completely at home. The staff helped us book a great jungle tour, and were always ready to assist with everything we needed. There is an upstairs kitchen for self-catering and an outdoor terrace for relaxing in the Amazonian sunshine.
Overall, this hostel is the perfect budget accommodation for Iquitos if you prefer to avoid the rush and noise of the city centre.
- Cost: privates $14–$33
- Facilities include: free wifi, hot showers, outdoor terrace, laundry, self-catering facilities, airport transfers, luggage storage, book exchange, tour bookings
Green Track Hostel
Green Track is an eco-friendly hostel close to the heart of Iquitos. The hostel’s owners also run Tapiche Reserve, a sustainable conservation reserve in the nearby Amazon jungle. The hostel has very good facilities for a city stay, including an equipped kitchen, TV lounge and wifi. It’s about a ten-minute walk to the Plaza de Armas.
Staying at Green Track, you can enjoy one of the best hostel breakfasts in the city. The Brazilian-style breakfast includes eggs, seasonal jungle fruits and fresh bread.
- Cost: dorms $7–$8 / privates $18–$20
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour security, security lockers, common room, outdoor terrace, self-catering facilities, luggage storage, book exchange, tour bookings
Weill’s Amazon Backpacker
Weill’s Amazon Backpacker is one of the newest hostels in Iquitos, with an excellent location on the riverside within close distance of the main square, shops and restaurants.
This is a small, family-run hostel with friendly staff, spacious rooms and very good facilities. The free breakfast includes eggs, fruit and coffee. At Weill’s Amazon Backpacker you can also arrange eco wildlife tours to the popular Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
- Cost: dorms $8–$9
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, book exchange, café, tour bookings
Casa Celestial is a very good all-round hostel that offers a variety of rooms, and features an on-site yoga studio. In the hostel’s café you can enjoy fresh Peruvian coffee prepared by a resident barista, while the hostel bar serves traditional local drinks and offers regular happy hour specials.
Casa Celestial is situated close to the riverfront and within short walking distance of the Plaza de Armas, local markets, shops and restaurants. Guests at the hostel can also enjoy access to a private outdoor swimming pool in the city centre.
- Cost: dorms $8–$9 / privates $20–$24
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour security, security lockers, microwave, common room, bar and café, airport transfers, luggage storage, tour bookings
Hospedaje Florentina, is a clean, quiet and friendly hostel in the middle of Iquitos, located right behind the main square. It offers spacious, comfortable rooms and an affordable base for exploring the city.
This is one of the best value-for-money options in the city centre. You can enjoy very good, well-kept facilities at an excellent price for the location. Luggage storage is available if you’re heading into the jungle.
- Cost: dorms $10 / privates $16–$45
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception, airport transfers, luggage storage
Mad Mick’s Bunk House
Mad Mick’s Bunk House is a small and convenient hostel in a superb location, right between the Plaza de Armas and the riverside Malecón Tarapaca Boulevard.
One of the cheapest places to stay in Iquitos, Mad Mick’s offers safe and clean accommodation as well as a daily free breakfast, tea and coffee. The hostel’s friendly staff will help you book wildlife tours to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, with various packages available.
- Cost: dorms $6–$8
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, 24-hour reception and security, tea and coffee, tour bookings
Lupuna Bunk and Breakfast
Lupuna Bunk and Breakfast is run by the same family team that owns Casa Celestial. Located about ten minutes’ walk south from the main square, it’s a pleasant and welcoming base with a social atmosphere. As with Casa Celestial, hostel guests gain access to a private outdoor pool in the city centre.
In the hostel’s on-site bar you can enjoy a tasty traditional pisco sour cocktail at a better price than most bars around the city. There’s also regular evening entertainment provided. Overall, Lupuna is a good choice if you’re a social traveller who likes to meet people, while enjoying a convenient base in a quiet location close to the city’s main attractions.
- Cost: dorms $11–$12 / privates $20–$52
- Facilities include: free breakfast, free wifi, shared lounge, evening entertainment, bar, airport transfers
Map of Iquitos hostels
You can see the hostels recommended in this article on the map below:
How to get to Iquitos
Iquitos is one of the world’s largest isolated cities. It is not connected to the rest of Peru by road, and can only be reached by river or by air. For travellers, the only practical way to visit Iquitos is to fly.
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