These Are The 21 Best Ranked Hostels in Latin America
Itching to travel but afraid of the cost? We don’t blame you! The average price of a week-long trip to a destination somewhere in Europe usually runs travelers around $2000 before airfare. That’s why we recommend young travelers to look into a trip across Latin America. Not only are the prices more affordable, but the weather is often better, the culture is just as rich, and the natural sights are arguably more beautiful.
Unlike popular vacation destinations in, say, Europe, traveling in Latin America for both its affordability and its beautiful sights. Not to mention, airfare across the Western Hemisphere is much cheaper than airfare to the “old world”.
In light of these reasons, we’ve compiled a list of the 21 best hostels in Latin America, so you can have your vacation, and afford it to.
1. Portal del Sur Hostel, Buenos Aires, Argentina@portalhostel/Instagram
Located in a historic, 120-year-old building in Buenos Aires, Portal del Sur has been frequently been dubbed one of the best hostels in this lively Argentinian city. Portal del Sur boasts a rooftop bar and a lounge area with board games, guitars, and Netflix. .
2. Villa Oropeza Hostel, Sucre, BoliviaVilla Oropeza Guest House/Facebook
Located in the sweet city of Sucre, Bolivia, Villa Oropeza Hostel is situated in Sucre’s famous historic center. In addition to a fully-equipped kitchen, cheap drinks, and clean facilities, this hostel offers a rooftop terrace and a beautiful garden to all its guests.
3. Aquarela do Leme Hostel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil@aquareladoleme/Instagram
Located in a safe and central Brazilian favela, Aquarela do Leme Hostel has the “potential to be the number 1 of the best in Rio” according to Hostelworld user csejones9515. All rooms have a balcony, perfect for travelers interested in seeing the beautiful city, jungle, and ocean-scapes of Rio. It is also within walking distance of the famous Copacabana beaches. Be warned, though, that this is “not [an] obvious hostel for partying” even if it has a 24-hour bar.
4. O de Casa Hostel Bar, Sao Paulo, Brazil@odecasahostel/Instagram
O de Casa Hostel Bar in Sao Paulo ranks highly not only for its hip and colorful atmosphere but for its friendly and welcoming staff who go out of their way to make everyone comfortable. Some guests even report the staff going so far as to show their guests around Sao Paulo themselves! However, be sure to bring enough money for restaurants, as this hostel does not offer kitchen facilities.
5. MaPatagonia Outdoor Hostel, Puerto Varas, Chile@mapatagoniahostel/Instagram
One of the most famous hostels in South America, be sure to book MaPatagonia Outdoor Hostel in advance because their beds fill up fast. This hostel is perfect for the outdoorsy adventurer who wants to explore Chile’s mountainous region of Puerto Varas. According to MaPatagonia’s website, this hostel was “built by a German settler about 85 years ago”. According to an anonymous Hostelworld user, this hostel is so homey that it “honestly feels like you’re staying at a friends house”.
6. Eco Hostal Yuluka, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia@vhlrecords/Instagram
Eco Hostal Yuluka in Colombia is perfect for the traveler who’s looking for a stay at an Instagram-worthy location. Located between the Sierra Nevada mountains and Tayrona National park, this hostel offers both private cabanas and shared dorms “built into the mountainside”. When you return from exploring Santa Marta’s picturesque sights, be sure to relax in their outdoor pool (equipped with both a water-slide and a waterfall!).
7. Bourbon St Hostal Boutique, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia@bsthostalboutique/Instagram
Considered one of the “Best 6 Hostels in Colombia”, Bourbon St. Hostal Boutique is a historic property, once owned by the Señores Condes de La Santa Cruz. Not only is it centrally located within walking distance of Cartagena’s bustling city center, but it is frequently dubbed the “best hostel ever” by many Hostelworld reviewers.
This Costa Rican hostel is highly-rated due to its beautiful decor and modern atmosphere. Located in the La Sabana neighborhood, Capital Hostel de Ciudad is “close enough to the main downtown area but away from the noise and crowds”. It also gains points for being “extremely clean” and having a friendly staff.
Finding a worthy hostel in Cuba can be a bit of a challenge since most Cuban accommodations don’t include WiFi and hot water can be scarce. However, no-frills lodging Hostel Casa de Ania makes the list for its daily 1-hour offering of free WiFi and included breakfast. According to The staff was very friendly and were always happy to help. According to one Hostelword user, Casa de Ania is “small, comfy and very clean”.
