Founded way before even the Incan Empire existed, the city of Huaraz is as old as it is blessed with natural settings. The backdrop to this Andean settlement – 3,050 metres above sea level, we might add – are peaks that make up the highest region of the Cordillera Blanca, including Peru’s tallest: Nevado Huascaran, at 6,768 metres above sea level.

Naturally staying in Huaraz is all about exploring the Huascaran National Park, hiking on rugged trails, scaling the peaks, getting to grips with climbing – or simply staying in town to marvel at that INSANE mountain view!

Finding the hostel that’s right for you can be a little tricky though. It all depends on your budget, what you want to do, how you like to travel, which can be a pretty tiresome task when faced with trawling through endless hostel sites…

Don’t worry! Help is at hand. We’ve got you covered with a super handy list of the best hostels in Huaraz to make sure you find the hostel that’s perfect for your itinerary AND your wallet.

So let’s see what’s going on in the hostel scene in Huaraz!

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Huaraz

Best Hostels in Huaraz

Best Hostels in Huaraz

You’re backpacking Peru and want to have a real adventurous trip close to nature? Then Huaraz is the perfect stopover for you! It might not be on everyone’s travel list, but it’s definitely worth a visit and you’ll get back home with an incredible experience.

The hostels in Huaraz are considered to be some of the most unique hostels in Peru. You’re definitely in for a treat! Meet like-minded travelers from all over the world and enjoy a nice place to rest your head – while keeping the accommodation costs low.

Best Overall Hostel in Huaraz – Best Andescamp Hostel

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Best Andescamp Hostel is our pick for best overall hostel in Huaraz
  • $
  • On Site Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • Luggage Storage

Ok, so Best Andescamp Hostel is definitely the best overall hostel in Huaraz. That’s because staying here you’ll get an all round GREAT vibe, friendly staff, top location and all tied up in a budget bow of that cheap nightly rate. You couldn’t do much better, really!

It’s a quiet hostel that’s run by a friendly couple. That’s definitely a plus. Another huge plus are the hot showers and warm beds; it gets CHILLY in Huaraz, so that’s pretty much a godsend. Bonus: if you want to leave your luggage to do a multi-day trek, the luggage storage here is locked, so you know it’ll be safe while you’re away. Perfect.

Best Party Hostel in Huaraz – Selina Huaraz

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Selina Huaraz is our pick for best party hostel in Huaraz
  • $
  • On Site Bar
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Selina Huaraz is set in a charming old building that’s been renovated, and has some pretty stylish rooms. On top of that there’s a super chic bar that gets vibey in the evenings with plenty of guests and locals drinking and swapping stories.

The hostel actually puts on parties that go on until the early hours, which – for a not very party-centric town, definitely makes this one the best party hostel in Huaraz. But if you do need to get some sleep for an early trek, don’t worry: rooms are far enough away that any noise won’t bother you.

Looking for more places to party: Huaraz has a pretty happening nightlife scene!

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Huaraz – Alpes Huaraz

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Alpes Huaraz is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in Huaraz
  • $
  • On Site Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Terrace

A nice, simple hostel with a big heart. How could it not be the best hostel in Huaraz for solo travellers? The terrace and common room areas are pretty amazing and are basically the nerve centres for all socialising in this Huaraz backpackers hostel. Great spots to meet and mingle.

There’s a friendly little bar on site where you can grab a few drinks and get chatting to people, which is definitely a great way to socialise. When you’ve made some travel buddies, book a trek through the hostel and head for the hills for awesome adventures.

Best Cheap Hostel in Huaraz – Big Mountain Hostel

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Big Mountain Hostel is our pick for best cheap hostel in Huaraz
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bicycle Hire

Named presumably after that epic mountain backdrop, Big Mountain Hostel has a pretty handy location. It’s right near the central bus station, which means getting into (or out of) Huaraz is a breeze if you stay at this place. We love that sort of convenience.

Adding to the already good value of this top cheap hostel in Huaraz there’s a pretty substantial free breakfast on offer daily, there’s a communal to cook up your own meals too, and there’s big common spaces – room for everyone to stretch out and research their trip. The owner will look after your bags if you feel up for a trek, too.

Best Hostel for Couples in Huaraz – La Casa de Maruja BB

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La Casa de Maruja BB is our pick for best hostel for couples in Huaraz
  • $$
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Free Breakfast

A family-friendly place to say, we reckon La Casa de Maruja BB is the best hostel for couples in Huaraz. The hotel-like private rooms here are probably just what you want – especially if you’ve been staying in dorms for a while and feel like a bit of privacy and, um, comfort.

