Cusco (also “Cuzco”) is the most visited city in Peru thanks to being close to Machu Picchu (and other Inca sites, too) and on the railway which offers access to Lake Titicaca. But the city is also a delight to visit. The capital of the Inca Empire has a lot of colonial architecture to be proud with and is surrounded by Inca ruins.
Since the city is located 3,400 m above the sea level , altitude sickness is a problem to consider. So make sure to adjust to the altitude before you set out to explore the near-by areas. And what best way to get accustomed to the high altitude than to visit the city? For that, you’ll need a place to stay and the cheap hostels in Cusco are an excellent choice. It is always a good idea to book the hostel bed (room) in advance.
Many travelers don’t need more than a private room with en suite bathroom and free wi-fi…throw in a complimentary breakfast and we usually fall in love with the place, especially since hostels tend to be located close to the sites or right in the city center. You get a chance to socialize, too, thanks to the common lounge areas.
El Tuco Hostel
It is located in the history district and offers rooms with private bathrooms. The hostel offers twin, double, single and triple rooms. There are a guest kitchen , laundry facilities and luggage storage available. Breakfast is included in the room price. In March 2012, expect to pay from US$27 per night in a private double room.
Hostal El Triunfo
In 2010, the hostel ranked top 3 for ‘Best Location’ in South America. It is located in the city center , behind the Cathedral. All rooms have private bathrooms , TV and some have balconies. Breakfast is included in the room price. The hostel offers private 2,3 and 4 beds rooms. In March 2012, expect to pay from US$45 pr night in a private double room.
It is located in the city center and you can use their tour desk to book trips to the sites located in the area. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and cable TV. There’s free wi-fi and the American breakfast is included in the room price. In March 2012, expect to pay from US$50 per night in a standard or double room.
The hostel is located in a refurbished colonial house and offers free wi-fi and private bathrooms. It is located close to the bus station, as well. The common kitchen can be used by the guests. American breakfast is included in the room price. In March 2012, expect to pay from US$28 per night in a double or twin room.
Hostal Girasoles Cusco
The hostel , located close to Plaza de Armas, offers private rooms with en suite bathrooms, with free wi-fi and a sun terrace with lovely views of the city. The tour desk can be used to book trips to the near-by ruins. In March 2012, expect to pay from US$35 per night in a double or twin room.
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