Located in the oldest European settlement in the New World, the “Zona Colonial”, the award-winning Island Life Hostel in Santo Domingo is located in a refurbished colonial building. Additionally, it is only minutes away from sight-seeing opportunities and a great night life scene. It’s no wonder it was awarded Hostelworld’s prestigious “Best Hostel” award for the Dominican Republic in both 2017 and 2018.
11. Hump Day Hostel, Quito, Ecuador@humpdayhostel/Instagram
Yes, the name is a little weird, but hear us out. “Hump Day Hostel” gets its odd name from the Latin philosophy that Wednesday means “almost Friday”. According to the hostel’s website, ” in Ecuador, it’s “almost Friday” every day!” This hostel also offers socializing activities like trivia competitions and movie nights. Not to mention, the dorms are very clean and the staff is super friendly.
According to Guatemalan hostel Maya Papaya, their philosophy is to give travelers “a luxury experience with a hostel price”. Their affordable rates That’s why we include a traditional Guatemalan breakfast, Netflix, indoor and outdoor hanging areas and daily bar specials.
13. La Hamaca, San Pedro Sula, Honduras@lahamacahostel/Instagram
Named after the very Latin American tradition of relaxing in a hammock, Honduran hostel La Hamaca is renowned for its personalized service and live music shows. This hostel also makes the list for its cool decor and access to plenty of outdoor space, perfect for relaxing.
14. Casa Pepe, Mexico City, Mexico@casapepehostel/Instagram
Mexican hostel Casa Pepe markets itself as a 5-star “boutique” hostel that gives travelers a luxury experience without the price. In addition to stylish lodging and comfortable beds, this hostel boasts complimentary cocktails on arrival and offers a famous “taco breakfast” on their rooftop.
Award-winning hostel Poco a Poco in Nicaragua was created with the needs of backpackers’ in mind. This hostel focuses on maximizing chill vibes as well as socializing. Poco a Poco is perfect for solo travelers who love to make new friends, as its equipped with an “Eat & Meet” area, a self-described “space for you to eat and drink with other travelers”.
16. Bambuda Castle, Boquete, Panama@fk_christion/Instagram
The hostel at Bambuda Castle is another location perfect for those travelers who are doing it for the ‘Gram. Famous for being the “only castle in Central America”. In addition to its picturesque lodgings, this Panamanian castle also boasts “cozy dorms, private rooms, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, a rock climbing wall and two bars”. They also serve family-style dinners each night, so you don’t have to worry about being too isolated if traveling alone. To top it all off, they offer a free shuttle to and from Boquete’s town square.
17. Urbanian Hostel, Asuncion, Paraguay@amicat/Instagram
Boasting an outdoor pool, BBQ facilities, an onsite bar, and snack bar, the stylish Urbanian Hostel in Paraguay also provides free Wi-Fi access to all guests. According to Hostelworld user lukas456, the Urbanian staff is “very helpful, courteous, and easy going”. The hostel also receives raves for being “clean and organized” with a “modern setup”. The hostel is very small, though, so prepare to get close and comfy with your fellow guests!
Don’t let the trampy name fool you! Cusco’s Supertramp Hostel is one of the highest-rated hostels in Peru. Although the hostel is located on top of a small hill at the end of some stairs, according to guests, the beautiful view is well worth it.
19. MedioMundo Hostel, Montevideo, Uruguay@mediomundohosteluy/Instagram
Located in the college-town of Parque Rodó in Montevideo, Uruguay, MedioMundo Hostel is famous for its friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere, and central location. Hostelworld reviewers frequently cite it as the “best hostel in town”.
Posada del Abuelito is a boutique, family-run hostel that looks like it came right out of a fairytale picture book. Located in Barrio el Cerrillo, a historic, centrally-located district of San Cristobal, the Posada del Abuelito is known for its personal, family-like service. Words like “cozy”, “charming”, and “clean” pepper former guests’ rave reviews. It’d no wonder this Mexican hostel was rated Hostelworld’s “Best Hostel in Mexico” in both 2013 and 2018
21. Hostal French Andes, Pucon, Chile@the.twentysomething.years/Instagram
Hostel French Andes in Pucon, Chile gets points for its unique “sleeping pods” that afford travelers much more privacy than the usual hostel dorms. According to Hostelworld user eeiuga, “the beds are some of the best I’ve ever experienced – really comfortable with curtains, reading lights, [a] charging point and shelf”. Not to mention, this boutique lodging resides in a “quiet street with stunning views of a volcano and lovely garden to sit in and eat and relax”. Now that sounds like a good life.
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