Also if you and your other half are keen hikers, then this youth hostel in Huaraz is a great option for you. Thanks to the SUPER knowledgeable staff, this hostel attracts plenty of serious trekking enthusiasts, making for a great place to share stories and tips about trekking in the area. Definitely useful to have this sort of info right at your accommodation.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Huaraz – Hostel Akilpo

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Hostel Akilpo is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Huaraz
  • $
  • Luggage Storage
  • Comfortable Beds!
  • Outdoor Terrace

Nice and modern with spacious dorms (no bunk beds!) and some nice little design touches – hello, parquet floors and wood panelling – this is EASILY our top pick for the best hostel in Huaraz for digital nomads. There’s loads of space for you and your laptop, the beds are super comfy and it feels like a little slice of luxury.

Hostel Akilpo also has a pretty awesome location. We’re talking views of the mountains from the balcony, as much as being close to eateries, bars and other amenities that you could wish for in Huaraz.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Huaraz – Aldos Guesthouse

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Aldos Guesthouse is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Huaraz
  • $
  • Commual Kitchen
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Terrace

Aldos Guesthouse has some pretty stylish private rooms going on. The sizes are decent, the views from the windows are great, and the decor is pretty funky too. We’re going to go ahead and give you this one as our tip for the best hostel with a private room in Huaraz – they’re good AND affordable.

But of course it isn’t ALL about the private rooms. There’s a nice social vibe going on here, which is helped (at least, in part) by the amazing rooftop terrace where you’ll find amazing mountain views and foosball. If that isn’t a winning combo, we don’t know what is!

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More Best Hostels in Huaraz

Hostel Climbing Point

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Hostel Climbing Point
  • $
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Terrace

Hostel Climbing Point is a great option if you’re looking for a top budget hostel in Huaraz. There’s a lot of good value for money going on at this place that goes beyond just the reasonable room rate. Think perks like free breakfast, welcoming (and knowledgeable) staff who’ll help you out with your travels, and comfy beds. We also like the garden/terrace area.

The location is also great. This Huaraz backpackers hostel is pretty much in the centre of the city – and with that awesome location comes a load of places to eat and drink, as well as shops pick up supplies from.

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Hostel Casa del Montañista

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Hostel Casa del Montañista
  • $
  • Wake Up Calls
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Free Breakfast

A super nice place to stay located away from downtown noise, more of a natural setting. The rooms at Hostel Casa del Montanista are immaculately clean and well looked after. One thing we really love here is the garden – you can’t get much cuter (in terms of communal space) than that!

Staff at this top hostel in Huaraz are friendly and will help you out with anything you need; in fact, the owner of the hostel is often on hand to guests up from the bus stop and ferry you to and from the hostel free of charge. The hot showers are also AMAZING!

Vacahouse Huaraz B&B

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Vacahouse Huaraz B&B
  • $
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Free Breakfast
  • FREE Bicycle Hire

One of the best cheap hostels going in Huaraz, Vacahouse Huaraz B&B is a homely, family-run place that offers up some great value for money in this high-altitude city. It’s a calm relaxing place to stay – just what you need before, or after, an epic trek in the mountains!

Other perks at this Huaraz backpackers hostel include a kitchen that’s well equipped for you to rustle up some food, staff who book you on some really informative, interesting tours for great prices, and free bicycle hire, which makes getting around the town an absolute breeze. And all of this just a few minutes from the main plaza. Bargain!

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What to Pack for your Huaraz Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.

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1. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter is the best we’ve found. Covering over 150 countries, you’ll always have the right plug charge your phone. You can also charge up to 5 devices simultaneously with the multiple USB ports.

Travel Pillow

2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest.  Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

3. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: You’ll have some pretty sorry roommates – it happens from time to time. These noise-canceling earbuds help mitigate the damage. The comfortable and ergonomic design won’t hurt your ears while sleeping no matter how long you keep them in. Increase the quality of your sleep by listening to some relaxing music at night or just enjoy the silence.

Active Roots Water Bottle

4. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste –  save the planet by filling up your bottle.

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5. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.

Headphone Spltter

6. Headphone Splitter: Being stuck on a bus or plane with only one phone that has good music or shows downloaded can be pretty annoying if your travel buddy wants to share headphones. With this Headphone Splitter, you won’t have to listen with only one ear anymore. Your friend can plug in their headphones at the same time, so both of you are entertained (on both ears!).

Conclusion

We’ve come to the end of our guide to the best hostels in Huaraz and we think you’ll agree: they’re all pretty much amazing!

There’s a lot going on here and one (or maybe even more!) of our picks will definitely work for you.

Each of our guides to the best backpacker hostels has handy categories to make it MUCH easier to pinpoint and then choose the hostel (or hostels) that are going to suit you the best.

But if choosing just isn’t your strongpoint, we get it. Let us choose for you! Book Best Andescamp Hostel, the best overall hostel in Huaraz, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed with your decision!

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